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Increased levels of dioxin-type and non dioxin-type PCBs in complementary feed

RASFF Notification No. 2016.1369 was published on October 6, 2016. This RASFF Notification mentions the contamination of dioxins and non dioxin-type PCBs in compound feed (complimentary feed) based on yeast.

EWS Mycotoxins harvest cereals 2016

For many years, three OVOCOM members (Apfaca, ARMB and Synagra) are working together towards a targeted monitoring with respect to the presence of mycotoxins in wheat, barley, rye, oats, triticale and spelt.

Follow up on regulations – August 2016

Two texts published during the month of august have caught our attention. One is a Recommendation relating to the maximum mycotoxin levels, and the other is a circular letter informing Belgian sector operators on the modalities in terms of

declaration and control upon import of feedingstuffs not subject to veterinary control.

Maize originating from Brazil: Risk classification ‘High’

The risk classification linked to the presence of Aflatoxine in B1 maize originating from Brazil goes from a ‘Medium’ to a ‘High’ risk (see FCA-document ‘BT-16: Temporary monitoring’). This shall take immediate effect. Indeed, several exceedances of the applicable feed standard (20 ppb) have recently been communicated: on the one hand, it concerns the publication of the RASFF-notification 2016.1301, and on the other hand the recall, to the Netherlands, of contaminated maize detected in 3 barges.

Communication of incidents to OVOCOM: modification

The FCA Standard aims at limiting, within the Feed chain, any potential food safety risks, through proactive, preventive and sector-specific control measures. It is however, impossible to exclude for 100% all contamination.

Thematic training course feed legislation

This training course is only available in French and Dutch

Thematic training 4

Comme chaque année, le but de cette formation est de parcourir les principales modifications et publications relatives à la législation « alimentation animale » des 12 derniers mois.

Revision of FCA document 'BT-16: temporary monitoring'

The additional monitoring of Aflatoxin B1 in maize, laid down in FCA document ‘BT-16: Temporary monitoring’ has been, since September 2015, evaluated on a regular basis and updated based on RASFF notifications and on analytical results provided by companies as part of this Protocol. 

Follow up on regulations – July 2016

Despite the summer period, the month of July 2016 has yielded some very interesting texts. Among those, we will discuss the Recommendation ‘nickel’ published in June, but we will also discuss the 3 authorization decisions relating to the GMOs, and also the publication of a new European labeling code.

EWS Mycotoxins harvest winter wheat 2016

For many years, the three OVOCOM members [(Synagra (collection / trade), Bemefa (production and compound feed) and the Royal Association of Belgian Millers (ARMB) (milling)] are, together, performing controls in order to obtain a ‘pre-harvest’ view relating to the presence of mycotoxines (Fusarium) in winter wheat.

Risk of paraquat in soybeans (origin : Brazil)

According to several sources, high paraquat (herbicide) levels may be observed in  Brazilian soybeans (> 0,03 mg/kg) and products derived therefore (e.g. cakes).


Monitoring of aflatoxin B1 in maize: changes in risk classification of the countries

Given that the risk categories remained unchanged during several consecutive monthly assessments (see FCA document‘ BT-16: Temporary monitoring’), there is now a change in the risk category of a country.

The European Commission praises the Belgian cooperation between the government and the animal feed industry

From 26 – 30th of October 2015, the Food and Veterinary Office (FVO) of the European Commission organized a study visit to Belgium. Within that context, OVOCOM had the honor of hosting the FVO.

Communication to OVOCOM upon purchase of animal feed

With this newsletter we would like to provide you with an overview of the mandatory communication which is to be sent to OVOCOM upon purchase of animal feed:


  • According to the Gatekeeper-principle;
  • Via Specific Purchase Protocols; or
  • Via Temporary monitoring.
Summary ”RASFF notifications 2016” No. 2

The 2016 Summary of all notifications issued by the RASFF (rapid alert system for Food and Feed), and of interest to operators belonging to the feed sector, has been updated on June 30th 2016. For these first 6 months, already 444 ‘hazard/product’ combinations have been proposed.

Inspection of meat stores : modification of document FCA BC-10

Following the publication of the Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2016/1100 as regards the BSE status of certain countries such as, in particular, Germany, Spain and Lithuania, the Status of these countries have been changed (countries with a controlled risk à countries with a negligible risk).

Follow up on regulations – June 2016

The current legislation does not always concern major changes to the basis texts applicable to the sector (placing on the market, hygiene package, animal by-products, etc).‘Small’ texts also deserve our attention, either because of their proactive nature, or because they respond to an evolving sector.

High level of zearalenone in soybean products (origin: Argentina)

In addition to our previous newsletter (No. 44) relating to the presence of the mycotoxin zearalenone (ZEA), we recommend that companies pay particular attention to all soya products originating from Argentina.


High level of in zearalenone in soya-bean hulls

Hulls (seeds) of soya (granular and non granular) (soya (bean) hulls (pellets) – code catalog 2.18.5 – Origin : Argentina) presenting a high level of zearalenone (ZEA) could be available on the market (including Germany, Belgium, The Netherlands and the United Kingdom). ZEA is a mycotoxin which has a negative influence on the production of animal feed (e.g. fertility).


OVOCOM publishes a specific module in order to comply with the requirements by the Dutch Dairy companies

In order to maintain its leading position in the international dairy community, the Dutch dairy industry has, since January 1, 2016, further tightened the quality assurance of animal feed within the Netherlands. To this end, the NZO manages the so-called “White List”. Only companies listed on the white list may directly supply feed to Dutch dairy farmers.




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