FDA issues Animal Food Hazard Analysis and Preventive Controls Guidance for feed industries

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recently finalized its Guidance for Industry (GFI) #245: Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based Preventive Controls for Food for Animals.  

The guidance is addressed to those industries that manufacture, process, pack or hold food intended for food-producing animals, pets, laboratory animals, and animals detained in zoos and parks.  

The document will help animal food facilities in complying with the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)-related rule entitled “Current Good Manufacturing Practice, Hazard Analysis, and Risk-Based Preventive Controls for Food for Animals”.  

With this guidance the FDA aims to provide useful information about how to:  
- recognize and evaluate hazards that may occur in the facility,  
- conduct analysis,  
- develop a food safety plan,  
- identify and apply preventive controls,  
- recordkeeping requirements associated with the food safety plan.  

This guidance finalizes the draft version, dated January 2018, after some significant changes were made in response to stakeholders’ feedback.