A safe animal food (feed) supply helps ensure healthy animals and people. To that end, the Center for Veterinary Medicine:
- monitors and establishes standards for animal feed contaminants, including those in pet food,
- reviews pre-market animal food ingredient submissions, including approving safe food additives for animal food use, evaluating generally recognized as safe (GRAS) notices, serving as the scientific review for Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) feed ingredient definitions, reviewing biotech plant notifications, and reviewing animal food labels as well as pet foods with certain claims, and
- manages the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) medicated feed programs, and
- provides scientific support and guidance on all animal food ingredient matters to FDA and state regulatory officials.
For further information, you may contact AskCVM@fda.hhs.gov.
- FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)
- Food Additive Petitions for Animal Food
- Safe Feed
- Safe Animal Feed (video)
- Sanitation & Transportation Guidance Documents & Regulatory Information
- The Center for Veterinary Medicine Safe Food Facts: Storing, Handling and Using Animal Milk Replacer Products
- Reporting Problems with Horse or other Livestock Feed/Food
- How to Report a Pet Food Complaint
- Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM) Fact Sheet - Safely Distributing Unused Human Food for Animal Food Use
- Printable Handout - FDA Resources for Animal Food Businesses