FDA Extends Comment Period on Salmonella Draft Guide

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is extending to December 31, 2010, the comment period for a notice of availability of a draft Compliance Policy Guide, Section 690.800, Salmonella in Animal Feed, which appeared in the August 2, 2010, Federal Register. In the document, FDA requested comments on its proposal that certain criteria should be considered in recommending enforcement action against animal feed or feed ingredients that are adulterated due to the presence of Salmonella. The agency extended the comment period in response to requests for an extension to allow interested persons additional time to submit comments. Written comments were previously due November 1, 2010.

The draft guidance document, when finalized, will help guide FDA staff’s regulatory policy relating to animal feed or feed ingredients that are contaminated with Salmonella and that come in direct contact with humans, such as pet food and pet treats.

FDA states in the draft guide that Salmonella in pet food will be deemed to be adulterated as it is handled in the home and can be pathogenic to those people handling it. For other animal feeds, only those feeds containing pathogenic Salmonella for animals will be considered adulterants, or only if contact with humans is likely to be a problem. According to the National Renderers Association, this appears to support the way FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine has been interpreting Salmonella regulation.

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