A recent petMD survey on petfood recalls showed that a majority of pet owners have concerns about petfood safety.
According to the survey, 86 percent respondents said that strict quality-control measures are important to them; however, only 15 percent said they know whether or not the manufacturer of their pet's food practices strict procedures.
"Responsible petfood companies go to extremes to keep the areas where raw ingredients are received and prepared separate from the areas where the cooked product is processed and packaged," said Dr. Lorie Huston, veterinary advisor to petMD. "What's disconcerting is that not many pet owners know whether their petfood company of choice practices these quality control procedures."
The survey's key findings include:
Processors should carefully develop, validate and implement an effective kill step to support production of pathogen-free petfoods
What you need to keep your manufacturing line clean, safe and contaminant-free
The new US food safety legislation will also affect regulation of petfood
The intent was to educate regulators and industry about the Model Pet Food Regulations
Committees discussed key proposals such as a possible shift in the oversight of animal feeds
It gives more direct control to CVM in establishing and maintaining ingredient definitions
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