The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) and the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) have a new program for state animal feed regulators, titled the Animal Feed Regulatory Program Standards (feed standards). The feed standards are designed to integrate the regulatory activities of partner agencies into an efficient and effective process for improving feed safety in the U.S.
The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) called for enhanced partnerships of government agencies and provides a legal mandate for developing an integrated food safety system (IFSS). A key principal of an IFSS is the uniform application of model program standards so that regulatory agencies conduct inspections under the same set of standards.
Model regulatory program standards currently exist for human food programs (Manufactured Food Regulatory Program Standards and the Voluntary National Retail Food Regulatory Program Standards), but prior to the development of the feed standards, there were no recognized uniform standards for state feed regulatory programs. As the U.S. moves toward integrating food safety resources, uniform standards across feed regulatory programs are critical.
The feed standards are standards for animal feed regulatory programs, not for manufacturers of animal feed. The feed standards are comprised of 11 individual standards:
The standards, designed to strengthen the safety and integrity of the U.S. animal feed supply, are also the core elements of a state's regulatory program. The feed standards will provide a framework that every state can use to determine the strengths and needs of their program. The feed standards also provide the foundation for mutual reliance on inspections and other work conducted by federal and state agencies.
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extension outreach appointment, Dr. Tom Overton, professor of dairy management
within Cornell University’s College of Agriculture, spends much of his time
working with NY dairies, their nutritionists and vets on issues related to
transition cow management. In his opinion, one of the areas of opportunity for
dairy farms can be found in the management of the pre-calving diet. With
his team, Overton is currently involved in a commercial research study involving
55 farms focused on the influence of particle size on dry cow diets. “We’re
finding that diets are quite sortable with large differences in particle size
distribution,” Overton explains. “[The industry] needs to do a better job in
terms of particle size to make [the rations] less sortable.” In a
total mixed ration, sorting is problematic because cows tend to favor the grain
component and therefor may not consume the necessary fiber and nutrients. In
this video, Overton discusses his team’s research involving pre-calving dairy
diets at the World Dairy Expo. The 2014 edition of
the World Dairy Expo, which was held in early October in Madison,
WI, drew more than
300,000 visitors from roughly 90 countries. The event featured 2,500 head of
dairy cattle and more than 250 exhibitors.
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