Tuesday, November 14, 2017

15/11/2017: Nutriad commits to food safety

As a producer of feed additives Nutriad does not consider itself just a part of the animal protein/feed industry, but as an important link in the food chain as well

With that realisation, the multinational company takes very seriously the safety of its products and ingredients not only to animals but also to consumers. 

Guilherme Bromfman
Image credit: Nutriad
Recently, the animal protein/feed industry has had numerous cases of recalls and contamination tarnishing the industry and giving more ammunition to groups that are fighting against animal agriculture.

According to the American CDC (Centres for Disease Control and Prevention), 48 million people get sick in the US alone due to foodborne illnesses resulting in over 3,000 deaths every year.

Considering the overall recalls in the food industry, almost 50 percent is related to bacterial contamination, 7 percent is related to physical contamination and 6 percent is related to chemical contamination.

Those recalls resulted in hundreds of millions of dollars in losses not to mention the negative impact on company brands that can take years to recover. Besides cases of Salmonella, Listeria and E. Coli infection in beef, turkeys and chickens, cases of chemical residues and contaminants caused global damages to the food industry.

The melamine scandal in Chinese milk for example affected over 300,000 people and caused several mortalities. Also, dioxins and PCBs were involved in several recalls and brand damaging scandals in the feed and food industry, with recent cases in hog feed in Ireland, animal feed in Belgium, citrus pulp in Brazil and others.

To guarantee the safety of its products, Nutriad USA recently made a significant investment in safety studies on their precision delivery coated Sodium Butyrate. In a project that spanned one and a half years and involved globally independent and recognised institutions.

Nutriad USA assured their customers that feeding the studied product was safe for animals and consumers.

“The attention to details was key to accomplishing this project, in a process that involved certification, documentation, validation, verification, and research”, stated Dr Steve Moreland, VP Technical Services and Support and lead person on this project.

Dr Moreland added, “Using national and international institutions gave us the assurance that we meet our customer’s expectation that our product is stable over time and safe to their animals, and more importantly to their customers”.

Nutriad USA expects this new initiative will support their customers in making the right decisions when choosing their partners and the ingredients used in their feed.

According to Guilherme Bromfman, Director of Business Development, “In the next few months we will publish articles and send out press releases further explaining the entire process involved in achieving this safety milestone. This will also be the leading topic at our annual breakfast meeting during the Midwest Poultry Federation meeting in 2018.”

Read more HERE.

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