FDA Provides List of Resources for Animal Food Producers Preparing for Hurricane Isaias Impacts

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As North Carolina begins preparing for the potential landfall and impacts from Hurricane Isaias, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released Resources for Animal Food Producers in Puerto Rico and the Southeastern U.S. Affected by Hurricane Isaias.

It’s important for animal food producers to be aware of the food safety impacts that significant rain, wind and flooding damage can have on the harvesting, mixing, storing or distribution of grains and other food or ingredients for animals.

Flooding can present a number of hazards to crops that aren’t limited to sewage, pathogens, pesticides, chemical wastes and mold growth, that could lead to increased mycotoxin production.

Crops that are damaged or otherwise unsuitable for human consumption can be used for animal food, but should be evaluated for safety by the FDA prior to use, reconditioning or processing.

Guidance for this process can be found in the FDA Compliance Policy Guide 675.200 Diversion of Adulterated Food to Acceptable Animal Feed Use.

Who to contact

The FDA district office should be contacted for contamination events occurring in Georgia, South Carolina or North Carolina:

  • Ingrid Zambrana, 404.253.1284
  • Wilbur Huggins, 404.253.2235

The North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (NCDA&CS) Food & Drug Protection Division should also be notified for evaluation of animal food safety in flooded or otherwise contaminated animal food or ingredients.

Contact with the state department of agriculture for clearance should be made before cleaning, testing, selling, or using potentially unsafe crops in animal food.

Additional resources from FDA:

If you have questions about animal food safety, please contact Marissa Herchler.