What changes have pet food companies made in processing foods since the 2007 pet food recall?FamilyPet
The snowballing effect of the 2007 pet food recall has left consumers, pet food manufacturers, and the Food and Drug Administrationreeling that led to an overhaul of the FDA and a safety import agreement with China.
This major pet food recall comprised many brands of pet food beginning in March 2007, which eventually trickled down to the human food supply. While the recalls were associated with the consumption of mostly wet pet foods made with wheat gluten from a single Chinese company, after more than three weeks of complaints from consumers, the recall began extended to several other companies who received the contaminated wheat gluten and voluntarily recalled dozens of pet food brands.
One month after the initial recall, contaminated rice protein from a different source in China was also identified as being associated with kidney failure in pets in the United States, while contaminated corn gluten was associated with kidney failure with pets in South Africa. As a result of investigating the 2007 pet food recalls, a broader Chinese protein export contamination investigation unfolded, raising concerns about the safety of the human food supply.
By the end of March, veterinary organizations reported more than 100 pet deaths, resulting in:
• Product safety programs that allow consumers to view test results of the pet food by simply typing in the “best by” date on the package into an online database. Results from laboratories, both independent and company, are returned on seven tests, including the additives involved in the recall, cyanuric acid and melamine.
• Guarantee logos affixed to pet food cans and postings as well as signed affidavits from manufacturers, guaranteeing the ingredient list of each batch.
• Clearer and more specific and detailed information on some pet food websites.
• Independent websites such as: The Truth About Pet Foods.Com and Poisoned Pets.Com that give information about the pet food industry.