Editorial September 2007 Issue

In Dog Food We Trust

What’s being done to restore confidence in the dog food market?

How many dogs and cats died as a result of contaminated pet foods early this year? It’s become clear that we will probably never know. Last May, Michael Rogers, director of the Division of Field Investigations for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), said in a telephone conference that the agency received as many as 18,000 calls about the recalled foods, with as many as 50 percent “alleging” an animal death. “Certainly as part of a longer-term process, the agency is going to be evaluating this data, and we’ll certainly come out with a final characterization of – in total the number of confirmed deaths associated with these recalled products,” he said.

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