NCI Feed Course Focuses on Developing a HACCP Safety Plan

March 16, 2011

For Immediate Release

NCI Feed Course Focuses on Developing a HACCP Safety Plan

Fargo, N.D., USA – Feed managers and agricultural supervisors from Kansas, Minnesota and Ohio are attending the “Feed Safety and the Development of a HACCP Plan” Short Course this week at Northern Crops Institute (NCI), Fargo, ND.  This course focuses on the development of Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP) for all sectors of the feed industry, including ingredient suppliers and finished feed manufacturers (commercial, non-commercial, and on-farm).  During the week, participants will develop a HACCP template that they can take back to their company to integrate into their safety program.

Matt Frederking, International HACCP Alliance Lead Instructor, is the guest instructor.  He is the safety and compliance manager at Frontier Ag, Inc., Oakley, Kan. 

Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) is a systematic preventive approach to food and feed safety that addresses physical, chemical, and biological hazards as a means of prevention rather than finished product inspection. HACCP is used to identify potential food and feed safety hazards, so that key actions can be taken to reduce or eliminate the risk of the hazards.

Kim Koch, Ph.D., manager of the NCI Feed Center, coordinates the course.  “HACCP is a process that offers protection from hazards.  It had been a voluntary program in the U.S. feed industry.  With the new Food Safety Modernization Act that was passed in early 2011, food or feed manufacturing facilities need two separate documents on site—a written hazard analysis and a written hazard mitigation plan,” Koch says.

“HACCP can be used in creating both of these documents—from identification of hazards to dealing with noncompliant events and verification of a return to compliance,” he continues. “The food industry has used this process for 30 years or more.  But it is newer to the feed and pet food industries.  The Food Safety Modernization Act seeks to allow for safer global trade with fewer restrictions,” Koch concludes.

“This program underscores NCI’s commitment to promoting regional animal agriculture and the use of northern grown crops to produce high quality feed for livestock, both domestically and internationally.  Safety is a top concern,” says Brian Sorenson, director of Northern Crops Institute.

The short course is co-sponsored by the American Feed Industry Association.

For more information about NCI’s 2011 short course schedule, visit NCI’s website at www.northern-crops.com.