The US Food and Drug Administration will hold a meeting on March 29, allowing petfood companies to provide input on how the agency implements the Food Safety Modernization Act's import safety provisions.
FDA's notice said the agency seeks information on importer verification, the Voluntary Qualified Importer Program, import certifications for food, and third-party accreditation.
The meeting will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EDT in Silver Spring, Maryland, USA, and will be available on that day as a live webcast. FDA also scheduled a public hearing on March 30 and 31 in College Park, Maryland, USA, to discuss its use of international comparability assessments to enhance the safety of imported foods and animal feed.
Public meetings invited comments and provided updates
It gives more direct control to CVM in establishing and maintaining ingredient definitions
The mid-year meeting addressed several regulatory matters affecting petfoods
The new US food safety legislation will also affect regulation of petfood
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Committees discussed key proposals such as a possible shift in the oversight of animal feeds
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