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Keeping Track of Recalls
FDA compiles pet food recalls in a searchable database

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently launched a searchable pet food recall database, similar to the resource that already exists for humans. The database contains the 971 pet food recalls that have occurred since the beginning of 2006. It’s scary to think that there have been almost a thousand recalls in the past four years alone.

I’m glad, however, to see that the FDA is responding to the growing need for resources like the new database and the Pet Health and Safety Widget that they created last year. The best part about the pet food recall database is the ability to easily see if a company has a bad track record, information that everyone should have at their fingertips. I’m hoping that the FDA will make a similar database for pet drug recalls.

I’ve always relied on the FDA web site and various dog e-mail lists to keep myself informed of the latest recalls. The database and the widget definitely make this easier. How do you stay on top of the growing list of recalls?

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JoAnna Lou is a New York City-based researcher, writer and agility enthusiast.

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Submitted by Carolyn | February 1 2010 |

These look like great resources, thanks. I live outside the US and don't often buy commercial pet products, preferring to make my own. I live in a developing country and if there are problems with imported pet items from other countries in North America, there is a fair amount of "dumping" of substandard imports here (expired, poor quality, contaminated, etc. -- and for humans too!). Still, these websites are a great way to protect your pets and make more informed choices about what to buy.

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