Praedium Exhibiting at the 50th Annual World Dairy Expo

Praedium is exhibiting at the 2016 World Dairy Expo in Madison, WI next week.  Hillary Hanson, Marketing Specialist, Dr. David Meisinger, VP of Sales, Molly Fenske, Program Manager, and Keri Retallick, VP of Design & Development and Video Monitoring will all be in attendance throughout the 5-day event.

Praedium is an ISO 9001:2008 certified consulting firm created by Validus founder, Earl Dotson. Examples of the services we provide to the dairy industry include third-party Video Monitoring, Premier Dairy Solutions, Gap Analysis and Training.

For more information on our consulting services please contact us at 515-362-7555 or stop by #6002 in the Exhibition Hall during WDE trade show hours.

Feed Safety on the Roster

Yesterday the American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) held the first of a series of four webinars on the impending Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) requirements for Preventative Controls for Animal Feed. This rule has been final for almost a year now, which means that large feed producers (those not defined by FSMA as small or very small businesses) are required to be compliant with the Current Good Manufacturing Practices under the Current Good Manufacturing Practice, Hazard Analysis, and Risk-Based Preventative Controls for Food for Animals rule come September 19th of this year.

As compliance dates loom, even facilities with a year or two left to comply are studying up on the most effective and efficient way to show they adhere to FSMA requirements. There are multiple programs that have been implemented by feed mills around the country, and the world, over the years. Now these programs are acting as a primer to meet the new FMSA requirements. Safe Feed/Safe Food, HACCP and Safe Quality Food (SQF) are the most popular programs in the USA and are areas in which Praedium has consulting and development experience. Most producers we work with site their involvement in such programs as preparation for when the Food and Drug Administration begins FSMA enforcement.

Safe Feed/Safe Food is AFIA’s program that is well established in the industry and has recently been given a “once over” to ensure that the program requirements align with FSMA requirements. AFIA has been diligent in working with universities around the country to get resources in place for their members including training content and Hazard Analysis supporting documentation.

The recognized HACCP program in the feed industry is similar to that in the food sector; however, the audit tackles quality elements as well as safety of the feed. The program focuses on the internationally recognized system of performing a Hazard Analysis and identifying Critical Control Points when it comes to feed safety as well as product quality.

Safe Quality Food, though initially recognized as a food plant solution for food safety, partnered with AFIA a few years back and began offering Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) recognized feed safety audits. SQF has three different levels to which a producer can certify, with Level 3 having the most rigorous feed safety and quality requirements and GFSI recognition available for Level 2 and Level 3 suppliers.

Regardless of the program you choose or the size of your operation, facilities registered as a feed mill under the Bioterrorism Act sooner or later will have to comply with FSMA. Though compliance may seem like a mountain, Praedium is here to help.