GMP (Good Manufacturing/Managing Practice = guaranteed quality for feed) originates from the Dutch association PDV (market alliance animal feed).

In the meantime other countries like Belgium and Germany tend to acknowledge GMP requirements and even demand them on specific cases.

Since animal feed is an essential component of the animal product chain it results as immediate impact on the quality and safety of food from animal origin. The consumers of meat, poultry and dairy products expect that the feed industry generates and delivers products with the highest standard of safety and quality.

The GMP standard is widely used by producers and merchants of premix, plain feed and additives regarding as well handling, transport, storage, growth and feeding the product to the animals at the farm. It is possible to grant certificates to chemical laboratories in connection with internal examinations. Following the GMP standard companies will be enabled to provide safe guarantees for animal feed and its ingredients and prove the compliance with current law and specific regulations set up by trade partners and retail groups.

Specific regulations for different activities in the feed industry have been incorporated in supplementary GMP codes which round off the basic GMP standard. One example is GMP07, a regulation that deals with road transport of feed or GMP13, (also named QC-standard) that governs "quality control of feed for animal nutrition". GMP13 is applicable for individual feed mills and feed merchants outside the Netherlands.

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