For the first time, FDA announces safety
rules for pet food manufacturers (and they actually make sense)
NaturalNews) In the wake of yet another wave of
animals deaths caused by tainted pet treats, the FDA has
just announced new "Preventive Controls for Food for Animals"
rules that would, for the first time, establish basis
manufacturing standards for pet food.
Click here to read the proposed regulations.
Natural News readers know that I am usually an outspoken critic
of the FDA on issues like drug safety and the agency's attacks
on nutritional supplements and raw milk. But on this issue of
dog food manufacturing, I honestly have to agree with the FDA in
Today's pet food manufacturing practices are abhorrent. They are
beyond sickening; they're downright toxic. There are virtually
no rules governing pet food manufacturing, meaning almost anyone
can set up a dog food plant in a garage or warehouse, and they
can pack and sell commercial dog food products even without
following basic rules of hygiene and food contamination
Even worse, consider what ingredients are allowed in pet food
products: there are currently no laws or regulations whatsoever
that limit the amount of toxic heavy metals, toxic chemicals,
artificial substances, fillers or anything else in pet food.
Manufacturers of pet food have, for decades, gotten away with
selling the most contaminated, polluted, toxic and sickening
"food" imaginable (all promoted with happy, healthy-looking dogs
and lovey-dovey images, of course).
In America, it is currently legal to manufacture a pet food
product that kills pets, and there's nothing the public can do
Contaminated pet food is killing our pets
Because of these practices, America is currently experiencing an
epidemic of pet cancer and diabetes. Pet diseases are at an
all-time high, and just as with humans, much of that is caused
by low-quality foods and high levels of food contaminants.
It really is time to require pet food manufacturers to meet, at
minimum, some basic standards of food quality and manufacturing
practices. And even though you know me as a person who prefers
small government, there are a limited number of situations where
centralized government regulation is actually needed -- and one
of those is in establishing and enforcing basic food
I also happen to think that another proper role of government is
to establish honest food labeling laws such as forcing food
manufacturers to disclose GMOs on food labels. Labeling and food
safety issues can only be enforced by a central authority of
some sort, because the corporations that make food (for humans
and pets) would try almost anything if they could get away with
For the record, I am strongly opposed to government regulations
that impair individual liberty, such as the Obamacare mandate
which ridiculously requires people to buy health insurance they
often don't want or need. But I am in favor of government
regulation of large corporations which almost always tend to be
in the business of lying, stealing, cheating or harming the
public. In my view, we need the FDA to lay off small farmers and
spend more resources clamping down on big business. This should
include pet food manufacturers.