IFFO report shows focus on data and scientific evidence

Fishmeal IFFO has worked on various projects including one on the use of antioxidants

IFFO, The Marine Ingredients Organisation has released its 2017 Annual Report, which highlights its increased investment and focus on data gathering and technical reports, with the aim of effectively communicating the strategic and vital role of marine ingredients.

In order to increase and speed up technical projects, the IFFO Board developed a new process for commissioning projects and increased investments. Examples of this evidence-based approach include IFFO’s projects on the use of antioxidants, which are required to stabilise and protect fishmeal during transportation. IFFO also contributed to the additional safety studies on ethoxyquin, which are an essential component of the reauthorisation process in the EU.

IFFO’s director general Andrew Mallison stated: “IFFO has been working hard over the past year to build our on existing data and identify gaps to ensure that we continue to effectively communicate the vital importance of marine ingredients. This report succinctly draws together all our work and I am proud of our pivotal role that we hold in the industry.”

Antioxidant trials

IFFO completed project trials on antioxidant stabilisation with the kind support of some of IFFO’s members. The data from the trials contributed to the work with the International Maritime Organisation (IMO), and the amendment of the shipping codes.

Other important project work has looked at the management of forage fish stocks, raw material supply, environmental impacts relative to other feed ingredients, and co-sponsorship of an international scientific conference on small pelagic fish stocks.

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