Food Standards Agency
Room 3C Aviation House
London WC2B 6NH
Tel: +44 (0)20 7276 8468
Fax: +44 (0)20 7276 8910
ACAF advises on the safety and use of animal feeds and feeding practices, with particular emphasis on protecting human health, and with reference to new technical developments.
The Advisory Committee on Animal Feedingstuffs (ACAF) was set up in June 1999 to advise on the safety and use of animal feeds and feeding practices, with particular emphasis on protecting human health and with reference to new technical developments and new feed materials and products.
The decision to set up the Committee was made in the light of concern about the integrity of animal feeds, particularly over the implications of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) and the use of genetically modified (GM) feed ingredients. The decision was announced in the White Paper, 'The Food Standards Agency: A Force for Change', published in January 1998 and it implemented the principal recommendation of the report of the Expert Group on Animal Feedingstuffs, published in July 1992.
The Committee's primary purpose is to advise on the safety and use of animal feed in relation to human health. However, it also covers animal health aspects and a wide range of contemporary issues including advice on the UK negotiating line on new European Community (EC) proposals, animal feed ingredients including genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and labelling and information for purchasers of animal feed.
ACAF is an UK-wide committee and is made up of independent experts who were appointed by UK agriculture and the Food Standards Agency (FSA). Members are appointed for their individual expertise and experience and are not representative of any organisation. ACAF is committed to a policy of openness and publishes its agendas, minutes, reports and most of its papers.
ACAF open meeting 16 January 2013 : Wednesday 30 January 2013
Stakeholders were given the opportunity to see the Advisory Committee on Animal Feedingstuffs at work and to ask questions at their open meeting in Aviation House, London on 16 January 2013. More
New members sought for advisory committee : Monday 04 February 2013
The FSA is looking for people with expert knowlege or experience in novel biotechnology and enforcement issues, and someone with committee experience. More