The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced it will conduct a webinar on March 6 from 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. EST to discuss its Draft Guidance for Industry, “Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based Preventive Controls for Food for Animals.”
More information about the webinar is available on FDA’s website. The link to view the webcast will be made available by FDA the day of the webinar.
The draft hazard analysis and risk-based preventive controls guidance was released by FDA on Jan. 22. It includes five chapters that provide an overview of:
- food safety plan requirements;
- recommendations for conducting a hazard analysis;
- hazards associated with the manufacturing, processing, packing, and holding of animal food;
- examples of preventive controls that may be used to significantly minimize or prevent animal food hazards; and
- preventive control management components.
The FDA intends to publish additional guidance on the preventive controls provisions for the animal food rule and will continue to announce additional guidance as it becomes available. As an example, a future guidance document from FDA will be released to provide in-depth guidance on the supply-chain program preventive control.
During the webinar, the agency is expected to clarify its expectations concerning how the guidance should be used when conducting a hazard analysis for animal food safety plans. FDA may also address how facilities should consider the extensive list of hazards included in the guidance when determining “known and reasonably foreseeable hazards” that are required to be evaluated in a facility’s hazard analysis.