Animal Feed Division
Feed Regulatory Renewal
Update for AAFCO
January 2014
Judy Thompson
Animal Feed Division
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Presentation Outline
• Animal Feed Division (AFD) Update
• CFIA Change Agenda Update
• Legislation
• Regulatory Renewal project
• Inspection Modernization
Animal Feed Division (AFD) Update
New Director as of mid-October 2013!
Kaarina Stiff
Telephone: (613) 773-7109
CFIA Change Agenda In Brief
The CFIA has embarked on a comprehensive change
agenda to strengthen its foundation of legislation,
regulatory programs, and inspection delivery
1. Legislation that is robust, flexible, and consistent with
international approaches and appropriate for 21st century
2. Regulations that reduce unnecessary compliance burden
and support innovation while maintaining public safety, as
well as environmental and economic sustainability
3. Inspection model that is based on common inspection
activities and standard processes, and supported by a
renewed training regime
Expected Outcomes of Modernization
Feed system that is :
– able to deliver better protection from food safety/animal
health risks for Canadians/Canada’s livestock herds;
focused on science-based and risk-based prevention and
control of potential hazards as well as robust and
transparent so consumers can play their role and so
industry understands obligations;
internationally consistent and harmonized wherever
enabled with best available skills tools and technology to
efficiently provide regulatory services to industry; and
outcome-based whenever possible and assessed
regularly to verify that outcomes are achieved and that
systems are functioning well
Legislation Update
1. Agricultural Growth Act
Tabled by federal Minister of Agriculture and AgriFood on December 9, 2013
Proposes to make amendments to:
Agriculture and Agri-Food Administrative Monetary
Penalties Act
Feeds Act
Fertilizers Act
Health of Animals Act
Plant Protection Act
Seeds Act
Plant Breeders’ Rights Act
Agricultural Marketing Programs Act (AAFC)
Farm Debt Mediation Act (AAFC)
Legislation Update
2. Feeds Act
Some significant amendments proposed in the Bill …
 Regulation-making authorities to Licence/Register
establishments and/or operators
 Regulation-making authorities to require regulated
parties to develop, implement and maintain
preventive control plans
 Incorporation by reference
 Inspectors able to order n/c feeds/things removed
from Canada or destroyed
Feed Regulatory Renewal Project
Objectives for the modernization of the
Feeds Regulations
• Develop a modernized risk- and outcome- based
regulatory framework for feeds that:
• safeguards feeds and the food production
• attains the most effective and efficient balance
between fair and competitive trade in the
• minimizes regulatory burden
Feed Regulatory Renewal Project
Background – Phased Approach
Environmental Scan
Development & Consultation on Proposed
January – Fall 2013
Development & Consultation on proposed User Fees
Fall 2013 – June 2014
Preparation and Pre-publication (CG Part I)
Fall 2014 – December 2014
Final Publication (CG Part II)
To be determined
Feed Regulatory Renewal Project
Current Situation
Proposal Title
1. Feed Ingredient Assessment
and Authorization
Consultation closed
2. Feed labelling
Consultation closed
3. Feed Hazard Identification
and Preventive Controls
Under development – proposed
release this year
4. Facility licensing /
Enforcement approaches
Under development – proposed
release this year
A final consolidated framework proposal will be
released for additional consultation in 2014 which will
combine the above modules and integrate initial
Feed Regulatory Renewal Project
1. Feed Ingredient Proposal
• New ingredients will continue to be assessed for
safety to animals, humans and the environment
• Agency’s role in Fit for purpose with regards to a
new ingredient approval and characterization will be
Feed Regulatory Renewal Project
1. Feed Ingredient Proposal (continued)
Flexibility will be introduced by:
 Acceptance of international approvals for feed
ingredients which have been approved in
equivalent jurisdictions
 Tiered data requirements for both safety and
intended purpose (e.g. published data, company
generated data, history of use, familiarity, foreign
data, etc.)
 Identifying alternatives to retaining/maintaining an
enforceable positive list of authorized ingredients
outside of regulations
Feed Regulatory Renewal Project
1. Feed Ingredient Proposal (continued)
Industry collaboration will be sought to:
 Review all existing ingredients listed in the
Schedules for current suitability (ingredients still
relevant, available; standards appropriate)
Feed Regulatory Renewal Project
2. Feed Labelling Proposal
Current Situation
All feeds must have, or be, accompanied by a label
The labelling requirements generally include:
Contact information
Basic information about the feed (name, purpose guarantees,
directions, amount)
Required cautions and warnings (e.g. medications, prohibited
Additional label information typically triggers product registration
Increased flexibility (e.g., additional guarantees, allow other label information)
Increased international alignment (e.g., list of ingredients, lot #)
Address gaps in current regulations (e.g., compel caution statements)
Feed Regulatory Renewal Project
3. Hazard Identification and Preventive
Controls Proposal
Current Situation
• CFIA takes a tiered approach, in regulation and
administratively, to the identification of hazards and providing
guidance on maximum acceptable levels in feed
• Current regulations largely silent on requiring preventive
controls/preventive control plans to be in place for feed
• The CFIA is developing an integrated Agency inspection
model. We are working to align proposal with this model.
• Require hazard identification and preventive control plans for
feed /ingredients along entire feed supply chain
Feed Regulatory Renewal Project
4. Facility licensing / enforcement
Current Status
No facility licensing for feed manufacturers. Commercial feed
mills, retail outlets and on-farm feed manufacturers are
inspected. Inspection frequency is based on risk.
Rendering plants operate under CFIA permits as part of BSE
The CFIA is developing an integrated Agency inspection
model. We are working to align proposal with this model.
Proposal to include discussion on role/impact of sectorspecific safety programs on CFIA inspection/enforcement.
Inspection Modernization
Innovative Features of New Model (iAIM)
• Requirements for licenses and preventive control
• Inspection oversight to be risk based - better
application of intelligence to determine risk
• Inspection approach to be consistent across CFIA
• Single strategy for compliance and enforcement to
provide consistent and appropriate response across
• Systematic assessment of performance embedded
in approach to ensure continuous improvement

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