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Insect Protein Okay for Feed in Europe European Union member states endorsed a European Commission proposal for the use of insect protein in fish feed. The text is expected to be formally adopted in the spring, which means that insect proteins could effecƟvely be authorized for use in fish feed as of July 1, 2017, according to the InternaƟonal Plaƞorm of Insects for Food and Feed (IPIFF) in Europe. The European Food Safety Authority in October 2015 concluded that insects fed with plant-based materials post no risk if insect producers comply with best hygiene pracƟces. Looking ahead, IPIFF will pursue efforts toward a possible authorizaƟon of insect proteins in other non-ruminant species (e.g., pig and poultry) feed or to allow the use of other “high grade” materials to feed insects. R process, which yields a beƩer product and more frequent innovaƟon. What technical presence and service is offered, and at what cost? Technical support should be included in the doorto port/door rate and available globally around the clock. Technical personnel should be onsite for load and discharge to train plant personnel and as needed throughout the supply chain. How many full-time technical personnel are employed by the company? Where are they located? Ask the provider to distinguish between dedicated technical personnel and sales or other staff doubling as technicians. How many facilities and offices does the company have globally? Can they communicate in the local language of your customer? Ask the provider to disƟnguish between their own offices and third-party agents to understand the size of their network and the capital investment they have made therein. What automated key performance indicator reports are sent to customers? Shippers should have the opƟon to receive regular, automated reports detailing transit Ɵmes, expected departure and arrival dates, container numbers, vessel changes, non-conformiƟes, and so on. How are non-conformities measured? Anything that causes a delay or disrupƟon in the supply chain should be investigated by qualified personnel (oŌen technical managers), documented, and communicated to the shipper without delay. What insurance guarantees are offered? Marine cargo transit insurance covers all modes of transport, namely sea, road, rail, or inland waterways. Product and freight should be covered under the policy. Shippers should also confirm whether general average is covered under the standard policy. What is the deducƟble in the event of a loss? Some flexitank providers offer a no-deducƟble policy for a reasonable premium. Once shippers find a globally integrated logisƟcs partner, opt for doorto port/door service. The right partner will consolidate tasks and offer support at criƟcal points in the supply chain. This means fewer vendors to manage, less invoicing, reduced likelihood of miscommunication and delays, and a transfer of liability away from their business. Who doesn’t want that? R www.rendermagazine.com Render February 2017 29


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