ACAF open meeting: 17 October 2017

Last updated:
1 November 2017
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The 74th meeting of the Advisory Committee on Animal Feedingstuffs (ACAF) was held on 17 October 2017. It was held in open session and stakeholders were able to observe the Committee at work and ask questions.

The following items were discussed: 

Refuse Derived Fuels (RDF) – The Grain and Feed Trade Association (GAFTA) had previously raised concerns about the potential contamination risk of handling and storage of domestic waste material at ports, awaiting export and intended for use in energy generation. This issue has been considered by the Committee on a number of occasions and it agreed recommendations at its June 2017 meeting.  The FSA assessor gave an update to confirm that an industry code of practice drawn up by the RDF Industry Group (for which ACAF had provided input) had been published on 16 October 2017 and included advice on good practice when RDF is stored at ports which also store animal feed or food.  The Committee’s recommendations, on raising awareness amongst enforcement bodies and encourage better liaison between local authorities and the Environment Agency in relation to RDF were also being progressed.

Feed Additives – The Committee has discussed on several occasions optimum ways to communicate with the feed industry to emphasise the importance of compliance with maximum permitted levels set for certain feed additives in feedstuffs. The Committee considered a scoping paper and agreed that a working group would be convened before the next full committee meeting to undertake a further scoping exercise to assess the size and potential length of the task.  The working group meeting would also agree terms of reference and whether membership should be extended to external organisations and individuals.  It was agreed that the Working Group will report on the outcome of the inaugural meeting at the Committee’s main meeting in February 2018.

Biostimulants – In order for the Committee to decide if further work on the subject of biostimulants should be taken forward, two ACAF Members provided a presentation on the subject.  During the presentation, a potential animal feed issue was identified but could not be quantified or confirmed.  Following the presentation the Committee agreed that further information was required before it could confirm that work was required by ACAF on this subject. 

Forward Work Plan – The Committee also discussed its Forward Work Programme and horizon scanning, prioritising existing entries and identifying further work required before the Programme could be finalised.

After the close of the meeting, observers were given the opportunity to ask questions of the Committee.

The next ACAF meeting is scheduled to take place in London on 15 February 2018.