Target: Director, Center for Veterinary Medicine at the FDA, Bernadette Dunham, D.V.M., Ph.D.
Goal: Ensure pet food is properly labeled to disclose when ingredients come from China or other countries outside the U.S.
Thousands of pets have been sickened and killed by pet food and treats containing questionable imported ingredients over just the past few years and all of the most publicized incidents involved ingredients from China. Not the first incident, but by far the most publicized involved the pet food recall of 2007.
The pet food recall of 2007 was the first widely publicized indication we had that the FDA does not adequately protect our pets. Yet almost nothing has changed since then; there have been no changes in the industry, and no added regulations to protect our pets. In fact there have been many recalls and ‘silent recalls’ (where products are removed from store shelves, yet there is no official recall and no information given to consumers, including those who have already purchased these products), since.
It is long past time for real change in the pet food industry that will protect our pets. We need pet food and treat labeling that will clearly state when the product contains ingredients from China or other countries outside the U.S., or is processed there, so that consumers can make informed decisions when considering what pet food or treats to buy. None of us should have to go through the heartbreak and guilt of watching our beloved pets suffer and die because of food or treats we gave them.
Sign the petition below to send a clear message to the FDA that we want real change in the pet food and treat industry, and that we will not stand by and watch big pet food companies make large profits while our pets suffer and die needlessly.
Dear Bernadette Dunham, D.V.M., Ph.D., Director, FDA Center for Veterinary Medicine:
Most of the world is familiar with the pet food recalls of 2007, though many may not be aware of the numerous recalls and ‘silent recalls’ that have happened since then. We want the poisoning of our pets because of questionable ingredients from China and other countries in pet food and treats to stop.
Unfortunately, it is currently often unclear after reading the label of pet food or treats whether they contain ingredients imported from other countries or are processed there. In order to make an informed decision on what pet food and treats to purchase, we need a comprehensive way to identify pet food and treats that might contain these questionable imported ingredients.
We are asking the FDA to implement labeling standards for pet food and treats that will clearly state when the product contains ingredients imported from China or other countries outside the U.S., or when it is processed there. The label must clearly show the country the product(s) were imported from or if they were processed there, and be prominently displayed on the label so that it is easy to find.
Please take steps to implement this comprehensive and transparent labeling of pet food and treat products immediately. Big pet food companies should not be able to make unlimited profits while our beloved pets continue to suffer and die needlessly. No pet guardian should have to go through the heartbreak and guilt of watching their pets suffer and die because of pet food or treats we gave them.
[Your Name Here]
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