In the eight years I have devoted (full time) to the advocacy of pet food consumers, this week has proven to be the most dramatic shift in acceptance of the petsumer voice I’ve ever seen. Pat yourselves on the back, we’ve just made some great strides.
As all of you who have followed this website for very long know, I have fought for a voice for the pet food consumer with regulatory authorities. Several years ago, my screams for petsumer representation were joined by ally Mollie Morrissette. In early 2013, we established our petsumer stakeholder association – Association for Truth in Pet Food – and the changes since that move (our association) have been dramatic.
In July 2013, we were notified by AAFCO President Tim Darden that Association for Truth in Pet Food would be provided advisory positions to AAFCO’s Pet Food Committee and Ingredient Definitions Committee. This advisory position was a hard fought battle, but our voice was finally heard.
But this week – actually within the last four days – we have made even greater strides forward. The FDA contacted us (Association for Truth in Pet Food) three times in the last four days to keep our association involved.
- Tuesday, October 22 we received a call from FDA’s Dr. Dan McChesney (Director, Office of Surveillance and Compliance, Center for Veterinary Medicine) giving us “heads up” of the soon to be announced jerky treat investigation update. Later that same day Dr. McChesney graciously accepted our call and answered further questions.
- Thursday October 24, Dr. McChesney called again alerting us that the FDA would soon be releasing ‘Proposed Rules under the Food Safety Modernization Act to improve the safety of food for animals‘.
- And this morning, October 25, the FDA invited us to participate in a conference call regarding the above proposed rules.
I have to admit – I’m floored. Thrilled actually. We have a long way to go, but the door has finally been opened.
This ‘acceptance’ from regulatory authorities is due – I believe – to all of you! Your determination to spread the word, share posts, post comments, tell your neighbor, and more – has worked. We ARE being heard.
THANK YOU! THANK YOU to all of our Association members! We have many battles in front of us, but we are making headway – enjoy the victory.
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Wishing you and your pet(s) the best,
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