FDA, AAFCO Sign Agreement On Feed Ingredient Listing

The Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) that allows FDA to formally recognize the Association’s list of feed ingredients and defines the role FDA can play in deciding on the suitability of feed ingredients offered for addition to the list.

“This is a significant step forward in FDA’s effort to enhance the safety of feed. And it allows FDA to formally recognize the valuable contribution AAFCO makes in determining suitability of feed ingredients,” said Dr. Dan McChesney, Director of CVM’s Office of Surveillance and Compliance.

AAFCO is a voluntary organization comprised largely of regulatory officials who have responsibility for enforcing their state’s laws and regulations concerning the safety of animal feeds. Its membership is comprised of representatives from each state in the United States, as well as representatives from Puerto Rico, Costa Rica, Canada, the FDA and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

“FDA and AAFCO have had a long and successful working relationship,” said Dr. Sharon Benz, Director of CVM’s Division of Animal Feeds. “This agreement allows AAFCO and FDA to leverage that relationship in a way that will improve feed safety.”

A basic goal of AAFCO is to provide the means for ensuring the development and implementation of equitable laws, regulations, standards, definitions, and enforcement policies for regulating animal feed. AAFCO has no enforcement authority.

AAFCO publishes an annual Official Publication (OP) that includes a list of all ingredients AAFCO has reviewed and found suitable for use in animal feeds. The OP also provides a list of ingredient definitions and common or usual ingredient names. FDA has informally cited the OP’s ingredient list and has acted as AAFCO’s scientific advisor in reviewing petitions for the addition of ingredients to the list or for changes in the ingredient definitions. However, the OP list does not have the force of law.

Under the memorandum, CVM assigns scientists to work with AAFCO in reviewing petitions for new feed ingredients or for modifications to existing ingredient definitions. In addition, before it adopts a new feed ingredient definition or amends an existing one, AAFCO will ask CVM for advice and a letter of concurrence. The memorandum also requires AAFCO to remove a definition from its OP if FDA provides convincing scientific evidence that the ingredient is no longer suitable for its intended purpose.

The memorandum will be in effect until September 1, 2012.

Source: AVMA, FDA

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7 Responses to “FDA, AAFCO Sign Agreement On Feed Ingredient Listing”

  1. mittens says:

    toothless old nag of a regulation- as usual those being regulated define how they will agree to be regulated rather than the other way around. it’s because of industry defined and directed ‘ regulation’ that we have things like mad cow disease run through the system. no accountability once again where accountability is a necessity if the food chain is to be kept safe and from killing people and animals.

    the criminal defining what the crime is and is not and what they’ll agree to be charged with if anything. ass backwards as usual with the FDA and the agriculture department and the whole reason we’re in the bloody mess we are. like the fda can dredged up enough scientific ‘ evidence’ to prove rusty nails and, hunks of broken glass and pain killers are unsafe in feed. they depend on the industries to do all that sort of testing anyway- which is what theyre not saying here. business as usual that will resolve nothing.

  2. Lynn says:

    I’m supposed to get excited about this?

    “….that allows FDA to formally recognize the Association’s list of feed ingredients…”
    What is this? You mean the FDA doesn’t have the right to decide whether it can or cannot recognize an ingredient list??? Or is it that the FDA is unclear on what rights they do have?

    “…. and defines the role FDA can play in deciding on the suitability of feed ingredients offered for addition to the list.”
    And who’s defining that role? Why does the FDA need to spell this out?

    There they go again, putting out ambiguous documents. When are they going to say: “Look, we are the authority.” But then, as long as they’re in bed with the manufacturers of pet food, I guess I’m not willing to give them full rights to do anything. [As if I had that power.]

  3. 3catkidneyfailure says:

    Oh, yeah, let’s be sure and perpetuate the in-place system that killed
    my three cats and thousands of others in 2007. Bad call, FDA, CVM;
    let’s be sure and not do the job vets are charged with, protecting the
    safety of feed animals and beloved family members. Let’s be sure
    there is no real reform as a result of all this 2007 suffering and death.

  4. brad says:

    Just more BS. Why do we have these organizations? They are a waste of tax payers money. Worthless!!!!!!!

  5. Dennis says:

    This is the result of Congress putting the foxes in charge of hen house security. Even if the government agency was setting the ingredient standards, with those appointments to the agency not including consumer advocates and instead being biased industry insiders, we’re not getting safe products. It doesn’t matter which party holds runs the administration - the agency appointments been broken like this for a long time. The same problem exists with pharmaceuticals.

  6. Katie says:

    “The FDA and AAFCO have had a long and successful working relationship”… that says it all. Nothing has changed and nothing learned by FDA,AAFCO or PFI since March only more PR spin at the taxpayers expense.

    Katie

  7. Louie W. says:

    I’m completely underwhelmed by this fantastic news.

    Good work, FDA!


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