For the first time, the Food and Drug Administration is taking steps to make animal feed and pet food sold in the United States safer.
A new proposed rule issued Friday aims to protect all animal foods from disease-causing bacteria, chemicals and other contaminants.
Under the rule, manufacturers will be required to develop procedures to prevent foodborne illness. For the first time, manufacturing facilities would have to follow proposed good manufacturing practices to address issues like sanitation. They will also have to have plans in place to correct any problems.
“Unlike safeguards already in place to protect human foods, there are currently no regulations governing the safe production of most animal foods,” said Daniel McChesney, director of the Office of Surveillance and Compliance at FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine, in a statement. “There is no type of hazard analysis. This rule would change all that.”
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