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US: RFA comments on supplemental rulemaking regulation

The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) has submitted comments to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on its supplemental rulemaking proposal outlining best practices for the regulation of animal food under the Food Safety Modernization Act.

The FSMA lays out regulations for animal feed, which encompass dried distillers grain, a popular co-product of ethanol production.

In March, RFA submitted comments following the initial proposed rule noting that animal feed would be unnecessarily regulated in a similar fashion to human food. RFA praised the FDA for addressing this concern in its updated version, noting that the "revised CGMPs (current good manufacturing processes) in the supplemental proposed rule appear more applicable to the animal feed industry and appear to provide more flexibility for the wide variety of the animal feed facility processes covered."

However, RFA raised concerns with additions to the rule that would implement "...product and environmental testing programs, supplier approval programs, and verification programs that were not in the initial proposed rule language."

The comments stress that an individual plant "...should be provided the flexibility to determine its own needs and compliance strategy." RFA also noted that "If applied in a prescriptive and indiscriminate way, these programs can add unnecessary cost burdens and divert resources away from the effective practices that ethanol producers currently use to assure safe, high quality co-products."

RFA's full comments to the FDA can be found here.

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