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FDA seeks comment on establishment of network for tracking petfood diseases

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is seeking comment on issues related to a proposed Pet Event Tracking Network (PETNet) for detection of petfood-related illnesses.

FDA is seeking public comments on the paperwork and regulatory burdens associated with the proposed establishment of PETNet, which would be "a system for sharing information between FDA, other Federal agencies, and the States about food-borne illness outbreaks in companion animals," according to FDA.

PETNet would provide timely information about petfood-related incidents to FDA, as well as to federal government agencies and officials in all 50 US states that choose to participate. Members of the network would be able to both receive and create alerts about petfood incidents. The deadline for comment is Jan. 24, 2011. More information on PETNet and how to submit comments can be found here.

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