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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 11-27-2018, 07:10 PM Thread Starter
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Senator Deletes Pet Food Safety Law

Senator Rand Paul deliberately introduced legislation deleting pet food safety law and denying pet owners the right to know what’s in their pet food.

Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky, a physician that should understand the necessity of food safety, recently submitted an addendum to Congress that resulted in the complete destruction of pet food safety promised pet owners for nine years. Senator Paul’s bill, Section 306 of H.R. 5554 – completely ignored safety laws promised pet owners after the deadliest pet food recall in history and assured a Kentucky-linked private corporation would continue to be allowed to write and profit from law making.


Senator Paul explained away the devastating addendum as conflict of interest telling constituents the 2007 pet food safety laws “has called into question FDA’s longstanding relationship with the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO), a voluntary membership association that maintains a published list of animal food ingredient definitions.”


There it is. Senator Rand Paul took intentional action to protect the profits of AAFCO while ignoring the safety of pet food and ignoring the needs of millions of pet food consumers.


Background.
On March 16, 2007 a pet food recall announced by Menu Foods turned into the deadliest recall in history. The FDA reported more than 8,500 pets died in 2007, but actual pet death counts are far higher. Some estimate hundreds of thousands of pets died due to the melamine poisoned pet food in 2007.
In response to the massive number of pet deaths, Congress wrote “Ensuring the Safety of Pet Food“ laws included in the Food and Drug Administration Amendments Act of 2007. These laws were written in an effort to prevent another pet food disaster. The laws – Section 1002 (a) of the Act stated:
“Not later than 2 years after September 27, 2007, the Secretary of Health and Human Services (referred to in this chapter as the “Secretary”), in consultation with the Association of American Feed Control Officials and other relevant stakeholder groups, including veterinary medical associations, animal health organizations, and pet food manufacturers, shall by regulation establish-
  1. ingredient standards and definitions with respect to pet food;
  2. processing standards for pet food; and
  3. updated standards for the labeling of pet food that include nutritional and ingredient information.”
To emphasize the significance of these pet food laws we were given back in 2007…thousands of pets died due to unscrupulous Chinese suppliers that added a plastic component melamine to common pet food ingredients such as wheat gluten. The added melamine resulted in kidney blockage and death of the pets consuming the tainted ingredient pet foods. In 2007 Congress recognized that pet food ingredients had no ‘standard’ of quality and wrote laws requiring FDA to establish the needed quality standards (required to be completed by September 2009). Using the same wheat gluten example – a standard would require pet food wheat gluten to be 100% pure wheat gluten instead of part wheat gluten and part melamine as what happened in 2007. A pet food ingredient standard would also require meat ingredients to be sourced from slaughtered, healthy animals instead of diseased and non-slaughtered animals that are allowed by FDA now.
But…because of the actions by Senator Rand Paul, pet owners lost what we were promised in 2007.


In 2007 Congress also recognized pet food labels do not give consumers adequate information to make their purchasing decisions on. Law passed by Congress required FDA to provide consumers more information on the pet food label; “nutritional and ingredient information”. And, in 2007 Congress recognized that pet owners have no public access to pet food ingredient definitions. Congress required FDA to update pet food definitions – which would have finally taken ownership of pet food ingredient definitions away from AAFCO providing public access to pet owners.


And now we’ve reached the bottom line. Now we know why Senator Paul of Kentucky single-handedly submitted an addendum to destroy pet food safety. It’s all about money. AAFCO’s money.


The University of Kentucky is the regulatory body over pet food – not the State Department of Agriculture as in most other states. In Kentucky, a public university that openly accepts financial donations from the pet food industry is who writes pet food law through AAFCO and enforces law in the state. And it just so happens that a University of Kentucky employee (see article for name) – is the chair of the AAFCO pet food committee.


Senator Rand Paul actions protected the financial interests of the private corporation AAFCO – assumed at the request of the University of Kentucky Regulatory Services – instead of protecting pet food safety and the Freedom of Information rights of every pet owner in the US.


I think it is time for Senator Paul to hear from us. He needs to hear pet owner stories of sick pets, pet deaths, your struggles to find a safe pet food. He needs to hear about the misleading pet food labels, the illegal ingredients such as euthanized animal meat allowed in pet food. He needs to hear your frustration about FDA’s lack of enforcement of law and the absurdity of a private corporation writing and owning pet food laws.
Email Senator Paul here: see article for email address.
Phone number for his Washington DC office: see article for phone number.

And one more step – sign the petition to demand that Senator Rand Paul reintroduce the pet food safety laws Ensuring the Safety of Pet Food requiring FDA to complete the task in 6 months or less. See article to sign petition


READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE: Senator Rand Paul Destroyed Pet Food Safety ? Truth about Pet Food
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 11-27-2018, 07:20 PM
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figures, corporate profits are numero uno especially these days.
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the deep pockets have always run things. It is the people who can afford to pay big into re-elections funds that get what they want. So we can pester these people all day long and they'll shake their heads, "yes, yes" but it takes getting someone with a big purse to lobby. I hate the idea of lobbies money running things but that is the way of the world.

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Not one article offers the text of what was removed or even if it was removed. This seems awfully political in how it was reported. I found only three articles and not one says in detail or even in the exact words what he supppsedly did. Until I know what was removed I’m not going to get worked up over articles written by websites with their own agendas.

If there were good laws protecting pet food, why have there been so many serious recalls since it was first introduced in 2007? Maybe the original laws weren’t so good after all. Wasn’t the point to stop the need for recalls at all?
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Careful folks!Any political discussion must be dog related ONLY.Many of us have strong opinions regarding government and politics but we aren't allowed to express them on this board.
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