The American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) completed
two more phase I Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) regional seminars in Des Moines,
Iowa, and Atlanta, Georgia, Aug. 11–12 and Aug. 14–15, respectively. Both of the
two-day seminars discussed the developing need for an industry-wide
understanding of the largest set of rules to impact the feed and petfood
industries. The first training session was held in Sacramento, California, in late
The sold-out Des Moines meeting was attended by
more than 130 feed manufacturers, petfood manufacturers and ingredient
suppliers interested in learning more about quality and food safety practices. "Our goal is to provide a solid foundation
to the quality and food safety programs for businesses as they begin to
implement practices and prepare documentation for compliance with the new FMSA
requirements," said Dr. Henry Turlington, AFIA director of quality and
manufacturing regulatory affairs.
AFIA hosted a second sold-out training course in
Atlanta, where one-third of the room represented the poultry integrator sector
of the industry. Dr. Adam Fahrenholz of North Carolina State University joined
Turlington, speaking on the topic of "CGMPs: The Foundation for an
Effective Food Safety Plan." Fahrenholz chaired AFIA's Current Good
Manufacturing Practices FSMA Working Group that prepared comments to the US
Food and Drug Administration on the proposed CGMP rules.
Turlington said that participants at the
training sessions expressed concern and asked questions about efforts to reach
compliance. "It is important facilities understand how
FMSA impacts them as requirements may differ based on the business and
facility's animal food safety plan," said Turlington. "The information shared during the meetings, as well as references provided electronically, will help businesses determine
the right steps for them."
AFIA will be back in Atlanta to host an
additional phase I FSMA regional seminar training program at the International
Production & Processing Expo on Jan. 28, 2015. The one-day meeting will
discuss the FSMA proposed rules and the fundamentals for complying with FSMA as
was done in all three meetings completed this summer. Registration and event
information will be available on Sept. 1, 2014, at http://ippexpo.com/.
Phase II and phase III FSMA regional seminars
will be hosted by AFIA in 2015 along with a series of other training tools
under construction along with the in-person meetings.
Public meetings invited comments and provided updates
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
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