Four of seven final rules within the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) impact the animal food industry:
The largest of these rules is the first one, formally known as the “Current Good Manufacturing Practice, Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based Preventive Controls for Food for Animals,” published Sept. 17, 2015. This rule exempts some “farms,” as well as some "very small firms" as defined in the regulations, but otherwise impacts all animal food manufacturers regardless of size.
Although manufacturers that produce medicated feed have been in compliance with current good manufacturing practice (CGMP) regulations since the 1960s with the passage of 21 CFR Part 225, manufacturers that produced non-medicated feed or pet food did not have mandatory CGMPs. FSMA changed that by phasing in CGMPs for all animal food manufacturers.
Over the past several years, U.S. animal food manufacturers have been readying their facilities for compliance with the FSMA regulations. As of October 2020, all facilities, regarless of size, are required to be in full compliance with the regulations.
The American Feed Industry Association has been gathering information from the Food and Drug Administration on the outcomes of these inspections to help its members better prepare for inspections. More information can be found on the AFIA member website.