The 2020 fiscal year appropriations legislation signed into law on Dec. 20 includes increased funding for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to expedite its animal food ingredient approval process.
The bill allocates $5 million to FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM) to hire additional staff specifically to review and approve new animal food ingredient submissions. The allocation will allow CVM to nearly double ingredient approval staff, which will reduce the length of review time by the agency in the approval timeline. The NGFA was among animal agriculture organizations urging increased federal funding for this much-needed program.
Notably, an additional $19.6 million was provided in the funding bill for more agricultural inspectors at land, air and sea ports in an effort to prevent African swine fever and other foreign animal diseases from entering the United States.