"We are disappointed FDA did not grant the industry more time to review the 'Current Good Manufacturing Practice and Hazard Analysis and Risk-based Preventive Controls for Food for Animals', proposed rule provided the agency themselves was given an extension by the courts.
"FDA had more than two years to write the animal food rule while allotting the animal feed industry only five short months to review and submit comments on the rule. This faults in comparison to the human food rule, which had an 11-plus month comment period timeline.
"AFIA does not predict FDA will move forward with a re-proposal of the rule as there is simply not enough time given the court-mandated timeline; however, FDA stated it will publish revised language for the proposed rule, which was a deciding factor in their denial of a second extension to the comment period deadline.
"AFIA will be submitting comments by the March 31 deadline and has informed the agency that we will continue to filter feedback and comments after that date due to the enormity of the rule."
AFIA, based in Arlington, Va., is the world's largest organization devoted exclusively to representing the business, legislative and regulatory interests of the U.S. animal feed industry and its suppliers.
Founded in 1909, AFIA also is the recognized leader on international industry developments. Members include more than 550 domestic and international companies and state, regional and national associations.
Member-companies are livestock feed and pet food manufacturers, integrators, pharmaceutical companies, ingredient suppliers, equipment manufacturers and companies which supply other products, services and supplies to feed manufacturers.
The feed industry makes a major contribution to food safety, nutrition and the environment, and it plays a critical role in the production of healthy, wholesome meat, milk, fish and eggs and pets. More than 70 percent of the feed in the United States is manufactured by AFIA members.