Author Topic: Susan Thixton's "We The Pet People" Petition Update  (Read 769 times)

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Susan Thixton's "We The Pet People" Petition Update
« on: November 28, 2011, 06:22:13 PM »
According to David A. Dzanis, DVM, PhD, DACVN:

Any matter can be brought forth by this method, but there are conditions. For example, the petition must receive at least 150 signatures before it will become searchable on the website, and before the administration will consider its merits, the petition must receive at least 25,000 signatures within 30 days of posting.

It is assumed these thresholds are to prevent an individual or small group from potentially posting thousands of nuisance filings. However, if a petition meets these conditions, the White House promises to review it, send it to the appropriate policy experts for consideration and issue an official response.

Snip from the actual petition...
We believe the FDA should enforce the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (The Act) - as it is written - with pet foods. The Act clearly defines 'food' as that for humans and animals. Yet currently, the FDA allows materials from diseased animals, euthanized animals, downer animals, rodent feces and insect infested foods to be processed into pet foods/animal foods. Consumers are not warned their pet food purchases could contain illegal ingredients and often pay premium prices for such.

We request the FDA to be required to abide by The Act or request the FDA to require all pet foods that do not provide certification of compliance of The Act to be clearly labeled with a warning to the consumer.

Evidence supporting our position...
The Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (The Act) defines food as: "The term ‘food’ means (1) articles used for food or drink for man or other animals, (2) chewing gum, and (3) articles used for components of any such article." Section 201 (f)

Clearly, pet food/animal food should be protected by Federal law.  <--- Link to sign Susan's petition.

the petition will fall far short of the 25,000 required by the end of November. Personally, I’d like to see it reach that threshold if only to see the official response. To the best of my knowledge, FDA has yet to respond to the aforementioned citizen petition, so it would be interesting to see how the government views this matter.

« Last Edit: November 28, 2011, 06:42:47 PM by Lola »
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