FSMA: Impact On The Animal Food Industry

Nobis Agri Science FSMA: Impact On The Animal Food Industry

The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) was signed into law on January 4, 2011, and provides the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) with sweeping new authorities and requirements. The law was a bi-partisan supported bill backed by the food and feed industries. It authorizes FDA to promulgate new rules for preventive controls, develop performance standards, create new administrative detention rules, and provides authority for mandatory recall of adulterated products.

The requirements for animal food manufacturing are now held to the same standard as those of human food production. With this new prevention based system the FDA expects to see reductions in the risk of serious illness and death to animals as hazards are controlled.

The higher standards that companies must now meet means that compliance is going to be a much more timely and cost focused procedure than it ever has been before. Without a doubt, the repercussions of compliance to the FSMA Preventative Controls for Animal Food rule are going to have significant effects throughout the entire supply chain and increase costs for everyone.
Not only might businesses need to re-conceptualize their production processes and facilities, they will have an extraordinary mountain of paperwork under which to do it. The added costs, time pressures, and volume of understanding required to comply effectively increase the stakes for each business.

Nobis Agri Science has tracked the Food Safety Modernization Act since its beginning. Since we are a licensed medicated feed mill, we have already been adhering to the Good Manufacturing Practices set forth by the FDA. However, we have been fine-tuning our operating procedures and we have amped-up our training for employees. We also have a Preventative Controls Qualified Individual that has been certified by the FSPCA (training recognized by the FDA) to oversee our facility's Food Safety Plan and implement preventative controls.

As for the new requirements, such as a hazard analysis and preventative controls, we are currently working through what reasonably foreseeable hazards are present or not present here at our facility. Luckily for us, we only receive high quality ingredients from approved suppliers. This in itself will limit the amount of hazards coming into our facility.
We still have another year or two to make the necessary changes. We are, however, working diligently everyday to make sure that we are compliant with these new rules and regulations. It has never been more important for a us to stay ahead of the curve.

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