BASF emphasizes the need for safety and sustainability in the feed-to-food industry
- BASF – bronze sponsor of the 4th Global Feed & Food Congress in South Africa
- NovasilTM Plus – aflatoxin binder for safer feeding of livestock
- SET – the initiative for applied sustainability in feed and food production
Johannesburg, South Africa – April 8, 2013 – BASF will present paths to safer and more sustainable nutrition at the 4th Global Feed & Food Congress (GFFC), which will take place in Sun City, South Africa on April 10-12, 2013. It is the first time that this international congress is being held in Africa. The International Feed Industry Federation organizes these congresses with technical support from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.
BASF is a bronze sponsor of the event, at which more than 500 representatives of the agrifood industry, officials, and global leaders will discuss issues related to feed and food safety, food security, technology, and sustainability.
“Global food safety is our concern,” said Dr. Alexandra Brand, who heads BASF’s global Animal Nutrition business unit. “We strive to optimize animal nutrition by making it safer, for example by addressing mycotoxin contamination. Our NovasilTM Plus aflatoxin binder helps reduce health risks in livestock feeding and, ultimately, improve food safety.”
NovasilTMPlus Mycotoxin Binder
BASF’s mycotoxin binder NovasilTM Plus is a feed additive that specifically binds aflatoxins. Adding NovasilTM Plus, which consists of natural clay, to feed minimizes the uptake of aflatoxins by livestock during digestion. Contamination of grains and feedstuffs with aflatoxins is common, and is particularly high in warm, humid weather, after droughts, and in subtropical regions. Aflatoxins are the most dangerous mycotoxins occurring in feed and food; they negatively impact the health of both animals and humans. Metabolites of aflatoxins find their way from livestock into the food chain, mainly via milk, and pose a major food safety risk for humans.
NovasilTM Plus is currently registered as a mycotoxin binder in many but not all countries.
SET Initiative for Applied Sustainability
Dr. Christoph Günther of BASF SE, who is in charge of the SET applied sustainability initiative in Europe, will speak at the GFFC about “creating brand value via applied sustainability.” SET takes a holistic view of the feed-to-food sector. It applies a range of sustainability analyses and develops strategies for making consumer products more sustainable. This enables customers to differentiate themselves from competitors and make a major contribution to ensuring a sustainable food supply for the world’s growing population.
“Everyone along the value chain can contribute to more sustainable food production, both upstream and downstream,” said Dr. Günther. “It is crucial to take an open, broad view of a product throughout its life cycle.”
About Animal Nutrition
BASF is a global leader in sustainable animal nutrition – offering vitamins, carotenoids, enzymes, organic acids, and specialties for all types of feed. BASF’s products are mainly fed to ruminants, poultry, pigs, farmed fish, and companion animals. Innovative products (such as Natugrain® TS), modern technologies (including white biotechnology), and SET, BASF’s initiative for applied sustainability, pave the way for making animal nutrition not only more efficient and cost-effective, but also more sustainable. BASF’s expert teams help the nutrition industry analyze and systematically improve the efficiency and sustainability of its products and make verifiable value propositions to the entire value chain up to and including consumers. For more information visit www.animal-nutrition.basf.com and www.set.basf.com.
About BASF in South Africa & Sub-Sahara
BASF has been doing business in South Africa over 45 years. Headquartered in Midrand, Johannesburg, the BASF Group in South Africa consists of eight companies with locations in Johannesburg, Port Elizabeth and Cape Town, including a world-class automotive emission catalysts production site in Port Elizabeth. A regional sales hub for Eastern Africa, BASF East Africa Ltd., was established in Kenya in mid-2011. In July 2012 BASF West Africa Ltd, a new regional office, was opened in Lagos, Nigeria, in order to serve the West African market. BASF also recently invested in a dispersions production plant in Durban which is producing acrylic dispersions since third quarter of 2012. The local group’s portfolio includes chemicals, plastics, coatings, dispersions, agricultural products and nutrition. BASF products are used for industrial applications in various sectors e.g. paper, packaging, and leather, detergents, cosmetics, construction, mining, agriculture and automotive industries. For further local information visit the Website: www.basf.co.za .
BASF is the world’s leading chemical company: The Chemical Company. Its portfolio ranges from chemicals, plastics, performance products and crop protection products to oil and gas. We combine economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility. Through science and innovation, we enable our customers in nearly every industry to meet the current and future needs of society. Our products and solutions contribute to conserving resources, ensuring nutrition and improving quality of life. We have summed up this contribution in our corporate purpose: We create chemistry for a sustainable future. BASF had sales of €72.1 billion in 2012 and more than 110,000 employees as of the end of the year. BASF shares are traded on the stock exchanges in Frankfurt (BAS), London (BFA) and Zurich (AN). Further information on BASF is available on the Internet at www.basf.com.