The American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) created this program to demonstrate and ensure continuous improvement in the delivery of a safe and wholesome feed supply for the growth and care of animals. Safe Feed/Safe Food Certification is limited to companies in the feed industry that demonstrate a commitment to food safety through the building and maintaining consumer confidence in food products by:
Tracking and tracing materials to the point of origin
Assuring safety throughout the food chain
Maintaining longstanding relationships with preferred suppliers of raw materials
Utilizing consistent and stringent Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)
Conducting third-party, independent audits to confirm Safe Feed/Safe Food compliance
Click here to read how Feed Energy complies with Safe Feed/Safe Food certification standards at all three production facilities.
We believe strongly that adding the objectivity and expertise of an outside laboratory is an important “belt & suspenders” approach to the quality assurance program run by Feed Energy and offers several very important advantages to our customers:
Serves as a quality check on Feed Energy laboratory tests and results
Provides our technical staff immediate access to industry professionals
Supplies external tracking and tracing records
Links to critical emerging events and threats in the feed-to-food industry
Soybean soapstock is derived from vegetable oil refining and is the cornerstone of Feed Energy products. Soapstock is produced through chemical bonding — with a caustic such as sodium hydroxide — of the minute amounts of specific fatty acids from the crude oil in the vegetable oil refining process. Soapstock also will contain whole vegetable oil and the gums from the degumming process. In addition, soapstock has a high concentration of tocopherols (Vitamin E and antioxidants), pigments (carotenoids) and phytosterols. Acidulated soapstock has a highly concentrated amount of free fatty acids, which compresses the most metabolic energy possible into a pound of oil.
Linoleic Acid is a member of the group of essential fatty acids called Omega-6 fatty acids, so called because these are essential dietary requirements for livestock and poultry. These cannot be made by the animal’s digestive system and must be provided by a feed ingredient. Click here for related technical paper.
It has been proven that the dietary linoleic acid does indeed increase egg size. Increasing the dietary Linoleic Acid content to somewhere between 2-4 percent (depending on the birds’ age) increases egg weight. Linoleic Acid has also been found to be important in helping pullets achieve heavier case weights at an earlier age. It allows the yolk to contain a higher level of this unsaturated fatty acid, the presence of which has been deemed more healthy than saturated fatty and trans-fatty acids.