Preventive Controls for Animal Food

Establish Current Good Manufacturing Practice and Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based Preventive Controls for Food for Animals

The Food Safety Modernization Act includes regulations addressing the safety of food for animals to provide greater assurance that animal food is safe and will not cause illness to animals or to humans.  These regulations will, for the first time, establish requirements for the Current Good Manufacturing Practice (CGMP) for food for animals. In addition, there are requirements for certain domestic and foreign animal food facilities to establish and implement Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based Preventive Controls for food for animals. Information about the rule and the implementation of the rule can be found on the FDA web site. 

Compliance Dates

Business Size CGMP compliance date PC compliance date

Business other than small and very small

1 year 2 years

Small business (a business employing fewer than 500 full-time equivalent employees)

2 years 3 years

Very small business (a business averaging less than $2,500,000, adjusted for inflation, per year, during the 3-year period preceding the applicable calendar year in sales of animal food plus the market value of animal food manufactured, processed, packed, or held without sale (e.g., held for a fee or supplied to a farm without sale).

3 years

4 years, records to support its status as a very small business (January 1, 2017)  

Fact sheet

KEY REQUIREMENTS: Final Rule on Preventive Controls for Animal Food 


Other important links:

Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is working with the Illinois Institute of Technology’s Institute for Food Safety and Health (IIT IFSH), who will administer the Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance (FSPCA) The FSPCA is a public/private alliance consisting of representatives from the FDA, state regulatory agencies, the industry, and academia, whose mission is to support safe animal food production.  A standardized core curriculum, training and outreach programs are tools that the Alliance provides to assist animal food processing businesses that must comply with the Preventive Controls Rule, especially small and medium sized companies.  In addition, the FSPCA Technical Assistance Network (TAN) has been set up to address scientific/technical questions related to FDA’s Preventive Controls animal food regulations. (FDA also has a TAN that is more specific to the rules and implementation.)