FDA Releases Draft Compliance Guide on Salmonella in Animal Feed

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published a draft Compliance Policy Guide, Section 690.800, Salmonella in Animal Feed, in the August 2, 2010, Federal Register. The draft guidance document, when finalized, will help guide FDA staff’s regulatory policy relating to animal feed or feed ingredients that are contaminated with Salmonella and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.

Written comments on the draft document are due by November 1, 2010. A copy of the Federal Register notice is available at http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/pdf/2010-18873.pdf).

On a related matter, FDA published a review of the first seven months of its Reportable Food Registry, which is available at www.fda.gov/Food/FoodSafety/FoodSafetyPrograms/RFR/ucm200958.htm.

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