PET Food Processing - March 2022 - 6

OFF THE LEASH
Slowing down
not likely
The Association of American Feed Control Officials
(AAFCO) along with 16 other leading organizations for the
advancement of livestock production, pet nutrition, veterinary
services, laboratory research, animal feed manufacturing
and public health issued a letter Feb. 9 that essentially
said - and I'm paraphrasing - whoa, whoa, whoa, could we
just slow down here for a minute, maybe even take a few steps
back, on approving hemp ingredients in animal feed? Who
hasn't wanted the pace of change to slow down, to give us a
second to catch our breath? And while you're at it, can you
stop my child from growing up so fast?
This request is coming more than three years after the
2018 Agricultural Improvement Act ( " Farm Bill " ) expanded
the legal production of hemp in the United States. The use
of hemp in animal feed remains under the jurisdiction of the
US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and state regulatory
programs for commercial animal feed. Currently, no
hemp-derived ingredients have been approved through the
established animal feed ingredient review pathways. Hemp
seed oil, hulled hemp seed, and hemp seed protein powder
are considered GRAS for use in human food but, according
to the letter, more data is needed to evaluate and help ensure
that ingredients derived from hemp are safe and effective for
use in animal feed.
The letter urges state agricultural leaders, policy makers
and proponents of hemp in feed to wait - the unspecified
number of years it will take - and to work through the defined
regulatory pathways used for every animal feed ingredient.
It also encourages " state leaders to support research
through universities or private labs so that the safety and utility
of hemp can be fully understood before it is allowed for
commercial purposes. "
That train has left the station and I don't anticipate it will
slow down. Consumers want products
for their pets that match the health
choices they make for themselves, and
they seem ready to spend whatever it
takes to share their food philosophy
with their furry companions. Although
the FDA received additional funding
in 2020 to add more staff to support
the agency's ingredient review process, the snail's pace of the
animal feed ingredient approval process isn't cutting it. The
speed of change slows for no one.
Jennifer Semple | Editor, jsemple@sosland.com
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