GMP+ Blogs

Managing Director of GMP+ International Johan den Hartog shares his feed safety vision with the GMP+ community on a monthly basis via his blog. With more than extensive experience in the sector, he knows better than anyone what is going on.

He writes about his visits worldwide to spread the mission of GMP+ International - Feed Safety Worldwide, responds to current events in the world and shares his experience through his blogs. The blogs of recent years can be read here.

Dedication is not something you can capture in rules

Dedication is not something you can capture in rules

3/29/2021

Laws, rules and standards about safe animal feed are important and necessary. However, they have one drawback: they don’t necessarily change people’s “hearts & minds”. In fact, complying with rules can sow complacency, making us forget that safe animal feed demands more.

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Updated scheme & faith in the future

Updated scheme & faith in the future

2/25/2021

Following years of preparation, we will be launching the updated GMP+ Feed Certification scheme on 1 March. The new scheme has been designed to be more accessible and give companies more scope for individual interpretation.

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Better cooperation in the chain: take that first step yourself

Better cooperation in the chain: take that first step yourself

1/26/2021

The animal feed sector has been committed to assuring optimum feed safety for decades. In recent years, responsible and sustainable working has also taken on greater importance in the industry. Is it enough to meet the expectations of modern consumers?

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Onwards together for Feed Safety Worldwide

Onwards together for Feed Safety Worldwide

12/21/2020

If 2020 has taught us one thing, it is that people, animals and the economy remain vulnerable. The world became acquainted with COVID-19, and African swine fever remained a major concern for the agricultural and animal feed sectors.

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With better laboratory analyses, feed safety wins out

With better laboratory analyses, feed safety wins out

11/26/2020

Reliable laboratory analyses are crucial for a trustworthy feed chain, as well as to our shared ambition of Feed Safety Worldwide. Two years after the launch of our standard for the registration of laboratories, we are happy to report good progress is being made.

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Roadmap to a future-proof feed sector

Roadmap to a future-proof feed sector

10/29/2020

Recently FEFAC, the European Feed Manufacturers' Federation, published its Feed Sustainability Charter 2030. In it, FEFAC outlines five ambitions for the next decade: carbon footprint reduction, increased efficiency, responsible sourcing, animal welfare, and sector resilience.

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Why we want our strongest allies to be our strongest critics

Why we want our strongest allies to be our strongest critics

9/28/2020

With a community of over 18,500 companies dedicated to feed safety, it is easy to forget that there are thousands of other feed companies not certified for the GMP+ Feed Certification scheme, and that some of them may not even see the benefits of becoming certified.

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The benefits – and challenges – of webinars

The benefits – and challenges – of webinars

8/25/2020

The coronavirus and social distancing, as we have noted in this blog before, has given a boost to digitisation, including the digitisation of our services. Four webinars this summer have proved that we don't always have to be on location to promote Feed Safety Worldwide.

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Feed sector doesn’t need antibiotics

Feed sector doesn’t need antibiotics

7/28/2020

In more and more countries, the use of antibiotics is facing pressure. It has been banned in the European Union since 2006.

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You can never fool all people all the time

You can never fool all people all the time

6/29/2020

US President Abraham Lincoln once said: ‘You can fool all people some of the time and some people all the time. But you can never fool all people all the time.’ I was reminded of that quote when I recently read an article about the cheating affair at Volkswagen.

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