FDA issues draft preventative controls guidance for animal food

FDA seeks public comment on draft guidance until July 23.

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration issued Jan. 22 the first five chapters of a draft guidance to help animal food facilities subject to the Preventive Controls for Animal Food rule develop a food safety plan to significantly minimize or prevent hazards that could cause illness or injury to people or animals.

The draft guidance, titled “Guidance for Industry #245: Hazard Analysis & Risk-Based Preventive Controls for Food for Animals,” includes five chapters and provides an overview of:

1. Food safety plan requirements;

2. Recommendations for conducting a hazard analysis;

3. Hazards associated with the manufacturing, processing, packing and holding of animal food;

4. Examples of preventive controls that may be used to significantly minimize or prevent animal food hazards, and

5. Preventive control management components.

FDA said it intends to publish additional guidance on the animal food preventive controls provisions and will continue to announce additional guidance as it becomes available. A future document will provide in-depth guidance on the supply chain program for preventive controls.

Under the rule, businesses that are not small or very small were required to comply with the animal food preventive control provisions on Sept. 18, 2017. Small businesses need to comply by no later than Sept. 17, 2018, and very small businesses need to comply with limited provisions by Sept. 17, 2019. Last year, FDA announced that it intends to delay routine preventive control inspections for large businesses until the fall of 2018 to give the animal food industry more time to focus on developing food safety plans and to consider information in the draft guidance.

FDA is seeking public comment on this this draft guidance for 180 days, from Jan. 23 until July 23. To submit comments to the docket electronically, visit http://www.regulations.gov, and type FDA-2016-D-2343 in the search box.

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