FDA Issues Proposed FSMA Feed Rule

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued the proposed rule on Current Good Manufacturing Practice and Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based Preventive Controls for Food for Animals. This marks the latest set of proposed rules issued to implement the Food Safety Modernization Act. The American Feed Industry Association and National Grain and Feed Association issued a joint statement on the rule. According to AFIA Vice President of Feed Regulation and Nutrition Richard Sellers - these rules will have a major impact on the organization's members. Sellers says they will begin implementing their plan to analyze the preventive control rules jointly with the Foreign Supplier Verification and the Accreditation of Third Party Auditors rules already released. NGFA Vice President of Feed Services David Fairfield says his group will work closely with AFIA, Pet Food Institute and other industry partners in developing comments on the proposed provisions to help ensure the requirements are achievable and facilitate the continued manufacture and distribution of safe animal feed and pet food.

Both AFIA and NGFA plan to submit extensive public comments on the proposed rule. Joel Newman - AFIA President and CEO - notes the Food Safety Modernization Act represents the most significant reform to feed regulation in several decades. He says it will help ensure the continuation of the highest standards of safety throughout the entire food system. AFIA - Newman says - will work with FDA, feed industry partners and members over the coming months and years to guarantee its smooth implementation.

NGFA President Randy Gordon says the industry has developed effective product safety programs that are tailored to the operations of individual facilities. He says it will be vitally important that FDA's regulations provide the flexibility necessary for companies to continue to effectively address feed safety - as well as provide the necessary education and training of its inspectors and the regulated industry. According to Gordon - all indications are that the agency shares those views.

The proposed rule will be published in the Federal Register Tuesday. Comments will be due 120 days after that official publication. AFIA has asked the agency to extend the deadline for comments to match the preventive control rules deadline.

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