TraceGains Webinar Addresses Pet Food Safety as FDA Seeks Upgraded Standards for Petfood Manufacturing
Westminster, CO -- (SBWIRE) -- 12/04/2013 -- Recently Christy Corp-Minamiji, DVM, writer for The VIN News Service, reported the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is proposing to extend to the animal-food arena some safe-manufacturing approaches used for human food to diminish health risks to people and animals caused by contaminated livestock feed and pet food,
TraceGains will host FSMA webinar on December 13 to help those in the petfood and animal feed industries prepare for the Food Safety Modernization Act. Link to register: https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/737742854. The proposed requirements dictate a substantial upgrade of the current regulatory standard. Marc Sanchez will co-present the webinar with TraceGains.
According to the article, among the proposed changes are the institution of Current Good Manufacturing Processes (CGMPs) and a requirement that facilities producing animal food complete hazard analyses and preventive controls. In a description of the proposal, the FDA says the rule specifically would establish requirements for: a written food safety plan; hazard analysis; preventive controls for hazards that are reasonably likely to occur; recall plan for animal food with a hazard that is reasonably likely to occur; monitoring; corrective actions; verification; and associated records.
Proposed CGMPs cover hygiene and personnel training, facility operations and sanitation, equipment, manufacturing processes, and warehouse storage and distribution. CGMPs and hazard analyses have been required for decades by the FDA for facilities manufacturing human food. By contrast, regulation of animal feed largely has been focused on specific safety questions, such as contamination by drugs or diseased tissue — such as with bovine spongiform encephalopathy, commonly known as mad cow disease.
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