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Preventive Controls for Animal Food: Additional Resources


The FDA provides information updates and guidance documents regarding the Food Safety Modernization Act and Animal Food regularly.

Another great resource is their video Safe Animal Feed that emphasizes the role animal food manufacturers play in maintaining a safe food supply in the United States.

Foreign Supplier Verification Program

Do you import ingredients or animal food products into the U.S.? If so, you may be subject to the Foreign Supplier Verification Programs (FSVP) regulation, one of the seven rules of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). Being subject to FSVP depends on the nature of the products you import.

Find out if FSVP applies to you

Am I Subject to FSVP? The FDA has a document to help facilities figure out whether or not they’re subject to the FSVP regulation or modified requirements.

Understanding FSVP

If your facility is subject to FSVP, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has now released a document for Foreign Supplier Verification Programs for Importers of Food for Humans and Animals (FSVP) Regulation Records Requirements.

This document addresses the responsibilities of importers and suppliers who must comply. It lists the records that should be made and helps you answer common questions:

  1. What hazard analysis must I conduct?
  2. What evaluation for foreign supplier approval and verification must I conduct?
  3. What foreign supplier verification and related activities must I conduct?
  4. What corrective actions must I take under my FSVP?
  5. How must the importer be identified at entry?
  6. How must I maintain records of my FSVP?

This document also addresses some of the modified requirements applying to records, including answers to the following questions:

  1. What requirements apply when I import a food that cannot be consumed without the hazards being controlled or for which the hazards are controlled after importation?
  2. What FSVP must I have if I am importing a food subject to certain dietary supplement current good manufacturing practice regulations?
  3. What FSVP may I have if I am a very small importer or if I am importing certain food from certain small foreign suppliers?
  4. What FSVP may I have if I am importing certain food from a country with an officially recognized or equivalent food safety system

Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Food Rule

There is a free training available on the FDA website for this rule. Click the Launch the Course button on the right hand side to begin the training. There is a certificate generated at the end. FDA does not maintain records of who completes this training, so make sure you do print or save the certificate at the end. This would be a good certificate to maintain a copy of in personnel training files or another easily accessible place.

If you don’t print or save the certificate when you finish, you will have to go through the training again to receive a new certificate.

Compliance Policy Guides

The Compliance Policy Guides linked below may be helpful when developing food safety plans.

Help from FDA

Questions for the FDA regarding FSMA can be submitted through their Technical Assistance Network (TAN). Additionally, FDA has released a question and answer session for what to expect as the next compliance dates near.


The Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance (FSPCA) has produced the only Preventive Controls Qualified Individual certification course for animal food recognized by the FDA. For a complete list of courses currently offered by FSPCA, visit their course list.

They provide resources regarding the animal and human food rules, as well as information regarding both PCQI and lead instructor training courses. Participant manuals are free online through FSPCA.

The Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance (FSPCA) has released a new blended learning option for the Preventive Controls for Animal Food (PCAF) Course. The blended course allows participants to complete much of the material online prior to attending an eight-hour instructor-led course. The online modules were developed by the FSPCA to expand learning opportunities to those who may not be able to attend a two-and-a-half-day training.

The Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance (FSPCA) has announced the release of their online CGMP for Animal Food Course. The course is fully online and addresses the CGMP component of the PCAF rule.

NC State Extension

NC State Extension is creating resources to help companies comply with food and feed safety regulations.

CGMP Self-Audit checklist


Other useful resources come from the

For additional information contact

Marissa Herchler
Area Specialized Agent, Animal Food Safety
NC State Extension
Prestage Department of Poultry Science
Raleigh, NC 27695-7608