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  • Brindisi promotes pet treat safety

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  • UTICA — Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi, D-Utica, hopes local and national efforts will combat a trend of pets getting sick — and sometimes dying — via pet food and treats manufactured in China.
    Brindisi laid out his plan at the Stevens-Swan Humane Society, which would take part by promoting two local pet treat producers: “ADK Puppy Truffles” and “Jake’s Bakes.”
    He also announced a partnership with the humane society through the new “Buy Local” campaign to keep China-manufactured treats out of the pet adoption process.
    Since 2007, more than 3,600 dogs and cats’ illnesses have been traced back by the Food and Drug Administration to pet treat manufacturers based in China, and nearly 600 of those pets have died, according to a release from Brindisi’s office. The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets forced voluntary recalls on some brands in January 2013, and the FDA reported a drop in instances, the release said.
    On Oct. 29, the FDA published changes in the Food and Safety Modernization Act, which would require companies selling pet food in the U.S. to follow specific sanitation and food safety regulations, the release said. But Brindisi said to take it one step further: require pet food and treat manufacturers to list the countries of origin of each ingredient they use.
    But Brindisi recommends pet owners keep a vigilant on your pet’s health as well as proactively advocating the FDA as well as food producers to be transparent about what’s in your K-9’s kibble.
    People can report cases to the FDA’s consumer complaint line at 866-446-9055.
    • Don’t substitute chicken jerky products for actual meats.
    • Pay attention to your pet’s health.
    • Report any cases to the FDA.
    • Share all information with your pet’s vet.
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