THREE poultry feed additive facilities owned and operated by H.J. Baker & Bros. have earned the American Feed Industry Assn.'s (AFIA) "Safe Feed/Safe Food" certification.
The voluntary, third-party initiative establishes comprehensive standards of excellence that go beyond existing feed safety regulations to maximize feed and food safety.
H.J. Baker's poultry facilities in Ft. Smith, Ark.; Sanford, N.C., and Westville, Okla., have each achieved certification under the program. The plants manufacture poultry feed ingredients, including the company's Pro-Pak and Pro-Plus protein concentrate products.
"We have worked hard to ensure that each of our poultry feed ingredient manufacturing facilities meets the rigorous standards set by the Safe Feed/Safe Food program," Mark Hohnbaum, president of H.J. Baker's feed products group, said. "It is important that our customers know that we don't just meet (Food & Drug Administration) guidelines; we exceed them, and this certification demonstrates that."
AFIA said important aspects of the certification program are: communicating food safety risks to the industry, building consensus among the different segments of the industry, continuing the education process and enhancing consumer confidence in the feed and food supply.