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FDA Basics Webinar November 5, 2014: CVM’s Pet Food Reporting and Recall Process

Big and small, furry and not so furry – no matter what our preferences are for our pets, we all want the best for their health including their food. Pet foods are formulated to provide all or most of the nutritional needs. However, problems can occasionally occur including contamination or formulation errors which can result in pet illness. FDA regulates pet food which includes treats under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act such that all foods are safe, manufactured under sanitary conditions, are truthfully labeled, and contain no harmful substances. If there are problems with a pet food, product actions like recalls can occur. FDA has many sources of information about potential concerns about pet foods including pet owners and veterinarians through FDA’s Safety Reporting Portal and Consumer Complaints. The recall process involves collaboration from many different FDA offices, from the districts to the scientific experts to determine the best course of action.

We provided basic information about our complaints and report process for alerting us to an issue and our recalls. The public is an important component of our monitoring of pet foods.


Dr. David Rotstein, Consumer Safety Officer, CVM Division of Compliance Complaint/Emergency/Recall Team
Ms. Ruth Yowell, Consumer Safety Officer, CVM Division of Compliance Complaint/Emergency/Recall Team

View Webinar: https://collaboration.fda.gov/p32lhwykhmo/

Presentation Slides:

Pet Food Complaint Reporting
Center for Veterinary Medicine Recall Process


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