Last week, FDA’s Dr. Stephen Sundlof was interviewed by Steve Dale of WGN Radio’s Pet Central. Sundlof answered e-mailed questions and spoke more in-depth about the pet food recalls.
During the interview, Sundlof admitted that the FDA’s current reactive model to the safety of the nation’s food is not effective. They have learned and have realized that they need to do a better job.
Sundlof also believed that the U.S. pet food companies were not aware that Chinese firms were contaminating products with melamine and melamine-related compounds. Although he did state that pet food companies should have raised some red flags when the prices that they were paying for the Chinese ingredients were so far below market prices in comparison to what those commodities should have been.
More on Sundlof’s interview with Steve Dale after the jump.
From Steve Dale’s Pet World:
Sundlof says he understands why consumers may be more than a little cautious about any imported ingredients in pet foods, particularly from China. â€œUltimately, if consumers donâ€™t regain trust, itâ€™s a failure of the FDA to reassure the public that any food coming into the United States is safe, no matter where it is produced.â€
To ensure no further contaminated food products enter the U.S., Sundlof explains the federal government continues to monitor imported protein concentrates for human and animal consumption arriving from all countries. The FDA import alert specifically for these products sourced from China remains in effect and U.S. Customs and Border Protection continue laboratory testing of the products as they enter the country.
The good news is that that other than the possibility of an old recalled item lingering on a shelf, Sundlof says pet foods are safe again.
This is part 1 of 2 of Sundlof’s interview.