Friday, November 1, 2013

Pet Food Safety

I know there are two things we’ve been taught never to discuss…religion and politics. I try very hard to stay away from both subjects. However, in light of recent events I feel the need to discuss one of them. Politics. Now before you sigh and click off my page, please hear me out. There are many things our government does that makes me wonder what in the world they are thinking. I don’t pretend to have the answers to most of the problems facing our great nation. A current situation really is a no-brainer. The problem is pet food safety.
I must admit that I was shocked to realize the pet food manufacturers in the U.S. have no rules or regulations regarding cleanliness, food safety, or procedures in place to prevent contamination. At this time, the government does little to ensure the companies are trying to prevent food safety problems and only respond after an outbreak occurs. I’d say "after" is a little too late for the families grieving the loss of their beloved cat or dog. The most recent problem with the jerky treats (imported from China) has been going on for six years! The hesitation to act on the situation has resulted in the needless death of over 600 dogs.
The FDA has proposed rules that would require companies selling pet food or animal feed in the U.S. (including importers) to follow certain sanitation practices and establish food safety plans. The manufacturers would each have procedures in place to prevent their food from being contaminated. This ruling would also benefit human health and safety by preventing foodborne illnesses from pet food being transferred to them. People have become sick by handling contaminated pet food and animal feed.
This proposed ruling is called: Preventive Controls for Food for Animals. I am including a portion of an article from the FDA website below with a list of public meetings/hearings on the subject. A ruling is still several months away, in the meantime every time we feed our pets; we are putting our trust in an unregulated company when it comes to safety and cleanliness.
These regulations will cost the pet food/animal feed industry approximately $130 million yearly to comply. Since the pet food and animal feed is a multi-billion dollar industry, I think they should be able to afford the price. I am sure they will have their lobbyists out wining and dining our officials in an attempt to sway them against passing these regulations. Profit and the bottom line cannot be the influencing factor here! It is past time to hold these companies responsible for common sense safety and sanitation laws.
Please speak up for the voiceless animals! Write or contact the FDA at the site below. If you live near one of these public meetings, make plans to attend. We must take a stand on the health and safety of our pets. The death of any animal due to the careless contamination of their food is intolerable. Let your congress representative know you want the Preventative Controls for Food for Animals to become mandatory.

How to Contact/Information for FDA
*copied from the website: http://www.fda.gov/AnimalVeterinary/NewsEvents/CVMUpdates/ucm372128.htm
The proposed rule for preventive controls for food for animals will publish in the Federal Register on October 29, 2013. Comments on this proposed rule are due by 120 days from the publication date.
The FDA will hold three public meetings on the Proposed Rule for Preventive Controls for Animal Food Facilities. The first meeting will be held on November 21, 2013 at the FDA Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition in College Park, MD. The second meeting will be on November 25, 2013 at the Ralph H. Metcalfe Federal Building in Chicago. The third meeting will be held on December 6 at the John E. Moss Federal Building in Sacramento, CA. For more information, visit http://www.fda.gov/Food/GuidanceRegulation/FSMA/ucm247568.htm1.


**Recipe of the Day**
https://www.facebook.com/BigDaddysKitchenKreations via my sister-in-law C. Bryant’s page

Disappearing Fiesta Bread
Ingredients
½ cup Butter, melted
1 ½ cup Mexican Blend Cheese – Shredded
¼ cup Mozzarella Cheese – Shredded
10 – 12 oz. can Big Daddy’s Sweet/Sour Jalapenos – drained
1 Tblsp. Dried Cilantro
2 12-16 oz. refrigerated rolls – cut into quarters

Directions
In a large bowl, combine butter, cheeses, sweet/hot jalapenos, and cilantro; add biscuits and toss to coat. Transfer to an ungreased Bundt pan. Bake at 350˚ for 30 minutes, or until golden brown. Invert on plate and serve warm.


**Pet Tip of the Day**
Make your voice be heard concerning the proposed ruling for the Preventive Controls for Food for Animals.

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