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Feed and Food Safety Related News

March 8, 2019
FDA Releases New Approach to Safe Food Imports
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently released its "Strategy for the Safety of Imported Food," which outlines the agency's comprehensive approach toward ensuring the safety of imported food products.
March 8, 2019
FDA Announces Leadership Changes
Scott Gottlieb, the Food and Drug Administration's commissioner, announced this week that he is resigning from the administration, effective next month, citing personal reasons. Gottlieb took on many challenges in his time at the FDA, including identity standards for dairy products and regulations for cell-based meat. It is unknown what lays in store for Gottlieb.
March 8, 2019
USDA Unveils Plans to Guard Against ASF
In a surprise move this week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture unveiled that it is doubling-down efforts to guard the country against African swine fever (ASF), which continues to spread across China, Vietnam and Europe in recent months.
February 12, 2019
AFIA's Leah Wilkinson Discusses Regulatory Reform on RFD-TV
Earlier this month, Leah Wilkinson, the American Feed Industry Association's vice president of public policy and education, spoke with RFD-TV's Market Day Report about AFIA's call for the Food and Drug Administration to make its regulations for the feed industry more impactful.
February 8, 2019
New Biosecurity Guidance Available Following ASF Outbreaks
The American Feed Industry Association has updated its biosecurity guidelines, providing new information on how viruses can potentially spread throughout the feed manufacturing process and recommendations on how feed and ingredient manufacturers can develop and implement biosecurity plans at their facilities to better safeguard their feed and feed ingredients.
February 8, 2019
State Legislative and Regulatory Update
The state legislative season is heating up with 45 states currently in session. The American Feed Industry Association is tracking bills of importance to the animal food industry as well as proposed changes to feed laws or regulations. This article provides an overview of bills currently being considered in Maryland, Missouri, New Mexico and North Dakota.  
January 25, 2019
AAFCO, AFIA Committees Address Varied Agenda at Mid-year Meeting
Despite northern blizzards and the federal government shutdown hampering attendance at the Association of American Feed Control Officials' (AAFCO) mid-year meeting, spirited debate carried on.
January 11, 2019
FDA Clarifies How to Use Tylosin Phosphate in Beef Cattle
Last month, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM) posted a "Dear Veterinarian" letter clarifying the agency's position on complying with the conditions of use for the drug tylosin phosphate in beef cattle.
December 14, 2018
Is a Government Shutdown Inevitable?
Congress was set to fight over government funding last week, but decided to kick the can down the road until Dec. 21, when the short-term funding measure that is currently funding federal agencies will run out once again.
November 30, 2018
AFIA's Equine Committee Moves Forward with Efforts to Improve Safety of Equine Feed
The American Feed Industry Association's Equine Committee met on Nov. 15 to discuss topics of importance to manufacturers of horse feed. The committee tackled a number of issues impacting the equine feed industry, including rendering of equine meat from horses humanely euthanized with barbiturates and efforts to minimize the risks of toxins in equine feed
November 30, 2018
AAFCO Midyear Meeting, Other AFIA Committee Meetings Quickly Approaching
The Association of American Feed Control Officials' midyear meeting is less than seven weeks away. The American Feed Industry Association staff are gearing up for that meeting, to be held Jan. 21-23, 2019, in Savannah, Ga., along with two other AFIA committee meetings, which have traditionally occurred in conjunction.
November 16, 2018
Pet Food Industry Stakeholders Discuss Euthanasia Protocols
The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) convened a meeting of pet food industry stakeholders in Chicago last week to discuss the next steps to addressing the discovery of trace amounts of pentobarbital in finished pet foods.  No pet illnesses have been linked to rendered products containing the compound, but the Food and Drug Administration maintains a zero tolerance for the drug in pet food.
November 2, 2018
AFIA Board Discusses Latest Policy Priorities
On Oct. 18, the American Feed Industry Association's Board of Directors met in Arizona to discuss and review the association's business items and latest legislative and regulatory work. They also recognized Richard Sellers, AFIA's senior vice president of public policy and education, who will be retiring Dec. 31. 
November 2, 2018
FDA Releases Draft Guidance on Disclosing Retail Locations During Recalls
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently published a draft guidance that details its intentions for announcing the retail locations where recalled human or animal food products have been distributed during recalls. 
October 5, 2018
FDA Releases Draft Guidance on Disclosing Retail Locations During Recalls
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently published a draft guidance that details its intentions for announcing the retail locations where recalled human or animal food products have been distributed during recalls.
September 21, 2018
NASDA Tackles Emerging Animal Ag Issues at Annual Meeting
Last week, the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) brought state commissioners, secretaries, and directors of agriculture, as well as a variety of federal and industry stakeholders, together to discuss and set agriculture policy for the upcoming year.
June 15, 2018
WA State Feed Advisory Committee Discusses Feed Fees, Regulatory Updates
On June 4, Leah Wilkinson, the American Feed Industry Association's vice president of public policy and education, participated in the Feed Advisory Committee meeting for Washington state. Listed below are several important items the committee discussed, which commercial feed and pet food manufacturers located in and distributing into the state may want to note.
May 18, 2018
From Wisc. Dept. of Ag: Wisconsin Feed Tonnage & Inspection Fee Statute Changes
Wisconsin's 2018-19 biennial budget made statutory changes to the commercial feed tonnage and inspection fees. These changes are effective with reporting of the calendar year 2018 distributions; paperwork to be completed early in 2019. Changes that took effect 1/1/18:
April 20, 2018
State Legislative and Regulatory Update
The state legislative season is starting to slow down with only 23 states still in session. The American Feed Industry Association is tracking bills of importance to the animal food industry, as well as proposed changes to feed laws or regulations. This article provides an overview of bills currently being considered in South Carolina and Tennessee.
April 6, 2018
FDA Issues First Mandatory Recall
The Food and Drug Administration issued an order Tuesday requiring Las Vegas-based Triangle Pharmanaturals to recall food products with the herb kratom after several products were found to contain Salmonella. The company refused to cooperate with the FDA after it requested a voluntary recall late last month.
April 6, 2018
State Legislative and Regulatory Update
The state legislative season is starting to slow down with only 20 states still in session. The American Feed Industry Association is tracking bills of importance to the animal food industry, as well as proposed changes to feed laws or regulations. This article provides an overview of bills currently being considered in Michigan and Tennessee.
March 23, 2018
State Legislative and Regulatory Update
The state legislative season continues to move quickly with 34 states still in session. The American Feed Industry Association is tracking bills of importance to the animal food industry, as well as proposed changes to feed laws or regulations. This article provides an overview of bills currently being considered in Michigan, Ohio, Tennessee and Utah.
March 9, 2018
State Legislative and Regulatory Update
The state legislative season continues to move quickly with 41 states still in session. The American Feed Industry Association is tracking bills of importance to the animal food industry as well as proposed changes to feed laws or regulations. This article provides an overview of bills currently being considered in New Mexico, Tennessee and Utah.
February 23, 2018
State Legislative and Regulatory Update
The state legislative season has started with a bang. The American Feed Industry Association is tracking bills of importance to the animal food industry as well as proposed changes to feed laws or regulations. This article provides an overview of bills currently being considered in New Mexico and Utah.
February 9, 2018
State Legislative and Regulatory Update
The state legislative season has started with a bang. The American Feed Industry Association is tracking bills of importance to the animal food industry as well as proposed changes to feed laws or regulations. This article provides an overview of bills currently being considered in New Mexico and South Dakota.