The long-term goal of this project is to reduce animal and human exposure to chemicaland biological hazards in feed through implementation of a 'Texas Feed Safety andBSE/Ruminant Feed Ban Support Project' Cooperative Agreement Program (CAP)with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The proposed CAP will augmentexisting state activities by conducting inspections under FDA authority, developing newcapability to evaluate feed samples for chemical hazards, and collecting/evaluatingsamples for biological hazards using capabilities developed under the previous CAP.In particular, this proposal seeks to increase oversight of feed manufacturers not coveredunder state authority including 200 inspections per year of on-farm feed manufacturers,transporters, and food salvage operations. The inspections will include a BSE audit and aprocess control audit to identify gaps in feed safety practices identified under currentregulations and pending Animal Feed Safety System regulations. Samples collectedduring these inspections will be analyzed for biological hazards including the presence ofprohibited mammalian protein and Salmonella. This proposal seeks to increase oversightof chemical hazards including dioxin, heavy metals, and drug residues in targeted feedingredients. Approximately 50% of these samples will target imported productsidentified with the assistance of the FDA Southwest Import District (SWID) usingreportable registry data. Results of these activities will assist in building an educationaloutreach program to feed manufacturers, distributors and transporters.As an outcome of this project, greater oversight of feed establishments not covered understate authority will occur. This project will improve the Office of the Texas StateChemist capability to analyze chemical hazards identified by the FDA Animal FeedSafety System team including dioxin, heavy metals and drug residues. Increasedsurveillance by the Office of the Texas State Chemist will enable state and federal agencypersonnel to help prevent future food borne outbreaks associated with feed, as well asrespond more rapidly to incidents that require the enhanced investigation and laboratorycapabilities developed during this project.

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The proposed project will equip the Office of the Texas State Chemist with resources needed to investigate the threat to animal and human health from chemical and biological hazards in feed through BSE and process control investigations, sample collection and sample analysis for chemical and biological hazards. Data from these activities will help populate the FDA database and assist risk assessment activities and gap analysis used to identify weakness within the US feed safety system. The educational outreach component of the project will augment FDA risk communication activities and will target on-farm feed manufacturers, transporters, ingredient importers, food salvage operations as well as complete feed manufacturers.

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Gabb, Jennifer
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Texas Agrilife Research
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