The Food and Drug Administration announced on Monday that it submitted the final preventive controls rules for human and animal food to the Federal Register for publication. It can take several days for documents to appear in the Federal Register after they are submitted, and IDFA expects pre-publication versions of the rules to be available for public review at least one day, and possibly more, in advance of the official publication date.
These rules fall under the Food Safety Modernization Act. The Current Good Manufacturing Practice and Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based Preventive Controls for Human Food rule would require food companies, including dairy food manufacturers – whether they manufacture, process, pack or store food – to put in place better controls to reduce the risk of contamination.
The preventive controls rule for animal food would apply broadly to any facility that manufactures, processes, packs or holds animal food. The rule specifically addresses “waste” diverted from human food facilities for use in animal food, and the dairy industry is a significant source of these products.
IDFA will notify members as soon as the final rules are available.
IDFA Preventive Controls Webinar
With little more than a year until these rules begin to be enforced for large and mid-sized companies, IDFA has developed a webinar to help members ensure that facilities and suppliers will be prepared. The webinar, “FDA Preventive Controls Final Rules: Learn what’s new and how they will impact your business,” will feature presenters from FDA and Hogan Lovells, IDFA’s outside legal counsel. The webinar will be held September 24, 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. Eastern.
The FDA officials will discuss the rules and what is generally required for compliance. The speakers from Hogan Lovells, who are renowned experts on the Food Safety Modernization Act, will cover what the rules will mean to the dairy industry. They are:
- Jenny Scott, Senior Scientific Advisor, FDA Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition
- Jenny Murphy, Consumer Safety Officer, FDA Center for Veterinary Medicine
- Joseph Levitt, Partner, Hogan Lovells US, LLP
- Elizabeth Fawell, Counsel, Hogan Lovells US, LLP
The webinar is discounted for IDFA members, and registration is required. For more information, contact John Allan, IDFA vice president of regulatory affairs and international standards, at email@example.com.