US: CVM to establish animal food definitions and standards

4th December 2015

The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM) has announced a “strategy to establish ingredient definitions and standards for animal food” in order to comply with the requirements of the Food and Drug Administration Amendments Act (FDAAA) of 2007.  To achieve this, the FDA intends to review all ingredients defined within the American Association of Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) Official Publication in order to determine their status as approved food additives or recognized as GRAS.   As needed, the FDA will undertake comprehensive literature searches to identify if there is sufficient available information to grant food additive approval or GRAS affirmation.   In the case that data gaps are identified, the FDA will require submission of a food additive petition or fulfilment of the GRAS requirements for a substance in order for the ingredient to continue to be marketed in the United States for the existing use in feed.

CVM Update March 27, 2015