OTA submits comments on FDA’s Animal Feed Rule

FDAMonday, March 31, marked the close of the comment period for the Food and Drug Administration’s Food Safety and Modernization Act (FSMA) rule on its Proposed Preventive Controls for Animal Feed and Pet Food Rule. Under the proposed 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 supports the overall efforts of FDA to ensure a safer food and feed supply, and we agree with many sections of the proposed rule. We are also concerned with a handful of sections that need further work. OTA’s final comments included suggestions for improvement on key issues that need additional consideration and revision, and requested a second comment period following a revised rule. View OTA’s Final Comments. We thank the member volunteers of OTA’s Food Safety Task Force who helped develop our comments. If you have any questions on our comments, please contact Gwendolyn Wyard.

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