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Dr. Michael Fox
January 2014

The FDA received more than 2,500 consumer complaints regarding pet food and livestock feed from 2008 to 2012. Contamination with pathogens such as salmonella, physical contaminants including plastic and glass, and issues with improper levels of nutrient supplements were among the top pet food problems in 2013.

According to reporter Kim Campbell Thornton, writing in the Philadelphia Inquirer (Philly.com, Jan 5, 2014) there were thirty-three pet food recalls in 2013. The FDA received more than 2,500 consumer complaints regarding pet food and livestock feed from 2008 to 2012.

Contamination with pathogens such as salmonella, physical contaminants including plastic and glass, and issues with improper levels of nutrient supplements were among the top pet food problems in 2013.

In order to rectify these problems the FDA is proposing that pet food manufacturers would be required lay out food-safety plans including record-keeping provisions and protocols for responding to outbreaks of food-borne illnesses, as well as having to instigate effective controls for probable hazards and establish and maintain standards of cleanliness. Inspectors would have more power to act before contaminated products reach store shelves and to restrict imports from suppliers who don't meet the new standards.

These proposals, long overdue in my estimation, are likely to see considerable opposition from the industry and the question remains, who is paying our government to provide such improved regulatory oversight of a now multinational industry that is a subsidiary of agribusiness?


Dr. Michael W. Fox is a well-known veterinarian, former vice president of The Humane Society of the United States, former vice president of Humane Society International and the author of more than 40 adult and children’s books on animal care, animal behavior and bioethics. He is also a graduate veterinarian from the Royal Veterinary College, London, whose research lead to a PhD (Medicine) and a DSc (ethology/animal behavior) from the University of London, England. 

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