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The opportunities presented to companies and facilities as a result of inclusion in the exclusive Safe Feed/Safe Food Certification Program are many. Read the following comments to learn why the Safe Feed/Safe Food program has been positively received:

Randy Amelsberg, plant manager at Hubbard Feeds, said "The Safe Feed/Safe Food Certification Program is like insurance. If the program is followed, the risk is minimized, and it exceeds FDA regulations and customer's expectations. To me, Safe Feed/Safe Food means: Providing our customers safe, consistent, quality products manufactured in a clean plant by employees who are well trained, understand and follow our QA program and policies. The livestock we feed today will end up on consumer's tables in the future. It is my responsibility to ensure that my team and I take ownership in the role we play in feeding the world."

Dr. Dan McChesney, director of the office of surveillance in the Food and Drug Administration's Center for Veterinary Medicine, said the Safe Feed/Safe Food Certification Program "surely addresses a lot of the attributes of a proper third-party certification program" at the American Feed Industry Association's Purchasing and Ingredient Suppliers Conference in March 2009.

David Harlan , director of global animal health and food safety for Cargill, said "The Safe Feed/Safe Food Certification Program is very well established in the U.S. [feed] industry. In addition, hat's off to AFIA for their leadership in moving forward with the International Safe Feed/Safe Food Certification Program with FAMI-QS. The FAMI-QS program is becoming the global gold standard for the feed premix ingredient sector."

Dr. Stephen Sundlof, former director of the FDA Center for Veterinary Medicine, said, "AFIA is ahead of the curve in this crucial area. ... This direction simply makes sense since FDA cannot do it alone," when he addressed AFIA's Executive Leadership Summit in 2007.

Barb Determan, a producer from Iowa and member of the Pork Checkoff's pork safety committee, said the committee supports third-party-certification programs that address the safety of feed manufacturing such as the Safe Feed/Safe Food Certification Program. Determan said the Pork Checkoff will encourage the use of Safe Feed/Safe Food materials by producers.

Don Orr, Ph.D.
President
JBS United, Inc.
"The steps of the Safe Feed/Safe Food Certification Program offer an excellent tool for training new workers and re-training your company's veteran employees. The Safe Feed/Safe Food program helps everyone in your facility get to the next level. The program raises everyone's game and greatly improves our confidence level."

Don Orr, Ph.D.
President
JBS United, Inc.
"At JBS United, our workers perform better in so many areas of process control as a result of the Safe Feed/Safe Food Certification Program. It's not just our manufacturing that is better now. The constant training and re-training that is part of Safe Feed/Safe Food means our entire process—from start to finish—has improved."

Scott Ringger
Quality Assurance/Quality Control and Regulatory Affairs
JBS United, Inc.
"The Safe Feed/Safe Food Certification Program has helped us strengthen our procedures and documentation system to provide proper instruction for critical quality processes. Our quality assurance program is easier to maintain and more effective today.  At JBS United, the bottom line is that we've seen overall improvement in quality even though the Safe Feed/Safe Food Certification Program is intended for feed safety."

Scott Ringger
Quality Assurance/Quality Control and Regulatory Affairs
JBS United, Inc.
"We see how much more aware our employees are about what we do. Our workers have a greater sense of ownership in quality-related processes as a result of the Safe Feed/Safe Food standards. We've noticed improved traceability at JBS United since we had our facilities certified. Another benefit is we have an established approval process for existing and new suppliers and improved product awareness at all inspection points. Validation of products made by our suppliers and also manufactured here at JBS United is an additional advantage."

Brian Rittgers
National Sales Manager-Dairy Business Unit
Elanco Animal Health
"The Safe Feed/Safe Food Certification Program offers peace of mind. When I'm dealing with a facility that believes in this program, I know that it's using the same standards as we're using at Elanco Animal Health. Certification by the Safe Feed/Safe Food program means we're on the same page. And that gives me a lot of comfort."

Brian Rittgers
National Sales Manager-Dairy Business Unit
Elanco Animal Health
"Customers like knowing Elanco Animal Health believes in the Safe Feed/Safe Food Certification Program. They know what they're getting from our facilities, and they know our products are achieving the most stringent safety standards possible."

Brian Rittgers
National Sales Manager-Dairy Business Unit
Elanco Animal Health
"One of the attributes of the Safe Feed/Safe Food Certification Program is how it helps employees far down the chain of command feel like they're part of something larger that leads to food for their families, friends and neighbors. I believe the program allows employees who work in facilities in small towns near and far to understand that their hard work matters."

Jim Moore
Vice President-Feed Division
Southern States Cooperative
"I have documented more than enough financial savings to pay for the investment in Safe Feed/Safe Food several times over."

Jim Moore
Vice President-Feed Division
Southern States Cooperative
"Food safety is an increasingly hot topic. Fortunately, the U.S. has one of the safest food delivery systems in the world. However, it is apparent that American consumers are more concerned than ever about how their food is handled. Animal agriculture is a critical component of the food industry, and the feed industry is critical to animal agriculture. Feed safety programs such as the Safe Feed/Safe Food Certification Program will take the industry to new heights in providing safe feed products for animals."

Jim Moore
Vice President-Feed Division
Southern States Cooperative
"I believe it is evident that regulations will be created that will mandate feed companies to use structured feed safety plans. This regulatory mandate will require a verification process. To verify that companies follow the regulatory guidelines, inspections of feed facilities will be necessary. If the inspection options come down to self-inspection versus inspections by regulatory agencies versus third party inspections, then I believe third-party inspections give all those involved the greatest level of confidence in the most efficient package. A certified third-party inspection by an organization such as the Facility Certification Institute is viable and effective."

Henry Turlington, Ph.D.
3PO Technical Manager
Provimi Holding, BV - Feed Solutions
The program "provides an opportunity for the industry to address the key concerns of our constituents, and that is feed safety. ... The Safe Feed/Safe Food program provides the mechanism for us to police ourselves, as well as to seek an auditing function."

Dan Haney
Director of Manufacturing
Alltech, Inc.
The program "is the best thing that's happened to the U.S. feed industry in years. ... I would recommend any company affiliated with the feed industry be a member of Safe Feed/Safe Food. It's an integral part of our industry. It provides standards we should demand."

Kenneth E. Vaupel
CEO/General Manager
Alfagreen Supreme
"The Safe Feed/Safe Food program is a third-party certification process focused on creating standards that provide consumer assurance within the feed supply chain for the various ingredients and products consumed in the livestock, pet and animal industries. Through this assurance, participating companies have benefited from improved efficiencies, enhanced procedures, reduced insurance costs and an evolving culture placing emphasis on the well-being of Safe Feed/Safe Food." ."

Pat Whidden
Animal Nutrition Operations Officer
Tennessee Farmers Cooperative
"Tennessee Farmers Cooperative has a rich history of trying to do the right thing for farmers and consumers, thus the Animal Nutrition Division goes above and beyond existing government regulations for feed manufacturers. Our feed safety procedures and quality processes have been enhanced as a result of our commitment to participate in AFIA's Safe Feed/Safe Food Certification Program. We intend to build further trust with our customers through displaying the certification seal."

Aaron Gaines, Ph.D.
Vice President, Production Resources and Operations
The Maschhoffs
"It's a big initiative you'll see a lot more of." The result, Gaines told ,em>Feed International magazine in October 2009, will be "a higher standard within feed production facilities to guarantee the safety of food for our customers."