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December 20, 2019
Free Education Program Provides Updates on Regulatory Changes in Animal Food Industry
The American Feed Industry Association's free Feed Education Program returns this year to the International Production & Processing Expo on Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020, to update attendees on recent changes within several federal agencies. The four-hour program is ideal for animal food facility managers, operations personnel and mill personnel looking to learn about the latest regulatory requirements impacting their businesses.
December 6, 2019
USDA Seeks Participation in Cyber Security Exercise
What would happen to the U.S. food and agricultural industries if cyber-attacks caused tens of thousands of farms and food processing facilities to lose power? Through participation in the Critical Infrastructure Partnership Advisory Council (CIPAC) for the Food and Agriculture Sector, the American Feed Industry Association is keeping abreast of a wide range of emerging security issues, including cyber security.
December 6, 2019
FDA Issues Warning Letters on CBD and Hemp Products
In a Thanksgiving week surprise, the Food and Drug Administration issued warning letters to 15 companies selling cannabidiol (CBD) products marketed for humans and/or animals including food-producing animals. This is the first enforcement action the agency has taken for companies marketing CBD or hemp products to livestock and/or pets. The issuing of the warning letters to just 15 companies is likely a drop in the bucket of what is really available for consumers to purchase.
December 5, 2019
AFIA Comments on FDA's Blueprint for a New Era of Smarter Food Safety
The American Feed Industry Association supports the Food and Drug Administration's vision outlined in the Blueprint for a New Era of Smarter Food Safety, but is concerned about unintended consequences brought about by the requirement to adopt emerging technology for use in food tracking and traceability.
November 15, 2019
FAO Publishes Expert Report on Hazards in Feed
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO) recently released a report on hazards associated with animal feed. The report, generated from an expert meeting held in 2015, provides an overview of the current state of knowledge on hazards associated with feed, including feed and products of feed production technologies of increasing relevance, such as insects, former food and food processing by-products, and biofuel by-products.
November 1, 2019
What's in Store for the Future of Food Safety Management? FDA Seeking Input
What are the tools of the future for food safety management? How can regulatory requirements be integrated into business models? How can food safety successfully be incorporated into business culture? Last spring, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced a new approach to "smarter food safety," which will explore the development of new processes and tools as the agency looks to the future.
November 1, 2019
FAO Publishes Expert Report on Residues in Feed
Residues, when present in feed, could be transferred to meat, milk and eggs, and might pose a risk to public health and lead to possible trade disruption. Globally, animal feed manufacturers follow current good manufacturing practices to reduce the risk of residues, however some instances of residues are unintended and unavoidable. A recent report addressed the unintended and unavoidable presence of residues of approved veterinary drugs in food of animal origin (milk, milk and eggs) resulting from carryover of veterinary drugs in feed.
October 18, 2019
AFIA Meets with International Partners on Standards, Market Access Issues
Last week, the American Feed Industry Association staff crossed the pond to meet with key government and industry leaders, as part of AFIA's strategy to expand market access and ensure appropriate international trade standards for the animal food industry.
October 18, 2019
IFIF-FAO Meeting Collaborates on Global Feed Issues
The International Feed Industry Federation (IFIF) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) recently held their 18th annual meeting in Rome, Italy, further strengthening collaboration on critical issues to ensure safe, nutritious and sustainable feed and food. The American Feed Industry Association participated in the meeting in various capacities.
August 30, 2019
FDA Marks Progress on VFD Compliance
The Food and Drug Administration's Center for Veterinary Medicine released a summary yesterday of how producers, veterinarians, feed mills and retail establishments have been complying with the Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) rule.
August 23, 2019
FAO LEAP Seeks Input on Environmental Performance of Feed Additives Document
The Food and Agriculture Organization's (FAO) Livestock Environmental Assessment and Performance (LEAP) Partnership is requesting input on two draft technical documents for the feed industry. One addresses the environmental performance of feed additives in livestock supply chains and the other looks at biodiversity and the livestock sector.
August 23, 2019
North American ASF Forum Outlines Action Items
Earlier this year, roughly 150 government and industry leaders from across North America gathered at the African swine fever Forum, hosted by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, to discuss working together to prevent the entry and mitigate the impacts of ASF. At the meeting, the American Feed Industry Association discussed the industry's efforts on the four pillars for action on preparedness planning, enhanced biosecurity, ensuring business continuity and coordinated risk communications. The final report from this forum has now been published.
August 9, 2019
Are You in a Plant Management Position? Join AFIA's New MIG!
The American Feed Industry Association has launched a new member interest group (MIG) for plant managers that is designed to provide members with regulatory information specifically impacting animal feed facilities. If you are in any type of management position at your manufacturing facility ? or know of others within your company who are ? consider joining this MIG!
August 9, 2019
Watch AFIA's Webinar About the FFY Program
The American Feed Industry Association hosted a webinar on the Feed Facility of the Year (FFY) program this week that provided members with an opportunity to learn more about the program and ask questions.
August 9, 2019
AAFCO Takes Action on New Ingredient Definitions
As usual, it was a packed room to discuss feed ingredient definitions at the Association of American Feed Control Officials' (AAFCO) annual meeting this week in Louisville, Ky.
August 9, 2019
AAFCO, AFIA Committees Address Pet Food Labels, Nutrient Levels and More
The land of horses and bourbon proved remarkable for the Association of American Feed Control Officials' (AAFCO) annual meeting in Louisville, Ky. The meeting kicked off this week with a workshop focused on the Food Safety Modernization Act. In combination with the meeting, the American Feed Industry Association's Feed Regulatory Committee (FRC) and Ingredient Approval and Definition Committee (IADC) also met, bringing together more than 140 industry members to discuss the latest state and federal regulatory activities.
July 25, 2019
Have You Applied for the FFY Program Yet?
There is still time to apply for the American Feed Industry Association's Feed Facility of the Year (FFY) program! Apply here.
July 25, 2019
FDA to Review the Animal Drug Approval Process
On July 16, the Food and Drug Administration's Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM) hosted a meeting to explore what alternative approaches can be taken to fulfill the clinical investigation requirements needed for new animal drug applications. The meeting also provided the opportunity for stakeholders to discuss the process of new animal drug approvals ahead of the publication of CVM guidance, scheduled for later this fall.
July 25, 2019
IFIF Launches Feed Safety E-learning Training
The International Feed Industry Federation (IFIF) is pleased to announce the launch of the IFIF e-learning course 'Good Production Practices in the Feed Industry', an online training programme based on the IFIF FAO Feed Manual of Good Practices for the Feed Industry, which focuses on increasing safety and feed quality at the production level.
June 6, 2019
AFIA/FEFAC MOU Comments
AFIA President and CEO Joel G. Newman's remarks to the European Feed Manufacturers' Federation (FEFAC) following the signing of a memorandum of understanding
May 30, 2019
AFIA Praises FDA for Continued Clarity Around VFD Regulations, Calls for Few Modifications
Last month, the Food and Drug Administration requested comments from stakeholders on its revised draft guidance on the Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) regulations. This week, the American Feed Industry Association responded by praising the agency for its work to clarify questions from the animal food industry as well as discuss a few outstanding concerns the industry maintains with the administration of VFDs.
May 30, 2019
Newly Released Data from USDA Promotes Judicious Use of Antimicrobials in Feed
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) recently released data from a study that will be used to help animal health officials better understand how antimicrobial drugs are used on livestock farms.
May 16, 2019
Upcoming FDA Meeting to Discuss the Use of Foreign Studies for FAPs
As part of a meeting the U.S. Food and Drug Administration will hold July 16 on fulfilling the clinical requirements on applications for new animal drugs, the agency said it will also briefly discuss how foreign studies can be used to support food additive petitions (FAP).
May 2, 2019
North American Leaders Discuss African Swine Fever Strategy
Preparedness planning, enhanced biosecurity, ensuring business continuity and coordinated risk communications are the four pillars of a coordinated framework for the prevention and control of African swine fever (ASF) that were discussed this week in Ottawa, Canada. Roughly 150 government and industry leaders from the United States, Canada and Mexico gathered at the meeting, hosted by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, to work together to prevent entry and mitigate the impacts of ASF in the Americas.
May 2, 2019
AFIA Seeks Member Input of FDA Guidance for Voluntary Recalls
Last week, the Food and Drug Administration issued a revised draft guidance for industry on how to initiate voluntary food recalls. The FDA is requesting comments by June 24, and all American Feed Industry Association members looking to have their voices heard should provide feedback to the AFIA legislative and regulatory staff by June 10.
May 2, 2019
FDA's Food Safety Focuses on Traceability
On Tuesday, the Food and Drug Administration released its intent to create a "blueprint" for food safety with the goal of making food more traceable back to its original source. Acting FDA Commissioner Ned Sharpless and Frank Yiannas, deputy commissioner for food policy and response, said in a statement on Tuesday that the plan would include important items such as traceability, emerging technologies, changing business models and the necessity for industry and consumers to work together toward a common goal of food safety.
May 1, 2019
FDA Withdraws CPGs Related to the Use of Rendered Products in Feed, Pet Food
In response to a citizen petition, the Food and Drug Administration withdrew three compliance policy guides (CGP) today that dictate how certain animal-derived food materials can be used in animal food. The FDA said the action will "clarify" for animal food manufacturers the agency's regulatory policies and expectations for the use of materials from dead or downer animals.
April 19, 2019
Register Now for AFIA's Upcoming PCQI Course
Register now to secure your spot in the Preventive Controls Qualified Individual (PCQI) training! Hosted by the American Feed Industry Association, the Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance (FSPCA) for Animal Food training will take place from July 30 ? Aug. 1 in Nashville, Tenn. Attendees will receive a FSPCA PCQI certificate after completion of the course.
April 19, 2019
AFIA L&R Staff Discuss 2019 Inspection Goals with FDA ORA Staff
On March 26, the American Feed Industry Association's legislative and regulatory staff had a quarterly update call with Glenn Bass, the acting deputy director for the Human and Animal Food Program (West district) in the Food and Drug Administration's Office of Regulatory Affairs (ORA). Bass shared the FDA's inspection goals for animal food facilities for fiscal 2019, which began Oct. 1, 2018, and runs through Sept. 30, 2019.
April 19, 2019
ICCF Publishes New Guidance Documents for Feed Industry
The International Cooperation for Convergence of Technical Requirements for the Assessment of Feed Ingredients (ICCF) has officially endorsed its first two guidance documents for the feed industry. The documents were developed after a year of hard work in bringing together stakeholders, including American Feed Industry Association members.
April 10, 2019
AFIA L&R Staff Discuss 2019 Inspection Goals with FDA ORA Staff
On March 26, the American Feed Industry Association's legislative and regulatory staff had a quarterly update call with Glenn Bass, the acting deputy director for the Human and Animal Food Program (West) in the Food and Drug Administration's Office of Regulatory Affairs (ORA). Bass shared the FDA's inspection goals for animal food facilities for fiscal 2019, which began Oct. 1, 2018, and runs through Sept. 30, 2019.
April 5, 2019
The AFIA Spring Journal Is Here
The American Feed Industry Association's biannual print magazine, the AFIA Journal, keeps members, association friends and affiliates of AFIA up-to-date on organization, industry and government information. The spring 2019 AFIA Journal is now available in its eMagazine format!
April 5, 2019
FDA Requests Comments on VFD Q&A Guidance
Last week, the Food and Drug Administration issued a revised draft guidance for industry, "Veterinary Feed Directive Regulation Questions and Answers." The FDA is requesting comments on this guidance by May 28.
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.