ARLINGTON, Va., Feb. 2, 2024 — The National Grain and Feed Association (NGFA) today commended the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM) for issuing a decision to revoke a decades-old regulatory policy that has kept innovative feed ingredients from being available to American agriculture.
“CVM’s decision is an important step toward facilitating progress in the development of safe, novel feed ingredients that provide animal health, food safety and production benefits,” said NGFA Senior Vice President of Feed David Fairfield. “A 25-year-old FDA policy has prevented animal food manufacturers from making substantiated production claims on their product labels unless they go through the FDA’s drug approval process, which can take more than 10 years. The decision announced by the FDA today will promote the introduction of innovative animal food products with production benefits that will help keep American agriculture competitive. Notably, our global competitors in Europe, Asia, and South America already have updated their policies to allow feed products on the market that demonstrate increased efficiency in meat production as well as byproduct and waste reduction.
“We continue to encourage Congress to pass the bipartisan Innovative Feed Enhancement and Economic Development (Innovative FEED) Act (H.R.6687 and S. 1842), which would establish legislative language for a new category of animal food additives that could improve animal production and well-being, diminish pre-harvest food safety concerns, and boost sustainability opportunities.”