FDA Proposes Rules for Regulating Animal Food

By Kelly Dobkin  |  October 25, 2013

In an attempt to cut down on the number of foodborne illness cases each year, for the first time ever the Food and Drug Administration today proposed rules about regulating pet food and farm animal feed. This would prevent illness both in animals and humans. From The New York Times:

"The proposal comes six years after the biggest pet food recall in history, when a Chinese producer contaminated dog and cat food with melamine, a compound used in plastics, causing the deaths of animals across the United States. The public outcry helped lead to the inclusion of animal food in the Food Safety and Modernization Act, a landmark food safety bill which passed with broad support in 2010 and was the first major overhaul of the Food and Drug Administration’s food safety laws since the 1930s. It gives the F.D.A. more control over food imports as well as broad new powers to set standards to prevent contamination of produce and processed food. the diets of animals who will be sold for consumption. The Food and Drug Administration proposed rules on Friday that would govern the production of pet food and farm animal feed for the first time."

The proposal will be open for public comment for 120 days. If passed, it will regulate the production of food for millions of farm animals, including cows, pigs, chickens, as well as food intended for pets. [NYT]

Believe it or not, we already know some chickens that are eating pretty well, and as a result, tasting really good. Check out our thoughts on that here.