FDA Provides Flooding Resources to Food Manufacturers
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a new resource page on its website June 6 aimed at supporting food and feed manufacturers affected by flooding. The agency previously released individual announcements to help growers and growers prepare for and mitigate the effects of severe weather events such as hurricanes and tropical storms. The FDA’s web page – Resources for Flood-Affected Food and Feed Producers – will replace these individual announcements.
The page includes state and federal resources, including ORA Emergency Response Coordinators and Compliance Policy guidelines, as well as risk factors, questions and answers, and other tips.
According to the FDA, floodwaters can contain contaminants such as sewage, pathogens, pesticides and other toxic materials. It also promotes mold growth, which can lead to the development of mycotoxins on crops. These factors pose threats to human and animal health and safety, so flooding often makes these crops unacceptable for consumption.
On a case-by-case basis, the FDA can work with companies to recover adulterated cultures formerly intended for human food products intended for use in animal feed, but companies must apply for repackaging through the FDA and state departments of agriculture.
“We encourage growers to work with state regulators and local FDA offices to assess their unique situations and consider all possible types and routes of floodwater contamination to determine if a particular crop is adulterated,” the agency said.