Proposed Federal Rule for Pet Food Promises to Bring Peace of Mind to Chow Time

Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - 11:00am
Kittens enjoying meal time

More than 90% of cats and dogs in the U.S. are fed commercial pet food, yet our government does not play a role in overseeing and ensuring its safe production. 2007’s pet food crisis and massive recall (caused by the adulteration of pet food with melamine) showed pet owners and policymakers that like the production of human food, the production of pet food must be regulated for safety.

That’s why we’d like to praise the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for proposing a rule that, for the first time, would create preventive measures to keep pet food safe from the introduction of disease-causing bacteria, chemicals and other contaminants during the production process. The proposed rule targets those who manufacture, process, pack and hold animal food. It creates good manufacturing practices and requires facilities to have a food safety plan and assess and minimize contamination risks.

The ASPCA applauds the FDA for proposing a strong rule that prioritizes the safety of our pets. To stay on top of the latest pet food recalls, sign up for alerts directly from the FDA and follow the ASPCA on Twitter and Facebook

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Alex Trouteaud

As the owner of a dog food company (, I also strongly support the proposed rules. Too many of my colleagues cut too many corners, especially when it comes to the quality of the food and the manufacturing processes employed. Our pets deserve better!

Christine B

I understand the need for good manufacturing practices to prevent bacterial contamination, that shouldn't even be an issue for reputable manufacturers. Why aren't they including a ban on foreign ingredients? So many recalls have been caused by contaminated ingredients sourced from overseas. This proposal is just not enough.

Kimberley Schmidt

exactly true-it does not do enough-I never know when I am buying food or treats for my pets if it is going to be safe or not-I check and double check but even that is confusing as some say made in China but distributed in US. So is it safe or not

Cherie Manzano

I strongly agree with Christine about the need or a ban on foreign ingredients or foreign processing of ingredients. This is the first thing they should have done.


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