FDA Proposes Rule to Ensure Safety of Animal Feed

US - In an effort to improve the safety of food for animals, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a proposed rule under the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). This regulation would help prevent foodborne illness in both animals and people and is open for public comments for 120 days.
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The proposal is part of the Food Safety Modernisation Act’s larger effort to modernise the food safety system for the 21st century and focus public and private efforts on preventing food safety problems, rather than relying primarily on responding to problems after the fact.

The proposed rule would require makers of animal feed and pet food to be sold in the US to develop a formal plan and put into place procedures to prevent foodborne illness. The rule would also require them to have plans for correcting any problems that arise. The proposed rule would also require animal food facilities to, for the first time, follow proposed current good manufacturing practices that address areas such as sanitation.

“The FDA continues to take steps to meet the challenge of ensuring a safe food supply,” said FDA Commissioner Margaret A. Hamburg, MD.

“Today’s announcement addresses a critical part of the food system, and we will continue to work with our national and international industry, consumer and government partners as we work to prevent foodborne illness.”

The proposed rule would help ensure the safety of food for animals and prevent the transmission of agents in food for animals that could cause foodborne illness in both animals and people. People can get sick by handling contaminated food, such as pet food.

“This proposed rule on animal food complements proposed rules published in January 2013 for produce safety and facilities that manufacture food for humans to set modern, prevention-based standards for food safety,” said Deputy Commissioner for Foods and Veterinary Medicine Michael R. Taylor.

“They also work in concert with standards proposed in July 2013 to help ensure that imported foods are as safe as those produced domestically.”

The FDA will hold three public meetings on the Proposed Rule for Preventive Controls for Animal Food Facilities. The first meeting will be held on 21 November 2013 at the FDA Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition in College Park, MD.

The second meeting will be on 25 November 2013 at the Ralph H. Metcalfe Federal Building in Chicago. The third meeting will be held on 6 December 2013 at the John E. Moss Federal Building in Sacramento, CA.

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