LCA datasets on processed former foodstuffs added to the GFLI Database

On 7 December 2021, the GFLI announced that LCA datasets on processed former foodstuffs from The Netherlands and the UK were added to its Database. The LCA datasets have been generated through primary data collection by EFFPA members VIDO and UKFFPA, who represent former foodstuff processors in The Netherlands and the UK respectively. The GFLI Database is a global initiative, of which FEFAC is a founding member, and contains datasets on the environmental performance of a large range of feed ingredients. The addition of the LCA datasets on former foodstuffs is a meaningful development for the feed industry’s capacity to drive more sustainable feed production.

Former foodstuffs are foodstuffs intended for human consumption, but due to production errors or arising surpluses lose that original purpose. They still hold a high-quality value for animal nutrition purposes. Examples come from the production of bread, pastry, cake, chocolate, crisps, sweets, and dairy products. The datasets include (processed) ingredients with single ingredient former foodstuff dried, single ingredient former foodstuff in the fresh greater than 50% dry matter, single ingredient former foodstuff less than 50% dry matter (liquid) and a blend of former foodstuffs in the fresh. The system boundary is from the food company gate to the end of the former foodstuff processor and includes transport from the food operator to the former foodstuff processor. Processing includes one or more: unpacking, sorting, grinding, mixing, drying or liquefying.

The new datasets are available for download on the GFLI website. When the GFLI database is updated in early 2022, the datasets will be integrated into the GFLI database and available for download as part of the lifecycle inventory (LCI) and life cycle impact assessment (LCIA) formats. In August 2021, the European Animal Protein Association (EAPA) contributed two datasets on blood-based animal proteins haemoglobin and plasma powder to the GFLI database.

For more information also see the press release of UKFFPA.