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Agrimarketing : June 2008
COVER STORY /continued from page 45 June 2008 ¦ AgriMarketing 47 A nimal health challenges faced by livestock producers include food safety, the need for tools of efficiency and ensuring international treaties and standards that promote export of U.S. meat and livestock products. A key role for the animal health industry in helping livestock producers meet these challenges is to provide safe and effective tools to help keep animals healthy. A steady supply of innovative animal health products requires an efficient and predictable animal drug review process at the Food and Drug Administration. To help achieve this, the animal health industry five years ago reached an agreement with FDA to provide industry user fees to help the agency hire additional reviewers and meet performance goals. This agreement was codified in the Animal Drug User Fee Act of 2003, and resulted in FDA eliminating the backlog of applica- tions and approving new products for livestock, poultry and companion animals. That five year bill expires on September 30, 2008, and the industry has reached an agreement to extend the pro- gram. That agreement is currently being considered by Congress, and AHI and several livestock and poultry groups are working to ask Congress to pass a bill reautho- rizing the program for another five years. There is mounting scientific evidence of the role animal health products play in helping producers deliver a safe product to consumers. Studies in both poultry and pigs have shown that food animals that are kept healthy result in meat products with fewer pathogens. There are several animal health tools that enable meat and milk producers to be more efficient — to produce more with less input. In today’s world of record grain and feed prices, those tools are more important than ever. While many of these tools have been made the subject of contro- versy, AHI has worked with producer and veterinary orga- nizations to educate legislators and regulators on the safety, efficacy and public benefits of these products. Fair and equitable international standards are essential to the free flow of U.S. meat exports. AHI works with interna- tional standard setting organizations such as the Codex Ali- mentarius to ensure safety standards and codes of practice that eliminate potential trade barriers to U.S. exports of meat, milk and eggs. In partnership with the U.S. Meat Export Fed- eration, AHI provides information to producers on the appropriate use of animal drugs to prevent problems involv- ing residues of drugs in meat and meat products intended for export. T he price squeeze is on for those organizations within the feed industry and for their customers. Higher priced grains and oils plus skyrocketing energy costs are placing a significant burden on it. While the DDGS that result from the ethanol manu- facturing process provides a source of relief from the demand for corn in feed diets, this ingredient cannot be fed to monogastrics at near the rate as it is for ruminants and there is a large issue of inconsistency between load and individual plants. The feed industry is very resilient, but it does need some new answers to its challenges. In addition to the competitive market conditions, the spotlight is shining brighter than ever on the feed indus- try as result of melamine, salmonella, dioxin and other food and feed safety issues. This has resulted in increased attention from legislators, regulators and consumers. I am proud that AFIA has been a very effective leader in addressing these issues. As our core role, AFIA has effectively represented its members’ interest in address- ing new legislation and regulatory food safety proposals, in addition to the Farm Bill negotiations, Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasures regulations, CODEX inter- national regulations, animal disposal options related to the proposed Feed Rule, free trade agreements and sev- eral animal rights initiatives. Where appropriate, AFIA has also led the Animal Agriculture Coalition on issues involving the broader industry. AFIA is also providing practical solutions to key industry issues. Two promi- nent examples are the DDGS lab testing methods guidelines to promote consistency in trad- ing, and the Feed Trace & Track Connectivity project that allows the entire industry to very cost effectively meet the regulatory requirements. The recent melamine incident certainly highlighted the importance of ensuring the safety of incoming ingre- dients for the industry. AFIA brought the industry together, which resulted in a national dialog and develop- ment of “Recommendations for Selecting Suppliers for Safe Ingredients for Animal Feed.” This proposed indus- try guidance document was presented to FDA for consid- eration and the industry urges FDA to promptly issue such a guideline. Feed and food security will certainly continue to be a primary focus for the industry and AFIA this year. In addition to representing the industry in Washington, we are continuing to build participation in the “Safe Feed/Safe Food Certification” program. This program effectively shows regulators and consumers that the industry is willing to “raise their own bar” on assuring the continued safety of our food system. AM STATE OF THE ANIMAL HEALTH BUSINESS by Alexander S. Mathews, President and CEO, Animal Health Institute (AHI), Washington, D.C. Mathews STATE OF THE FEED INDUSTRY by Joel Newman, President and CEO, American Feed Industry Association, Arlington, VA Newman
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