FDA Postpones Routine Feed Mill Inspections During COVID-19 Outbreak

— Written By and last updated by Rhea Hebert

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The Food & Drug Administration (FDA) recently postponed foreign facility inspections not deemed mission-critical.

In their most recent statement, the FDA is focusing on Safety of Regulated Products While Scaling Back Domestic Inspections. Domestic for-cause inspections will be evaluated and conducted if deemed mission-critical.

From FDA:

Importantly, during this interim period we’re evaluating additional ways to conduct our inspectional work that would not jeopardize public safety and protecting both the firms and the FDA staff. This can include, among other things, evaluating records in lieu of conducting an onsite inspection on an interim basis when travel is not permissible, when appropriate.

Facilities must continue to follow Current Good Manufacturing Practice (CGMP) requirements, as well as other applicable rules and regulations, such as the Preventive Controls for Animal Food.

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