The Food and Drug Administration's Center for Veterinary Medicine is implementing a voluntary pilot program to accept and review GRAS (generally recognized as safe) notices for animal feed ingredients directly from manufacturers.
The new program will allow feed producers (deemed "notifiers" in the program) to inform the FDA that they determined the use of their ingredients are GRAS, instead of the prior system when producers asked the FDA to confirm that the ingredients' use was GRAS.
The GRAS notices manufacturers can submit should include a GRAS exemption claim that contains the following:
The FDA will then evaluate whether the submitted notice provides a sufficient basis for a GRAS determination.
The agency strongly encourages potential participants to contact the CVM's Division of Animal Feeds prior to submitting notices to discuss their submission plans.
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