ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA, USA – The United States House of Representatives on July 20 passed a “minibus” funding package that includes an amendment to dedicate $8 million to the Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Veterinary Medicine to help expedite reviews of new food ingredients.
On average, studies have shown that it takes companies three to five years to get new ingredients through the FDA’s rigorous review process, preventing innovation from reaching farmers and ranchers in a timely manner. .
Constance Cullman, president and CEO of the American Feed Industry Association, welcomed the passage of the amendment, which was part of the package of six appropriation bills for fiscal year 2023. The amendment was sponsored by Indiana Republican Representative Jim Baird and several other House members.
“Rep. Baird said it best when he shared that it is important for the United States to have a regulatory framework that provides a timely and predictable path to the food ingredients market and can keep pace evolution of animal nutrition science,” Cullman said. “FDA’s additional funding for food ingredient reviews in the spending bill passed by the House is a huge win for the industry. of American animal feed, putting us more on par with other countries that continue to forge ahead with safe ingredients to improve the safety, quality, environmental impact and nutrition of animal feed and pet food.
“We urge Senate officials to recognize the need to keep American agriculture competitive and include this dedicated funding in their final appropriations legislation.”