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The FDA’s Pink Record – Reality about Pet Meals

On February 16, 2022 the FDA posted an “Import Alert” named “Detention With out Bodily Examination of Pig Ears and Different Pet Treats Because of the Presence Of Salmonella.”

The FDA provides clarification for the alert that the treats have a historical past of contamination with Salmonella, imported from quite a few international locations.

The import alert explains: “Divisions could detain, with out bodily examination, the recognized pet deal with merchandise from the companies listed on the Pink Record of this import alert. describes an FDA Pink Record as “firms or merchandise that FDA has found (often by testing imported merchandise or inspecting paperwork or the ability) have beforehand exported unsafe, adulterated, misbranded, or unapproved merchandise. Pink listed firms can’t freely import into the U.S.

With this pet deal with Pink Record, the FDA has included the names of many pet deal with companies which have beforehand exported adulterated treats into the US. The Pink Record consists of quite a few firms from every of the next international locations: Argentina, Australia, Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Columbia, Germany, Hong Kong, Iceland, India, Kyrgystan, Mexico, Nepal, New Zealand, Paraguay, Peru, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Venezuela, and Vietnam.

Being on the Pink Record requires an organization to show to the FDA their merchandise are secure and the corporate has corrected the issue – on this case the pathogenic micro organism drawback – earlier than the corporate is allowed to distribute and promote their merchandise to pet homeowners.

The FDA requires firms on the Pink Record to…

1. The agency should present proof that it has recognized the supply of the issue and has taken acceptable steps to stop future occurrences. This ought to be documented by:

a. Outcomes of the agency’s investigation(s) into the issue of Salmonella contamination.

b. Documentation exhibiting corrective motion(s). This could embrace at a minimal:

1) an outline of the present course of(es) getting used;
2) verification that the method is satisfactory; and
3) measures which were taken to stop recontamination.

c. Copies of three (3) manufacturing data exhibiting at a minimal, the method, portions processed, lot numbers and dates of processing,


2. Requests to take away a single product would require documentation exhibiting {that a} minimal of 5 (5) consecutive, non-violative shipments have been launched primarily based on personal laboratory analyses. Requests to take away a number of merchandise from a producer would require a minimal of twelve (12) non-violative shipments consultant of merchandise coated by detention with out bodily examination.

The Pink Record program seems to be an important effort by FDA to carry producers accountable for the security of their merchandise. However…

Why isn’t there a Pink Record program for made within the US and distributed within the US pet merchandise?

As instance…

What if after the Hill’s Science Weight loss plan extra vitamin D recall in 2019, Hill’s was placed on a US made and distributed Pink Record. What if Hill’s couldn’t distribute any pet meals following that recall till they proved to FDA “acceptable steps to stop future occurrences” have been taken. What if Hill’s had to offer to FDA unbiased lab outcomes {that a} minimal of 5 consecutive batches of pet meals contained correct ranges of vitamin D earlier than they might put any pet meals again on retailer cabinets.

Or…what if Midwestern Pet Meals – after the December 2020 aflatoxin recall would have been placed on a Pink Record. What if they might have been required to withdraw all pet merchandise from retailer cabinets till they proved they might correctly check their pet meals stopping one other lethal recall.

And…what if there was a US made and distributed pet product Pink Record that any pet proprietor might publicly entry – see the names of all the manufacturers of merchandise which are identified by FDA to have bought a danger product, and are pressured to show to the company they’ve corrected the issue.

What number of pet’s lives can be saved if FDA held US manufactured and distributed pet meals/treats to the identical security requirements they’re holding imported pet treats to? Why isn’t this similar program utilized uniformly throughout all pet merchandise for all dangers (not solely Salmonella)?

When you’d wish to see the FDA’s Pink Record utilized to all pet merchandise, each imported and made within the US, for all identified dangers – please inform the FDA. Ship them an e-mail at:

Wishing you and your pet one of the best –

Susan Thixton
Pet Meals Security Advocate
Affiliation for Reality in Pet Meals

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