AIB International has completed an update of four of its 11 Consolidated Standards for Inspection.
AIB says the update was needed as a result of regulatory developments, including the US Food and Drug Administration Food Safety Modernization Act, and other industry best practices impacting the food and petfood industry.
The new requirements of the first four standards will take effect January 1, 2013. Changes to the other standards will be completed in a rollout during the course of 2013.
Updated standards include:
The mid-year meeting addressed several regulatory matters affecting petfoods
The intent was to educate regulators and industry about the Model Pet Food Regulations
Committees discussed key proposals such as a possible shift in the oversight of animal feeds
Processors should carefully develop, validate and implement an effective kill step to support production of pathogen-free petfoods
The new US food safety legislation will also affect regulation of petfood
Safe, nutritious, tasty petfood requires careful handling and processing of raw meat ingredients
Public meetings invited comments and provided updates
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