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NC State Extension

Food Safety Modernization Act


North Carolina has been proactive in preparing for the new food safety regulations introduced by the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). These new regulations focus on shifting food safety structures from a reactive to a proactive system. For the first time, feed manufacturing facilities are subject to Current Good Manufacturing Practices (CGMP) inspections by the FDA (these are in addition to medicated feed CGMP inspections).


As part of the proactive nature of these new regulations, NC State hired an Area Specialized Agent for animal food safety. Marissa Herchler joined the feed milling program in August 2016 and has been working to provide training for NC animal food manufacturers through the Preventive Controls for Animal Food course. These courses offer an on-demand schedule once enough people have expressed interested in attending the course. Anyone interested in participating in a Preventive Controls for Animal Food course and becoming a Preventive Controls Qualified Individual (PCQI) should contact Marissa Herchler.

Current Projects

In addition to the Preventive Controls for Animal Food course, the Feed Milling program is working with NC State Distance Education and Learning Technology Applications (DELTA) to develop online tours of the feed mill. These tours will have training, academic and extension applications. Our goal is to train individuals on the importance of animal food safety by using the NC State Feed Mill as a model. In addition, online tours will allow users to immerse themselves in the mill in order to understand potential site hazards.

Online feed mill tours will aid students in their understanding of how a feed mill works, allowing them to focus their time at the mill on learning about different feed mill concepts (mixer uniformity, pellet durability, batching), rather than focusing their attention on orientation to the space.

One extension application for these online tours will be to use the NC State Feed Mill Education Unit as a model for CGMP and hazard analysis — two major requirements of FSMA.

Another feed mill extension project involves developing an example livestock food safety plan. We are working with the FDA and industry leaders to develop a plan that could serve as an example for livestock food manufacturers across the US. The food safety plan is brand new to many facilities; we are working diligently to ease the burden of FSMA compliance.

For additional information contact

Marissa Herchler
NC State University
Cooperative Extension Service
Prestage Department of Poultry Science
236 Scott Hall
Raleigh, NC 27695-7608

Phone: +1 919.515.5396

For additional information about FSMA or extension programs offered by the NC State Feed Milling Program, visit the FSMA website or contact Marissa Herchler directly.