The  US Food and Drug Administration  and the National Institutes of Health  launched a new portal that, when fully developed, will allow people to more easily report problems with pet products.

"The portal will be a key detection tool in improving the country's nationwide surveillance system and will strengthen our ability to protect the nation's health," said Commissioner of Food and Drugs Margaret A. Hamburg. "We will now be able to analyze human and animal safety-related events more quickly and identify those measures needed to protect the public."

The Safety Reporting Portal includes a  special feature for pet owners and veterinarians  so they are able to use the portal to report product problems with petfoods and pet treats.