FAMI-QS workshop on Third Party Certification to be held in Bangkok

FAMI-QS Secretariat will organize a workshop on “The role of Third Party Certification in Feed and Food Safety and the role of FAMI-QS in feed safety” on March 16, 2017 at the Millennium, Hilton Bangkok.

Topic that will be discussed during the workshop:

  • Introduction to the FAMI-QS Certification System – Emmanuel Geneiatakis, FAMI-QS Secretary General
  • The role of accreditation in Food/Feed Safety – Apisit Prakarnkamanant D.V.M, MSc. Office of Standard Accreditation, National Bureau of Agricultural Commodity and Food Standards, Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives
  • Management Systems in Food/Feed Safety (The integrated approach) – Binarti Dwi Astuti, General Manager, Charoen Pokphand Indonesia
  • Implementing the FAMI-QS Code: Chemical Process – Hema Ravishankar, Quality & Regulatory Management, Evonik Nutrition & Care, Business Line Animal Nutrition


For more information on the workshop Contact FAMI-QS Secretariat at +32 2 550 3452 or info@fami-qs.org


Registration form can be found also online at : http://fami-qs.org/node/216

Groupe Grimaud sees bird flu vaccination pragmatic

Frédéric GRIMAUD, CEO of Groupe Grimaud, in his open letter proposes concerned authorities to consider “pragmatic mode of avian flu management” where minimum bird flu vaccination is a tool to cope with bird flu outbreak in Europe.

He views that OIE should reassess its rules and operating procedures in line with the current situation. Vaccinate free-range poultry which could possibly contact with wild birds. However, the vaccination should be prudently administrated.

The flocks should be officially inspected to prove their uninfected status.

Compartmentalisation needs to be implemented. Birds destined for export should be exempted from vaccination.

Implement regionalisation of uninfected zone to preserve exporters’ status.

Last but not least negotiation with importing countries on a case basis has to be done.


Open letter

Subject: Management of the avian flu crisis in Europe

The year 2016 ended, as it began, with a proliferation of declared cases of avian flu in Europe.

As of today, hardly a single country exporting poultry (genetic or meat) is unaffected.

With each case identified, the scenario is the same:

  1. declaration to the national authorities,
  2. report on the OIE web site,
  3. depletion of the infected flocks,
  4. installation of protection and surveyance zones,
  5. prohibition by third party countries of all genetic or meat imports derived from poultry originating from the country, or in some cases the region, declaring the outbreak; effective until it regains its avian flu-free status, at least 6 months after the last declaration.


All this would make sense if the eradication procedure could be shown to be effective.

But how could a virus originating from wild bird populations (migratory birds) conceivably be eradicated? It would imply the elimination of all potential carriers coming «out of the sky», which is obviously impossible.

So, what should be done? Should we go on applying a rule that is no longer appropriate, that does nothing to solve the problem and increases the burden on producing and exporting companies a little more every day, or change our model?

Some decades ago, when occurrences of avian flu were for the most part isolated cases affecting few poultry farms, it was possible to envisage strict health measures. Today, when we see epidemics coming in waves of growing magnitude and frequency (for reasons still poorly explained), is it not time to change the paradigm in a very pragmatic way that can be expressed succinctly, considering that these viruses are not pathogenic to human beings?

  • Ensure that bio-safety rules are properly applied on poultry farms.
  • Vaccinate, as a minimum, all free-range poultry in contact with wild birds.
  • Divide the flocks into compartmentalised groups, unvaccinated, of birds destined for export, or whose issue is destined for export.
  • Submit these flocks to official inspection plans to prove their uninfected status.
  • Negotiate this new pragmatic mode of avian flu management immediately, on a case by case basis, with importing countries.
  • Finally, review the rules of the OIE in order to adapt the regulations to the new reality described above.


Of course, we could devise more complicated systems: for example, we could give priority to the regionalisation of uninfected zones with a view to preserving their exporters’ status, we could give special treatment to the duck, as a healthy carrier, or could exclude free-range chickens from the scope of the vaccination policy. But what would be the point?

Vaccination has been successfully used in the past to eradicate a number of epizootics: Foot-and-Mouth in cattle or Newcastle Disease in chickens come to mind, among others.

It could be a great help in solving this problem too, provided it is realised that, as with human seasonal flu, the vaccines would need to be adapted in accordance with the evolution of the virus.

Here again, nothing is impossible, since many countries already vaccinate poultry varieties against multiple variants of this virus.

With kind regards,


Frédéric GRIMAUD

CEO of Groupe Grimaud.grimaud.com

CP Foods completes US$1.075billion acquisition of Bellisio

Marks first acquisition in the U.S. for Thailand’s leading integrated foods business

Charoen Pokphand Foods Public Company Limited (“CPF” or the “Company”) today announced the successful completion of the acquisition of Bellisio Foods Inc. (“Bellisio”) from Centre Partners Management LLC (“Centre Partners”). CPF has acquired all of the outstanding interests in Bellisio from Centre Partners for total consideration of USD 1,075 million.

The transaction brings together one of America’s largest and fastest-growing frozen food companies with Thailand’s leading and most successful integrated foods business. Bellisio manufactures and distributes single-serve frozen entrees under the Michelina’s, Atkins, Boston Market, Chili’s, EatingWell, and Eat! brands, as well as co-manufactures private label and food service products.

Feed safety on top of the agenda for Bühler


Marcel Scherrer, Managing Director of the business unit Feed, said the feed industry is heading

Marcel Scherrer (centre) accompanied by Liang Li (left) and Urs Wuest

Marcel Scherrer (centre) accompanied by Liang Li (left) and Urs

towards rigorous feed safety, e.g. as demanded by the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) in the US.

Recently built feed plants demonstrated that feed safety has become a key consideration for feed plants as well as along the entire value chain.

“Achieving good hygiene is only attained through holistic thinking. It cannot be limited to a single machine,” Marcel says and adds that high quality and safe feed is the result of an elaborated plant design, starting already in the engineering and conception phase of a feed mill.

With food and feed safety in mind, Bühler solutions are designed for preventing contamination, ease of cleaning and service. Therefore Bühler integrates a dedicated food safety officer in the design team, Mr. Scherrer adds. Continue reading

Volume 11 No 6


  • Akara-Ise to debut Japanese-style fresh eggs
  • DBN to crank out 100 million finishers/year by 2025
  • Biomin: Phytogenics the next big thing
  • Raw material trends
  • Akara Group offers “Feel The Nature” organic eggs
  • Making room for feed additives in piglet diet formulation
  • Modeling hindgut fermentation in chickens and pigs
  • Evaluation of Chelated Mineral Premixes on Broiler Chicken Performance
  • Egg transfer – A necessary and delicate task
  • Cobb hosts technical school in Macau
  • BIC Chemical Vietnam at Vietstock 2016 Expo & Forum
  • Feed safety on top of the agenda for Bühler
  • More vibrant VIV Asia 2017
  • Hy-Line and Huayu plan massive layer DOC distribution project in China
  • Nutriad debuts web-based application MYCOMAN® for mycotoxin management
  • TVO’s QC lab ranked as one of the world’s most proficient labs
  • Progressus AgriSchools offer fast-track industry training
  • Novus supports World Egg Day

Hy-Line and Huayu plan massive layer DOC distribution project in China

Hy-Line and Hebei Huayu Company of Hebei province have agreed to invest in increased commercial layer chick production capacity to boost sales of Hy-Line Brown and Hy-Line Sonia in China.

Hebei Huayu Co, with current sales exceeding 120 million chicks annually, plans to boost capacity to more than 200 million chicks/year before 2020.

It is building a new hatchery in Handan, Hebei province, with a total capacity of 55 million commercial layers per year.

Wang Lianzeng, Huayu’s chairman (left), and Dirk Wesjohann, EW Group’s managing director (right), together with distinguished guests at a recent press conference.

Wang Lianzeng, Huayu’s chairman (left), and Dirk Wesjohann, EW Group’s managing director
(right), together with distinguished guests at a recent press conference.

Wang Lianzeng, chairman of Huayu Agricultural Science and Technology Co Ltd, said Huayu is the largest shareholder and will oversee the joint venture. Both parties will invest capital and Hy-Line will provide technical expertise.

He sees the joint venture as a win-win for both parties and beneficial for layer farmers in China. Furthermore, Huayu is undergoing a structural transformation to deliver high quality layers and services to customers. Continue reading

DBN to crank out 100 million finishers/year by 2025

DBN has set its sights on the lucrative hog finishing business with a plan to produce 100 million finishers per year by 2025.

DBN’s training, feed mill and GP farm, equipped with biogas reactors and waste water treatment system, is located 132 km east of Beijing. It hosts more than 1,000 trainees/year.

DBN’s training, feed mill and GP farm, equipped with biogas reactors and waste water
treatment system, is located 132 km east of Beijing. It hosts more than 1,000 trainees/year.

Currently operating a 45,000-sow operation, DBN has set a near-term target of 10 million finishers/year by 2020, said Chen Guoyu, general manager.

Although the growth will be organically driven, there will be openings for contract growing and investments with potential joint venture partners may be sought.

After starting in the swine business in 2003, the company decided to make further investments in the business again in 2014 due to handsome profits. DBN is a key player in the hog feed segment, supplying around five million tonnes/year. Continue reading

Akara-Ise to debut Japanese-style fresh eggs

KARA-ISE, a joint venture between Thailand’s Akara Group and ISE Foods Japan, plans to launch a premium brand of eggs that are so fresh and hygienic that they can be eaten raw.

The company has invested over 300 million baht in new 12 layer houses accommodating 600,000 birds. Akara Group holds a majority of the shares. Registered capital was not disclosed.

Akara-Ise will focus on the modern trade segment where quality and freshness are the keys to differentiating Akara Group from its competitors.

Thanawut Ualapan

Thanawut Ualapan

“Egg quality will be on par with Japan’s best-selling ISE eggs,” said Thanawut Ualapan, vice chairman Akara-Ise, adding that ISE Foods Group sells around 12 million eggs/day in Japan and 12 million eggs/day in the US.

The product, set to appear on Thai supermarket shelves in Q4, will boast ISE’s uncompromising quality control system combined with Akara Group’s managerial and marketing skills, Mr Thanawut added. Continue reading



Thanavut Ualapan, managing director Akara Group, said the new business unit and production protocol brings animal welfare and ecologically-friendly principles to the forefront.

The farm was subject to a rigorous initial audit by Thailand’s DLD in order to qualify for certified organic status. In order to continue using the “organic” label on its packaging, it must also be audited periodically in the future.

Mr Thanavut said the business was developed for serving the needs of health-conscious consumers who prefer chemical-free products.

The birds are reared as naturally as possible. For example, they are allowed to graze freely, and unapproved chemicals are totally banned from the operation.http://www.feedlivestock.com/akara-group-offers-feel-the-nature-organic-eggs/ Continue reading

Hypor Magnus scores high in feed efficiency and meat quality in the US

Recent research at the University of Missouri shows that the Hypor Magnus Duroc boar is more feed efficient than the current leading boar in the U.S.

The 2015 trial compared the feed efficiency of 200 pigs—100 pigs per boar line—up to the average U.S. live market weights of 285 to 300 pounds.

“Statistically, a 0.22 feed conversion difference is significant,” says Hypor Nutritionist and Product Manager Greg Simpson.

During the trial the pigs were allocated a specific amount of feed per weight range and weighed at the end of each weight range. These numbers were used to calculate how much feed the pigs needed to get to the desired market weight.

This trial shows that even at higher weights, the Hypor Magnus is still significantly more feed efficient.

Hypor is constantly testing its products against competitor’s products in North America and Europe.