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NGFA publishes new guidance on FDA regulations and sample template for Animal Food Safety Plan

The NGFA today is making available to its members a significant new guidance document authored by NGFA Senior Vice President for Feed Services David Fairfield to assist the grain, oilseed, feed and processing industry in understanding and complying with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) requirements.

The document, “NGFA Guidance on FDA Regulations Applicable to Grain, Feed and Processing Industry,” outlines relevant provisions, regulations and agency guidance associated with FDA’s authority to oversee the grain, feed and processing industry. Importantly, the document also includes a sample template of a written Animal Food Safety Plan that facilities can use as a model and starting point to develop their own facility-specific plan, which is required by FDA regulations implementing the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) of 2011. The template provides a structure, format and organization that should assist animal food facilities greatly in developing their own written plan.

FSMA – signed into law on Jan. 4, 2011 –  significantly expanded FDA’s authorities and regulatory reach, and mandated that the agency issue new prevention-orientated regulatory requirements for the human and animal food industry. The new guidance document outlines the new and increased authorities and regulations under FSMA, as well as compliance dates. Access the 79-page guidance on NGFA’s Feed site.

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