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FDA Plans 5th Public Meeting on Animal Feed Safety System

April 21, 2008

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has scheduled a meeting to continue public discussion of the development of the Animal Feed Safety System (AFSS).

The meeting will be held Wednesday, May 14, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Holiday Inn in Gaithersburg, MD.

Since 2003, the AFSS Team organized by FDA has been analyzing the Agency’s feed safety program in the United States, identifying areas or "gaps" in which the system could be strengthened, and suggesting approaches to address those gaps.

Through a series of public meetings, the AFSS Team has presented its work in progress on a method for ranking animal feed hazards by their relative risks to animal and human health.

According to the AFSS Team, the relative risk posed by feed hazards can be ranked by combining a health consequence score for each hazard with an exposure score. The health consequence score considers the likelihood and severity of adverse effects if animals are exposed to the hazard in feed. The exposure score estimates the likelihood that an animal will be exposed to the particular hazard.

At the previous AFSS public meeting, held in 2007, the Team discussed the production of swine diets – nursery, grower, and finisher – to explain how exposure scoring would work. For the upcoming meeting, the Team will continue using swine feeds to further explain the risk-ranking model.

Please register for the meeting in advance. You can download a copy of the registration form at (insert link to registration form on AFSS meetings page). To register, fax the downloaded and completed form to Nanette Milton at 240-453-6880. Or send by E-mail the attendee’s name, title, firm name, address, and telephone and fax numbers to nanette.milton@fda.hhs.gov. You can also call 240-453-6840 with the information.

To make arrangements for special accommodations because of a disability, contact Nanette Milton no later than May 7, 2008.

Comments about AFSS can be submitted to the Division of Dockets Management (HFA-305) Food and Drug Administration, 5630 Fishers Lane, Room 1061, Rockville, MD, 20852. Electronic comments can be submitted to http://www.regulations.gov. Comments should be titled "Animal Feed Safety System," and identified with Docket Number 2008-N-0189. Also, use the same Web site to review comments.

Additional information about the meeting is available in the April 21 Federal Register and is available on CVM’s Web site.

For general information about the AFSS public meeting, contact Zoe Gill, Center for Veterinary Medicine, Food and Drug Administration, 7519 Standish Place, Rockville, MD, 20855; 240-453-6867, Fax 240-453-6880. E-mail: zoe.gill@fda.hhs.gov.

Pet Food Standards Public Meeting

FDA has also announced that a meeting has been scheduled for 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on May 13 at the same Gaithersburg location to obtain input from stakeholder groups on the development of ingredient, processing, and labeling standards for pet food. The FDA Amendments Act of 2007 mandated the establishment by regulation of such standards. Additional information about the pet food standards public meeting is available in the April 21 Federal Register.

For general information about this meeting, contact Tracey Forfa, Center for Veterinary Medicine, Food and Drug Administration, 7519 Standish Place, Rockville, MD, 20855; 240-276-9000, Fax 240-276-9030. E-mail: tracey.forfa@fda.hhs.gov.


Contact FDA

240-276-9115 FAX
Issued by: FDA, Center for Veterinary Medicine

Communications Staff, HFV-12

7519 Standish Place

Rockville, MD 20855