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REGULATORY
New pet food
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Improving the review process and advancing pet health.
By Louise Calderwood, director of regulatory affairs, American Feed Industry Association | LCalderwood@afia.org
How to balance speed with a complete review? That is
the test regulatory agencies face when approving new
pet food ingredients and, unfortunately, a reason some
safe products that could advance pet health and nutrition
sit on the shelf for years.
Whether through a federal assessment by the US Food
and Drug Administration's (FDA) Center for Veterinary
Medicine (CVM) or through the new animal food definitions
procedure for adoption into the Association of
American Feed Control Officials' (AAFCO) Official
Publication, new ingredients for pet foods are thoroughly
reviewed before they can be used in commercially
manufactured pet foods and treats. The American Feed
Industry Association (AFIA) closely tracks progress
through both the CVM and AAFCO processes as companies
work to bring new products that can help pets
live longer, healthier lives into the marketplace.
In 2016, the Institute for Feed Education and
Research (IFEEDER) commissioned a study to better
understand the economic impact the industry is facing
from the lengthy and cumbersome federal regulatory
approval process. The study confirmed that, on average,
it takes three to five years for a new animal food
ingredient to move through the FDA's review and approval
process, causing companies to lose $1.75 million
annually and slowing access to ingredients that benefit
pet nutrition and health.
The American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) has
spent several years trying to change this. In 2018, the
AFIA worked with a coalition to urge Congress to change
the Animal Drug and Animal Generic Drug User Fee
Amendments, allowing the use of foreign data in ingredient
submissions and creating a mechanism by which
AAFCO could recognize new ingredient definitions. In
2020, the AFIA also supported additional federal funding
for the FDA's CVM approval office, which resulted in the
hiring of 12 new ingredient review staff to speed up its review
process. These incremental changes will reduce the
time companies must wait for their ingredient reviews to
be completed and allow the US pet food industry to stay
on-par with its international counterparts.
For years, companies have struggled to move ingredients
through the CVM review process and into the
marketplace - a struggle that has placed the US feed
industry at a competitive disadvantage globally. Now,
building on the momentum of the new staff positions at
the CVM, the AFIA is taking its outreach a bit further
to bring more clarity to the CVM ingredient and label
claims review process.
As the science on animal nutrition evolves, the AFIA
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AAFCO
recognized oat
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benefits of betaglucans
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