The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today published a proposed rule under the Food Safety Modernization Act intending to improve safety of livestock feeds and pet foods.

The proposed rule focuses on manufacturers of animal food or feed, and according to information on the FDA website does not apply to farms that manufacture food for their own animals or other food facilities not required to register under section 415 of the Federal Food Drug and Cosmetics Act.

Under the proposed rule for preventive controls for food for animals, facilities manufacturing, processing, packing, and holding animal food, both domestically and abroad, would be required to put into place procedures to minimize or prevent hazards reasonably likely to occur, as well as to follow new current good manufacturing practices (CGMPs).