Written by: AFIA Editor | September 18, 2023
Last week, former Florida Republican Congressman Ted Yoho, a veterinarian, penned an op-ed for Agri-Pulse, which inaccurately describes the current regulatory process for new animal food ingredients and calls into question the industry’s need for a legislative solution. The op-ed comes as Congress looks to reauthorize the Animal Drug User Fee Act before its Sept. 30 deadline, which, currently, in the Senate, contains a key, bipartisan-approved bill that would streamline regulatory reviews for new animal food ingredients that act within animals’ gut microbiomes to bring about food safety, production or environmental benefits.
The American Feed Industry Association’s Constance Cullman, along with the presidents and chief executive officers of the National Grain and Feed Association, National Milk Producers Federation and National Council of Farmer Cooperatives, responded to the op-ed on Friday, saying, among other things:
The message is clear: We need to deliver new animal drugs and feed ingredients to American farmers if we want to remain competitive in a global marketplace and make strides toward the country’s food security and climate goals.