Many reports of sick pets have been published of late – reporting three different pet foods are linked to hundreds of sick pets. Questions were sent to FDA, here is their response…
FDA states “We have two complaints thus far in 2013 for Blue Buffalo, which is comparable to previous years (23 last year and 18 in 2011).
For Nutro, we have seen an increase just recently: 10 complaints so far, compared with 37 last year and 8 in 2011.
For Beneful, we received 45 complaints in January, 50 in February and have 8 so far in March. It’s important to note that whenever an issue gets publicity, we see an increase in complaints.”
This is not to say that there are not hundreds of sick pets out there right now linked to these pet foods. This is saying the FDA is not receiving those reports. No investigation can take place without reports of illness or death to authorities. No investigation means more illnesses or deaths. Please everyone – if your pet becomes ill you believe is linked to a pet food or treat, report it to proper authorities. Those authorities are…
1. Your Veterinarian (seek treatment first!)
2. FDA (Click Here to report online; Click Here for a state by state list of Complaint Coordinator phone numbers)
3. State Department of Agriculture (ask for pet food investigator) with the exception of the following states…
California – State authority for pet food is Department of Public Health; report pet food/treat adverse event to CA Department of Public Health.Hawaii – State authority for pet food is Department of Public Health; report pet food/treat adverse event to Department of Health.Nevada – no state authority over pet food; FDA is the only place to report.
4. Pet Food Manufacturer
5. Place of purchase
Save the pet food and packaging. Investigators need pet food for testing and lot numbers (not the UPC code) for identification.
Please see the Report It! Campaign – share the poster!
Wishing you and your pet(s) the best,
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