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Current Good Manufacturing Practice, Hazard Analysis, and Risk-Based Preventive Controls for Food for Animals; Technical Amendment

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AGENCY:

Food and Drug Administration, HHS.

ACTION:

Final rule, technical amendment.

SUMMARY:

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA or we) is amending a final rule that published in the Federal Register of September 17, 2015. That final rule established requirements for domestic and foreign facilities required to register under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act for current good manufacturing practice, hazard analysis, and risk-based preventive controls for food for animals. The final rule published with some editorial and inadvertent errors. This document corrects those errors.

DATES:

Effective January 22, 2016.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Jeanette Murphy, Center for Veterinary Medicine (HFV-200), Food and Drug Administration, 7519 Standish Pl., Rockville, MD 20855, 240-402-6246, email: jenny.murphy@fda.hhs.gov.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

In the Federal Register of Thursday, September 17, 2015 (80 FR 56170), FDA published the final rule “Current Good Manufacturing Practice, Hazard Analysis, and Risk-Based Preventive Controls for Food for Animals” with some editorial and inadvertent errors. This action is being taken to correct those errors by making the following correcting amendments.

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List of Subjects in 21 CFR Part 507

  • Animal foods
  • Labeling
  • Packaging and containers
  • Reporting and recordkeeping requirements
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Accordingly, FDA is amending 21 CFR part 507 with the following technical amendments:

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PART 507—CURRENT GOOD MANUFACTURING PRACTICE, HAZARD ANALYSIS, AND RISK-BASED PREVENTIVE CONTROLS FOR FOOD FOR ANIMALS

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1. The authority citation for 21 CFR part 507 continues to read as follows:

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Authority: 21 U.S.C. 331, 342, 343, 350d note, 350g, 350g note, 371, 374; 42 U.S.C. 243, 264, 271.

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2. In § 507.3, revise the definitions of “audit”, “harvesting”, “hazard requiring a preventive control”, and “small business” to read as follows:

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Definitions.
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Audit means the systematic, independent, and documented examination (through observation, investigation, records review, discussions with employees of the audited entity, and, as appropriate, sampling and laboratory analysis) to assess an audited entity's food safety processes and procedures.

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Harvesting applies to farms and farm mixed-type facilities and means activities that are traditionally performed on farms for the purpose of removing raw agricultural commodities from the place they were grown or raised and preparing them for use as animal food. Harvesting is limited to activities performed on raw agricultural commodities, or on processed foods created by drying/dehydrating a raw agricultural commodity without additional manufacturing/processing, on a farm. Harvesting does not include activities that transform a raw agricultural commodity into a processed food as defined in section 201(gg) of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act. Examples of harvesting include cutting (or otherwise separating) the edible portion of the raw agricultural commodity from the crop plant and removing or trimming part of the raw agricultural commodity (e.g., foliage, husks, roots, or stems). Examples of harvesting also include cooling, field coring, filtering, gathering, hulling, shelling, sifting, threshing, trimming of outer leaves of, and washing raw agricultural commodities grown on a farm.

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Hazard requiring a preventive control means a known or reasonably foreseeable hazard for which a person knowledgeable about the safe manufacturing, processing, packing, or holding of animal food would, based on the outcome of a hazard analysis (which includes an assessment of the severity of the illness or injury to humans or animals if the hazard were to occur and the probability that the hazard will occur in the absence of preventive controls), establish one or more preventive controls to significantly minimize or prevent the hazard in an animal food and components to manage those controls (such as monitoring, corrections or corrective actions, verification, and records) as appropriate to the animal food, the facility, and the nature of the preventive control and its role in the facility's food safety system.

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Small business means, for purposes of this part, a business (including any subsidiaries and affiliates) employing fewer than 500 full-time equivalent employees.

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3. In § 507.5, revise paragraph (e)(5) to read as follows:

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Exemptions.
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(5) Molasses (e.g., processed sugar cane, sugar beets, and citrus);

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4. In § 507.7, revise paragraphs (b)(2)(i)(B) and (b)(2)(ii) to read as follows:

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Requirements that apply to a qualified facility.
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(B) Write to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (HFS-681), 5100 Paint Branch Pkwy., College Park, MD 20740; or

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(ii) Send a paper Form FDA 3942b to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (HFS-681), 5100 Paint Branch Pkwy., College Park, MD 20740. We recommend that you submit a paper copy only if your facility does not have reasonable access to the Internet.

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5. In § 507.19, revise paragraph (b)(2) to read as follows:

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Sanitation.
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(2) In wet processing of animal food, when cleaning and sanitizing are necessary to protect against the introduction of undesirable microorganisms into animal food, all animal food-contact surfaces must be cleaned and sanitized before use and after any interruption during which the animal food-contact surfaces may have become contaminated.

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6. In § 507.27, revise paragraph (b) to read as follows:

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Holding and distribution.
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(b) The labeling for the animal food ready for distribution must contain, when applicable, information and instructions for safely using the animal food for the intended animal species.

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7. In § 507.33, revise paragraph (c)(1) to read as follows:

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Hazard analysis.
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(c)(1) The hazard analysis must include an evaluation of the hazards identified in paragraph (b) of this section to assess the severity of the illness or injury to humans or animals if the hazard were to occur and the probability that the hazard will occur in the absence of preventive controls.

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8. In § 507.36, revise paragraphs (a)(2) introductory text and (3) introductory text and paragraphs (a)(5) and (b)(5) to read as follows:

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Circumstances in which the owner, operator, or agent in charge of a manufacturing/processing facility is not required to implement a preventive control.

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(2) You rely on your customer who is subject to the requirements for hazard analysis and risk-based preventive controls in this subpart to ensure that the identified hazard will be significantly minimized or prevented; and you:

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(3) You rely on your customer who is not subject to the requirements for hazard analysis and risk-based preventive controls in this subpart to provide assurance it is manufacturing, processing, or preparing the animal food in accordance with applicable animal food safety requirements and you:

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(5) You have established, documented, and implemented a system that ensures control, at a subsequent distribution step, of the hazards in the animal food you distribute and you document the implementation of that system.

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(5) Your system, in accordance with paragraph (a)(5) of this section, that ensures control, at a subsequent Start Printed Page 3718distribution step, of the hazards in the animal food you distribute.

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9. In § 507.47, revise paragraphs (b)(1)(i)(A) and (b)(1)(i)(B)( 1) to read as follows:

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Validation.
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(i)(A) Prior to implementation of the food safety plan; or

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(1) Within 90 calendar days after production of the applicable animal food first begins; or

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10. In § 507.50, revise paragraph (c)(1) to read as follows:

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Reanalysis.
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(1) Before any change in activities (including any change in preventive control) at the facility is operative; or

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11. In § 507.51, revise paragraph (a)(4)(iii) to read as follows:

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Modified requirements that apply to a facility solely engaged in the storage of unexposed packaged animal food.

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(iii) Reviewing records of monitoring and corrective actions taken to correct a problem with the control of temperature within 7-working days after the records are created or within a reasonable timeframe, provided that the preventive controls qualified individual prepares (or oversees the preparation of) a written justification for a timeframe that exceeds 7-working days; and

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12. In § 507.65, revise paragraph (e) to read as follows:

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Contents of an order to withdraw a qualified facility exemption.
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(e) A statement that a facility may request that FDA reinstate an exemption that was withdrawn by following the procedures in § 507.85;

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13. In § 507.69, revise paragraph (a)(1) to read as follows:

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Procedure for submitting an appeal.

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(1) Submit the appeal in writing to the FDA District Director in whose district the facility is located (or, in the case of a foreign facility, the Director of the Division of Compliance in the Center for Veterinary Medicine), at the mailing address, email address, or facsimile number identified in the order within 15 calendar days of the date of receipt of confirmation of the order; and

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Dated: January 15, 2016.

Leslie Kux,

Associate Commissioner for Policy.

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[FR Doc. 2016-01290 Filed 1-21-16; 8:45 am]

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