FDA Virtual Listening Session

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FDA Listening Session Banner ImageIngredient approval can be a very confusing process for animal food. There are several avenues that can be considered when introducing a new ingredient, but regardless, the ingredient must have approval before being fed commercially.

Ingredient approval process

Animal food (food for animals) is regulated in the United States by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This includes, but is not limited to, food for livestock, poultry, and pets and can encompass complete feeds or diets and treats, as well as ingredients that are included in these products.

The Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) is made up animal food regulators from a number of states. Although AAFCO does not regulate animal food or ingredients, they do provide definitions for feed ingredients and can help facilitate the marketing of animal food ingredients.

The FDA has organized a webinar alongside AAFCO to further explain how the two groups work together in the ingredient approval process.

Webinar: FDA’s Role in the AAFCO Animal Feed Ingredient Definition Process

Date: February 9, 2023
Time: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Registration: Event webpage

During the webinar, stakeholders will have the opportunity to present feedback and suggestions concerning the following questions:

  1. What steps can FDA take to improve stakeholder understanding of FDA’s engagement with AAFCO’s feed ingredient definition process and better communicate this information with the public?
  2. What changes to FDA’s role in AAFCO’s feed ingredient definition process would be helpful to stakeholders and why?
  3. If FDA made a list of AAFCO feed ingredient definition requests publicly available, where would stakeholders prefer to find such a list and what information would stakeholders like to see with such a list?
  4. What do stakeholders view as successful or valuable in FDA’s continued participation as the scientific reviewers for new AAFCO feed ingredient definitions?

If you are interested in presenting, register on the event webpage no later than January 12, 2023 at 11:59 p.m. ET.

For more information about this webinar, visit FDA Opens Registration for Virtual Public Meeting on FDA’s Role in the AAFCO Animal Feed Ingredient Definition Process.

If you have any questions about animal food safety, including animal food ingredient approval processes, please contact Marissa Cohen.