Food and Drug Administration, HHS.
Notice of public meeting; request for comments.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is announcing a public meeting it will hold to present work-in-progress on a method for ranking animal feed contaminants by their relative risks to animal and human health. The relative risk posed by feed contaminants to animal and human health consists of two components, namely health consequence scoring and exposure scoring. At this meeting the agency will describe the methods it plans to use to develop animal and human health consequence scoring for chemical, physical, and biological feed contaminants. At one or more subsequent public meetings, FDA will present information about how the health consequence scoring will be combined with information about the exposure of animals and humans to feed contaminants to determine the relative risks of such contaminants in feed.
Date and Time: The public meeting will be held on September 12, 2006, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Location: The meeting will be held at the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research Conference Room, third floor, 7519 Standish Pl., Rockville, MD 20855.
You may submit written comments to the Division of Dockets Management (HFA-305), Food and Drug Administration, 5630 Fishers Lane, rm. 1061, Rockville, MD 20852. Submit electronic comments to http://www.fda.gov/dockets/ecomments. Follow the instructions for submitting comments.Start Further Info
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Zoe Gill, Center for Veterinary Medicine (HFV-226), Food and Drug Administration, 7519 Standish Pl., Rockville, MD 20855, 240-453-6867, FAX 240-453-6882, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.End Further Info
Registration: You may register by telephone, fax, or e-mail by contacting Nanette Milton, Center for Veterinary Medicine (HFV-200), Food and Drug Administration, 7519 Standish Pl., Rockville, MD 20855, 240-453-6840, FAX 240-453-6880, e-mail: email@example.com. Send registration information (including name, title, firm name, address, telephone, and fax number to Nanette Milton. To obtain the registration form via the Internet go to http://www.fda.gov/cvm/AFSS.htm#Meetings. Due to limited meeting space, registration will be required. We strongly encourage early registration.End Preamble Start Supplemental Information
The Animal Feed Safety System (AFSS) is FDA's program for animal feed aimed at protecting human and animal health by ensuring animal feed is safe. It covers the entire spectrum of agency activities from preapproval of food additives and drugs for use in feed, to establishing limits for feed contaminants, providing education and training, and conducting inspections and taking enforcement actions for ensuring compliance with agency regulations. AFSS includes oversight of all feed ingredients and mixed feed at all stages of manufacture, production, distribution, and use, whether at commercial or non-commercial establishments.
During the past several years, FDA has been considering changes that need to be made to AFSS to ensure that it is comprehensive, preventive, and risk-based. As part of this effort, the agency is developing a model for ranking the relative risks to human and animal health of contaminants in animal feed. An effective model will permit the agency to systematically distinguish among feed hazards based on the relative risks they pose to animals or humans. Such a model will consider the risks of hazards present in incoming materials or feed ingredients and will also consider how activities at feed manufacturing, storage, distribution, and transportation facilities may modify such risks. For the purpose of AFSS, FDA defines a feed hazard as a biological, chemical, or physical agent in, or condition of, feed with the potential to cause an adverse health effect in animals or humans.
Previously, FDA held two public meetings to discuss AFSS, including discussions of the agency's plan to develop a risk ranking model for determining the relative risks to animal or human health of feed hazards. The first meeting was held on September 23 and 24, 2003, in Herndon, VA, and the second meeting was held on April 5 and 6, 2005, in Omaha, NE. The public meetings included active participation by consumers, animal feed processors, animal producers, and State and other Federal Government agencies. Following the meetings, we placed a number of documents in FDA's docket for the AFSS project (found in brackets in the heading of this document). These documents included transcripts of the meetings, summaries of break-out discussion groups, presentations of invited speakers, and meeting summaries. We also placed in the docket a number of other documents relating to AFSS, including a framework for AFSS that lists the principal components of AFSS and the gaps the agency has identified which are being addressed by the agency team working on the AFSS project. These documents provide excellent, general background material on AFSS for the public meeting that will be held on September 12, 2006.Start Printed Page 43489
This meeting is the first of several planned by FDA to discuss aspects of the AFSS relative risk ranking model during the model's development by the agency. To determine the relative risks of chemical, physical, and biological contaminants in animal feed, information about the health consequences posed by the contaminant (represented by a health consequence scoring) is combined with information about the amount of the contaminant in animal feed (represented by an exposure scoring). This meeting will describe the methods used by the agency to develop the animal and human health consequence scoring for feed contaminants. At one or more subsequent meetings, FDA will present information about exposure of animals and humans to contaminants in feed and information about how health consequence scoring is combined with exposure scoring to determine the relative risks of contaminants in animal feed.
We are holding the meeting in an effort to gather further information from you, our stakeholders, on changes to AFSS that will help minimize risks to animal and human health associated with animal feed. Prior to the public meeting, FDA will place in the docket (found in brackets in the heading of this document) two documents, entitled “List of Potentially Hazardous Contaminants in Animal Feed and Feed Ingredients” and “Determining Health Consequence Scoring for Feed Contaminants.” The documents will summarize the agency's methods for assigning animal and human health consequence scoring to physical, chemical, and biological contaminants that may be present in animal feed. Details of these methods will be discussed at the meeting. A draft agenda for the meeting will also be placed in the docket prior to the meeting.
If you would like to submit written comments to the docket, please send you comments to the Division of Dockets Management (see ADDRESSES). Submit a single copy of electronic comments or two paper copies of any written comments, except that individuals may submit one copy. Comments are to be identified with the docket number found in brackets in the heading of this document. Received comments may be seen in the Division of Dockets Management between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. You can view comments FDA has received on the Internet at http://www.fda.gov/ohrms/dockets/.Start Signature
Dated: July 24, 2006.
Assistant Commissioner for Policy.
[FR Doc. E6-12266 Filed 7-31-06; 8:45 am]
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