Presenting at the Feedlot Nutrition Workshop on 2 August 2018, De Wet Boshoff, executive director of AFMA provided role-players in the feedlot industry a glance into what they can expect from a new legislative environment when the current Draft Feeds and Pet Food Bill becomes a reality within the next year or two, if government sticks to its timelines.
The Draft Feeds and Pet Food Bill covers all affected parties within the food production chain. The main outcomes / objectives of the Draft Feeds Bill are to:
- Protect the consumers and users of feed and pet food;
- Disseminate an efficient and effective traceability system;
- Ensure compliance with food safety requirements.
“Parties who have previously not been regulated and/or inspected under Act 36 of 1947, are now included as an affected group in the food value chain and will have to comply to the new Feeds Bill and its regulations once it comes into force.
Planning has already started as to how the regulations will have to be drafted,” said Boshoff. “However, the feedlot fraternity must not regard the new Feeds Bill as a draconic piece of legislation but should make full use of the opportunity to take part in the drafting of the regulations to the Bill.”
Boshoff clarified that affected parties must not confuse the Bill, which is an Act and the regulations, which is a set of rules that drive and interpret how the Act must be applied. He further pointed out in terms of the definition of the Draft Bill, that it makes provision for both commercial feed manufacturers (commercial feeds) and farm mixing (farm feeds), which will simplify and clarify the uncertainties and issues of the past.
“In my mind most of the feedlot fraternity already comply. It might perhaps just be a case of process flow and ensuring that the traceability trail is adhered to,” Boshoff concluded. In presenting the AFMA business model and committee system to the audience, Boshoff focussed on the AFMA Self-Regulation Section, indicating that the association has been applying the AFMA Code of Conduct and the AFMA Transport Protocol, which is focussed on the transports on inbound raw materials, for 11 and 5 years respectively. – AFMA