August 16, 2013
Rep. Colin Peterson, ranking member of the Committee on Agriculture, in a letter to U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Margaret Hamburg, M.D., stressed the importance that the animal feed industry be able to continue to produce safe and scientifically innovative animal feed for our nation's livestock industry.
"For more than three decades, FDA, in coordination with the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO), have successfully coordinated to provide a predictable and efficient feed ingredient approval process. I am concerned, however, that both FDA's feed approval process and the agency's relationship with AAFCO are in jeopardy as the result of FDA's misinterpretation of the FDA Amendments Act (FDAAA) of 2007."
Section 1002 of the FDAAA required FDA to promulgate regulations within two years to establish processing and ingredient standards for pet food. These regulations have not yet been issued, causing uncertainty in the industry and stifling innovation for new ingredients.
In closing, Peterson reiterated that the animal feed industry needs a clear, efficient approval process so that it can continue to provide our livestock industry with the safest, most innovative feed available. He urges FDA to administratively reconcile any FDAAA language issues, preserve the successful cooperative relationship FDA has with AAFCO and bring a resolution to this issue to give the feed industry regulatory certainty.