The NGFA is planning several regional seminars to educate industry members on the far-reaching new feed safety rules being promulgated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to implement the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). The seminars are being conducted in cooperation with state feed control agencies and state and regional affiliates that will help industry members understand the changes, requirements and appropriate exemptions included in the FSMA rules.
NGFA Senior Vice President of Feed Services David Fairfield, who serves as chair of the Animal Food Subcommittee of the Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance, and Ralco Animal Nutrition Vice President of Regulatory Affairs Matt Frederking, who serves as chair of NGFA’s Feed Manufacturing and Technology Committee, will lead the seminars, covering FSMA major rules and implementation and the new requirements for current good manufacturing practices (CGMPs) and preventive controls for animal food, among other topics.
While more events and dates throughout the country will be announced soon, the following locations are confirmed:
- Modesto, Calif., on March 10 (In cooperation with the California Department of Food and Agriculture and the California Grain and Feed Association)
- New Ulm, St. Cloud, and Rochester, Minn., on March 29-31 (In cooperation with the Minnesota Department of Agriculture and the Minnesota Grain and Feed Association)
- Spokane, Wash., on April 22 (In cooperation with the Pacific Northwest Grain and Feed Association)
- Wisconsin Dells, Wisc., on May 11 (In cooperation with the Wisconsin Agri-business Association)
- Wichita and Manhattan, Kan., on June 8-9 (In cooperation with the Kansas Grain and Feed Association)
- Johnston, Iowa, on June 16 (In cooperation with the Agribusiness Association of Iowa)
- Kearney, Neb., on July 13 (In cooperation with the Nebraska Grain and Feed Association and the Nebraska Department of Agriculture)
- Lansing, Mich. on August 24 (In cooperation with the Michigan Agri-Business Association)
- Oklahoma City, Okla., on Aug. 30 (In cooperation with the Oklahoma Grain and Feed Association)
FDA on Sept. 17 published its final regulations mandated by FSMA to establish requirements for CGMPs, hazard analysis and risk-based preventive controls, as well as supply-chain programs that apply to human food, animal feed and pet food.
FDA’s final regulations apply to domestic and foreign facilities that manufacture, process, pack or hold animal feed and/or pet food, and ingredients used in such products. Generally, with some exceptions, that means the new requirements apply to facilities that are required to register with FDA under the agency’s existing facility registration regulations implemented as part of the Bioterrorism Act.
In November, FDA released the agency’s final rules mandated by FSMA for produce safety, foreign supplier verification programs (FSVP), and accreditation of third-party certification bodies/auditors. FDA’s final rules for FSVP and accreditation of third-party certification cover a wide variety of entities involved with importing food, including importers of raw agricultural commodities (e.g., grain and oilseeds), animal feed and feed ingredients, and human food and food ingredients.
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