The main objective of this survey was, to get an overall representative picture of the current development in the field of animal feed in EU Member States, New Member States (NMS) and Associated Candidate Countries (ACC).
The FEED-SEG project will produce a number of recommendations for the European commission and so contribute to EU-policy. These recommendations are based on the results of the online survey. The results can be summarized as follows:
- There is a high requirement of research, which is in a big part due to lack of funding, especially in the Net Recipients of the European countries.
- Beside implementation of EU-law also simplification of EU-law seems to be a big issue. On one hand there is partly a lack of transparency and on the other hand a lack of possibilities to implement, e. g. the absence of quality management systems.
- There is an observable request for sourcing of feed and food from more responsible resources and more use of local and traditional food. There is distrust in imported feed and the demand for quality control especially of imported components, but the activity in this field is still low.
- There is a big interest in managing residues, esp. antibiotics, chemical contaminants and pathogens, esp. mycotoxins, which all can be observed as a central concern independent on country or organisation. The activity and research is already relatively high in this area but is desired to be more intense.
- The common goal of standardized feed and food quality lacks in implementation due to several factors such as low budget more than in awareness of importance of feed and food safety.