FDA’s Sundlof Interview Writeup

SundlofLast 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. “Ultimately, if consumers don’t regain trust, it’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.”

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.

7 Responses to “FDA’s Sundlof Interview Writeup”

  1. Dee says:

    “May be a little more cautious.”
    I think that may be an understatement.

    I believe Dr. Sundlof has already targeted the issue - consumers do not trust and it is a failure of the FDA to fulfill their stated mission.

    “Sundlof says pet foods are safe again” - then maybe the next question for Dr. Sundlof is why are pets still getting sick eating pet food. Many of these illnesses are not life-threatening so pet owners and vets are not connecting it to pet food.

    The FDA has done a good job of curtailing information and discrediting findings before there has been due diligence in research. They have “controlled” this crisis very effectively to bring an end to it quickly.

  2. Steve says:

    Well how you like that. He says it’s safe.

    So Doc. Did the FDA sent any warning letters to the Pet Food Brands as is supposed to be normal procedure and what was the response from the PFI Mr. Sundlof?

    You want to start talking about that?

    Sample from an FDA Warning Letter.

    “We request that you take prompt action to correct these violations. Please notify this office in writing within fifteen (15) working days of the receipt of this letter as to the specific steps you have taken to correct these violations, including any steps taken with violative products currently in the marketplace, and an explanation of each step taken to ensure that violations do not recur. Also include copies of any available documentation demonstrating that your corrections have been made. If corrective action cannot be completed within 15 working days, state the reason for the delay and the time within which the corrections will be completed.

    Failure to immediately cease distribution of your violative products could result in enforcement action by FDA without further notice. The Act provides for the seizure of illegal products and injunctions against the manufacturers and/or distributors of violative products.

    In addition to the violations described above, FDA has the following comments concerning the labeling of your products.”

    Speaking of labeling Doc. What the PFI have to say about that?

  3. Steve says:

    Did ChemNutra get a letter like that Doc?

  4. Pukanuba says:

    Another day, another BS interview.

  5. Steve says:

    And Doc. Saying “It’s safe again” on an obscure talk radio show is not doing your job.

    In case you haven’t noticed. Or are suffering from stress or shock induced dementia. Here it is in plain English.

    In May, the Senate unanimously approved a Durbin amendment to give the FDA several new responsibilities. Some of the items in the amendment would:

    1. Establish an early earning system for human food and pet food. The legislation directs the Food and Drug Administration to work with professional organizations, veterinarians, and others to disseminate information about pet food contamination and in cases of both pet and human food, to keep up-to-date, comprehensive searchable recall lists on its Web site.

    1. Require the FDA to establish a registry to collect information on cases of potentially dangerous food contamination.

    Importers and domestic processors and manufacturers of food would have to submit information pertaining to actual or suspected contamination of food.

    1. Require companies to maintain records and make them accessible to the FDA as part of an investigation. This provision is designed to prevent delays that could keep contamination from being traced as quickly as possible.

    1. Establish uniform federal standards and better labeling of pet food.

  6. Katie says:

    “the possibility on an obscure item on the shelf…” shouldn’t all the known recalled food be off the shelf by now, Hey Doc if it’s still there than you have failed miserably.

    Pet Food is Safe: Why because you think so?? are the FDA employees feeding commercial or still home cooking? and if commercial, what are you feeding??

    What about ChemNutra?? where are Steve and Sally these days…

    You think PFI in hindsight should have wondered why prices were dirt cheap? Hey Doc, you might want to think what drives the corporations; greed, greed and more greed. They should have tested product, and I don’t think melamine is the only culprit and wish you would be truthful with us.

    Protein concentrates! you should block all shipments from China and check them. Last I read: toothpaste,antibiotics,vitamins,kids toys,etc.,etc. You will have to monitor more than protein concentrate to make sure food is safe. And looking at only 1% doesn’t make me feel my food is safe.

    And, Steve is right Mr Sandloff, what about the new responsibilities under the Durbin amendment. But, then I keep forgetting you “react” rather than being Proactive. And you are a firm believer in the “dilution factor”. BS as usual.


  7. HighNote says:

    So foods for pets are save? WEll I don’t think so either. Have you tested all the new pet food coming out with the melamine meats in it? bet not! You tested at the very beginning and that was all and have not done a dang thing since! Oh yes you checked one percent of imports!
    Your recall was a big flop! You never stated names for weeks and kept everything hush hush from the public that needed to know right away for their pets lives. You will never be trusted ever again.

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