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FDA Holding Public Meeting on Method for Ranking Feed Contaminants According to Their Relative Risks

August 1, 2006

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is holding a public meeting to present work-in-progress on a method for ranking feed contaminants according to the relative risks they pose to animal and public health. During the past several years, FDA has been considering changes that need to be made 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 of contaminants in animal feed. This meeting is the first of several planned by FDA to discuss aspects of the AFSS relative risk ranking model.

The relative risk posed by a feed contaminant to animal and human health consists of two components – health consequence scoring and exposure scoring. At this meeting, the Agency will describe the methods it plans to use to develop animal and human health consequence scoring for chemical, physical, and biological feed contaminants. At one or more subsequent public meetings, FDA will present information about the exposure of animals and humans to feed contaminants in feed.

The public meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 12, 2006, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at, 7519 Standish Place, Meeting Room A, third Floor, Rockville, MD 20855.

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.

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 August 1, 2006 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.


Contact FDA

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

Communications Staff, HFV-12

7519 Standish Place

Rockville, MD 20855