The U.S. Food & Drug Administration recently released a draft guidance document that has been under development for many months titled, "Ensuring Safety of Animal Feed Maintained and Fed on Farm."
The agency said the draft was issued to "...help animal producers ensure the safety of animal feed that is used on-farm." The draft "...outlines steps animal producers can take to identify and prevent feed contaminants that are sometimes present in the farm production environment and could jeopardize the health of farm animals and the safety of human food derived from the animals."
"Although the draft has been in the works for quite some time, this is our first glance at the guidance. Unfortunately, AFIA was unable to provide input to the agency during the drafting of the document,” said Richard Sellers, AFIA senior vice president or legislative and regulatory affairs, in a statement issued March 23.
"At first blush, we show concern surrounding the encouragement of animal producers to contact FDA with problems, but the neglect to mention the importance of contacting the firm whose name is on the label. AFIA intends to ask FDA to amend the draft to tell producers to contact the manufacturer about potential feed concerns.
Seller said AFIA plans to review the draft guidance and potentially formulate additional comments with a working group compiled of industry during the next 75 days.