FEFANA, the EU Association of Specialty Feed Ingredients and their Mixtures, celebrates its 60th anniversary. Founded in 1963, the trade association is the united voice of the specialty feed ingredients business in Europe with currently 94 member companies all over Europe in the business of producing, trading or premixing feed additives.
FEFANA has developed over the years to become a powerful platform for industry debate and discussion with authorities and other stakeholders on important topics such as upcoming changes in the EU legal framework and/or policy environment, while striving for a proportionate regulatory environment.
The FEFANA anniversary ceremony took place in Brussels on September 28, 2023, with around 240 guests in attendance. Speaking at the event held at Concert Noble, FEFANA president, Séverine Deschandelliers, emphasized, “we will continue to deliver, on behalf and for the specialty feed ingredients industry to make an even greater contribution to sustainable animal nutrition through the supply of innovative, safe and cost-effective specialty feed ingredients.” She also reconfirmed that “FEFANA and the industry behind stand for the highest standards of product safety, ensuring food security, minimizing environmental impact, and prioritizing animal health and welfare at every step of the way”.
Simone Schmiedtbauer, member of the European Parliament’s Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development, recognized the important contribution of the specialty feed ingredients industry to safe and sustainable feed, stressing, “we are aware of and support the need for modernization of the current EU Regulation 1831/2003 on additives for use in animal nutrition, which was created 20 years ago, to enable the faster introduction of innovative products into the EU market and to reduce red-tape.”
In view of the current challenges, she added that “this is important for a more sustainable EU feed and food chain in the future and also in the context of retaining research and development, production, a well-functioning farming sector and, overall, jobs and economic growth within the EU. The European Parliament stands ready to work with the European Commission and member states to modernize the legislation as soon as the Commission presents its proposal.”
For more information about the history and future of FEFANA, including a short explanatory video outlining the mission, objectives and current and future activities, visit www.fefana.org.