New federal guidelines to protect pet food

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.
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