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AFIA Applauds Senate Ag Minority on Key Farm Bill Priority

June 11, 2024

Contact Victoria Broehm

Key Points:

  • AFIA thanks Senator John Boozman, R-Ark., for supporting the Innovative FEED Act in the Senate Republicans’ farm bill priorities.
  • AFIA CEO Constance Cullman praised the commitment to modernize FDA regulations for feed ingredients, urging Congress to take action on the Innovative FEED Act this year.
  • The Innovative FEED Act, supported by nearly 200 organizations, seeks to streamline FDA approval for certain animal food ingredients, ensuring safety while promoting innovation.

The American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) thanked Senator John Boozman, R-Ark., ranking member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, for announcing a desired provision in the Senate Republicans’ farm bill priorities. Specifically, the Republican framework encourages the creation of “a new pathway at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the approval of new and innovative feed additive products that improve efficiency in meat and dairy production,” referring to the legislative text found within the Innovative Feed Enhancement and Economic Development (Innovative FEED) Act (S.1842/H.R. 6687).

Upon learning of the announcement, AFIA President and CEO Constance Cullman issued the following statement:

"The Senate Republicans’ have shown that there is hope in Congress for moving forward commonsense legislation that will achieve greater food safety and security, sustainability and animal health and production. Our members tell us that ushering in modern feed innovations currently takes a herculean effort within the FDA’s outdated regulatory system. The FDA has said it needs the tools to change, our nation’s top brass have said the time is ripe for change, and our farmers have said that not changing with the times is not an option. We urge Congress to include the Innovative FEED Act on any legislative vehicle, including the farm bill, and continue to encourage swift action for America’s farmers and ranchers.”

The Innovative FEED Act would modernize the FDA’s process to review new ingredients that do not impact animal nutrition, but rather, act in the animal’s gut to provide health or production benefits, reduce emissions or address human food safety concerns, as a food additive rather than as an animal drug. By amending the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act to establish a new category of animal food additives, it would give the FDA the authority to review these innovations as feed ingredients. As such, these ingredients would be subject to the rigorous Food Additive Petition process before gaining market approval, ensuring the products work and are safe to the animals that consume them and the people who eat the resulting foods.

The Innovative FEED Act is supported by nearly 200 state and national agriculture organizations and companies, a growing number of bipartisan members of Congress and several administration officials. More information can be found on AFIA’s website.