Who We Are
The Animal Nutrition Association of Canada (ANAC) is the national trade association of the livestock and poultry feed industry. Our 170 members include feed and ingredient manufacturers and distributors, as well as suppliers of a wide range of goods and services to the feed industry. Taken together, ANAC’s membership represents 90 percent of commercial feed manufactured in Canada.
ANAC is managed by a small staff in Ottawa and governed by a volunteer board of directors. The board consists of a 4-person executive committee and 13 other directors from across Canada, representing both regular and associate member companies. Members of the board are elected for a one-year term at the association’s annual general meeting, held in the spring of each year.
What We Do
The feed industry is a key component of Canada’s agri-food economy and an active partner in the nation’s food safety system. ANAC acts as the voice of the industry with government policy makers and regulators, working to foster a favourable regulatory and business environment for the industry, while supporting initiatives to maintain the highest standards of feed and food safety. A good deal of our current advocacy effort focuses on modernization of the feed industry’s regulatory framework, which we hope to see completed sometime in 2018.
Much of the value that ANAC delivers to its members is provided through industry-focused information and events. The association keeps its members informed on the latest trends in government policy and regulation, and on a range of developments in the agri-food sector, through updates and special bulletins on emerging issues, a monthly electronic newsletter, an annual review, and the association’s website at www.anacan.org. In addition, we organize an annual meeting and convention, as well as nutrition conferences twice per year.
ANAC manages the FeedAssure® program, a comprehensive hazard identification and control system which has been formally recognized by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency as meeting all standards established under the Agency’s own Food Safety Enhancement Program. ANAC is currently pressing for enhanced recognition of the FeedAssure® program within the structure of a modernized regulation and new outcome-based facility inspection model. It has long been ANAC’s position that scarce government inspection resources should be refocused to concentrate more on those establishments without preventive controls. A systems-oriented oversight approach could then be applied to facilities which have implemented the rigorous safety measures in the FeedAssure® program.