FDA salmonella policy guide issued

FDA salmonella policy guide issued

- Guidance represents FDA's current thinking on salmonella-contaminated animal feed. - Term "food for animals" meant to include pet food and animal feed.

In a series of notices in the July 16 Federal Register, the Food & Drug Administration announced the availability of a guidance document titled "Compliance Policy Guide Sec. 690.800 Salmonella in Food for Animals" (CPG) that provides guidance to FDA staff on salmonella-contaminated animal feed and pet food.

FDA said the CPG is being issued consistent with its good guidance practices regulation (21 CFR 10.115) and represents FDA's current thinking on salmonella-contaminated feed for animals.

In the Aug. 2, 2010, Federal Register, FDA announced the availability of the draft CPG titled "Compliance Policy Guide Sec. 690.800 Salmonella in Animal Feed" and opened a comment period on the draft CPG.

After reviewing the submitted comments, FDA made the following changes to the CPG:

* The title of the CPG was changed from "Salmonella in Animal Feed" to "Salmonella in Food for Animals." FDA said it made this change to clarify that the CPG covers all animal food. FDA said the term "food for animals" is meant to include both pet food and animal feed.

* The term "direct human contact animal feed" has been removed from the CPG because commenters found the term to be confusing. The term pet food is now used instead. It is defined to mean food for pets and includes treats and chews, FDA said.

The CPG explains criteria FDA personnel should consider in recommending enforcement action against food for animals that is adulterated due to the presence of salmonella.

In particular, the CPG provides regulatory action guidance relating to pet food or pet food ingredients that are contaminated with salmonella. In addition, FDA said the CPG provides regulatory action guidance relating to animal feed and animal feed ingredients that are contaminated with certain salmonella serotypes that are pathogenic to the particular species of animal for which the animal feed or animal feed ingredients are intended.

This notice is related to two other notices published in the July 16 Federal Register in which FDA announced: (1) the removal of 21 Code of Federal Regulations 500.35 "Animal Feeds Contaminated with Salmonella Microorganisms" and (2) the withdrawal of "Compliance Policy Guide Sec. 690.700 Salmonella Contamination of Dry Dog Food." The enforcement policy in the CPG supersedes these policies, FDA explained.

Volume:85 Issue:29

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