Development of BFBi Feed Assurance Scheme
DEFRA has monitored the co-products market since the Foot and Mouth epidemic and the pig swill feeding ban. Both large and small breweries need to demonstrate their commitment in order to reassure UK Government, the EU Commission as well as the retailers, meat and milk processors that co-products are an important and safe part of the farm feed regime.
All breweries in the UK are required to assure the safety of co-products (such as brewers’ grains, trub, surplus yeast and surplus beer) that are fed to animals to be used in the human feed chain. They must comply with the requirements of feed legislation and demonstrate adequate controls throughout the supply chain from the selection of raw materials to the marketing of co-products as feed materials.
Most larger brewers have already subscribed to the Feed Materials Assurance Scheme (FEMAS) and have an annual audit of their co-production and transport.
The aim of the Scheme
The BFBi Feed Assurance Scheme has been established and tailored to assist and support small and micro independent breweries and distillers. The scheme is designed to satisfy the requirement of farm assurance bodies with regards to the safety and quality of supplies of nutritious, wholesome and SAFE moist co-product feed to farms.