WSR 98-12-039

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

[Filed May 29, 1998, 10:30 a.m.]



Subject of Possible Rule Making: Rules relating to commercial feeds, official definitions adopted by the Association of American Feed Control Officials and federal regulations adopted under the federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 15.53.9012(1).

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: To update sections of rules relating to commercial feeds, chapter 16-200 WAC, with regard to references to Title 21, parts 500-599, 225, and 226 under the federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act as published in the 1998 edition, and official definition of feed ingredients and official feed terms as adopted by the Association of American Feed Control Officials as appear in their 1998 official publication. Federal regulations have been amended since rules relating to commercial feeds were adopted (1996). Additionally new definitions and terms have been adopted by the Association of American Feed Control Officials since 1996. Rules relating to commercial feeds need to be updated accordingly to remain in conformity with federal regulations and national standards and uniformity.

Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: The United States Food and Drug Administration regulates this subject. A memorandum of partnership may be developed for future coordination of the inspection activities.

Process for Developing New Rule: Working with stakeholders, feed advisory committee and other interested parties.

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication. To receive additional information or provide comments (comments should be provided before July 8, 1998), please contact Ali Kashani, Washington State Department of Agriculture, Pesticide Management Division, P.O. Box 42589, Olympia, WA 98502, phone (360) 902-2028, FAX (360) 902-2093, e-mail akashani@agr.wa.gov.

May 27, 1998

Bob Arrington

Assistant Director

Legislature Code Reviser

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Washington State Code Reviser's Office