Feed Safety - A Salmonella Control Programme
There are three main ways to prevent biological hazards in feed:
- Exclude risk through biosecurity or prevention of the hazard coming on site.
- Perform point in time interventions, such as thermal processing during pelleting or irradiating feed and feed ingredients post manufacturing.
- Use chemical means to provide a residual protection in the feed.
Evaluating Risk Mitigation Strategies
When using these tools to prevent biological hazards, it is important to assess all aspects of the program. For example, heat treatment is an effective process for removing biological contaminants, but does not provide residual benefits. Likewise, residual protection and point in time mitigation can be very specific to certain chemicals and matrices. Understanding the specific biological risk and its characteristics allows for selection of the proper intervention strategies and provides a comprehensive risk management plan.
The Feed Safety initiative (FSi) is the Kemin initiative for a Salmonella Control Programme through the “Poultry Feed Chain”.
It is a complete and customer-designed programme including all the necessary support.
It is based on three principles:
- Prevention rather than cure,
- Combination of several intervention measures, and
- Compliance with the microbial criteria.
The FSi involves interventions in feed raw materials and its production, including extraction and rendering plants, feed mills, finished feed, drinking water, animal populations, storage facilities, farms, means of transport and the environment.
The effect of the FSi measures is always confirmed by sampling.
Production and deliveries are stopped if Salmonella is found at defined sampling points.