If we’ve ever had a chance for things in pet food to change…now is it. Your comment is needed – and this is very simple.
Back in October 2013, the FDA announced many new proposed regulations that will govern the manufacturing and warehousing of pet food and animal feed. Their explanation of all the proposed regulations was over 600 pages in length – guaranteed to cause a headache trying to read and absorb it all.
These new regulations are ‘proposed’ – meaning that the FDA has not decided completely if the future laws will be the same as the ‘proposed’ rules. The FDA is asking for comments from consumers, ingredient suppliers, pet food/animal feed manufacturers, and stakeholder groups (such as lobby groups representing industry). And the agency says they will take into consideration everyone’s comments (such as if industry complains that they just can’t keep equipment clean or they need five years to establish record keeping). But…remember…the FDA says they will take everyone’s comments into consideration! If pet food consumers don’t tell the FDA how they feel…guess who’s comments they will be listening to? Industry.
And your comment to FDA can be very simple…
That’s it. Tell the FDA your pets are your family. You expect pet food to be…
• Made with the same quality of ingredients…
• Held to the same Good Manufacturing Practices…
• Held to the same transportation practices…
• Warehoused the same…
• And labeled the same…
…as food for any other member of your family would consume.
Tell the FDA your pets are family!
Please, please, please do this! Take five minutes and fill out the comment form on the Regulations.gov website.
Click Here to be taken directly to that page.
At the bottom of the form – under “Category” – select Individual Consumer or International Public Citizen if you are outside the US.
Please ask every pet food consumer you know to give their comments too. Please share this post on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, forums…everywhere. And/or email this page to every pet food consumer you know. We have this one chance – let’s show the FDA how important our pets are to us. Post your comment – tell the FDA your pets are family!
If you’d like to read more about the proposed regulations…
Click Here to read the FDA pages.
Click Here to read my lengthy post detailing the regulations.
Click Here to read Mollie Morrissette’s post and her presentation given to FDA in California.
Wishing you and your pet(s) the best,
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Updated 01/16/14 to add…
My friends, if you own pets, you owe it to yourself to tell the FDA how disappointed you are in the current deplorable condition of the pet food industry. Safety standards are nearly nonexistent – in 2013, there was a pet food or treat recall EVERY 11 DAYS!
And the food products themselves go beyond unhealthy to downright dangerous. Feline life expectancy has been shrinking for over a decade. Obesity is now at epidemic levels for both cats and dogs, and many other preventable diseases are on path to follow. The Banfield 2012 Pet Health Report five-year statistics show dramatic increases in the following diseases:
– Obesity jumped 90%.
– Arthritis diagnoses swelled 67%.
– Incidents of hyperthyroidism rose 19%.
– Diabetes mellitus grew 16%.
– Kidney disease multiplied 15%.
Why are these diseases – every one of which has been linked to diet – on the rise?
Now is the time to demand answers and improvement from the FDA. Please take a few minutes and complete the form! And please share with your friends. We have a huge opportunity for change here, let’s seize it!!!!
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