FDA news and pet safety websites…
A Reuters article on the present condition of the FDA tells us some not so encouraging information. “The system U.S. consumers depend on to ensure the safety of their food supply is not broken, but multiple food borne outbreaks at the same time could push it to its "breaking point," an official with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said on Tuesday. The food safety system is "not broken. It still is protecting public health," Stephen Sundlof, director of the FDA's Center for Food Safety and Applied nutrition, said during the Reuters Food Summit. "It could be just one incident away from some catastrophic event. It's stretched very thin at this point. If there was an additional crisis, it might be at the breaking point."”
Here is the link for the complete article… http://www.reuters.com/article/Food08/idUSN1823028720080318?pageNumber=1
So…it seems we’ve got to do our own protecting for our two legged and four legged family. Perhaps I’m looking at a very detailed situation from a simplistic perspective, but with regards to pet food – here are my suggestions to keep your pet safe…(this is nothing new – same ingredients I always discuss)…
1. Avoid pet foods and pet treats that contain ingredients from anywhere outside the U.S. and Canada and New Zealand. The biggest country of concern of course is China – however my worry is that importers knowing that consumers are leery of Chinese products will seek out other countries for cheap import sources that will or could prove to be just as risky in the future. In my opinion, the country of origin should have a long standing history of quality control before petsumers should trust them. The U.S., Canada, and New Zealand are common pet food ingredient suppliers.
2. Avoid pet foods and treats that contain by-products of any type (chicken by-product, meat by-product meal, and so on).
3. Avoid pet foods and treats that contain the ingredients meat and bone meal, meat meal, animal digest, and animal fat.
Another consideration to avoid is pet foods and treats that contain corn, wheat, and soy and any variation of (whole corn, ground corn, corn gluten, and so forth). These grains are highly prone to a deadly mold called aflatoxin which has been responsible for recalls and pet deaths in the past.
There have been more recent reports of (people) salmonella contamination (Yes, pets can get salmonella poisoning too, but it is rare) - which should encourage you to always wash your hands after handling pet food and treats (no…I don’t do this. I probably should, but I completely trust the pet food I give my gang.) Anyway, here is a link with suggestions from the FDA for handling pet food and treats: http://www.fda.gov/cvm/foodbornetips.htm
The following link is from the Center for Disease Control – pages on keeping pets healthy. This site has a scary list of possible diseases we can catch from our pets (I really didn’t want to know this stuff!). http://www.cdc.gov/healthypets/index.htm
Here is another site from American Veterinary Medical Assn providing pet care advice… http://www.avma.org/careforanimals/animatedjourneys/livingwithpets/livingwithpetsfl.asp
And one more - AVMA health brochures including disaster preparedness http://www.avma.org/animal_health/default.asp
Ok, I guess I’ve been Susie Safety enough for one day! Have a wonderful Easter weekend!
No candy for pets!
Wishing you and your pet the best,
Truth About Pet Food
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