FDA Has Issued a Proposal for Stricter Pet Food Regulations

FDA Has Issued a Proposal for Stricter Pet Food Regulations

After numerous pet food recalls and even deaths, the Food and Drug Administration has issued a proposal for stricter regulations regarding pet food.
After numerous pet food recalls and even deaths, the Food and Drug Administration has issued a proposal for stricter regulations regarding pet food.

Most pet owners consider their animals to be a part of the family and now the FDA has proposed regulating pet food more similarly to how they regulate human food.  A local veterinarian, Abigail Trapp, agrees with the proposal.

"Someone has to be accountable for actions and things like that, as many pet food recalls we've had in previous years, it's something they need to pay attention to."

In the past 5 years, the FDA has received over 3,000 complaints due to jerky treats alone.  Veterinarian Abigail Trapp with Westside Animal Hospital here in Fort Wayne says she doesn't think any of her patients have had a problem.

"Just because it's hard to really determine if it was truly a pet poisoning, a pet food issue or not or if they just came in for being sick and we treated them accordingly."

One local pet store has not had any issues with pet food recalls and contributes it to carrying many brands made in the United States by private companies.

"I've heard a lot of different things put in China made products that wouldn't be safe for a human, therefore wouldn't be safe for a pet and I think that does need to be looked at a little closer."

The proposals have not been approved yet, so along with checking ingredients, here is some advice to help you decide on the correct pet food.

"You know a lot of it depends on what you want to spend, what your pet likes, and what agrees with your pet."

Dog Trainer and Pet Ware House Employee Nichole Kendregan agrees, "If these regulations are approved, it's a good thing for the fury members in everyone's family.  You know my parents always say, my one pet is my sister, and I think that's how a lot of people see it."

If the FDA's proposal is approved, it will start requiring pet food suppliers to develop a plan on how they can prevent illnesses.

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