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13 april 2017
There appears to be some discussion about how to interpret the GMP+ clause which requires a strict and complete physical separation in the factory. This memo is meant to give some clarity.
Strict and complete physical and organizational separation
Some considerations about the above mentioned requirement to create separation between GMP+ feed products and products that can give unwanted contamination (nonfeed/nonfood):
In anticipation of this change the current requirements regarding strict and complete physical and organization separation between GMP+ feed and non-feed should be interpreted like this;
Exclusion of feed products from scope of certification
Related to the topic above, it is also good to focus on what is laid down in article 4 of GMP+ A1. In this article is stated that all feed production must be covered under the scope of the certification. It is not possible to exclude parts of the feed production. The background for this strict requirement is mainly to give (1) transparency: all feed coming from a certified production location is GMP+. A customer/livestock farmer does not have to worry. He can trust the feed which is delivered to him, is produced under a certified feed safety control system. Also, (2) this requirement should make life for auditors more easy when auditing this location.There is discussion about this requirement. It was laid down a long time ago and at this moment there are other requirements that assure transparency. Think of the positive declaration. However, members of expert committees still have doubts. Results of discussion here is awaited this year. For the moment, the current rule in GMP+ A1 applies.
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