AIC services’ update on food and feed supply chain assurance proves resounding success

More than 400 delegates have registered for seminars around the country to update participants on the various AIC Assurance Schemes that underpin food and feed safety in the agri-food supply chains.

“The level of attendance and engagement reflects how seriously the supply industries are taking their responsibilities in the areas of assurance,” said John Kelley, Managing Director of AIC Services which is responsible for the various schemes – FEMAS, UFAS and TASCC. “As legislation and regulation change, so the AIC Schemes are revised and updated to ensure participants in the schemes comply with the law and industry needs as well as achieving due diligence.”

In total seven seminars are being held across the UK and  Ireland. The key item has been an outline of the various changes that apply including the new TASCC Scheme which was launched at the start of the year.

“After extensive industry consultation, we have combined all the codes covering merchanting, storage, testing and transport of combinable crops into a single publication with more dependence on our website to maintain issues that change rapidly,” explained AIC Technical Manager Garry Rudd.

The feed assurance seminars also discussed the on-gong revision of FEMAS which is underway ahead of publishing revised codes early in 2019.

In addition to the updates, delegates participated in workshops on topics including the Combinable Crops Passport, HACCP, product recall and vehicle inventories.

Initial feedback from delegates showed high levels of satisfaction with over 90% of respondents scoring the events as ‘excellent’ or ‘good’ for the information on code changes, other food and feed topics as well as the opportunity to network.

 

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John Swire - Deputy editor of Agronomist and Arable Farmer as well as responsibility for the Agronomist and Arable Farmer and Farm Business websites. After 17 years milking cows on the family farm John started writing about agriculture in 1998 and has since written for a variety of publications and has developed a wide circle of contacts within the industry. When not working John is a season ticket holder at Stoke City and also of late has become a fitness freak, listing cycling, swimming and walking as his exercises of choice.