The Feeds and Pet Food Bill has been drafted to provide for:
- the regulation of feed and pet food;
- the regulation of feed ingredients used in the manufacturing of feed and pet food;
- the licensing or registration of facilities used for the manufacturing of feed or pet food;
- the appointment of a Registrar to administer the Act;
- the appointment of advisory committees, advisers, assignees, auditors, and inspectors to assist the Registrar in the exercise of his or her powers in the regulation, compliance monitoring and enforcement of this Act.
- the need to ensure the manufacturing of safe feed for animals intended for human consumption;
- the need to ensure the manufacturing of safe pet food intended for companion animals;
- the critical role that feed play in food safety, nutrition and food security;
- the need for a traceability system within the feed and pet food industries.
AND IN ORDER TO –
- protect the consumers and users of feed and pet food;
- disseminate an efficient and effective traceability system;
- ensure compliance with food safety requirements.
THE WAY FORWARD
During 2018, the Agriculture Inputs Control division of DAFF has successfully submitted the required Socio-Economic Impact Assessment Study (SEIAS) to the presidency in support of the Feeds and Pet Food Bill’s application for publication. The Minister of Agriculture has subsequently signed the Bill and it is expected to be published in the Government Gazette by early January 2019.
Comments on the Bill can be submitted after publication and discussed with the Registrar during the national consultation sessions scheduled to commence during March 2019.