Proposed Food Safety Modernization Act Undergoing ReviewBy Kentucky Equine Research Staff · July 17, 2014
The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) consists of a number of proposed regulations designed to keep human and animal food free from contamination and safe for consumption. The act contains rules pertaining to protection of food against intentional adulteration; verification programs for importers of human and animal food; accreditation of people who will conduct food safety audits and issue certifications; manufacturing practice and hazard analysis and risk-based preventive controls for animal feeds; and sanitary transportation of human and animal food. Some regulations related to foods for human consumption will not apply as strictly to animal feeds.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is still revising the act to incorporate suggestions from the American Feed Industry Association and other groups. The date by which the FDA must publish nearly all final regulations covered by the FSMA is August 31, 2015. The rules will become effective at the end of October, 2015 and all facilities must become compliant within a time frame that is yet to be established.
A similar process is being followed in Canada to upgrade and modify regulations on the manufacture and handling of human foods and animal feeds.
At Kentucky Equine Research (KER), Mike Lennox is the staff member who is staying current on the status of the act and how the new regulations will affect feed manufacturers in KER’s Team Member program. KER-associated feed mill operators who have questions about the FSMA can contact Mike at [email protected].