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FDA warns cattle feed, cheese, supplement producers

A Kentucky cattle feed manufacturer, a Vermont cheese processing facility, and a New York supplement facility are all on notice from the Food and Drug Administration for violations of federal food safety rules. The FDA sent the warning letters to the companies in August and September, and posted them for public view in recent days. Companies are allowed… Continue Reading

Drug companies delete ‘growth’ uses from animal drug labels

A key plank in the FDA’s platform to slow down the development of antibiotic resistance and extend the life of medications important to humans is in place. The agency announced Wednesday it has completed the implementation of Guidance for Industry #213. Known in the animal pharmaceutical industry as GFI #213, the Food and Drug Administration began the process… Continue Reading

FDA Warning Letters: Illegal Drug Residues, Seafood Hazards, and Adulterated Feed

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) contacted two dairies, two seafood processors, and one animal feed processor in its latest round of warning letters to food producers. Shur-Green Farms LLC of Ansonia, OH, was cited for selling adulterated and misbranded animal feed. The farm had misrepresented shipments of Lascadoil — a waste byproduct for fuel use —… Continue Reading

Nonprofits Sue FDA Claiming Agency Hasn’t Proven Safety of Animal Growth Drug

A trio of food safety and environmental advocacy groups Thursday filed suit against the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, saying the agency has not sufficiently proven that ractopamine, a drug fed to pigs, cattle and turkey, is safe for animals, humans who eat them, or the environment. Ractopamine, a beta-agonist, increases the rate at which… Continue Reading

Spent Grains From Brewing Process Get FSMA Reprieve

Brewers are pleased with the revised rules of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) published last week because their spent grains are now clearly exempted. The byproduct of the brewing process that remains after the mashing and lautering stages is commonly sold or given to farmers to feed to their livestock. Last spring, many brewers… Continue Reading

FDA Releases Four Revised FSMA Rules

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration published its revised provisions to four of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) on Friday morning. Certain aspects of the rules for produce safety, preventive controls for human food, preventive controls for animal food, and Foreign Supplier Verification Programs (FSVP) have been modified to provide more flexibility to producers and… Continue Reading

FDA’s Taylor Responds to Spent Grain Concerns and FSMA

Michael Taylor, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s deputy commissioner for foods and veterinary medicine, is trying to calm fears over the fate of human food byproducts – particularly spent grains from breweries – going into animal feed when the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) is fully implemented. “We’ve heard from trade groups and members… Continue Reading

Why Brewers Worry About FSMA

Spent grains have made a lot of headlines in the past couple of weeks. The byproduct of the brewing process that remains after the mashing and lautering stages is commonly sold or given to farmers to feed to their livestock. But brewers have been worried that the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) will impose regulations… Continue Reading

Industry Groups Say ‘Massive Overhaul’ of Animal Food Regs Still Needs Work

The deadline passed Monday for comments to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on the preventive controls for animal food rule issued under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), and the American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) submitted more than 100 pages of comments on what it describes as the most massive overhaul of animal food… Continue Reading

Grain and Feed Industry Asks for FSMA Rule Comment Extensions

Now that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration will no longer be held to deadlines for FSMA rule comment periods, industry groups are asking for more time to give their input on certain regulations. The National Grain and Feed Association (NGFA), the American Feed Industry Association (AFIA), the Pet Food Institute (PFI) and the National… Continue Reading