On December 3, 2012
AAFCO petfood ingredient definition process gets reprieve
Extension of an agreement with FDA means using the process for a few more years to get new petfood ingredients approved
["Proposed definitions not already in the pipeline would have had little chance to be seen to fruition.", "It would behoove the petfood industry to take advantage of this opportunity while it still exists."] The Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) recently announced an extension of its memorandum of understanding with the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regarding the AAFCO process for establishing feed ingredient definitions (including for petfood) through September 1, 2015. The announcement came as a bit of a surprise. The original memorandum, signed in 2007, was due to expire this year. In fact, it was only extended to September 2013 a few months ago.Had it not been extended again, that would have meant all further review of utility and safety data for new or modified AAFCO definitions by FDA would have ceased approximately nine months from now. Because it can take an extended period, sometimes years, for a company to go through the AAFCO process for a new ingredient, proposed definitions not already in the pipeline would have had little chance to be seen to fruition.AAFCO and FDA have worked cooperatively on establishing feed ingredient definitions for decades. FDA’s primary function has been support of the process by lending its scientific and technical expertise in evaluating safety and utility. Since 1980, FDA has used this interactive process to support recognition of AAFCO-defined feed and petfood ingredients as the “common or usual” names of ingredients as contemplated by federal law and required by FDA labeling regulations.The problem ...