News last update:6 Aug 2012

Feed and pet food sector want more time for new rules

Three major national organizations representing the grain, feed and feed ingredient, grain processing and pet food industries have joined in urging the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the US to phase in implementation of its new electronic portal, through which facilities will be required to report food- or feed-product safety incidents.

In a 13-page statement submitted recently to FDA, the National Grain and Feed Association (NGFA), National Oilseed Processors Association (NOPA) and Pet Food Institute (PFI) objected to FDA’s announced plan to require firms to begin reporting through the electronic portal – known as the Reportable Food Registry – on Sept. 8.

That is the same date FDA intends to first make the portal available for use. Instead, the three organizations urged FDA to either further extend by an additional 45 to 60 days the effective date for reporting food- or feed-safety incidents through the electronic portal, or to exercise enforcement discretion for a comparable period to provide an appropriate and necessary phase-in period.

The three organizations noted that during a phase-in period, FDA could continue its current policy of strongly encouraging facilities to report food/feed safety incidents through existing mechanisms, such as by notifying the appropriate FDA district office.

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