Richard Sellers, senior vice president of legislative and regulatory affairs
AAFCO's 2014 Annual meeting was Focal Point of Eventful Week
Monday, September 8, 2014
by: Richard Sellers, senior vice president of legislative and regulatory affairs

Section: Fall 2014

The Association of American Feed Control Officials held its 2014 Annual Meeting in late July in Sacramento, Calif. More than 300 people endured the 100-plus degree temperatures to attend the important meeting of feed control officials, regulated industry and other stakeholders. 
There were 33 states in attendance, 23 Food and Drug Administration officials and more than 200 industry attendees. The meeting marks the 105th year in an unbroken chain of meetings that the American Feed Industry Association and AAFCO have jointly met. 
AAFCO publishes definitions of feed ingredients annually in the AAFCO Official Publication. The AAFCO Ingredient Definitions Committee (IDC) is the working body who reviews these definitions during their committee meetings twice a year. 
At the meeting, the AAFCO membership voted in five new tentative ingredients and revised the tentative definition for biodiesel derived glycerin. The AAFCO IDC approved five new tentative ingredient definitions, modified one definition to reflect a food additive approval and approved a new feed term. AAFCO’s IDC also voted to delete four tentative definitions, keep three tentative and move nine tentative definitions to official. For more information, check the AAFCO feed BIN or contact AFIA staff. 
AFIA traditionally holds two committee meetings in conjunction with AAFCO’s Annual Meeting. AFIA’s Ingredient Approval and Definition Committee and Feed Regulatory Committee met the day before AAFCO meetings began. In addition to ingredient definitions, IADC discussed topics ranging from the monograph project to nanotechnology and international trade to the ingredient approval process. 
Later that day, AFIA’s Feed Regulatory Committee meeting was attended by more than 70 people by members involved in regulatory affairs in the feed industry. The group discussed several important legislative and regulatory items, including the Food Safety Modernization Act. The AAFCO reports and committee agenda items were also covered. Sadly, the committee bid farewell to two retiring long-term committee members: Sue Carlson, Cargill, and Wayne Bomgarden, Provimi North America. Kristi Krafta, Kemin Industries, was thanked for her two years of service as Feed Regulatory Committee Chair and additional two years as Vice Chair. The committee welcomed Scott Ringger, JBS United, as the new chair and Angela Mills, Southern States Cooperative Inc., as the vice chair for the next two years.  
This year, AFIA hosted two additional meetings. The first meeting brought animal drug sponsors and feed manufacturers together to talk about the Veterinary Feed Directive. Knowing there will be transition challenges, AFIA’s goal is to assist the industry in having a seamless process for transitioning the new VFD products into the marketplace and to educate those involved. This meeting allowed both stakeholder groups to come together and identity future complications and then brainstorm how to mitigate them. 
The final meeting was the FSMA Regional Seminar Phase I: Building a Foundation for Compliance. The sold-out, two-day meeting was developed to assist the industry in understanding the largest set of rules to impact feed and pet food since the 1950s. The seminar, taught by AFIA legislative and regulatory staff, was attended by feed and pet food manufacturers as well as ingredient suppliers interested in gaining a better understanding of how FSMA will affect their businesses.  
AFIA also hosted additional phase I seminars in Des Moines, Iowa, and Atlanta, Ga., in August and plans to roll out phases II and III in 2015. 
For more information on the AAFCO Annual Meeting or AFIA-hosted committee meetings, contact Richard Sellers, AFIA senior vice president of legislative and regulatory affairs, at (703) 558-3569 or rsellers@afia.org.
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