FDA admits: Pentobarbital in Pet Food More Of A Problem Than Originally Thought
And…the FDA admits pets are a waste disposal system for industry.
Dr. Steven Solomon is the Director of FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine. Just a few days ago (September 17 – 19, 2018), he spoke at the National Grain and Feed Association (NGFA) event “Feed and Pet Food Joint Conference” held in St. Louis, MO. Pet owners are NOT going to like what Dr. Solomon told the pet food industry.
Quotes from the PetFoodIndustry.com story about Dr. Solomon’s speech to industry (bold added)…
The cycle of pentobarbital-related recalls needs to be halted with preventive controls, he said, but noted new evidence suggests that the problem may be more pervasive than originally thought.
The most mind boggling statement from Dr. Solomon…
“Most of us probably think that pentobarbital contamination comes from a few bad actors,” he said. “New evidence is showing it may be a much more pervasive problem in the animal food supply than originally thought.”
Why don’t consumers know what this “new evidence” is?
We don’t know why the FDA felt it was necessary to alert industry to this serious pet food problem yet fail to alert consumers. But we did learn something VERY significant from Dr. Solomon’s words to industry. We learned something FDA has NEVER admitted to pet owners. We learned exactly why FDA allows euthanized animals, condemned animal material, disease and non slaughtered animal material into pet food (bold text added to emphasize what FDA feels about our pets):
Although Solomon said he believes that rendered products may be a source of pentobarbital in pet food ingredients, he also recognized that rendered products are valuable to the pet food industry and reduce strains on the environment.
There is it...FDA finally admitted it. With no disclosure to the consumer – the FDA openly allows illegal waste ingredients including but not limited to euthanized animals into pet food – BECAUSE it’s cheap for industry to purchase and it doesn’t overload landfills.
Your Pet – My Pet – Everyone’s Pet
is considered a waste disposal system by FDA.
Is it OK with you that FDA disrespects pets this way? Is it OK with you that FDA allows law to be violated so industry can source cheap (but illegal) ingredients? Is it OK with you that FDA allows waste euthanized animals, diseased and non-slaughtered animals, condemned animal material into pet food?
If this is unacceptable to you – right now, email the FDA and tell them how you feel.
Email address: email@example.com
Dear FDA Center for Veterinary Medicine,
Your Director – Dr. Steven Solomon – recently told industry that illegal euthanized animal material, illegal condemned animal material, illegal diseased and non-slaughtered animal material is “valuable to the pet food industry and reduces strains on the environment”. This is an absolutely unacceptable statement. My pet is not a waste disposal system.
Please explain to me why this law is ignored in pet food: “if it is, in whole or in part, the product of a diseased animal or of an animal which has died otherwise than by slaughter“.
Please explain to me why FDA considers the value of ingredients to the pet food industry more important than law.
Please explain to me why FDA considers the pet food industry more important than the health of my pet.
I am expecting FDA to fully enforce law in pet food, I accept nothing less.
I expect FDA to provide me a timely response to this email. Thank you.
FDA’s response might be something similar to what they told industry…
F.D.A. officials are currently working to address the problem of pentobarbital in pet food, Solomon said. The current draft of “Hazard Analysis and Risk Preventive Controls for Food for Animals” guidance document (GFI #245) now contains advice on dealing with the issue of pentobarbital.
But…this document does NOT tell industry pentobarbital contaminated meat is a violation of law.
The FDA guidance document “Hazard Analysis and Risk Preventive Controls for Food for Animals” ONLY gives manufacturers “Aids to Identifying Animal Food Hazard”. FDA ONLY reminds industry pentobarbital is a ‘hazard’. In no place in this FDA guidance document does it specifically state euthanized animal material, illegal condemned animal material, illegal diseased and non-slaughtered animal material is a violation of law. No where. FDA ONLY reminds industry pentobarbital is a ‘hazard’.
Enough is enough. No pet should be treated as a waste disposal system for FDA to dump illegal material into.
Just so you know: Federal law: Federal, Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act
Title 21, Chapter 9 – Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act – Subchapter IV Food – Section 342 Adulterated Food.
“A food shall be deemed to be adulterated (a) Poisonous, insanitary, etc., ingredients (5) if it is, in whole or in part, the product of a diseased animal or of an animal which has died otherwise than by slaughter;”
Please send the FDA your message. We MUST stop them from making our beloved pets a waste disposal system.
Wishing you and your pet(s) the best,
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