November 7, 2015 | admin | 6 Comments In March of 2007, a Canadian company issued a recall of over 60,000,000 containers of pet food that they had manufactured for many other companies that were suspected of not being safe for pets. This action caused more recalls from more companies and eventually in May of that year the FDA takes action and declares that the importation of all untested vegetable protein from China stop. This includes the following: wheat, corn, soy and rice gluten, rice and soy proteins and corn by-products. What was determined was that millions of chickens and pigs were fed contaminated feed and were then consumed by humans in the United States. Better Late Than Never Due to pet fatalities and resulting human exposure, Congress eventually approves the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act in 2011. It was applauded for it redirection of purpose. It was designed to enact preventative measures rather than attempt damage control after the fact. With typical bureaucratic slowness, the pet food division of the act would be in place, at the earliest, in 2015. Entitled Preventative Controls for Food for Animals, it’s mission was to implement consistent expectations in the manufacturing and packaging of commercially sold pet food. Unfortunately, given the slowness with which the FDA reacted to the pet food issue, coupled with a lack of action for the longest time, makes the consumer continue to have a lack of faith in assuming that all pet food and treats are safe for pets. As with any agency within the government, issues of cost and legislative efforts required to effect global supply make this another hurry-up-and-wait situation. Safety From Other Sources Taking matters into their own hands, many pet food manufacturers began conducting their own inspections or hiring outside companies to verify safety of their products. While some quality control was better than none, these efforts were not recognized outside of the United States. A European non-profit, the Global Food Safety Initiative, was founded to verify the safety of commercial pet food. While it did not have any legal authority, it’s sole purpose was to initiate the regulation of food safety in international products. Quality control performed by the GFSI includes regular testing throughout all phases of production and distribution and certification of safety by GFSI became the standard of what is safe for pets.