The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) is entering compliance and enforcement with staggered deadlines, meaning that larger businesses must be in compliance before smaller businesses. Large businesses were required to be in compliance with FSMA Subpart B (Current Good Manufacturing Practices or “cGMPs”) beginning in September 2016. Small and very small businesses are expected to be in compliance with Subpart B in September 2017 and September 2018, respectively. The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA), which had previously inspected facilities to guard against adulteration or misbranded products under the FFDCA, will now have the authority under FSMA to inspect pet food and treat 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 FSMA hazard analysis and risk-based preventive controls provisions. These require each pet food and treat maker to conduct a full analysis of potential safety hazards that may occur throughout the manufacturing process, whether those hazards could occur naturally or are unintentionally introduced, and to implement preventive controls to mitigate appropriate hazards.
The full schedule of compliance and enforcement deadlines for cGMPs and preventive controls is available here.
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. Click here to read an open letter to U.S. pet food and treat makers urging them to understand and prepare for their responsibilities under FSMA.