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Preventive Controls for Animal Food

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The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) of 2011 can be difficult to implement because it’s so far-reaching. Our pages explain some of the components of the rules that impact food for animals.

This page provides information about what the Preventive Controls for Animal Food (PCAF) rule is and provides an outline of other pages that are helpful when implementing this rule in your facility.

The PCAF rule is part of the regulations introduced by the FDA after passage of FSMA in 2011.

For an overview of how PCAF fits in with FDA regulations related to animal food, see our diagrams below.

tree diagram showing the hierarchical relationship between the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) and CFR 21, including the Preventive Controls for Animal Food (PCAF) rule

tree diagram showing the hierarchical relationship between the parts of the Preventive Controls for Animal Food (PCAF) rule

Where should I begin?

Each page linked below includes background information, key messages and available resources about a section of the Preventive Controls for Animal Food rule.

We recommend starting by reading through these pages to become more familiar with the PCAF rule and how it might impact your establishment’s food safety journey. Then contact Marissa Herchler Cohen with any questions you may have.

Each facility’s food safety journey is as unique as their business and the people who work there. Marissa works with facilities to help determine how they should comply with the rules and to help get them started.

PCAF: The Rule

The PCAF rule can be overwhelming for many. This page provides a general overview of the PCAF rule and the subparts of the rule with resources that help increase understanding of the components of the rule and its subparts. These resources are important for understanding how they fit together to improve food safety standards.

PCAF: Definitions

Some of the terms used in the PCAF rule are familiar, while some may mean something completely different from what you might think. Use this page to navigate through some of the terminology used in the rule that might not be defined in the definitions listed in 21 CFR 507.3.

PCAF: Exemptions

Some facilities may be required to comply with none or only certain parts of the rules. Use these resources to help determine where your facility falls.

PCAF: Current Good Manufacturing Practice

Current Good Manufacturing Practice (CGMP) are baseline food safety standards found in Subpart B of the PCAF rule. Explore this page to learn more about the CGMP requirements and resources NC State Extension has created.

FSMA: Training Requirements

Training requirements are new to the industry and are a significant part of complying with the FSMA rules. Know what training is needed to be in compliance with the rules and where to find training courses.

PCAF: Food Safety Plan

Food safety plans (FSPs) are also new requirements for many facilities. Find out what an FSP should (& shouldn’t) contain and see example plans as they become available.

PCAF: Get Help

We’ve put together a list of documents and organizations that might be helpful as you develop a food safety plan, in addition to the resources our team offers. Visit this page to learn more about these organizations and resources.

For additional information contact

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

Phone: +1 919.515.5396