John Maday, associate editor of Drovers (Bovine Veterinarian's sister publication) asked if large livestock operations that store and mix their own feed rations would be obligated under this new rule to also report problems with the FDA. Unfortunately, I don't believe that the FDA representatives on the call understood the question as they don't understand how a large operation such as a feedlot or dairy may buy and store large quantities of different feedstuffs and ingredients to then mix into rations. They said farms per se are exempt from this rule, but manufacturers holding animal feeds are subject to the rule.
A question if all reports would be publicly available was asked, but the FDA said information from reports will be constrained except for relevant actions such as recalls, etc., which would be publicly availalble, as well as ongoing trends FDA may release on food safety issues.
Geni Wren, Editor
Bovine Veterinarian Magazine