A U.S. Food and Drug Administration draft guidance to ensure the safety of animal feed on farms is now available for public comment, but one animal feed group is uncertain the industry had enough input in creating the draft regulations.
The document is intended to help animal and livestock producers keep feed maintained on the farm safe for animal consumption, and ultimately, human consumption.
It outlines steps producers can take to identify and prevent feed contaminants that are sometimes present that could "jeopardize the health of farm animals and the safety of human food derived from the animals."
Richard Sellers, American Feed Industry Association senior vice president of legislative and regulatory affairs, said the document was created with little input from animal and feed groups.
"Although the draft has been in the works for quite some time, this is our first glance at the guidance," Sellers said, after the document's release last Thursday.
"At first blush, we show concern surrounding the encouragement of animal producers to contact FDA with problems, but the neglect to mention the importance of contacting the firm whose name is on the label," Sellers said.
Sellers also said AFIA intends to ask FDA to amend the draft to tell producers to contact the manufacturer about potential feed concerns, and will review the draft guidance and potentially formulate additional comments with a working group compiled of industry.
Producers and stakeholders have 75 days – until June 3, 3015 – to submit comments via the Federal Register under docket FDA-2014-D-1180.