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Several clients have turned to AIB International for guidance on holding of human by-products for animal food or feed. We submitted the following question on FDA’s TAN network for regulatory input.
Are waste streams from human food manufacturing that ultimately go to animal food/feed required to meet all or some of the Preventive Controls for Animal Food Requirements? Specifically, what precautions, if any, are required for a flour mill regarding middlings? Is there anything specifically required if it comes off the floor?
Below is a summary of FDA’s response:
Note from FDA: We are exercising enforcement discretion with regard to the preventive controls requirements for certain manufacturing/processing activities performed by human food manufacturers on their human food by-products for use as animal food. Your facility may fall under the FDA enforcement discretion policy if you conduct certain manufacturing activities to reduce weight, bulk, or volume or conduct certain activities to combine by-products or separate components and these activities are not intended to control hazards. For more information see Section III.D (pages 19-20) of Guidance for Industry Policy Regarding Certain Entities Subject to the Current Good Manufacturing Practice and Preventive Controls, Produce Safety, and/or Foreign Supplier Verification Programs.
Additionally, FDA has made available Draft Guidance for Industry #239: Human Food By-Products for Use as Animal Food. When finalized, this draft guidance will explain FDA’s current thinking on facilities that produce both human and animal food, including human food by-products for use as animal food.
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