The law should be the law, but unfortunately with pet food the FDA picks and chooses which laws they will enforce. FDA allows the pet food industry to violate serious food safety laws openly accepting inferior quality of ingredients in pet foods, but the agency recalls when a pet food contains risky bacteria. Why can’t we have both? Safe, quality pet food ingredients and risky bacteria free pet food.
The FDA considers Salmonella an adulterant in any pet food. From FDA Compliance Policy “Salmonella in Food for Animals” the agency states “FDA considers a pet food to be adulterated under section 402(a)(1) of the FD&C Act (21 U.S.C. 342(a)(1)) when it is contaminated with Salmonella…”
Notice in the above, FDA quotes laws of the FD&C Act (Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act) in reference to Salmonella being considered an adulterant in animal food. But – to the contrary of the FD&C Act – in other Compliance Policies, the FDA allows pet food to violate the very same section of law (section 402(a)). In Compliance Policy “Canned Pet Food” the FDA states “Pet food consisting of material from diseased animals or animals which have died otherwise than by slaughter, which is in violation of 402(a)(5), will not ordinarily be actionable if it is not otherwise in violation of the law. It will be considered fit for animal consumption.”
Four sentences later – from section 402(a)(1) (risky bacteria – enforced) to section 402(a)(5) (diseased meat – not enforced) – the FDA chooses to ignore the law. More than ignores. In this Compliance Policy the agency openly tells pet food manufacturers that pet food made with diseased animals or animals that have died other than by slaughter is acceptable in pet food. Acceptable, that is, if it doesn’t contain dangerous bacteria.
Here’s what this boils down to…
Combined, all of the above means…
Federal law (the FD&C Act) clearly states that no food (human or animal) can contain dangerous bacteria. The very same laws clearly state that no food (human or animal) can contain meat from diseased animals or meat from animals that have died other than by slaughter.
Why does FDA only enforce the FD&C Act with risky bacteria?
You and I are required to abide by law, how is it that FDA allows pet food to violate law?
Food safety laws should never be ignored. Especially ignored by the federal agency whose sole purpose is to enforce the law in order to protect the public and our pets.
And by the way, each and every U.S. state’s laws governing pet food ignore the FD&C Act too. Any state could choose to abide by the law, but instead, each state allows the pet food industry to violate law with no disclosure to the consumer.
Bacteria and inferior ingredients are a violation of law – and just plain wrong.
For more information on what the FDA allows into pet food, read…
Click Here for a graphic explaining the above (easy to share on social media).
And if you haven’t signed the petition asking FDA to tell consumers if their pet food contains rotten meat, Click Here. All signatures will be hand delivered to FDA in early August during the AAFCO meetings.
To protect your pet from consuming rotten meat pet food, ask the manufacturer if ingredients are human edible. Human edible ingredients are the ONLY assurance consumers have right now (with existing pet food regulations).
Wishing you and your pet(s) the best,
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