Daniel G. McChesney, compliance director at the Center for Veterinary Medicine of the Food and Drug Administration has issued a letter regarding feed and pet food safety. The purpose of the letter is to alert the feed manufacturing industry of the need for intensified control systems to prevent future episodes of contamination. The letter makes references to mycotoxins and to Salmonella contamination, which has human health implications, and contaminants such as melamine.

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The Center for Veterinary Medicine recognizes that contaminated ingredients are common to feed for a wide range of species, including swine, poultry and fish, and that feed issues parallel those associated with pet food.