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Public input sought on international feed testing guidance

Interested stakeholders invited to provide comments on draft guidance document by Nov. 15.

The International Cooperation for Convergence of Technical Requirements for the Assessment of Feed Ingredients (ICCF) has launched its draft guidance document on "Homogeneity Testing of Feed Ingredients" for a public comment period. Interested stakeholders are invited to provide their comments on this draft guidance document by Nov. 15, 2019.

ICCF aims to establish common guidance across different international jurisdictions that cover technical requirements for the assessment of feed ingredients, including new uses of existing feed ingredients. This important international collaboration is the result of a collaborative effort to bring together feed regulators and industry feed associations to work on mechanisms that help facilitate free and fair trade of feed ingredients while supporting the safety of the feed and food chain and sustainably meeting the global growing demand for animal products.

The draft guidance document provides guidance to applicants for designing a study on homogeneity testing in support of a safety evaluation of feed ingredients. It was developed by a panel of experts drawn from ICCF's founding members. These include regulators from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, the European Commission, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration and industry from the American Feed Industry Assn., the Animal Nutrition Association of Canada, the European Union Association of Specialty Feed Ingredients & Their Mixtures and the International Feed Industry Federation.

The draft ICCF guidance document as well as the comment form can be accessed here.

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