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FDA: Tainted pet food more dangerous to people than pets

Answers Pet Food got some questions recently from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which it probably did not want to hear.

Samples of Detailed Answers Chicken Formula dog food taken by FDA last Oct. 5 returned positive for Salmonella Enteritis. The FDA sent Lystn LLC, which does business as Answers Pet Food, a warning letter on March 17 because the contamination was discovered.

girlfeedsdogs_406x250“FDA’s concerns with Salmonella-contaminated pet foods are two-fold: safety of the animals consuming the product and safety of the humans in the same household, “ FDA said in the warning letter.

“It is more common to have human illnesses linked to contaminated pet food or treats than it is to have animal illness. The association between human outbreaks of salmonellosis and Salmonella-contaminated pet foods is well established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).”

FDA’s warning says Animal Pet Food responded in writing to its inspection observations, but has not gone far enough in addressing the corrective actions required to clean the Salmonella from its facilities.

Its says based on its Sept. 3-30, 2015 inspection, the Answers facility in Fleetwood, PA, is producing pet food FDA finds to be adulterated and it for interstate commerce.

FDA questions the pet food company’d reliance on two food additives — cultured whey and montmorillonite — to control “harmful bacteria.” FDA says that’s “beyond their established intended use.”

Also getting an FDA warning letter, which was also recently released to public, was Bruce P.  Vanda Hey in Wrightstown, WS.

His dairy sold an animal for slaughter as human food that in post mortem were found to contain residue of the animal drug oxytetracycline at 121.17 parts per million (ppm) in the kidney tissue. The limit is 12 PPM.

Oxytetracycline is a broad-spectrum antibiotic, active against a wide variety of bacteria. However, some strains of bacteria have developed resistance to this antibiotic, which has reduced its effectiveness for treating some types of infections.

FDA also said the Wisconsin diary lacks controls to prevent medicated animals from entering the food supply.

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