New federal guidelines to protect pet food

April 17, 2008 8:35:38 AM PDT
Petfood Industry Magazine, the industry-wide focused trade magazine, is in Chicago to host the Petfood Forum 2008, a gathering of industry experts and executives to discuss the issues surrounding pet food. Greg Aldrich, Columnist for Petfood Industry magazine, shares some of the changes that have taken place in the year since the recalls. New Food and Drug Administration Amendments Act (FDAAA):
  • Requires new pet food safety systems and measures -- including new standards for processing, ingredient, and labeling standards
  • Strengthens FDA (development of the Food Protection Plan, which suggests that the FDA use science and a risk-based approach to ensure the safety of domestic and imported foods)
  • Provides for third-party inspections (agreement between the U.S. and China that gives inspectors access to Chinese factories)
  • Ensures better information during a recall with searchable public database

Be an informed consumer:

  • Keep up with available information on associations and government regulatory Web sites as well as the media
  • Develop a relationship with the store you buy your pet food from. They will have information on products and recalls that may be going on.
  • Ask your vet. Your vet should be the conduit to your pet's health and nutrition.
For more information: Click here for more information about the Petfood Forum 2008.