Protect Pet Owners From Deadly Allergic Reactions

Target: Michael R. Taylor J.D., FDA Deputy Commissioner for Foods and Veterinary Medicine

Goal: Require manufacturers of pet foods to clearly warn consumers about peanuts in their products.

Peanut allergies are on the rise and no one is sure why. They are some of the most common allergies, and some of the most severe. Though there’s a common misconception that you must ingest the substance in order to have an allergic reaction, people have reported even serious reactions just from touching and smelling peanuts. They may be easy to avoid in food now that manufacturers are required to clearly label their products, but for pet owners with allergies, there is yet another hurdle.

Peanuts are a common staple in pet foods for birds, rodents, and even dogs. Most standard foods for small pets are seed mixes, usually containing peanuts. Because humans are not meant to eat these products, they’re often not clearly marked with allergy warnings, so someone may not realize that they’ve accidentally purchased something hazardous to their health. This is a serious oversight. Most peanut allergies are severe enough to warrant avoiding even skin contact with the nuts, yet this gets overlooked by pet food manufacturers. Please sign this petition to require clear labeling of peanuts on all pet foods for the safety of pet owners.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Taylor,

Growing numbers of children and adults suffer from severe peanut allergies. While allergens in foods meant for human consumption are clearly labeled, pet foods do not list these allergens, leaving pet owners with peanut allergies at risk. This labeling oversight makes it difficult for these pet owners to find food for their pets that won’t trigger an allergic reaction, which can be brought on by even touching food containing peanuts or peanut byproducts. There needs to be a way to easily avoid this risk.

No one should have to worry that they’ll have a reaction while feeding their pet or cleaning its cage, or even when touching their pets. Allergic reactions to peanuts usually aren’t just some itching or a case of sniffles. They instead often cause anaphylaxis and can be life-threatening. It’s also not unheard of for young children to sneak a taste of their family pet’s food. If commercially available pet foods would just add a simple label, it could potentially save lives. We ask that you require all pet foods to visibly label their peanut products.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Markus Distelrath

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One Comment

  1. They should be listing all ingredients in all pet foods. There are other life-threatening allergenic foods besides peanuts, such as soy, which should also be listed.
    As well, pets sometimes have allergies themselves, and should be avoiding certain foods.

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