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COMPLY WITH FSMA
requirements," he says. "You could go
out and hire someone to help you, but
still, the facility needs to be able to
implement the plan and demonstrate
that it's working. A lot of companies...
haven't built up their staffing to accommodate this type of activity."
Many small mills chose to close or otherwise made
business decisions shortly after FSMA's first rules became
available, Fairfield says.  He anticipates another round
of closures could come in the months ahead, as more
companies gain experience with the U.S. Food and Drug
Administration's (FDA) inspection expectations.
"How those inspections go will be a factor in how
small businesses comply or choose to consolidate moving
forward," he adds.

Questions about compliance remain
The real FSMA compliance hurdle, for small and large feed
mills alike, is passing the first FDA inspection, Fairfield says.
"We certainly have rules that have come out and have
been available for us to read through and look at for a
number of years," he says. "But it's really the inspection
activity that sets the bar. I think we're still trying as an
industry to learn from the inspection experiences, just
what the requirements mean."
Overall, the FDA has taken an educational approach to
the inspection process and the number of citations remains
"pretty minimal," Fairfield says. "But they have left facilities with a number of what they would call observational
items that they have indicated would require action. Over
time, I think the educational approach is going to diminish
and the FDA will take a more regulatory approach."
It's also worth noting that the majority of inspections to
date have taken place at larger facilities. Due to delays in
the FDA's inspection schedule, inspections for businesses
classified as "small" began just this past fall, Fairfield says.

Lessons learned from 2018 FSMA
inspections: https://bit.ly/2S3bPby

Additional regulation to come
While the majority of the deadlines for compliance with
FSMA's hazard and prevention rules have passed - "very
small" feed mills with annual sales of less than US$2.5
million had to comply with hazard prevention rules by midSeptember 2019 - a handful of unsettled items remain.
The FDA has extended a handful of specific deadlines out through early 2021, including deadlines for
FSMA's so-called "written assurances" rule. This
provision allows feed manufacturers to pass a hazard
to downstream consumers with a guarantee that the
customer will control the hazard. The FDA is still
working out the details of this provision, which may
require additional rulemaking, according to the minutes
of an October 2019 presentation by Jenny Murphy, a
consumer safety officer for the FDA.
The FDA recently took some by surprise when, in
November 2019, the agency released a proposed rule
defining requirements for accredited laboratory testing
of many food products. Though required by FSMA, the
accreditation rule wasn't expected to see daylight for several
more years. It remains unclear what impact the rule will
have on the feed industry and industries named specifically
for oversight under the rule, including egg production.
Other rules outlined by FSMA - traceability requirements, for example - have yet to materialize. But on the
whole, Davis believes the feed industry has put FSMA
behind it. AFIA, he said, is now turning its attention to
new issues, including African swine fever and streamlining the GRAS process. ■

Emma Penrod has covered science and business, with an emphasis on health, the environment and agriculture,
for more than a decade. Penrod covers the animal feed industry for WATTAgNet.com and can be contacted
at elpenrod@gmail.com.
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Feed Strategy - January 2020
Contents
In the Mix
Industry Happenings
6 issues set to shape 2020 poultry feed production Trade shifts, an ASF-driven protein gap and high consumer demand point to stable growth for the global poultry sector in the year ahead
5 broiler early nutrition research highlights
Smaller feed companies struggle to comply with FMSA
The right software for the right formulation job
Halal animal feed production enters new markets
Formulation secrets revealed for modern piglet feeds
Phytogenics: combinations and synergies in poultry feed
Products
Advertisers’ Index
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Feed Strategy - January 2020 - Feed Strategy - January 2020
Feed Strategy - January 2020 - Cover2
Feed Strategy - January 2020 - CT3
Feed Strategy - January 2020 - CT4
Feed Strategy - January 2020 - Contents
Feed Strategy - January 2020 - In the Mix
Feed Strategy - January 2020 - 3
Feed Strategy - January 2020 - Industry Happenings
Feed Strategy - January 2020 - 5
Feed Strategy - January 2020 - 6 issues set to shape 2020 poultry feed production Trade shifts, an ASF-driven protein gap and high consumer demand point to stable growth for the global poultry sector in the year ahead
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Feed Strategy - January 2020 - 5 broiler early nutrition research highlights
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Feed Strategy - January 2020 - Smaller feed companies struggle to comply with FMSA
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Feed Strategy - January 2020 - The right software for the right formulation job
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Feed Strategy - January 2020 - Halal animal feed production enters new markets
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Feed Strategy - January 2020 - Formulation secrets revealed for modern piglet feeds
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Feed Strategy - January 2020 - Phytogenics: combinations and synergies in poultry feed
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