On July 16 in its Federal Register, the US Food and Drug Administration issued a new Compliance Policy Guide for Salmonella in Food for Animals.
The Compliance Policy Guide "provides guidance to FDA staff on Salmonella-contaminated food for animals." According to the guide, the final document is the conclusion of a process that begin in August 2010 when the draft (690.800) Salmonella in Animal Feed was issued. The document is divided into five sections: Introduction, Background, Policy, Regulatory Action Guidance and Specimen Charges.
Part one states that the purpose of this document is to "provide guidance for FDA staff on the presence of Salmonella in food for animals. Policies in the document apply to finished animal feed and petfood, as well as ingredients used to manufacture the products. Part two provides background on Salmonella, including its biology, occurrence, and effect on human and animal health, as well as a brief description of human salmonellosis outbreaks attributed to Salmonella in petfoods and animal feed. Part three refers to the Food, Drug & Cosmetic Act in identifying animal feed or petfood that may be injurious to health as adulterated under FD&CA Section 402 (a)(1) because it is contaminated with Salmonella. Part four identifies for FDA field staff the risk-based criteria for determining whether to recommend to the Center for Veterinary Medicine the seizure or import refusal of a petfood, animal feed or their ingredients. Part five discusses specimen charges.
This guide coincides with another notice issued by FDA of the withdrawal of CPG 690.700, Salmonella Contamination of Dry Dog Food. Additionally, the term "petfood" is now used throughout the guide and is defined as "food for pets and includes treats and chews for pets." Comments may be submitted at any time on the new guide.
The mid-year meeting addressed several regulatory matters affecting petfoods
The intent was to educate regulators and industry about the Model Pet Food Regulations
Committees discussed key proposals such as a possible shift in the oversight of animal feeds
Processors should carefully develop, validate and implement an effective kill step to support production of pathogen-free petfoods
The new US food safety legislation will also affect regulation of petfood
Safe, nutritious, tasty petfood requires careful handling and processing of raw meat ingredients
Public meetings invited comments and provided updates
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