In a letter to leaders of a House appropriations subcommittee, the NGFA this week urged lawmakers to support the president’s budget request of $8 million for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to complete animal food ingredient reviews more expeditiously.
The requested funds would allow FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM) to obtain more resources and staff dedicated to reviewing ingredients while maintaining necessary safeguards to ensure human and animal health.
“The animal food industry currently is experiencing significant challenges with the animal food
ingredient review and approval process at CVM,” the NGFA wrote in a May 16 letter to lawmakers on the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration and Related Agencies. “Delays in the process are stifling technological advances and innovations that are essential for U.S. animal agriculture to compete in the global market.”
House legislators are working on a fiscal 2020 spending bill that would fund the FDA as well as the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).