$8 million for the FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine in spending package passed by House

Funding aims to improve the review and approval process for animal food ingredients as well as to develop regulations for ingredient claims

On Wednesday, July 20, the House of Representatives voted 220-207 to pass HR 8294, a 2023 package of 6 spending bills that includes $8 million for the Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Veterinary Medicine. Funding will be allocated to improve the FDA review and approval process for animal food ingredients and to develop regulations for ingredient claims related to animal production, welfare, food safety, and the environment.1-2

Funding was included as an amendment, introduced by Representative Jim Bird of Indiana and included bipartisan sponsors. The pet food and animal feed industry anticipates that this funding will help expedite the Food and Drug Administration’s approval of new food ingredients.

“We thank Representative Byrd and his subjects for their forward-thinking,” Pet Food Institute (PFI) President and CEO Dana Brooks said in a press release.3 “It is critical for the United States to have a regulatory framework in place that allows for the timely approval of pet food ingredients that are state-of-the-art in nutritional science. The goal of pet food manufacturers is to develop recipes that provide the nutrients our pets need to live long, healthy lives. The timely approval pathway allows manufacturers to make the latest innovations available to consumers as quickly as possible.”

The American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) also released a statement from President and CEO Constance Coleman4:

It’s best when he shared that it’s important for the United States to have a regulatory framework that provides a timely and predictable path to the feed ingredient market and can keep pace with the evolution of animal nutrition. Additional funding from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) ) for feed ingredient reviews in the House spending bill is a big win for the US feed industry, putting us on a more level footing with other countries that continue to forge ahead with the use of safe ingredients to enhance the safety, quality, environmental impact and nutrition of feed and pet food.”

The package includes $400 billion in public spending, with 2023 funding bills for transportation, housing, urban development, agriculture, rural development, the Food and Drug Administration, energy and water development, financial services, general government, the interior, the environment, military construction, and veterans matters.

references

  1. The House of Representatives passes a government funding package consisting of six bills. New release. House Committee on Appropriations. July 20, 2022. Accessed July 25, 2022.
  2. House Rules Committee. Home Report 117-420. July 19, 2022. Accessed July 25, 2022. https://www.congress.gov/congressional-report/117th-congress/house-report/420
  3. The Pet Food Institute applauds the home modification for increasing FDA funding. new version [email]. Pet Food Institute. 25 July 2022.
  4. AFIA Welcomes Home Amendment to Increase FDA Funding for Feed Ingredient Reviews. American Feed Industry Association. July 20, 2022. Accessed July 25, 2022. https://www.afia.org/news/news-release-items/afia-applauds-house-amendment-to-increase-fda-funding-for-feed- ingredient – reviews /

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