The imminent launch of a feed safety programme which will operate throughout the British Isles has been commended by Patrick Vanden Avenne, President of FEFAC, the organisation which represents all of the European feed trade associations.

Leading grain trade ladies relax! Claudine Heron, President of NIGTA and Pamela Kirby Johnson, Director of the Grain and Feed Trade Association at the Irish Grain and Feed Association dinner in Dublin
Leading grain trade ladies relax! Claudine Heron, President of NIGTA and Pamela Kirby Johnson, Director of the Grain and Feed Trade Association at the Irish Grain and Feed Association dinner in Dublin

Patrick Vanden Avenne was visiting Ireland as guest speaker at the Irish Grain and Feed Trade Association’s annual dinner in Dublin. During dinner, the NI Grain Trade President , Claudine Heron outlined the feed safety programme that NIGTA is developing in conjunction with the GB feed trade organisation, Agricultural Industries Confederation.(AIC) and with the Irish Grain and Feed Association in the South.

Patrick was delighted to hear this news pointing out that it replicated the best practice schemes which were already in place in Belgium and the Netherlands.

During his address at the dinner Patrick outlined the pivotal role FEFAC plays on behalf of the industry. As European spokesperson representing all the local European trade associations, such as IGFA, NIGTA and AIC, Patrick spoke about the lobbying role FEFAC takes to shape European Agricultural Policy at a Commission level. He spoke of their success in honing recent Dioxin legislation to target the primary sector’s responsibility, rather than placing a burden upon the entire industry which would have involved enormous costs, and he welcomed the Irish industry’s actions to address feed safety, citing Belgium and the Netherland’s risk based systems as best practice.