Target: U.S. Food and Drug Administration Deputy Commissioner for Foods and Veterinary Medicine, Michael Taylor
Goal: Protect pets from contaminated food by notifying customers directly of pet food and treat recalls
In the last eight months, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued eleven pet food and treat recall notifications. These included instances of pet food and treats containing foreign materials, excessive sodium, high copper content, salmonella, listeria monocytogenes, and low vitamin and mineral content. However, currently there is no formal FDA recall notification process requiring pet food and treat retailers or distributors to make recall notifications to their customers. Every minute that elapses between pets consuming contaminated food, and the time when the customer is notified of a recall, increases the odds of severe long term health complications and even death. The FDA needs to hold pet food distributors and retailers responsible for notifying their customers directly and immediately of brands that have been recalled.
Currently, the FDA’s regulation regarding public recall notifications involves press releases, notifications made on the FDA’s website section called ‘Recalls & Alerts,’ free mobile application to receive notifications, online Weekly Enforcement Reports, and the FDA’s Annual Report to Congress. Customers without access to the internet or media are not immediately accounted for by such warning systems. Additionally, there are no established time standards to make such direct or individual customer notifications by the designated powers of the regulation, the FDA and pet food or treat manufacturer. If the FDA was to hold pet food and treat distributors and retailers accountable for recall notification to their customers, the spread of awareness would be that much quicker, possibly saving pet’s lives.
By signing the petition below, you will help convey the importance of charging pet food and treat distributors and retailers with the responsibility of directly and/or individually notifying their customers of pet food and treat recalls. The FDA has the responsibility to protect the public, pets included, from dangerous and illegal products. Through that mission, the FDA can administratively delegate pet food distributors and retailers with the responsibility to contact customers directly when pet food recall notifications occur, ultimately preventing further pet consumption of contaminated food.
Dear Deputy Commissioner for Foods and Veterinary Medicine, Mr. Michael Taylor, J.D.,
The FDA has a responsibility to protect the public, pets included, from dangerous and illegal products. The current pet food recall notification policies and methods in place may not reach the entire affected consumer population or account for individuals without access to the media or the internet. The time it takes for the FDA to publicly issue a pet food or treat recall, to the time a person receives that recall and stops feeding it to their pet, can mean life or death for a pet. However, if the FDA mandated pet food recall notifications be made directly to customer’s from their place of purchase, whether internet or in-store pet food distributors or retailers, the probability of pets consuming contaminated food or treats would decrease.
I am urging you to review FDA’s current federal regulation addressing its recall policy and either revise it, or implement new policies to require that pet food and treat distributors and retailers make direct recall notifications to their customers. Administratively delegating that responsibility allows for time efficient and effective measures to be taken and avoid further pet consumption of contaminated food or treats. Please take action and help prevent the unnecessary animal necropsies as a result of delayed pet food or treat customer recall notifications.
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