Regulatory review on pet food scandal

18-04-2007 | |

The federal government has asked the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) to review whether pet food should be regulated after the continues recalling of pet food products in the US and Canada.

However, Agriculture Minister Chuck
Strahl
pointed out that regulations in
the US didn’t prevent the recent deaths of pets from tainted food. “What we are
doing is reviewing the situation,” he said. “We’re trying to determine what, if
anything, we can do to try to prevent these things from happening again, and
also what type of regulations might be effective on this kind of a
product.”

Monitor pet food ingredients
The CFIA will determine what, if any, action the
government should take to better monitor the ingredients of pet food. The agency
can recommend that pet food be regulated, but can also suggest other unspecified
options for monitoring pet food ingredients, with the aim of improve food
safety.

No recall sytem
The government also wants the CFIA to
determine whether a system should be put in place to recall pet food and get it
off shelves more quickly. Currently, there is no recall system in place for pet
food as there is for human food. “There’s not only the regulations on the
products themselves – we can have a look at that – but also on things like
recall, how those products get off the shelves, how soon they can get off,”
Strahl said.

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Food Inspection Agency

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(Source: thestar.com)

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