July 26, 2022
US House of Representatives voted for US$8 million set aside for FDA's Center for Veterinary Medicine
On July 20, the United States' House of Representatives voted 220 to 207 to pass HR 8294, a 2023 bundle of six spending bills that includes US$8 million for the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) Center for Veterinary Medicine.
The funding will be allocated to improving the FDA's review and approval process for animal food ingredients and for developing regulations on ingredient claims related to animal production, wellbeing, food safety and the environment.
The funding was included as an amendment, introduced by Rep. Jim Baird of Indiana and included bipartisan sponsors. The pet food and animal feed industry anticipates this funding will help expedite FDA approval for new food ingredients.
American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) president and chief executive officer Constance Cullman said in a statement: "Rep. Baird said it best when he shared that it is important for the United States to have a regulatory framework that offers a timely and predictable path to the marketplace for feed ingredients and that can keep pace with the evolving science of animal nutrition.
"The additional FDA funding for feed ingredient reviews in the House-passed spending bill is a huge win for the US feed industry, putting us more on-par with other countries that continue to move forward with safe ingredients to enhance the safety, quality, environmental impact and nutrition of feed and pet food."