AFIA: innovation is limited by regulatory process

An animal feed industry leader says the slow regulatory process is leaving the U.S. behind.

Head of the American Feed Industry Association Constance Cullman tells Brownfield it can take at least five years to approve a new feed ingredient.

“I can’t forecast the timeline of any product going through regulatory approval and that’s been a big challenge for us,” she shares.

Cullman says some additives are currently available in other developed nations which reduce environmental impacts of livestock and improve food safety, along with animal welfare, and productivity.

“But can’t be sold here in the U.S., putting U.S. farmers and ranchers at a real competitive disadvantage.

Previous analysis found those delays at the FDA also cost an average $1.75 million annually in revenue per ingredient.

AFIA is advocating for increased funding for the FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM) which oversees approvals and increases in staffing.

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