Hurburgh comments on new food safety legislation

The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) passed in 2011, but its rules won’t be in place until mid-2015. Ostensibly, FSMA offered a paradigm shift in the food safety sector, preventing contamination instead of only responding to it.

Part of the legislation applies to handling animal feed. The Food and Drug Administration has a proposed rule under comment until March 31st, which would address regulatory gaps on producing safe animal feed, as well as addressing hazards at facilities that handle it.

Grain elevators would be exempt from the proposed rule, although grain quality specialist and professor at Iowa State University, Dr. Charles Hurburgh, points out that the wording is a little broader than the grain industry would prefer.

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