The participants of the Summit will discuss the aspects of GMP+ certification under the special session “Safety of feed and foods: Getting ready for the future”

08.04.2019

GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice), a global standard, first appeared in the USA as early as in 1960s, and was first applied to the production of feed, supplementary feeds, ingredients and premixtures in 1983 in the Netherlands where it received its current name GMP+. The standard specifies the conditions related to the production facilities as well as terms and conditions for storage, transportation, trade and monitoring. Such an approach ensures the control and supervising of the entire chain up to the highest possible standards. In 2013, the first standard to ensure the feed producer’s responsibility was published. It incorporated two modules: the first one ensuring the feed safety under GMP+ and the second one establishing the responsible feed production under GMP+.

Over a period of time, Russian agriculturists were isolated from the global feed production standardization processes. Nowadays, the situation changed dramatically. GMP+ certification issues come to the fore, due to the growth of the export potential of the domestic agricultural business as well as the pursuing the strategic goal of increasing the export of agricultural products up to 45 billion rubles until 2024; so, it is becoming a kind of a pass to the international market.

GMP+ standardization: Is it a fashion statement, a must, a factor of reputation or a way for enhancing economic efficiency of a business? Does each and every feed manufacturer, producer of supplementary feeds, ingredients and premixtures need GMP+ certification? What are the benefits of this approach? What is the best way to avoid mistakes during certification?.. The Summit participants will discuss these and many other questions in the framework of the special session: “Safety of feed and foods: Getting ready for the future”.

The event will be held on May 29, 2019 as part of the largest international specialized exhibition “Meat and Poultry Industry Russia 2019". Asti Group, the company hosting the event, invited leading Russian and international experts in the field of GMP+ standardization to participate. The contributing speakers list of the workshop includes: Johan Den Hartog, Managing Director of GMP+ International; Sergey Shabaev, President of the Eurasian Association of Poultry Farmers; Irina Vasilenko, Chief Development Officer at Life Force Group LLC; Nataliya Bor, Standardization Engineer at Apex Plus; Andrei Guzhva, GMP+ Advisor at MNC LLC; Grigory Mazur, GMP+ Auditor at TÜV SUD, and Boris Mazur, Director of Nürnberg Training Center of TBG GmbH.

Nariner Bagmanyan, Head of Asti Group, believes that the experience of the leading market players and knowledge gained at the workshop may become an invaluable capital for its participants. “We can see that there is a growing demand for high-quality and safe food of animal origin. As feed production is an integral part of the food production chain, competition in this area is constantly growing and becoming ever more fierce", she says. "Russian exporters have to operate under similar conditions: access to foreign markets is practically impossible today without GMP+ certification. Accordingly, the one who strictly observes the global standards for production safety and product quality control will get in on the ground floor. Certification issues put forward urgent problems before Russian feed manufacturers, and we decided to help them get answers and expert advice at a specialized workshop.”