Pet Food Safety

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Feces, blood, rusty hooks: FDA warns Pet Center dog treats

Woven mesh bags of bull pizzle dog chews were stacked against an exterior wall of the plant. Animal feces were present atop one such bag. The woven mesh bags containing the bull pizzles were torn open, with finished product exposed to the outside environment.

Some of the violations involved rusty meat hooks, pest feces on bags of finished dog chews, or blood and raw flesh splashed onto finished dog chews.

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Animal diseases in one species could impact us all

Pet food and agriculture have a close relationship, which makes staying on top of agricultural animal diseases all the more important to risk mitigation.

Learn about the potential risks of diseases like African swine flu and avian influenza entering American agricultural stock, as well as what’s at work from a regulatory perspective to mitigate those risks.

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Hygienic design for food safety to avoid pet food recalls

Food safety isn’t just about individual ingredients or the end products themselves; it’s also (perhaps especially) about the environment that surrounds said ingredients or products.

To reduce the risk of spreading dangerous germs, and the costly lawsuits that accompany them, hygienic design in pet food facilities incorporates nearly every aspect of plant.

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Feds stop Bravo Packing raw dog food in FSMA first

The federal action marks the first consent decree of permanent injunction against an animal food manufacturer for violating public safety standards under Part 507 (Current Good Manufacturing Practice (CGMP) requirements) of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Preventive Controls for Animal Food Regulation.

Bravo Packing, Inc. agreed to stop selling, manufacturing and distributing raw pet food and come into compliance with the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act).

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Antibiotic-resistant germs grown from pet food in Europe

Antibiotic-resistant Enterococcus bacteria, including vancomycin-resistant strains, most frequently infect hospital patients and people with immune system issues.

Microbiologists grew antibiotic-resistant Enterococcus bacteria found in pet foods bought in Europe. Although pet food hasn’t been documented passing these germs to people, a reservoir of antibiotic resistance genes could be created in the gut of dogs.

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