FDA Addresses FSMA, AAFCO at the 2012 Pet Food Conference

27 Jan 2012

by: Leslie Malone

ATLANTA, Ga., Jan. 27, 2012 – The International Feed Expo/International Poultry Expo is the annual event organized by the American Feed Industry Association in conjunction with the U.S. Poultry & Egg Association held in Atlanta, Georgia, Jan. 24-26 at the Georgia World Conference Center. One of the highlights of the event was the annual Pet Food Conference, hosted by AFIA and the Poultry Protein & Fat Council.

The Pet Food Conference covered a variety of topics ranging from regulatory issues to the technical aspects of production, food safety, marketing and use of ingredients. The conference featured expert speakers from a range of companies and organizations, including Euromonitor International, ADM Alliance Nutrition, Novus International, Eurofins Scientific, Trouw Nutrition USA, DSM Nutritional Products, SPF North America, American Proteins, Pet Food Association of Canada, National Renderers Association, the Association of American Feed Control Officials and the Food and Drug Administration.

Dr. Dan McChesney, FDA-CVM, spoke to attendees about FDA’s progress on the Food Safety Modernization Act, which charged the agency with improving the safety of food prevention within the U.S. “As the risk goes up, we need to be certain we’re controlling it,” he explained.

McChesney advised that anyone with a feed facility must identify what controls are already in place compared to what is being asked by FSMA. Most importantly, the facility is required to reconcile any differences and to document those controls.

“Whatever you have identified as a hazard, you have to have a preventive control to address that hazard,” said McChesney. In addition, facilities are required to keep detailed records of any controls in place.

FDA’s proposed rules for preventive controls are likely to be released in February or March, with the final rule scheduled to be published in the summer of 2012, after public meetings in D.C., Chicago and Oakland, and a 75 day comment period.

Dr. McChesney also addressed the upcoming change to the Association of American Feed Control Officials’ feed ingredient approval process, with the FDA set to step aside from the long-standing process this year.

“The AAFCO process is not going away without anything to replace it.” McChesney added that FDA was committed to extending the memorandum of understanding concerning the AAFCO approval process while these new processes are defined and put into place.

More information on the Pet Food Conference is available at www.petfoodconference.com.

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