October 26, 2013

FDA Releases Preventive Controls for Food for Animals Proposed Rule

By Laurie Greene, Associate Editor

TODAY, October 25, 2013, FDA released the Preventive Controls for Food for Animals Proposed Rule, required under the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). Under the new proposed rule, facilities that manufacture, process, pack, or hold food for animals would be required to adhere to current good manufacturing practices and implement hazard analysis and risk-based preventive controls.

Proposed animal food Current Good Manufacturing Practice (CGMP) regulations areas include:

  • Hygienic personnel practices and training;
  • Facility operations, maintenance, and sanitation;
  • Equipment and utensil design, use, and maintenance
  •  Processes and controls; and
  • Warehousing and distribution.

An improved animal food safety system as stipulated in the Proposed Rule can reduce the human and animal health burden by reducing the risks of serious illness and death to animals, adverse health effects to humans handling contaminated animal food, recalls, and losses of contaminated animal food ingredients and products.

The proposed rule will be published in the Federal Register on October 29. 2013, and comments are due 120 days later.

FSMA outreach will involve the dissemination of information to the public and industry through meetings, hearings, and workshops.FDA will hold three public meetings to explain the proposal and provide additional opportunities for input on the Preventive Controls for Food for Animals Proposed Rule: 

November 21, 2013 in College Park, MD.

November 25, 2013 in Chicago, IL

December 6 in Sacramento, CA. 

Visit the meeting page to view the agenda and additional information.

For more information on FDA's Food Safety Modernization Act, visit http://www.fda.gov/fsma

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