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New FDA regulations for pet food open for comment

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Updated: 11/07/2013 2:14 pm
The Food and Drug Administration is taking action after recent recalls of pet treats, which have been causing sickness and even killing cats and dogs.
Proposed regulations for safe animal food manufacturing is now open for public comment.

Kansas State University Veterinarian Susan Nelson said that this new regulation is a way for the FDA to provide more all-around protection to our animals.

"This is a good thing for our pets," Nelson said. "It's exciting to see the FDA being more proactive about the quality control for our pet foods and our pet feeds."

Back in October, the FDA issued a plea to veterinarians to help figure out what is making animals sick. Pets who have consumed jerky treats from China have been getting sick for several years, yet the cause of illness is still unknown.

Now, as part of the Food Safety Modernization Act, the FDA is working on a law that will regulate the manufacturing practices of pet food and treats before they hit the shelves to ensure the products are safe.
It would apply to facilities that process, pack, and hold ingredients and finished products intended to be fed to livestock, pets, and other animals.
The new regulation is currently open to public comment until February 26. Then it will take about 60 days to enact into law.

"Compliance to the regulations by some of the pet food manufacturers will take a little bit of time to achieve," Nelson said. "There will be companies who need to make some changes to their current manufacturing policies, so there will be a grace period for these companies to get up and running with compliance, according to the FDA fact sheet.

If you would like to comment on the proposed rule it is available online on the Federal Register website.
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