New Online Tool Available Through FDA to Report Animal Feed Problems
The Food and Drug Administration has launched the Livestock Food Reporting portal - an online system added to the Safety Reporting Portal that was designed to streamline the process of reporting product safety issues to FDA and the National Institutes of Health. FDA's Center for Veterinary Medicine offers instructions on how to report a livestock food complaint and the types of information to provide. Producers and others who file a report should retain the original feed packaging until the product is completely used. The packaging will have information that helps identify the variety of food, manufacturing plant and production date. Other information to include is the exact product name, product description, type of container, lot number, best by date, best before date, expiration date, UPC code, net weight, purchase date and location. Those filing a report should also provide any laboratory test results, information on product storage, preparation and handling and a problem description. FDA encourages anyone concerned with animal feed to file a report. Manufacturers, distributors, retailers and public health officials will continue to use the Reportable Food section of the Safety Reporting Portal.
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