Animal feed comment deadline Monday, March 31

deadlineIf you are a manufacturer of organic animal feed or pet food, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) proposed food safety rule will likely impact you. The deadline for submitting comments to FDA on proposed rules implementing the animal feed and pet food provisions of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) is Monday, March 31. Under the proposed Preventive Controls for Food for Animal Rule, facilities that manufacture, process, pack or hold animal feed and pet food would be required to develop and implement a formal plan for identifying and preventing foodborne illness, as well as establishing plans for correcting problems. The rule would require facilities to follow current good manufacturing practices that protect against contamination. OTA’s Food Safety Task Force is in the process of preparing comments. To provide feedback on how the proposed rule will impact your business, contact Gwendolyn Wyard, OTA’s Regulatory Director for Organic Standards and Food Safety. Visit OTA’s website under U.S. Regulatory Issues/Food Safety Overview to learn more about the proposed rules and OTA’s positions.

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