Animal Feed Rule

What’s the Background?

The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) animal feed rule gives new authority to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to ensure the safety of animal feed. While the regulation contains an exemption for livestock operations that meet the definition of farm, contract grower operations are specifically excluded from that definition. Pork producers who have a private feed mill to supply their contract growers will need to comply with the feed rule even though they are producing feed only for the animals they own. That places an undue and unwarranted burden on those producers, who pose no greater significant risk than producers who fall under the farm definition.

Why Does It Matter to Our Producers?

Pork producers, like all animal owners, rely on the safety and wholesomeness of animal feeds and feed ingredients they purchase. Producers work closely with animal nutritionists and veterinarians to ensure that feed rations are appropriate to their individual production needs, and they carefully monitor feed to ensure it is helping produce healthy pigs and, ultimately, safe and wholesome pork.

What is NPPC’s position?

NPPC contends FDA exceeded its mandate by extending the FSMA animal feed rule to cover not just commercial feed but also the preparation by animal owners of non-medicated feed intended solely for their own animals. NPPC supports limiting the applicability of the animal feed rule strictly to facilities and enterprises producing animal feed for commercial sale.