FDA and 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) http://www.fda.gov/OHRMS/DOCKETS/98fr/fda225-07-7001-mou0001.pdf 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 C
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“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 c
FDA’s formal recognition of the AAFCO list is one of the specific rec
AAFCO uses a “New and Modified Feed Ingredient Definitions Process” to determine the suitability of feed ingredients and to establish standard ingredient names, which FDA considers the c
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 fr