Managing Director of GMP+ International Johan den Hartog shares his feed safety vision with the GMP+ community on a monthly basis via his blog. With more than extensive experience in the sector, he knows better than anyone what is going on.
He writes about his visits worldwide to spread the mission of GMP+ International - Feed Safety Worldwide, responds to current events in the world and shares his experience through his blogs. The blogs of recent years can be read here.
It’s a well-known term in the feed & food industry: ‘Good Manufacturing Practices’, or GMP. People who are not yet familiar with GMP+ Feed Safety Assurance (GMP+ FSA) certification don’t always understand the difference between this abbreviation and our variation with the plus sign. I’m keen to explain the difference, because it is precisely that plus which represents the essence of our scheme.Read more
Laws, rules and standards about safe animal feed are important and necessary. However, they have one drawback: they don’t necessarily change people’s “hearts & minds”. In fact, complying with rules can sow complacency, making us forget that safe animal feed demands more.Read more
The animal feed sector has been committed to assuring optimum feed safety for decades. In recent years, responsible and sustainable working has also taken on greater importance in the industry. Is it enough to meet the expectations of modern consumers?Read more
If 2020 has taught us one thing, it is that people, animals and the economy remain vulnerable. The world became acquainted with COVID-19, and African swine fever remained a major concern for the agricultural and animal feed sectors.Read more
Reliable laboratory analyses are crucial for a trustworthy feed chain, as well as to our shared ambition of Feed Safety Worldwide. Two years after the launch of our standard for the registration of laboratories, we are happy to report good progress is being made.Read more
Recently FEFAC, the European Feed Manufacturers' Federation, published its Feed Sustainability Charter 2030. In it, FEFAC outlines five ambitions for the next decade: carbon footprint reduction, increased efficiency, responsible sourcing, animal welfare, and sector resilience.Read more
With a community of over 18,500 companies dedicated to feed safety, it is easy to forget that there are thousands of other feed companies not certified for the GMP+ Feed Certification scheme, and that some of them may not even see the benefits of becoming certified.Read more
The coronavirus and social distancing, as we have noted in this blog before, has given a boost to digitisation, including the digitisation of our services. Four webinars this summer have proved that we don't always have to be on location to promote Feed Safety Worldwide.Read more