Last week the FDA released the proposed FSMA preventive controls rule for food for animals. This regulation had been subject to a lengthy review at the Office of Management and Budget.
The regulation for the first time establishes CGMPs that specifically address the manufacturing, processing, packing, and holding of animal food. The proposed rule requires facilities that manufacture, process, pack and hold animal food to develop and implement a HACCP-like preventive controls system. The regulation applies to pet food and treats among other things produced both domestically and in foreign countries for export to the U.S. (importers must verify that animal food is produced in compliance with the rule or a standard that provides the same level of public health protection).
Information on the FSMA Preventive Controls for Animal Food can be found here.
The Food Marketing Institute (FMI) will be hosting a webinar to review the rule on Friday, Nov. 1st.