FDA issues new salmonella policy for animal feeds

Published on: Jul 16, 2013

In a series of notices in the July 16 Federal Register, the Food & Drug Administration announced the availability of a guidance document titled "Compliance Policy Guide Sec. 690.800 Salmonella in Food for Animals" (CPG) that provides guidance to FDA staff on salmonella-contaminated food for animals.

FDA said the CPG is being issued consistent with its good guidance practices regulation (21 CFR 10.115). The CPG represents FDA's current thinking on salmonella-contaminated food for animals.

In the Aug. 2, 2010, Federal Register, FDA announced the availability of a draft CPG titled "Compliance Policy Guide Sec. 690.800 Salmonella in Animal Feed," and opened a comment period on the draft CPG.

After reviewing the submitted comments, FDA made the following changes to the CPG:

* The title of the CPG is changed from "Salmonella in Animal Feed" to "Salmonella in Food for Animals." FDA said it made this change to clarify that the CPG covers all animal food. The term "food for animals" includes pet food and animal feed.

* The term "Direct Human Contact Animal Feed" has been removed from the CPG, because commenters found the term to be confusing. The term pet food is now used instead. It is defined to mean food for pets and includes treats and chews for pets, FDA said.

The CPG explains criteria that FDA personnel should consider in recommending enforcement action against food for animals that is adulterated due to the presence of salmonella. In particular, the CPG provides regulatory action guidance relating to pet food or pet food ingredients that are contaminated with salmonella. In addition, FDA said the CPG provides regulatory action guidance relating to animal feed and animal feed ingredients that are contaminated with certain salmonella serotypes that are pathogenic to the particular species of animal for which the animal feed or animal feed ingredients are intended.

This notice is related to two other notices published in the July 16 Federal Register, in which FDA announced: (1) The removal of 21 CFR 500.35 "Animal feeds contaminated with Salmonella microorganisms" and (2) the withdrawal of "Compliance Policy Guide Sec. 690.700 Salmonella Contamination of Dry Dog Food." The enforcement policy in the CPG supersedes the policies articulated in 21 CFR 500.35 and CPG Sec. 690.700, FDA said.