The American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) has named participants of its seven Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) work groups as the 2014 Members of the Year. In total, 83 members from 60 member companies were honored during a ceremony at AFIA's Board of Directors meeting in Arlington, Virginia.
The Member of the Year Award is bestowed to an AFIA member who has exhibited amazing support over the year to help the organization achieve its goals and objectives. Since 1985, 33 individuals have received this award. "AFIA chose to honor the sizable group due to their efforts in assisting the association with the review and preparation of comments of the FSMA proposed regulations," said AFIA President and CEO Joel G. Newman. "FSMA is undoubtedly the largest set of rules to affect our industry in years and we could not have submitted such comprehensive comments to FDA without this group of people."
The work groups provided feedback on proposed rules, reports and guidance documents on FSMA areas including foreign supplier verification; third-party certification; Current Good Manufacturing Practices, hazard identification and preventive controls; and records and registration. "The Hazard Identification and Preventive Controls Work Group established eight subgroups alone when the animal food rules were proposed in October 2013," said Richard Sellers, AFIA senior vice president of legislative and regulatory affairs. "The group tirelessly waded through 400-plus pages of rules and more than 40 questions provided by FDA in addition to CGMPs (not required by FSMA) in the proposed regulation during very short time constraints. Not one, but this entire group is incredibly deserving of being this year's Member of the Year."