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May 7, 2007

Taking Action for Safer Pet Food

A timeline for legislation against contamination

The Humane Society of the United States

Senate Unanimously Approves Legislation to Protect Animal Food Supply

May 3, 2007
Senator Richard Durbin (D-Ill.) and Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) introduced legislation on May 1, 2007 intended to enhance the nation's ability to protect the human and animal food supply. The Senate unanimously approved the legislation one day later as an amendment to a broad bill regarding the Food and Drug Administration (S. 1082).

The HSUS Works with Senators to Help Control Contamination

April 24, 2007
Senators Richard Durbin (D-Ill.) and Maria Cantwell (D-WA) sent a letter on April 23 to FDA Commissioner Andrew von Eschenbach asking him to identify the companies that received contaminated rice protein shipments from China and to request that the FDA identify and inspect all suspect pet food ingredients imported by the United States.

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The HSUS Works With Congress to Push for Inspections in China

April 20, 2007
Sen. Richard Durbin (D-Ill.) and Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) met with FDA Commissioner Andrew von Eschenbach on April 18 to discuss the latest pet food recall caused by contaminated rice protein concentrate imported from China.

In the meeting, Durbin and DeLauro learned that the Chinese government has blocked requests from the FDA to send personnel to China to inspect the facilities suspected of producing the contaminated products. The FDA first contacted the Chinese government on April 4, but has not been granted permission to send food inspectors into the country.

In response, Durbin and DeLauro sent a letter [PDF] to the Chinese ambassador to the United States urging the Chinese government to issue visas to U.S. food inspectors as quickly as possible. They asked that the Chinese government allow inspectors in and that the Chinese ambassador to the United States meet with Congresswoman DeLauro and Senator Durbin to discuss the larger issue of contaminated food being sent to the U.S.

Urge Your Members of Congress to Support Changes in the Pet Food Industry

April 12, 2007
The U.S. Senate held an oversight hearing on April 12 concerning the ongoing investigation into the pet food industry and the regulatory mechanisms that govern it. Witnesses at the hearing included FDA officials, who were questioned about the timeline of the investigation, the source of the contamination, and the agency's regulatory and inspection responsibilities. Outside experts discussed the state of the pet food industry and the regulatory or resource shortfalls that may have led to the recall.

Join The HSUS in our call for increased pet food safety. Use our sample letter [PDF] or write your own letter and contact your legislators to urge them to push for stronger pet food safety standards.

The HSUS Presses Menu Foods CEO for More Information

April 3, 2007
Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of The HSUS, sent a letter [PDF] to the CEO of Menu Foods Income Fund on April 3, expressing concern over the delay in information for pet owners and asking that immediate updates on the status of the investigation be provided to consumers.

The HSUS Works With Congress for Long-Term Solution

March 23, 2007
The HSUS is working with members of Congress to find a long-term solution to improve regulation in the pet food industry.

Sen. Richard Durbin (D-Ill.) and Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) sent a letter [PDF] to the commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration March 23 asking for full details of the investigation into the pet food contamination.

Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) sent a letter [PDF] to the president and CEO of Menu Foods Income Fund March 23 asking for detailed information explaining the contamination and subsequent recall of Menu Foods' pet food products.

The HSUS Demands Answers from Menu Foods

March 29, 2007
The HSUS is demanding more information about how the accidental poisoning took place, what details are known to date, and what steps Menu Foods is taking to ensure that dogs and cats are safe.

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