By Dave Fairfield, Senior Vice President of Feed Services
As readers of the NGFA Newsletter most certainly are aware, record floods have devastated farms and agricultural facilities across Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota and several other states. Early estimates of lost crops and livestock are approaching $1 billion in Nebraska alone. With more flooding expected, damages are expected to climb much higher.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on March 20 issued a constituent update to remind those who may be affected by flooding in the Central and Southern Plains about resources available for producers and firms that handle and store crops for human and animal consumption. Key points from the update include:
- Generally, if the edible portion of a crop is exposed to contaminated flood waters, it is considered “adulterated” under the Federal, Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, and should not enter the human food supply.
- Sometimes, crops that have been harvested and then subsequently deemed unsuitable for human use can be salvaged for animal food. FDA said it will work with producers and firms to consider requests to recondition an adulterated crop into animal food on a case-by-case basis. FDA’s compliance guide CPG 675.200 provides a step-by-step process for reconditioning requests. Any requests for reconditioning should be directed to the following individuals in the relevant FDA field office.
- Reconditioning requests for contamination
events occurring in Kansas, Nebraska, Missouri and Iowa: Victoria
- Reconditioning requests for contamination events that occur in Minnesota, Wisconsin, South Dakota and North Dakota: Kristine Zuroski, 612-758-7120.
- Reconditioning requests for contamination events occurring in Illinois and Michigan: DCB Kelli Wilkinson, 313-393-8120.
- Reconditioning requests for contamination events occurring in Louisiana, Tennessee, Mississippi, and Kentucky: Toni Williams, 513-679-2700 ext. 2160.
- Reconditioning requests for contamination events occurring in Arkansas: Casey Hamblin, 214-253-5222.
- For more information about use of crops exposed to flood waters for animal food, see FDA’s resource – Crops Harvested from Flooded Fields Intended for Animal Food: Questions and Answers.
- State Departments of Agriculture may have state-specific requirements regarding any attempt to clean, process, test, and sell/use crops in animal food. FDA said it also will continue working with USDA, state partners, and associations on broader questions that may arise about crops for animal food.
- The following are links to additional resources that may be relevant to affected crops and other animal food:
- Guidance for Industry: Evaluating the Safety of Flood-affected Food Crops for Human Consumption
NGFA stands with and expresses profound sympathies and hopes for a speedy recovery for its members and others affected in the devastated area.