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CVM Officials Call Feedback From AFSS Meeting “Excellent”

FDA Veterinarian Newsletter March/April 2005 Volume XX, No II

More than 200 individuals attended the second public Animal Feed Safety System (AFSS) meeting, held in Omaha, NE, in early April, and offered “excellent” feedback concerning the Center for Veterinary Medicine’s (CVM) feed safety work, according to a CVM official. Dr. George Graber, deputy director of CVM’s Office of Surveillance and Compliance, said his AFSS team will need some time to sort through all the information received during the meeting.

In addition, he said, most of those attending appreciated the fact that the meeting was held in the Midwest. The first AFSS meeting was held in a Washington, D.C., suburb. “For the most part, the audience was pleased to have had the opportunity to participate,” he said. The audience included representatives of livestock production groups, the feed industry, consumer groups, State feed control offices, and Food and Drug Administration district offices. The second meeting was organized similarly to the first; after a general session, the audience was divided into breakout groups that were asked various questions about the AFSS concepts that had been developed.

At the general session, CVM officials explained the draft AFSS Framework, which was released earlier this year. The Framework has four components: the first addressing the safety of feed ingredients; the second identifying the hazards that feed might contain; the third focusing on proper manufacturing, packaging, storing, and distributing feed and feed ingredients; and the fourth about regulatory oversight. (For more information about the Framework, see January/February 2005 FDA Veterinarian, page 2.)

CVM officials also presented ideas for a risk-ranking model for determining actual risks posed by hazards that could be in feed. CVM’s AFSS team will review the comments received at the meeting and any other comments submitted later, and then will decide what areas to develop under AFSS. No additional public meetings are scheduled at this time, but could be scheduled later. The team expects to complete work on AFSS in 2007.