The Food and Drug Administration is taking action afterthe recent recalls of certain pet treats, due to illness, and even death in some dogs and cats.
A proposed regulation for safe animal food manufacturing isnow open for public comment.
Kansas State University veterinarian Susan Nelson says thisnew regulation is a way for the FDA to be more proactive in protecting ouranimals.
Last month, the FDA issued a warning to veterinarians that jerky treats from China have been reported for making pets sick, though the cause of the illnesses remains unknown.
Now, as part of the Food Safety Modernization Act the FDA is working on a law that will regulate themanufacturing practices of pet food and treats before they hit the shelves in order toensure the products are safe.
It would apply to facilities that process, pack, and holdingredients as well as finished products intended to be fed to livestock, pets orother animals.
Nelson says it will take some times for manufacturers to be able to comply with the changes, but they would be given a grace period to get up and running with the new standards.
The new regulation is open to public comment until Feb. 26, 2014 and then it would take about 60 days to put into law.
Comments about the proposal can be made at the federal register website.