Monday, October 1, 2007

Legislation and Lawsuit re: pet food recalls

The South Florida Sun Sentinel reports here on the call by pet owners and animal advocates to require better labels on pet foods after recent recalls. According to the story, a food and drug safety bill recently passed that includes requirements that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration draft pet food labeling standards within the next two years. Senator Dick Durbin from Illinois, who sponsored the legislation, stated "This year's recall demonstrated that the current system of voluntary standards clearly failed to protect animals from unsafe food."

The article also comments on lawsuit filed on behalf of 24 pet owners in the U.S. Southern District of Florida. The case, which is still waiting on class certification, asks for unspecified damages for false advertising. Cathy MacIvor of the Miami law firm Maltzman Foreman is quoted in the article as stating: "People think of their pets like their children, which is why this Menu Foods thing is so devastating. If they want to put a lot of garbage in their food, OK, but people deserve to know what they are getting." A copy of the complaint along with other documentation is available at the firm's website here.

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