Feed Security –Exposed –
With the appareance in Europe of contamined vegetables by E.coli bacteria, which is entero hemorragic (EHEC) serotype O104:H4 and with lethal effects on the people who ate them. What happened is one of the most usual feed toxo infections that together with Salmonella carried by manipulators that are healthy carriers usually happen. There are dozens of different types, but in general it is a faecal bacteria living in digestive tract of animals, and from there to the water, plants or soil.
Exposed can be found the inefficiency of the Health Authorities to follow up the current rules and on the other side the compliance by the producer in the food production system to ensure their safety to consumers in developed countries and least developed
It is then questioned that countries of "first world" can always ensure safe food and does not represent a risk to consumers elsewhere. We know that the ball rolls and new health regulations will come in the production of food for human or animal consumption, which will be required from producers of third countries, non causing the problem, and the effects to carry this application, a situation in the history of commerce have always been used as nontariff barriers to trade, the rising cost of food production and the negative effect on competitiveness and efficiency in production.
This deficiency in the implementation, application and compliance with the standards established in Europe and third countries , it appears that is who most requires when purchasing a product. As discussed above, prevention is a tool to minimize risk in our daily life, production and so on. Risk will never be zero but the health aspects occurred with the E. coli. BSE, dioxins and other, demonstrates the great deficiency in adequate control systems in food production.
Food production by farmers must be framed from the beginning to the duty of responsibility attached honesty and conviction of what they are doing, without so many regulations that stifle the production system, as we are living. Will be consumer confidence to producers? How long will it last? Time will tell.
We can add, that sanitary problems occurred in ecologic feed, must be more exigent in the rules compliance in the inocuity point of view and not only the economic one. This aspect must be in the mind of all producers in the world in the responsibility to produce and improve every day in the farms, applying prevention systems and avoiding risks to be more efficient, competitive and produce innocuous products, as much ecologic as possible, as many countries are doing nowadays.
How can we do? Using appropriate raw materials, , reducing the indiscriminate use of antibiotics in animal feed, replacing chemicals with natural and similar effects, optimizing the protective mucous and epithelial cell level for better utilization of nutrients in the food etc.