As part of the work for EU Exit, the FSA is building its capability and structure of the scientific advisory committees (SAC). This allows effective management of the SAC work, as well as providing a clear separation of risk assessment and risk management. The meeting was therefore separated into two halves, the morning session covered risk assessment issues whilst the afternoon session covered risk management topics as mentioned at the February 2019 meeting.
The following items were discussed:
Future of Scientific Advisory Committees (SACs) – as a result of the UK’s decision to leave the EU, the FSA has been reviewing the structure of its SACs to ensure that the FSA will be able to access independent expert advice to meet its needs after the UK leaves the EU. An official from the FSA provided the Committee with an update on the FSA’s activities being undertaken in preparation of the UK’s departure from the EU. The Committee was informed of the new structures and made aware of the recruitment of 35 new members across joint expert groups and committees. The Chairman was delighted that members of ACAF would continue to be giving the FSA their independent expert advice.
Additionally, the ACAF Secretary provided members of the committee with an update on future potential options for how the FSA could access their risk management advice in the future.
Feed Additives and Over-supplementation - the Committee has considered how to improve communication with the feed industry to emphasise the importance of compliance with maximum permitted levels set for trace elements in feedstuffs. At the October 2017 meeting, Members agreed to establish a Working Group to address compliance and to make recommendations based on its research. The Chairman of the working group updated members on the outcome of the fourth meeting of the sub-group held in June 2019, which included recommendations to address over- supplementation.
Feed Additives and Over-supplementation - following the update provided in the morning the Committee discussed the recommendations and focused on possible risk management options to progress the recommendations.
Raw pet food – the raw pet food sector is a rapidly growing industry in the EU and UK. The Defra Assessor (Stephen Wyllie) presented a revised draft guidance document on raw pet food which had been discussed at the previous two committee meetings. Members were invited to comment and clear the guidance for publication. The paper was well received by ACAF members and the Committee was content with the guidance provided. Some minor suggestions were provided by members for consideration and potential revision of the document. Changes resulting from these comments will be incorporated into a revised version of the document prior to publication.
After the close of the meeting, delegates were given the opportunity to ask questions of the Committee. There were none.
The next ACAF meeting will be held in October 2019.
Notes for Editors
- ACAF is a UK-wide advisory committee made up of independent experts from wide-ranging backgrounds including consumer affairs, farming, science and the feed industry. Members are appointed for their individual expertise and experience and are not representative of any organisation. Details of current membership can be found on ACAF's website:
ACAF’s terms of reference are:
- 'To advise the Food Standards Agency, the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Ministers of the Scottish Government, the Welsh Government and the Northern Ireland Assembly 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. In carrying out its functions, the Advisory Committee on Animal Feedingstuffs will liaise with other relevant advisory committees as appropriate.'
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