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AFIA, SQFI Partner on Certification Programs

Starting in October, the administration of the American Feed Industry Association’s (AFIA’s) Safe Feed/Safe Food Certification Program, Pet Food Manufacturing Facility Certification Program, and Pet Food Ingredient Facility Certification Program will be handled by the Safe Quality Food Institute (SQFI).

With the passage of the Food Safety Modernization Act by the United States Congress, and the growing global recognition of third-party certification programs by the food industry via the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI), AFIA moved forward on a joint agreement with SQFI to bring these three AFIA third-party certification programs under the institute. SQFI is recognized by retailers and foodservice providers around the world who require a rigorous, credible food safety management system.

The agreement brings a number of benefits to program participants, including open access to multiple, approved certification bodies for audits; independent creditability criteria required by consumers and regulators globally; and use of SQFI’s certification program to help reduce multi-program inconsistencies and associated costs of multiple audits.

The SQFI program is recognized by GFSI. AFIA will continue to provide technical support and expertise to the three certification programs as well as training, marketing, and promotion for the programs.

AMI President to Step Down After 24 Years

American Meat Institute (AMI) President and Chief Executive Officer J. Patrick Boyle will step down at the end of 2013 after 24 years of service to the meat and poultry industry. He is the longest serving president in AMI’s 107-year history. A successor had not yet been named as of mid-September.

Boyle joined AMI in 1990 after serving as administrator of the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) Agricultural Marketing Service. Before that, he worked as an attorney at several food trade associations and as agricultural legislative assistant to former Senator Pete Wilson (R-CA).

“It has been an honor and a privilege to lead this great industry for more than two decades,” Boyle said. “With the organization in a sound position to meet the challenges of the future and given the many accomplishments of the last two decades, this year seemed like an appropriate time for me to move onto another phase of my professional life.” 

“Under Patrick’s 24 years of leadership, AMI has been an influential voice for the meat and poultry industry successfully addressing numerous public policy challenges,” commented AMI Chairman Nick Meriggioli, executive vice president of Kraft Foods Group and president of Oscar Mayer. “He has led AMI’s efforts that have enhanced the safety of our products, the protection of our workers, the welfare of our animals, and the preservation of our environment.”

During Boyle’s tenure, AMI formally petitioned USDA to require nutrition labels on meat and poultry products and to promulgate a regulation requiring that meat and poultry plants implement hazard analysis and critical control point-based food safety controls. USDA subsequently issued final regulations on both proposals.

During the 1990s, Boyle and his team were the early adopters of the animal welfare approach of Temple Grandin, professor of animal science at Colorado State University. AMI first partnered with Grandin in 1991 on its Recommended Animal Handling Guidelines for the Meat Industry and later on an animal welfare audit program that has become the global standard around the world and is a condition of doing business with many leading foodservice and retail customers.

Mahoney Appoints New President

Mahoney Environmental, Joliet, IL, has named Rick Sabol as president of the company. He will be responsible for all operations, sales, and administration for Mahoney Environmental.

“Rick is a consummate and considerate leader,” said John Mahoney, chief executive officer of the company. “He understands our values, mission, and goals. He is the first non-family member to lead our business in 60 years. He has my full support.”

H.J. Baker Facilities Certified

All of the H.J. Baker & Bro., Inc. North American poultry and dairy feed additive manufacturing facilities have now earned the Safe Feed/Safe Food certification, a voluntary, third-party-certified initiative designed for feed mills and feed ingredient-related facilities in the United States, Mexico, and Canada. Administered by the American Feed Industry Association, the program establishes comprehensive standards of excellence that go beyond existing regulations to maximize food and feed safety.

“H.J. Baker has a long tradition of providing our customers with top quality products and outstanding customer service,” stated Christopher V. B. Smith, president and chief executive officer of H.J. Baker & Bro. “With the Safe Feed/Safe Food certification, our customers know that we exceed Food and Drug Administration guidelines and have a rigorous program in place to ensure the safe manufacturing and delivery of our feed products.” H.J. Baker facilities certified include Sanford, NC; Albertville, AL; Forest, MS; Fort Smith, AR; Trawick, TX; and Westville, OK.

The company is headquartered in Westport, CT, and has more than 20 locations throughout the United States and internationally.

Meat Groups Consider Merger

The American Meat Institute (AMI) and North American Meat Association (NAMA) are examining a possible merger. The executive committees of both associations voted in mid-September in favor of pursuing talks to create a new organization to represent the meat and poultry industry. A committee composed of members from each association will be formed to decide the next steps and explore over the next several months how a new organization can best serve its members.

Meeker Appointed to Animal Health Committee

Dr. David Meeker, senior vice president of Scientific Services, National Renderers Association, was one of 20 individuals recently appointed to serve on the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Animal Health through August 2014. He has served on the committee previously.

The committee provides public and industry perspectives on USDA strategies, policies, and programs to prevent, control, and/or eradicate animal health diseases. The committee will also lead broader dialogue on public health concerns and the stability of the livestock economies.

Others appointed are Dr. Annette Jones, California state veterinarian and director of Animal Health and Food Safety Services; Dr. Donald Hoenig, former Maine state veterinarian; Dr. Boyd Parr, state veterinarian from South Carolina at Clemson University; R. Scott Stuart, chief executive officer of the National Livestock Producers Association; Dr. Elizabeth K. Wagstrom, chief veterinarian for the National Pork Producers Council; Dr. Willie M. Reed, dean of Purdue’s School of Veterinary Medicine; and several attorneys, veterinarians, and livestock farmers/producers.

Pilgrim’s Closes Rendering Plant, Sells Chicken Facility

In early September, Pilgrim’s Pride Corp., majority owned by JBS USA, closed its rendering facility in El Dorado, AR, that produced chicken meal used in pet food, eliminating 29 jobs. The rendering plant operations were shifted to another Pilgrim’s facility in Texas.

In addition, Pilgrim’s Pride plans to sell its chicken plant in Batesville, AR, to Ozark Mountain Poultry, a niche producer, in October. There are 400 employees at the plant, although it was unclear how many employees Ozark would retain.

Both actions are said to be part of an ongoing re-alignment of the company’s production facilities announced 18 months ago.

Separators Makes Staffing Changes

Separators, Inc. has promoted Bill Otter to vice president of sales and marketing. He has over 30 years of sales experience with process-related equipment and services and has been with the company the past seven years as Midwest regional sales manager.

Bill Statham has joined Separators as vice president of operations. In his new role, he will oversee the company’s centrifuge remanufacturing, service, and parts offerings. Prior to joining Separators, Statham had commercial and operating experience with Meritor.

Separators, Inc. is a North American centrifuge service provider specializing in the remanufacturing of Alfa Laval, Tetra Pak, and Westfalia centrifuge equipment.

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