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Superior Ag is among the U.S. feed mills that fall
into the "smaller business" category that must be fully compliant with the Food and Drug Administration
(FDA) by Sept. 21, 2018. The country's larger feed
mills had to be in compliance by September 2017.
Bender said he has spent countless hours studying
the FSMA rulebook to make sure every possible issue
has been addressed.
"We've invested a lot of money and have done the
things we needed to do," said Bender, who noted that
after the initial visit the FDA will give mills a 30-day
inspection. "But after that you better have everything
the way they want it."
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pelleting or bagging, Bender said.
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feed cleaner and roller mill. A fat coater also has
been installed for use on pellets and crumbles, and
a scalper is used on inbound corn that is headed to
mill in," Day said. "And we have plenty of room for
An increasing number of Superior Ag customers
are asking for organic feed, and the new facility is
positioned to meet their needs, Day said.
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"We have customers that are all natural, whether it's
on the beef side or the swine side," he said. "We have
animal fat anymore; we carry vegetable oil because the
all-natural customers have to have that, and we don't
need to have two different fat sources."
All feed, whether it's earmarked for bulk or bagged
delivery, is tested before leaving the plant, Bender said.
"We sell a lot of bagged feed," said Bender, adding
that 40% is bagged and the remainder is delivered in
bulk. "We have installed a new bagging system and a
Symach palletizing stacking system."
to 12 bags per minute, is a major upgrade from the systems they used in their older mills, and it has enabled
them to do custom bagging for other companies.
Although the mill is highly automated, Day said it employs 20 people, including many who transferred from
the three mills that the cooperative has shut down.
Like any new regulatory measure, complying
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Superior Ag estimates it has spent around $150,000
with the addition of more employees and there's also
designed to meet feed product safety standards.
But Day believes the time and money spent has been
well worth it.
"In the long run we think it's a very good thing for
the industry," Day said.
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