Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Pet Food Catastrophe

Read Anatomy Of A Pet Food Catastrophe at Chemical & Engineering News, to better understand what went wrong with our pet food supply.

Work continues to make the pet food and livestock feed supply safer in the U.S. On May 13, FDA will host a meeting to discuss the development of ingredient, processing, and labeling standards for pet food. And the agency will hold a meeting on May 14 to present changes made to its Animal Feed Safety System project since last year. Changes include efforts to rank feed hazards according to the risks they pose to animal and public health and a risk-based method for prioritizing inspections of feed-production venues.

As a step toward preventing replays of this pet food adulteration saga, the U.S. State Department has approved an FDA plan to place staff in China (C&EN, March 24, page 28). The Chinese government must also approve the plan, which is designed to improve the safety of products shipped to the U.S. FDA also hopes to establish a collaborative relationship with authorities in India.

I pray that when all is said and done the food I feed my pets will be safe for them to eat. HT: Pet Food CSI: Deconstructing the recall by Christie Keith at Pet Connection Blog

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