Physical hazards are broadly classified as sharp hazards, choking hazards, and conditions of animal food hazards such as size and hardness. Injuries from physical hazards may include oral cavity damage (e.g., tooth damage or laceration of the mouth or throat), laceration or perforation of the gastrointestinal tract, and choking.
In addition, filth (dirt, feces, insect parts, etc.) may also be considered a physical hazard. If the contaminant can be a vector for a biological pathogen, CVM would address filth as a biological hazard.
- CPG Sec. 555.600 Filth from Insects, Rodents, and other Pests in Foods
- GFI #245 Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based Preventive Controls for Food for Animals