In 2015, the final guidelines of the Food Safety Modernization Act were issued by the FDA. Now food and ingredients that will end up in pet food must come from safe and sanitary environments. What does that might mean for producers of pet food and/or pet food ingredients?
Oftentimes, the ingredients used in pet foods are byproducts of food manufacturing companies' main products. It could be whey from cheese, or byproduct from a meat processing company. Before FSMA,there wasn't as much of a focus on how sanitary the environment was for the ingredients going to the pet food manufacturer. But that's changed.
Below is the final rule on preventive controls for animal food as laid out by the FDA.
"Covered Facilities must establish and implement a food safety system that includes an analysis of hazards and risk-based preventive controls. The rule set requirements for a written food safety plan that includes: hazard analysis, preventative controls, oversite & management of preventative control, and a recall plan."
-U.S. Department of Health and Human Services/U.S. Food & Drug Administration
The FSMA guidelines require that all areas of facilities are up to code, that means all areas of a facility that store or hold food, regardless of the final destination, must be up to FDA standards. This includes not only the totes and containers that contain the food/byproduct, but also the equipment and floors.
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The deadlines for updates to be completed vary based on business size. Want to read the regulations in their entirety? Click here to read all about FSMA.