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FDA Proposes Stringent Guidelines on Animal Food After Wave of Deaths

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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has proposed more stringent guidelines on animal food safety in response to an abnormally high number of jerky-linked deaths. It appears that around 600 animals have suffered a jerky-linked death since 2007. The FDA hopes to implement preventative measures to assure all animal foods are protected from harmful bacteria, chemicals and contaminants. Under the new proposals, products given to companion animals and livestock are required to be deemed safe for consumption. The regulations would be among the first to govern the safe production of most animal foods. Human beings would also benefit from the regulations as humans can become sick when handling pet food that is contaminated with Salmonella. Furthermore, the regulations would help to decrease the amount of contaminated meat, dairy and seafood products available on the market for human consumption. The proposed measures are in response to an upsurge of deaths over the past few years, alleged to have been caused by contaminated treats. According to a consumer report by the FDA, 3,600 dogs and 10 cats have been reportedly fallen ill after consuming jerky pet treats. The new guidelines will aim to improve manufacturing practices such as appropriate cleaning and maintenance of facilities, pest control and protocols to guarantee the personal hygiene of employees.

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