Will the new Food and Drug Administration reforms legislation guarantee us and our pets safe food?
The new law applies to both human and pet food. The FDA has been directed to improve their communication with consumers, companies, and organization during recalls, and must set up a reportable food registry on their website that can issue alerts about unsafe food.
“With the passage of (this) legislation, companies will have to report food contamination within 24 hours of its discovery or be penalized,” said Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois, who sponsored the food safety portion of the Food and Drug Administration Amendments Act.
He explained that the food safety provisions will result in faster recalls, alerts and notifications through the supply chain. Unsafe products will be tracked and taken out from the supply chain at faster rates. Durbin said this should significantly improve the FDA’s ability to protect human health from foodborne illnesses.
The AVMA agreed that this legislation would be a critical step in ensuring the safety of our pet foods, but AVMA president said there needs to be additional procedures enacted to completely protect our pet and human food supply.
He said an important piece to the puzzle would be the passage and funding of the Veterinary Public Health Workforce Expansion Act. He stated this would help alleviate the problem of shortages of veterinarians in the public health field.
The Pet Food Institute is currently working with the FDA Center for Veterinary Medicine to analyze and understand the FDA reforms law.
In other FDA-related news, there are still no conclusions in regards to chicken jerky treats for dogs. The FDA received over 70 complaints involving 95 dogs that showed symptoms of illnesses after eating chicken jerky products. No contaminants have been detected by the FDA.