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The Food Safety Modernization Act, passed by Congress in 2011, will introduce food safety regulatory efforts across the spectrum. One of the five major rules originally included in the FSMA addresses animal feed safety.

The animal feed rule extends to the grass seed industry, which doesn’t typically doesn’t consider itself an animal feed producer. This includes straw and seed processing facilities, including

  • Facilities that store, compress or grind straw for animal feed
  • Grass seed screening and pelleting facilities

Facilities that store and process grass seed or straw from other farms will also be subject to the proposed rules.

The proposed animal feed rule has two parts: One section establishes basic housekeeping standards for animal feed production facilities. The second part of the rule requires certain facilities to analyze, monitor and verify the correction of potential health hazards associated with their animal feed. 

More information on the animal feed rule can be found here