Increased FDA Funding for Pet Food Ingredient Reviews

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The six appropriations bills, which include a key amendment proposed by Republican Representative Jim Baird and other bipartisan cosponsors, provide $8 million to the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM). ) to ensure faster evaluation of novel feeds. Components.

On average, studies have shown that it takes companies three to five years to get new ingredients through the FDA’s rigorous review process, preventing innovation from getting to the food industry quickly. animal husbandry, according to the American Feed Industry Association (AFI).

AFIA CEO Constance Cullman said it’s important for the United States to have a regulatory framework that provides a timely and predictable path to the food ingredients market and can also keep pace with the evolution of the science of animal nutrition: “Additional FDA funding for food ingredient reviews in the spending bill passed by the House is a huge win for the U.S. feed industry, putting us more on par with other countries. who continue to forge ahead with safe ingredients to improve the safety, quality, environmental impact and nutrition of animal feed and pet food.

Environmental claims

Spurred by sustainability demands, feed ingredients like seaweed that could help reduce methane emissions in cows are being researched around the world. Additives such as DSM’s Bovaer, which was developed to meet such challenges in ruminants, are already appearing on the market. However, the United States is behind in securing approvals, the AFIA noted earlier this year.

And only with these technologies on the market will American farmers be able to achieve the meaningful emissions reductions that American policymakers seek, he argued.

Paul Davis, director of quality, feed safety and education, AFIA, during a presentation at the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Outlook Forum in February, said that part of the problem is that new food ingredients in the United States cannot include environmental claimson their labels due to the FDA’s very narrow interpretation of what is considered a food versus a drug.

The FDA needs to be diligent in expanding label claims and getting those ingredients approved, Davis argued.

And regulatory changes in this regard need not be complicated, the trade group said. Just by updating the guidelines in the CVM Program Policy and Procedures Manual, the FDA can “modernize its approach to regulating claims for food ingredients of animal origin and keep pace with science and the international community.

“It is time to expand the regulatory pathway for pet food marketing claims to take into account the expanded understanding of the physiology of the gastrointestinal tract. The CVM has long awaited a review of its narrow track for regulatory approval of animal-derived food ingredients, and the public and food companies are beginning to take notice,”added the AFIA.

It is now up to the US Senate to include this dedicated GVC funding in its final appropriations legislation.

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