The agency has proposed rules to govern the production of food for pets and farm animals; the intent is to help prevent food-borne illnesses in both people and animals.
The FDA's proposal comes in the wake of multiple pet-food recalls, warnings about potentially deadly dog jerky treats made in China, and melamine contaminated pet food, also from China, which also resulted in the death of countless pets.
In effort to better control the safety and quality of pet food and animal feed, the FDA has proposed the implementation of food safety plans which are aimed at reducing food contamination; the ultimate goal is to make food manufacturers more responsible for the safety and quality of the food which they are producing.
The rules, if implemented will help address the safety of food before problems arise, rather than after sicknesses are reported.
For 120 days, the FDA's proposed rules will be open for public comment.
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