Tag Archives: PET FOOD

Is Pet Food the Next Front for “Natural” Lawsuits?

A class action lawsuit has been filed against Rachel Ray’s Nutrish dog food brand, alleging that “natural” claims were false and misleading under state consumer protection laws, based on testing that showed the presence of glyphosate residues. Glyphosate, commonly known as Roundup®, is an EPA-approved herbicide that is used on food crops, including crops that have … Continue Reading

Pet Jerky Update

FDA pet jerky update indicates decline in reported incidents, but still no identifiable cause. Since 2007, FDA has been investigating a series of complaints of illnesses in pets associated with the consumption of jerky pet treats.  Many of the reports involve products imported from China.  As of December 31, 2015, FDA has received approximately 5,200 complaints of … Continue Reading

Pets and Vets: Therapeutic Vet Diet CPG Finalized

FDA finalizes enforcement policy with respect to therapeutic veterinary diets. As a general matter, companies may not make therapeutic or “drug” claims in connection with the marketing of food or feed, including pet food.  However, in reality, therapeutic pet food products have been marketed for years without official drug approvals in accordance with FDA’s longstanding enforcement discretion … Continue Reading

Animal Nano

FDA issues guidance on the use of nanomaterials in animal food. Nanotechnology refers to emerging technology that uses materials in the nanoscale range (with at least one dimension in the size range of approximately 1 nanometer (nm) to 100 nm).  Nanomaterials may exhibit different chemical or physical properties, or even different biological effects, as compared to their … Continue Reading

Pet Positives

FDA issues preliminary findings on prevalence of Salmonella in pets. Sporadic Salmonella contamination of pet foods has long been a source of concern to pet owners, as it has the potential to affect both human and animal health. FDA has released preliminary findings from a Salmonella study, indicating that fewer than 100 pets (dogs and cats) … Continue Reading

Pet Peeves

Senators criticize FDA for inadequate pet protections. FDA oversees the safety of animal feed and pet food in the U.S.  Due to some idiosyncrasies in the animal food regulatory framework, FDA shares its pet food oversight responsibilities with state regulatory officials and the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO).  FDA has been tasked with … Continue Reading

Animal Feed Activity

FDA to create definitions and standards for animal food ingredients. For years, animal feed and pet food ingredients have been marketed in the U.S. with the blessing of FDA and/or the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) (a voluntary membership organization including both federal and state regulatory officials).  Currently, the lawful marketing of an … Continue Reading

Pet Problems

Pet food class action lawsuit filed against major manufacturer. A class action lawsuit has been filed against Nestlé Purina PetCare Company alleging that ingredients in the company’s Beneful product line pose the risk of adverse health effects or death to pets. Among other issues, the lawsuit calls into question the permissible use of propylene glycol, … Continue Reading

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