By Amy Sinatra Ayres
ThinkstockDays after the Food and Drug Administration asked veterinarians to help with its continuing investigation into pet deaths and illnesses related to jerky treats, the agency announced its proposal of new safety regulations for pet food and animal feed.
The new regulations are aimed at preventing foodborne illness in animals and people. Under the rules, pet food producers that sell their products in the U.S. would need to provide written plans for preventing food-borne illness and how they could confront any problems with it.
Also, the producers would be required to follow standard manufacturing practices, addressing issues like sanitation for the first time. "Unlike safeguards already in place to protect human foods, there are currently no regulations governing the safe production of most animal foods," said Daniel McChesney, director of the Office of Surveillance and Compliance at FDA's Center for Veterinary Medicine. "This rule would change that." The proposal is open to public comment for 120 days. - Read it at Discovery News