Animal Feed Rule

Animal Feed Rule

The Current Good Manufacturing Practice and Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based Preventive Controls for Food for Animals (AnimalFood)  final rule establishes food safety requirements for facilities that manufacture, process, pack, or hold animalfood. The rule is intended to ensure the safety of animals consuming the animal food and prevent the spread of foodborne illnesses in humans who handle it, especially pet food. These requirements are very similar to the Preventive Controls for Human Foods final rule, with a few notable exceptions. Like the Preventive Controls Rule, this rule requires covered facilities to (1) implement current Good Manufacturing Practice (cGMP) regulations, and (2) develop and implement preventive controls as part of a written Food Safety Plan. This Food Safety Plan must include the following elements:

  1. an identification of food safety hazards;
  2. preventive controls to address those hazards;
  3. oversight and management of preventive controls, including monitoring, corrective actions, and verification to ensure that the plan is implemented appropriately; and
  4. a recall plan.

Like the Preventive Controls for Human Food final rule, the Animal Food final rule requires that most documents generated as part of the Food Safety Plan are kept for at least two years. To  learn more about the Animal Feed Final Rules go to the GMA Resources section below.


Update (9/17/2015): On September 17, 2015, two final rules were published to the Federal Register: “Current Good Manufacturing Practice, Hazard Analysis, and Risk Based Preventive Controls for Human Food” and “Current Good Manufacturing Practice, Hazard Analysis, and Risk Based Preventive Controls for Animal Food.” Most companies will need to comply with these new requirements in one year, on September 19, 2016. To learn more about the Human Food Final Rule go to the GMA Resources section below.


Important Dates: Businesses have a staggered number of years after publication of the final rule to comply, based on business size. In addition, there will be staggered compliance between the CGMP requirements and the Preventive Control Requirements. For Compliance periods go to the GMA Resource section below.

Links to GMA Resources:

In-Depth Analysis of the Original Animal Feed Proposed Rule

GMA Comments on the Original Animal Feed Proposed  Rule

In-Depth Analysis of the Supplemental Animal Feed Rule

GMA Comments on Economically Motivated Adulteration

GMA Comments on Preventative Controls for Animal Food

FSMA Timeline and Milestones

GMA Reference Sheet for FSMA Compliance Dates

GMA Summary Reference Sheet for FSMA Compliance Dates

Links to FSMA Documents:

Full Text of the Original Animal Feed Proposed Rule

Full Text of the Supplemental Animal Feed Rule

Redlined Supplemental Animal Feed Rule

Full Text of the Animal Feed Final Rule

Original Animal Feed PRIA

Supplemental Animal Feed PRIA

Links to FDA Resources:

FDA’s Animal Feed Rule page

Animal Feed Rule Docket

Animal Food Preventive Controls Final Rule

Contact Information: Kristen Spotz

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