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How does the Food Safety Modernization Act affect Pet food manufacturers?

The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) requires the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to issue several new regulations that will impact pet food manufacturers. Michael Taylor, Deputy Commissioner for Foods at FDA, gave attendees of the Pet Food Forum an overview of these new regulations and how they may affect pet food manufacturers.

In his speech, Mr. Taylor explained how FDA’s new Foreign Supplier Verification Program will require importers to verify aspects of their supply chain in an effort to make importers more responsible for the safety of imported foods and ingredients. FSMA also expands FDA’s authority to require written plans for preventive controls and records that may be request upon inspection. Moreover, FSMA mandates that all food facilities re-register with FDA in the fourth quarter of every even numbered year. Additionally, FSMA requires FDA to increase the number of food facilities inspected annually. FDA must now double the number of inspections each year for the next five years. This will raise the total number of U.S. and Foreign inspections from 600 in 2011 to 19,200 by 2016. In conjunction with increased inspections, FSMA gives FDA the ability to charge food facilities (or the US Agent of foreign food facilities) a fee whenever there is a need for a re-inspection. The rate for an overseas re-inspection will be $325/hour. FSMA also grants the FDA the power to suspend a company’s food facility registration, if FDA believes that food manufactured, processed, packed, received or held by the facility has a reasonable probability of causing serious adverse health consequences or death to humans or animals.

Mr. Taylor reminded pet food manufacturers that FSMA applies to them as well as food manufacturers. He describes FSMA as “systematically building in prudent preventive measures across the food system.” Furthermore, he assured the audience that the basic principles of food safety apply to pet food, as well as human food. Contaminated pet food can endanger the lives of not just the pets, but of the pet owners as well. FSMA will try to prevent the spread of contaminated food into the U.S. food supply by establishing an increased number of preemptive controls.

Pet food manufacturers must comply with the new requirements stated in FSMA. FDA has and will continue to set new regulations as a result of the passage of FSMA. Many of these regulations apply directly to pet food manufacturers. It is critical that pet food manufacturers stay up-to-date on these new regulations. For more information about the Food Safety Modernization Act or any FDA regulation, please contact Registrar Corp 24/7 at http://www.registrarcorp.com/livehelp or call us at +1-757-224-0177.