Target: Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
Goal: Implement more stringent regulations on pet food sold in the United States
Dogswell, a popular dog food manufacturer, recently pulled several products from store shelves due to the discovery of poultry antibiotics that are not approved for use in the United States. This is a growing trend in pet food manufacturing, with many products being at least partially made in China where traces of these unapproved antibiotics are entering the food. Products that have been pulled from shelves include popular pet food and treat brands like Breathies, Veggie Life, Happy Heart, Happy Hips, Mellow Mut, Shape Up, Vitality and Vitakitty, all with expiration dates of 1/28/2015 or earlier. Other companies like Nestle Purina, Del Monte, Hartz Mountain, and IMS Pet Industries have also recently recalled products due to antibiotic contamination.
The FDA refuses to admit that the antibiotics found in these products cause animals to become ill, despite the evidence. Similar products in China have caused serious illness and death in pets, and companies recalled those products, admitting them to be the cause of the illness. It was not the FDA, but the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets who found the Dogswell products to be contaminated and unfit for consumption, resulting in the recall.
Our pets deserve to be fed safe, healthy foods and treats, and as consumers of these products, we as pet owners deserve to rest assured that the products we are buying for, and feeding to, our beloved furry friends are safe and healthy for them, and that the products we are purchasing meet our standard of care for our pets. The FDA needs to step up their standards of quality for pet food products sold in the U.S. Demand that the FDA do more testing on pet food products to protect the furry members of our families.
Dear FDA Representatives,
Recently, numerous pet foods sold in the U.S. have been recalled due to unsafe poultry antibiotic contamination, which was not detected by your agency. Such harmful contamination should not slip past your attention, putting our beloved animals at risk. The FDA refuses to admit that such antibiotic presence in pet food products causes illness and even death in animals, despite evidence that it does indeed cause life-threatening illness.
Please take the health and well-being of our pets more seriously by increasing testing on pet food products sold in the U.S. Do not allow consumers to feed harmful products to their pets unknowingly. If a product is FDA approved, consumers should be able to trust that it is safe, however this trust is waning because of the numerous pet food products that have been recalled due to harmful contaminants. Increase testing and be mindful of what your agency is recommending for consumers.
[Your Name Here]
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