Food Safety Modernization Act, FSMA, pet food, product recalls, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, FDA, Center for Veterinary Medicine, CVM

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Eight years after the largest pet food recall in U.S. history,' pet owners are still grappling with mysterious pet illnesses and deaths associated with commercial pet food. This comment discusses a number of issues related to the Food Safety Modernization Act ("FSMA") . First, it looks at a brief history of pet food industry regulation. Second, it examines the mystery of pet deaths related to jerky treats made in China. Third, it discusses recent developments in the law in response to those pet deaths. Fourth, it considers the implications of the rule and how it will affect the standards applicable to the manufacturing and processing of pet food. Finally, this comment proposes additional changes that should be promulgated in the wake of frequent recalls.