* Pre-approval of additives for use in animal food;
* Establishing limits for hazards in animal food;
* Providing education and training;
* Conducting research;
* Performing inspections;
* Taking enforcement for ensuring compliance with Agency regulations; and
* Establishing partnerships with State regulators with responsibility for animal food safety.
The AFSS concept also includes oversight of animal food production, including manufacture, labeling, storage, distribution and use of all animal food at all stages of production and use. A key element of the AFSS concept is a systems approach that includes best management practices during the "manufacturing, labeling, storage, and distribution" of all animal food, coupled with steps to identify hazards and to minimize or eliminate, as appropriate, the occurrence of those hazards.
* Ingredients used in animal food are safe;
* The methods used to make, store, and distribute animal food result in safe products;
* The Agency acquires timely information about unsafe animal food and, when appropriate, makes such information publicly available;
* The levels of regulatory oversight are commensurate with risk to human and animal health;
* Training, education, and outreach activities keep the Agency's partners and stakeholders well informed and ensure that the Agency and State animal food regulatory personnel are adequately trained; and
* An active and aggressive research program is employed to generate data to aid in addressing animal food safety issues.
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