By Fredrica Syren:
For all of you whose best friend walks on four legs and might have a tail, good news is coming your way. Finally, the FDA has issued a statement saying they are working toward improvements in the safety of animal feed and pet food. The 2011 Food Safety Modernization Act. is part of an initiative to help improve the safety of both human and animal food. It is about time the FDA stepped up to look out for the safety of our furry friends. It’s amazing that the quality and safety of animal feed has not been examined until now, and that speaks to how little value animals have in our society today.
The proposal comes after nearly 600 pets have died since 2007 from what is believed to be food poisoning from jerky treats made in China. Furthermore, in 2007, thousands of pets in the U.S. got sick after eating Chinese manufactured pet food containing melamine, a chemical used to make plastic. Contaminated pet food can affect humans, too. Last year a salmonella outbreak caused 30,000 tons of dry dog food to be recalled after nearly 50 people fell ill.
The FDA issued the following written statement: “The proposed rule would require makers of animal feed and pet food to be sold in the U.S. to develop a formal plan and put into place procedures to prevent food borne illness.”
This proposed regulation would help prevent food borne illness in both animals and people, and is open for public comments for 120 days. Make sure that your voice is heard since our animals don’t have one.
To read more about this click here:http://www.fda.gov/Food/GuidanceRegulation/FSMA/ucm247568.htm