In accordance with the 2011 Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), the FDA has proposed a new rule to regulate the manufacturing, processing, packing, or holding of animal food. The reason for this rule, which if approved will take effect in 2014, is to prevent food-borne illness in animal food that can cause harm to animals, but also to humans. This proposed rule comes as a result of many high profile cases of contaminated animal food causing harm to humans. For example, in 2007, 2010, and 2012, salmonella outbreaks in pet food sickened the people that handled it.
This is the first time that the FDA has proposed preventative controls specific to animal food manufacturing in such a comprehensive manner. The regulations that would be set forth by this new rule focus on all areas of production, including adequate sanitation principles for ingredients and finished animal food, good hygiene for personnel, proper cleaning and maintenance of plant and grounds, and pest control. Also, this proposed rule would require food manufacturing facilities to implement a safety system that includes a written food safety plan, a hazard analysis, preventative controls for hazards that are reasonably likely to occur, and continued monitoring, among other factors.
Like many other rules stated under the FSMA, there are possible exemptions for some types of food manufacturing businesses. For more information, questions, or comments, food manufacturers can contact the FDA. They will be accepting comments on this new rule through February 26, 2014.
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