“FDA must issue…” – But They Never Did – Truth about Pet Food

A government website proves FDA pretended to abide by law year after year, when they actually NEVER did.

Signed into law in September 2007, Ensuring the Safety of Pet Food was supposed to improve pet food safety protecting our pets. The first notice of FDA’s federal law pet food responsibility was posted in the spring of 2008 on the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs website:

Per an Executive Order, federal agencies are required to post pending rules such as this pet food safety rule every six months as the rule progresses into implementation on the RegInfo website. The above notification was FDA’s requirement to notify the public of their legal responsibility per the Food and Drug Administration Amendments Act of 2007 (the laws written after thousands of pets died in 2007). This was the initial notice on the government website, but many notices followed.

Waiting implementation, the pet food safety rules were posted again in Fall 2008 and Spring 2009. A year and a half later – “Fall 2009” – was the official deadline FDA was to complete this pet food safety work. But, the FDA notice on the government Unified Agenda website remained unchanged. In other words, FDA had NOT issued the updated standards for pet food labels as federal law required the agency to do.

These official notices from FDA continued with Spring 2010, Fall 2010, Spring 2011, and Fall 2011. With each notice the FDA declared on an official government website they are required by federal law to update pet food labels to include “nutritional and ingredient information“. Each of these notices also declared the deadline for FDA to complete this work, September 27, 2009.

In 2013, the official notices changed a little with FDA declaring why these new rules were so important…

But…no implementation of law was ever done. The only action seen was FDA continuing to tell the public the agency intended to complete the work. The official notices from FDA continued in Fall 2013, Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Spring 2015, Fall 2015, Spring 2016, Fall 2016, and Spring 2017.

And then in the Fall of 2017, the FDA “action to provide pet owners and animal health professionals more complete and useful information about the nutrient content and ingredient composition of pet food products” was “Withdrawn“.

What “The President signed into law” in 2007 – the FDA officially withdrew ten years later. Year, after year, after year, FDA ignored law. Then in 2017, after nine long years of broken promises made on a government website, FDA defiantly withdrew their legal responsibility.

And it gets worse. Instead of explaining to the public why FDA withdrew from their legal responsibility, the agency directly lied to the public on another government website. Published in the Federal Register on January 12, 2018 the FDA tells U.S. Citizens the “Updated Standards for Labeling of Pet Food” was “Completed“.

No, the FDA did NOT “complete” this required work. The agency talked about completing it for 9+ years (at tax payer expense). But without a shadow of doubt, the FDA NEVER completed pet food labeling updates as federal law required them to do.

How can a federal agency can defiantly ignore law and directly lie to the public in the Federal Register?

Send your emails of concern to FDA at AskCVM@fda.hhs.gov.

And by the way, the FDA neatly (and secretively) erased any future possibility of updated standards for labeling of pet food by enlisting the help of Senator Rand Paul to submit an addendum to an unrelated bill to completely delete the federal laws that FDA ignored for 9+ years.

Wishing you and your pet(s) the best,

Susan Thixton
Pet Food Safety Advocate
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