The American Feed Industry Association was instrumental in protecting the interest of the feed industry during the framing of the Food Safety Modernization Act, which was signed in to law on January 4, 2011, according to Richard Sellers the vice president to Feed Regulation and Safety of the AFIA.

The major provision of this new legislation is the requirement for all food, feed, ingredient and pet food facilities to identify safety hazards and develop written guidelines to control them. The law invests FDA with mandatory recall authority and administrative detention.

"Through a number of meetings and briefings with the AFIA Board of Directors, members of Congress and FDA officials, the AFIA believes it was able to reach a reasonable consensus and compromise on the major provisions of the Bill that will affect the feed industry,” commented AFIA president and CEO Joel G. Newman.

The major achievement by AFIA was establishing the principle that the FDA should differentiate between food and feed in rulemaking relating to performance standards, risk management and written plans.