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FDA Public Meeting on Animal Feed Safety System (AFSS)

March 29, 2007

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will convene a public meeting on the Animal Feed Safety System (AFSS) to present work-in-progress on a method for ranking feed contaminants according to the relative risks they pose to animal and public health.

The public meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 22, 2007, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Holiday Inn-Gaithersburg, 2 Montgomery Village Ave., Gaithersburg, MD. 20879, 301-948-8900.

During the past several years, FDA has been considering changes to the Agency’s Animal Feed Safety System (AFSS), which is a program aimed at protecting human and animal health by ensuring that animal feed is safe. As part of this effort, FDA is developing a model for ranking the relative risks to human and animal health from contaminants in animal feed. This meeting is the second of several planned by FDA to discuss aspects of the AFSS relative risk-ranking model.

The relative risk posed by feed contaminants to animal and human health consists of two components; namely,

  1. Health Consequence Scoring and
  2. Exposure Scoring.

At the meeting held in September 2006 the Agency presented its current thinking on Health Consequence Scoring. At this meeting the Agency will describe the methods it plans to use to develop animal and human Exposure Scoring for chemical, physical and microbiological feed contaminants. At a subsequent public meeting, the FDA will present information on its relative risk-ranking model and how the Health Consequence Scoring and Exposure Scoring will be combined to determine the relative risks of contaminants in feed.

Although there is no registration fee for this meeting, registration is required. Due to limited meeting space, early registration is strongly encouraged. You may register by telephone, fax, or e-mail by contacting Nannette Milton, Center for Veterinary Medicine (HFV-200), Food and Drug Administration, 7519 Standish Place, Rockville, MD 20855, 240-453-6840, FAX 240-453-6880, e-mail: nanette.milton@fda.hhs.gov. Send registration information (including name, title, firm name, address, telephone, and fax number) to Nanette Milton. To obtain the registration form via the Internet.

If you need special accommodations due to a disability, please contact Nanette Milton no later than May 15, 2007.
Interested individuals may submit comments to the Division of Dockets Management (HFA-305), Food and Drug Administration, 5630 Fishers Lane, Room 1061, Rockville, MD 20852. Electronic comments may be submitted to http://www.fda.gov/dockets/ecomments. Comments should be identified with the full title and Docket number 2003N-0312.

Additional information about the meeting may be found in the March 29, 2007 Federal Register and from Zoe Gill, Center for Veterinary Medicine (HFV-226), Food and Drug Administration, 7519 Standish Place, Rockville, MD 20855, 240-453-6867; Fax 240-453-6882 or email: zoe.gill@fda.hhs.gov.

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Contact FDA

240-276-9300
240-276-9115 FAX
Issued by: FDA, Center for Veterinary Medicine

Communications Staff, HFV-12

7519 Standish Place

Rockville, MD 20855