policy issues

Speaking Up for Science in Rulemaking

Over the past decade, the animal food industry has faced a wide swath of new federal regulations, from ones concerning animal food safety to workplace safety to environmental protection to transportation issues. In fact, the industry has faced so many new regulations and updates to existing regulations in recent years that the American Feed Industry Association has hired several new staff in order to keep pace with reviewing them and providing counsel to members and federal agencies.

The animal food industry is committed to manufacturing feed and pet food in a safe manner, in accordance with all state and federal laws and regulations. Some regulations on the books are unclear, duplicative, antiquated or do nothing to enhance the safety of America’s animal food supply, yet cost manufacturers time and resources in order to make the necessary retrofits to their facilities and hire staff to complete the necessary paperwork.

AFIA continues to engage with federal and state agencies involved in regulating the animal food industry to provide feedback on how regulations are impacting the industry and to offer examples of how current regulations can be streamlined, reduced or improved upon to enhance the safety of America’s animal food supply, reduce the burden on agency staff and reduce costs for the consuming public.

Learn more about some of the laws and regulations that AFIA would like to see improved: