Current Status of FSMA

All animal food producers were expected to be in compliance with FSMA’s Current Good Manufacturing Practices (CGMPs) provisions by September 19, 2016. FDA, which had previously inspected facilities to guard against adulteration or misbranded products under the FFDCA, will now inspect pet food facilities to confirm they have implemented, and documented their adherence to, the applicable required CGMPs designed to prevent the causes of foodborne illness.

Pet food makers are also preparing for the September 2017 compliance deadline for implementation of the hazard analysis and risk-based preventive controls provisions of FSMA. These require each pet food maker to conduct a full analysis of potential safety hazards, whether those hazards could occur naturally or be unintentionally introduced, and to have established preventive controls in place to mitigate those hazards.

PFI and its members place the highest importance on pet food safety and PFI is working to ensure all pet food makers, not just our members, are ready for FSMA.