FSMA proposed rule and the petfood industry
The industry gathers to respond under a tight deadline and significant potential changes to their processes
The latest proposed rule of the Food Safety Modernization ActÂ (FSMA) has the petfood industry's full attention, bringing concerns and critiques from all corners. The rule, "Current Good Manufacturing Practice and Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based Preventative Controls for Food for Animals," is meant to focus on preventing problems in order to improve the safety of food for animals, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). But the potential for new, possibly complex procedures to accomplish this goal, as well as a short review and comment period (as of this writing, comments are due on February 26, 2014, though several groups have filed requests for an extension), have industry leaders working overtime to protect petfood interests.
The Pet Food Institute, for example, has teams of industry experts reviewing the rule and providing detailed feedback for comments. It is working with the American Feed Industry Association (AFIA), National Grain and Feed Association (NGFA) and other members of the animal feed industry to find areas of commonality in order to reinforce each other's arguments. PFI is also in contact with the Pet Food Association of Canada so the other country can comment on the rule from their perspective.
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