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In recent years, highly publicized feed and food recalls have eroded consumer confidence and created a greater demand for quality management systems within the feed and food industry. In addition, protectionism, stricter regulatory compliance, supply chain transparency “from farm to fork,” and the need for traceability have pushed retailers, manufacturers and ingredient suppliers to enroll in or be certified under a feed safety scheme based on Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) and the principals of Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP).

SGS offers a variety of audit solutions, including customized second-party audits as well as third-party audits through both accredited and non-accredited programs.
Accredited programs require a pass from an independent third-party auditing company that must be registered as a certification body and whose auditors must also be certified under the program or organization.


The PDV Audit from the Dutch Productschap Diervoeder (Product Board Animal Feed) is an example of an accredited program. The PDV is a regulatory, industrial organization for businesses in the animal feed production chain. The Dutch animal feed sector applies the same quality assurance system as the international foodstuffs industry based on ISO 9001, ISO 22000 and the principles of Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) as per Codex Alimentarius.

The GMP+HACCP quality assurance system (known as GMP+ or PDV+) is applicable to the whole chain, from the raw material producers up to and including the carriers and livestock farmers.

GMP+ Certification is a way for the feed industry chain to comply with the requirements of the Animal Feed Hygiene Regulation of the European Union. Once certified, these companies are able to export their products to the EU.

The Agricultural Services of SGS North America includes the certification of companies to one of the standards called GMP B 2 Quality Control of Feed Materials (version: 24-07-2009). SGS currently has three auditors certified under this program who audit the facilities of more than 30 companies.


Another third-party feed-to-food safety global scheme available to producers at the farm level is the GlobalGAP .standard, with applications for different product groups such as plant and livestock production and compound feed manufacturing.

Formerly known as EurepGAP, GlobalGAP is a private sector body that sets voluntary standards for the certification of agricultural products around the globe, based on the principles of Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) and HACCP.

The GlobalGAP standard is designed to reduce the use of chemical inputs, minimize the detrimental environmental impacts of farming operations, and ensure a responsible approach to worker health and safety as well as animal welfare.

SGS is accredited to certify companies in North America to the Fruit and Vegetables standard. Retailers around the world, including giants like Wal-Mart, are requiring GlobalGAP certificates from vendors prior to their being approved as suppliers.

Some companies choose to start with a first-party audit, which is an internal audit that the company performs on itself, to ensure the compliance of their feed safety program. Another option is a second-party audit approach whereby the company hires an independent auditing company such as SGS to perform the internal audits on behalf of the company. The audit scheme can be customized according to client requirements or based on an SGS Checklist specific to the client’s industry.

Second-Party Audits

SGS is currently performing second-party feed audits for a Fortune 250 company in America that manufactures feed and food and does business in all 50 states and in more than 50 countries. This company understands the importance of feed safety within the feed-to-food supply chain and is proactive in their strategy to produce not only the highest quality feed, but also to mitigate the risks in producing feed.


SGS Canada Inc. also offers audit services against the FeedAssure™ standard, a third-party certification of members of The Animal Nutrition Association of Canada (ANAC). ANAC is a national trade association representing Canada's livestock and poultry feed industry since 1999. FeedAssure™ was specifically developed for the Canadian feed industry through ANAC and is modeled after the Food Safety Enhancement Program.

SGS is the only company approved to audit the program on behalf of ANAC. To date, close to 180 feed mills and related facilities are HACCP-certified under the FeedAssure™ program, representing about 70% of commercially-manufactured livestock and poultry feeds in Canada.

SGS is the preferred partner in developing and certifying quality management systems.

For more information please contact:

Theresa Almonte
SGS Business Development Manager

t: (877) 728-1188

About SGS

The SGS Group is the global leader and innovator in inspection, verification, testing and certification services. Founded in 1878, SGS is recognized as the global benchmark in quality and integrity. With more than 56,000 employees, SGS operates a network of over 1,000 offices and laboratories around the world.