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FDA Proposes New Rules for Pet Food

Name: Current Good Manufacturing Practice and Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based Preventive Controls for Food for Animals

Docket No. FDA-2011-N-0922

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a proposed rule that would require domestic and foreign facilities to register under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to establish requirements for current good manufacturing practice in manufacturing, processing, packing, and holding of animal food. This new initiative comes in the wake of reports of hundreds of companion animals who have become sick and have even died as a result of tainted treats. This proposed rule would also include new preventive control provisions intended to implement the FDA’s Food Safety Modernization Act specifically for animal food. These preventive controls would include requirements for facilities to maintain a food safety plan, perform a hazard analysis, and institute preventive controls to ensure that food meant for animal consumption remains safe.

In 2007, after hundreds of dogs and cats died from kidney failure as the result of contaminated food imported from China, federal legislation was introduced to address these same concerns. However, after the initial furor from the animal deaths subsided, the bills also died in committee. With new reports of contaminated food and treats, the FDA has undertaken an initiative that would accomplish the same sort of oversight without waiting for the passage of new legislation. Please help support the FDA in its decision to prevent any future harm to companion animals that could be prevented by adequate oversight.

Because there is no mechanism to send a letter to the FDA through the NAVS website, you need to send your comments on this issue to the FDA directly. There are two ways you can comment before the February 26, 2014 deadline. You can go to the online form for submitting comments and either write your own comments or cut and paste the sample letter below into the comment area. Alternatively, you can print out this letter—or write your own—and mail it to:

Division of Dockets Management (HFA-305)
Food and Drug Administration
5630 Fishers Lane, Room 1061
Rockville, MD 20852

You must include the following docket number on your mailed comments: Docket No FDA-2011-N-0922

Call to action:

    1. Contact the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to support the implementation of better protection for the safety of pet food before the February 26, 2014 deadline.
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