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AAFCO ANNUAL MEETING 2002

by Sharon Senesac
FDA Veterinarian Newsletter 2002 Volume XVI, No V

The Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) held its annual meeting in Kansas City, Missouri, August 3-5, 2002. Representatives from 35 States, Canada, U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the press, and industry attended.

International guests from Russia also attended the AAFCO annual meeting this year. The United States Grains Council sponsored their attendance and has been working with their government and industry groups to assist in the development of a regulatory program similar to that of the AAFCO. The Russian contingent was well received.

The AAFCO business session provided the meeting attendees an opportunity to offer comments on the committee reports that had been submitted which recapped the committee activities for the year. Some of the committees had made recommendations of action in their report. The AAFCO membership voted on acceptance or rejection of these recommendations as proposed by the committees. Membership of the newly formed E-Commerce Committee was announced. This committee will deal with issues related to the Internet as well as investigate ways to promote uniformity among the States with regard to various forms that may be used in conducting their regulatory duties.

The Enforcement Strategy for Marketed Ingredients (ESMI) Working Group reviewed its planned strategy to accomplish regulatory control for unapproved feed/pet food ingredients. The ESMI strategy will be implemented later this year with the anticipation of full participation from all the State regulatory control officials. The announcement of the target ingredient, comfrey, for the planned strategy met with little resistance from those in attendance at the meeting. The decision to make comfrey the target ingredient for the planned regulatory action was made after careful consideration and review by CVM of the health and safety concerns surrounding this ingredient.

The Feed Manufacturing Committee (FMC) discussed the draft checklist that has been developed for use in measuring the implementation of the "Guidance/Framework for Best Management Practices for Manufacturing, Packaging and Distributing Animal Feeds and Feed Ingredients." A working group was formed to further revise the checklist with reporting of the working group activities to take place at the January 2003 mid-year meeting.

Another topic of discussion during the FMC meeting was process control. Regulators and industry gave their views of AAFCO's desire to proceed in this direction. A small group was assigned the task of developing a definition for process control. The full FMC committee will resume work on this project at the January 2003 mid-year meeting. The FMC also discussed the new language in AAFCO Policy Statement #2, dealing with the use of second-hand bags. A working group was formed to develop a model regulation based on this AAFCO Policy Statement. A proposed draft regulation will be reviewed by the full committee in January.

AAFCO's BSE Task Force met and an update on the current BSE regulations was given by Gloria Dunnavan, Director, Division of Compliance, CVM. She also provided information on the upcoming training session to be held this fall for State and Federal personnel on the agency's new BSE Compliance Program. Dr. Dragan Momcilovic, CVM gave a preview of the BSE methodology workshop that FDA will co-sponsor with AAFCO, to be held in conjunction with the January 2003 mid-year meeting.

The AAFCO Pet Food Committee discussed many issues during its meeting. Among these were the labeling of hairball remedy products, ingredient percentages, requirements for additional guarantees, and the current problems with the labeling of organic pet foods. Dr. Bill Burkholder, a member of the committee from CVM, gave an update on several topics such as changes to the AAFCO Feeding Protocols and other pet food labeling issues. The committee passed a recommendation to add the word "supplement" to PF7(c). If approved by the membership at next year's annual meeting these labels would no longer require a nutritional adequacy statement.

Sharon Senesac is AAFCO's Assistant Secretary-Treasurer.

PUBLICATIONS AVAILABLE

The following new publications are available from the Center for Veterinary Medicine:

  • Judicious Use of Antimicrobials for Dairy Producers
  • Judicious Use of Antimicrobials for Beef Producers
  • National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System - Enteric Bacteria (revised August, 2002)

The following publications are now available in Spanish:

  • Guidance for Industry - Animal Proteins Prohibited From Animal Feed; Small Entity Compliance Guide for Renderers (Guidance Document 67)
  • Guidance for Industry - Animal Proteins Prohibited From Animal Feed; Small Entity Compliance Guide for Protein Blenders, Feed Manufacturers, and Distributors (Guidance Document 68)
  • Guidance for Industry - Animal Proteins Prohibited From Animal Feed; Small Entity Compliance Guide for Producers with On-Farm Mixing Operations (Guidance Document 69)
  • Guidance for Industry - Animal Proteins Prohibited From Animal Feed; Small Entity Compliance Guide for Producers Without On-Farm Mixing Operations (Guidance Document 70)

To receive copies of any of these publications, contact the Communications Staff at 301-827-3800, or Joanne Kla.