Understanding and Managing Animal Food Safety Hazards: New Factsheet Series

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teal overlay on cows eating with text Understanding and Managing Animal Food Safety Hazards

New food safety regulations, especially the Food Safety Modernization Act of 2011 (FSMA), require animal feed and ingredient processing facilities to evaluate their ingredients and processes for the presence of hazards that could impact food safety.

In a new factsheet series from the NC State Animal Food Safety program, we’ll explore:

  • different hazards that could be present in animal food ingredients and products, and
  • how consumers and processors can protect their animals and products from these potential hazards.

It’s important for those responsible for the implementation of food safety programs (Preventive Controls Qualified Individuals) to be aware of food safety hazards that could be present in their ingredients, products and facility.

#1 in the Series: Aflatoxins

The first factsheet in the series is all about aflatoxins. The factsheet includes

  • definitions,
  • health impacts on animals,
  • mitigation guidelines for producers and
  • tips for how consumers can keep themselves – and their pets – safe.

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Aflatoxins and Animal Food Safety

This factsheet covers the guidelines and mitigation for aflatoxins in animal food in North Carolina.

Coming Up in the Series

We’ll announce new factsheets in the series on our portal and on our Facebook and Instagram accounts. Subscribe to our updates and follow us on social media to be the first to get our factsheets and news.

Some of the topics we’ll be exploring are

  • hazards that lead to recalls,
  • potential hazards in the news and media, and
  • new potential hazards to be aware of.

Want to know more about specific hazards in your facility or animal food, or how to mitigate potential hazards? Let us know! Your suggestion could be the featured topic of our next factsheet.

You can also see all of the factsheets from Feed Milling and Animal Food Safety through our NC State Extension portal.


If you have questions about animal food safety, including aflatoxins or other potential hazards, please contact Marissa Herchler.

Written By

Marissa Herchler Cohen, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionMarissa Herchler CohenArea Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Animal Food Safety Serves 100 Counties and EBCIBased out of Poultry ScienceCall Marissa E-mail Marissa Poultry Science
NC State Extension, NC State University
Updated on Jan 28, 2021
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