The American Feed Industry Association submitted comments to the docket to the US Food and Drug Administration regarding the agency’s information collection activities as related to upcoming Food Safety Modernization Act implementation.
The comments explained that many American Feed Industry Association members consider their quality assurance programs and food safety plans as proprietary and confidential. The association reiterated to FDA that for firms to provide this type of information to FDA means firms needs a clear protection from disclosure to the public.
According to the association's vice president of feed control and nutrition, Richard Sellers: “AFIA supports a strong approach to FSMA training, compliance and enforcement, one that is clear to the regulated industry and allows innovation and different approaches to achieve the same goals in the new law.
“AFIA believes much of the information FDA is requesting is necessary for the agency to collect…[but] there are some areas of concern both in terms of the burden on facilities to gather the information and the ability of FDA to protect this information as confidential.”
Sellers said the submission of hazards associated for each products and the preventive controls offers little to no value to determine the level of risk for a specific facility. “AFIA believes that preventive control programs are facility specific and should be reviewed at individual facilities. With over 1,000 ingredients used in feed, the hazards can be numerous,” Sellers said.
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