Under the category of “It’s About Time,” we have the news that the Food and Drug Administration is proposing new regulations for pet food and treat manufacturers.
NBC News reports the rules would fall under the FDA’s Food Safety Modernization Act. A public-comment period will run for 120 days, and will be in place 60 days after the comment period closes. Domestic and imported foods will fall under the new guidelines.
It is about time. But recent reports of dog deaths from eating imported food or treats from China has finally led to this step.
But I really don’t get the following from the NBC News piece:
FDA has always had rules in place that prohibit adulterants in pet food. That’s why the agency has issued company-initiated recalls for salmonella-tainted bird food, for instance, or dog food contaminated with aflatoxin, a naturally occurring mold by-product.
But, until now, there’s been no requirement that companies analyze the potential food safety hazards of their products or that they follow current good manufacturing practices, or CGMPs, that specifically address animal food.
So the FDA had rules, but there were no requirements for companies to actually check on their products or even follow good practices? WHAT?
And then Daniel McChesney, the director of the office of surveillance and compliance at the FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine suggest the companies might have problems meeting the deadlines for compliance. Policies for the safety of their products should already be in place.
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