Editor, January 24, 2012
Following an intensive multi-stakeholder consultation process, the revision of the Global GAP Compound Feed Manufacturing Standard has been finalised.
Proposals for amendments of the version 2.0, which was published in 2010, were forwarded by various groups, including retailers, certification bodies, NGOs, and representatives from the milling industry.
These proposals were discussed and validated by the Global GAP Technical Committees for Livestock and Aquaculture, and the public consultation finalised the process.
A new section entitled “Responsible use of natural resources” was integrated. It contains five control points with adherent compliance criteria.
A holistic search for best practice solutions was requested for the protection of the marine ecosystem.
Based on the intensive work performed by the National Technical Working Group of Norway, highly sophisticated and challenging solutions for this issue have been approved. The criteria for the sustainable sourcing of fishmeal and fish oil for compound feed manufacturing to feed aquaculture species and mono-gastric livestock species are integrated now.
The new Version 2.1 was published in December 2011. It was valid starting January 2012 and will become obligatory by June 2012.
The Version 2.1 documents are available on the Global GAP website: www.globalgap.org
Members of Global GAP Aquaculture Technical Committee include: Scottish Sea Farms, Skretting/Nutreco, Seachill, Anova Food BV, Ahold, El Corte Ingles, Tesco, Metro Group, Marine Harvest Pieter, Young’s Seafood, Heiploeg BV, Marine Harvest, A.Espersen, Asda, Cumbrian Seafoods and REWE.