The European Compound Feed Manufacturers’ Federation (FEFAC) and the International Trade Centre (ITC) have announced that three more responsible soya schemes would be available to the European feed market after passing independent benchmarking processes.

FEFAC said the newly added schemes – Bunge Pro-S, CSQA (Italy) and USSEC SSAP – meant that 15 soya schemes were now compliant with the FEFAC Soy Sourcing Guidelines 2021 to date.

All 15 benchmarked schemes also complied with the conversion-free soya criterion, FEFAC said, which meant they offered responsibly-produced soya grown on land that had not come at the expense of any (illegal or legal) conversion of natural eco-systems (including non-forest native vegetation in Brazil’s Cerrado Biome) from a specific cut-off date (2020 as the latest possibility).

“With a view to the announced European Commission proposal for deforestation-free supply chains and the COP26 pledge to end deforestation by 2030, we have demonstrated that the soya supply chain is ready to deliver a mainstream market supply of responsible and conversion-free soya to the European feed sector,” FEFAC President Asbjørn Børsting said.

Compliance with the FEFAC Soy Sourcing Guidelines 2021 means that the schemes meet the criteria for responsible soya production that are included in the FEFAC Guidelines, which were developed to set a transparent ‘comparison level’ for European compound feed manufacturers requested to source responsible soya.

Meanwhile, FEFAC said a number of other schemes had also applied for benchmarking against the FEFAC Soy Sourcing Guidelines 2021.