Pet Food Recalls

Eurofins responds to changes in US food safety legislation

Company offers its help to petfood manufacturers in complying with new provisions
Eurofins commented on the recently passed, US Food Safety Modernization Act, with praise of the bill's increased regulation as well as an offering of the company's services to help food processors and petfood manufacturers comply with the changes. The main highlights and implications of the bill in the petfood industry include mandatory risk prevention plans for all handlers and processors of food; required updates to the Foodborne Contaminant list every two years; mandatory measures for traceability, sanitation and testing performed by accredited laboratories; more animal feed products required to meet food safety standards; and foreign supplier verification programs required for US food importers.
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Obama to sign legislation for improved US food safety regulation

US $1.4 billion overhaul gives FDA greater authority, requires mandatory recalls of contaminated products
President Barack Obama is expected to sign this week a US$1.4 billion overhaul of the US food safety system, which gives the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) the power to increase inspections at food processing plants and forces companies, including petfood manufacturers, to recall tainted products. Congress passed the bill in December 2010, in response to a series of outbreaks of E. coli and Salmonella contamination.
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High level of toxins in corn grains blamed for Kroger petfood recall

Aflatoxin found in corn grains after Tennessee Department of Agriculture, USDA investigation
Tennessee Department of Agriculture and US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) investigators found elevated levels of the toxic substance aflatoxin in some corn grains to blame for the Kroger Co. petfood recall in late December 2010. "We took finished samples and grain samples that were stored and used to make petfood," said Tom Womack, spokesman for the Tennessee, USA, Department of Agriculture.
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AFIA commends FDA on Compliance Policy Guide for Salmonella in petfood

Updated CPG directs FDA staff on compliance policies for products with Salmonella contamination
The American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) filed comments on December 31, 2010, supporting the US Food and Drug Administration’s updated Compliance Policy Guide (CPG) Sec. 690.800 on Salmonella in animal feed, including petfood. FDA created CPGs to direct its field staff who regulate compliance policies for animal feed or feed ingredients contaminated with Salmonella as well as products that come into direct contact with humans, such as petfood.
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AFIA commends Congress on enacting landmark food safety legislation

Act gives FDA first-time mandatory recall authority
The American Feed Industry Association is commending Congress for its diligence in enacting the sweeping changes in FDA oversight of American food safety in more than 70 years. The Food Safety Modernization Act of 2010 carries several firewalls to ensure human food regulations are not inappropriately applied to animal feed and petfoods and gives FDA first-time mandatory recall authority, but with administrative protections for regulated industry.
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Appeals court rules in class-action petfood lawsuit

Court clarification needed to support lawsuit's purchase-claim limit
A 3rd District US Court of Appeals ruled that a US$24 million class-action lawsuit settlement over melamine-contaminated petfood was a "fair, reasonable and adequate" deal, but sent the case back to a New Jersey district court judge for more information. The appeals court sent the case back to New Jersey US District Court Judge Noel Hillman, who originally approved the deal in November 2008, for more information supporting the purchase-claim limit of US$250,000.
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Senate unanimously approves food-safety overhaul legislation

Measure now moves to House, where it is expected to pass
The Senate unanimously approved a food-safety overhaul bill that would give the US government greater authority to set and enforce safety standards for farmers and food processors. The legislation would affect nearly all whole and processed foods, including petfood, with the exceptions of meat, poultry and some egg products that are regulated by the US Department of Agriculture.
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Kroger recalls select petfoods in 19 states

Select cat and dog foods may contain aflatoxin
The Kroger Co. recalled select petfood packages in 19 states due to concerns that the products may be contaminated with aflatoxin, a chemical by-product from fungus that could be harmful to animals. The recall involves select bags of Pet Pride Cat Food, Pet Pride Kitten Food, Old Yeller Chunk Dog Food, Kroger Value Cat Food and Kroger Value Chunk Food.
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Food safety legislation rides on US government funding bill

Spending bill passed in House, being considered by Senate
The US House of Representatives has tied major food safety legislation to a government funding bill for the Senate's consideration before Congress concludes its final session of 2010. The legislation would give the Food and Drug Administration the power to order a food recall and increase the frequency of its inspections.
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Killing Salmonella in petfood

Processors should carefully develop, validate and implement an effective kill step to support production of pathogen-free petfoods
Petfood processors have become increasingly aware of the need to control Salmonella during production due to the risk of associated pet and human illness. Processors know how problematic this pathogen can be but may not fully understand the scientific dynamics surrounding effective elimination and potential for recontamination during processing based on heat resistance and persistence in low-moisture products such as petfood.
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