FDA Issues Draft Guidance to Ensure the Safety of Animal Feed On-Farm

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On March 19, 2015, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a draft guidance to help animal producers ensure the safety of animal feed that is used on-farm. (For the purposes of this guidance, farm animals include all food-producing animals and horses.)

The draft guidance outlines steps animal producers can take to identify and prevent feed contaminants that are sometimes present in the farm production environment and could jeopardize the health of farm animals and the safety of human food derived from the animals.

The FDA is accepting public comments on this draft guidance beginning on March 20, 2015. To submit your comments electronically to the docket, go to www.regulations.gov and type FDA-2014-D-1180 in the search box. Please note that the docket will not be open to accept comments until this date. The comment period will close 75 days after it publishes in the Federal Register. While comments are welcome at any time, you should submit them by the closing date for the FDA to consider your comments in drafting the final guidance.

To submit your comments to the docket by mail, use the following address. Be sure to include docket number FDA-2014-D-1180 on each page of your written comments.

The Division of Dockets Management

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Food and Drug Administration

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Rockville, MD 20852

Consumer Inquiries: 240-276-9300, AskCVM@fda.hhs.gov