Animal caretaker Wally McDonner provides feed supplemented with a yeast extract to Japanese quail to test the feed’s efficacy against Salmonella and Campylobacter.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued recommendations aimed to help producers ensure the use of safe feed in poultry and animal production, to prevent contaminants such as mycotoxins and excess minerals from reaching consumers.

The recommendations apply to all feed, whether obtained from commercial suppliers or produced on the farm, and include all phases of the food chain from acquisition to storage.

The guidelines are not new regulations, but provide producers with the FDA’s latest thoughts and suggestions regarding safe feed practices and procedures.

The FDA also defines contaminants, and addresses feed risk levels and the potential for causing illness or injury to humans or animals.

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