FSMA and Animal Feed
As the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) continues implementing its Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), we wanted to take a moment to highlight one key point: FSMA regulations do not mean an end to animal feed as a viable recycling solution for food waste.
We recently came across a great article, by Willy Blackmore, that speaks specifically to the relationship between FSMA and animal feed. In his article, “Should Livestock Eat Garbage Instead of Grain,” Blackmore does a nice job of concisely reviewing the issue. Some key points Blackmore makes are as follows:
- Today we have a better understanding of what elements in food waste and animal feed might spread harmful diseases, and we can plan accordingly to avoid the chance of spreading harmful pathogens.
- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is pro animal feed, listing it third in its hierarchy of ways to limit waste.
- Beyond issues of land and resource use and environmental sustainability, there are economic benefits to using animal feed as a disposal outlet for industrial food waste.
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