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Unistock Europe Guide to Good Hygiene Practices

UNISTOCK Europe and its members are convinced that general application of procedures on the basis of the HACCP System (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points) and traceability, together with good hygiene practices should underpin the basis of responsibility of feed and food business storekeepers. They therefore welcomed the opportunity given to the food & feed chain in Regulation (EC) No 183/2005 laying down requirements for feed hygiene and Regulation (EC) No 852/2004 on the hygiene of foodstuffs, to develop sectorial voluntary guides to good practice and to update them on a regular basis.

UNISTOCK Europe developed an EU Guide for the storage of agribulk commodities which proposes good hygiene practices for operators that receive, store and deliver agribulk commodities on behalf of their owner. These good hygiene practices are applicable from receipt through dispatch and secure the safety, hygiene and condition of the delivered goods. Further to the submission of the EU Guide to the European Commission, a positive review was obtained, together with the recommendation to integrate the relevant good practices of the UNISTOCK Guide into the existing COCERAL/COGECA Guide to Good Hygiene Practices for the collection, storage, trading and transport of cereals, oilseeds and protein crops. 

In the past years UNISTOCK, COCERAL and COGECA have worked on the revision, update and extension of the EU Guide. The revised version of the Guide has been then endorsed for the second time by the EU Member States and the European Commission in July 2015.  

Public authorities acknowledged the existence of good hygiene practices relating to a given profession when performing their official controls. The titles and references of the EU Guide were consequently published on 12 November 2016 in the Official Journal of the EU, C418/2.
The main novelties in the 2015 Version of the Guide are the inclusion of the UNISTOCK EUROPE good practices in the relevant part of the joint Guide, the development of good practices for the management of salmonella as well as new guidance on the dioxin monitoring in oils and fats.

COCERAL, COGECA AND UNISTOCK EU Guide of Good Hygiene Practices has also been translated by the European Commission in all EU languages. The versions are available for download on the COCERAL website.