Feds Face Pressure on Pet Food Regs

Animal protection groups are pressing for strict new pet food labeling restrictions as part of a long overdue federal rule now in the works.

But the producers of U.S. –made cat chow and dog kibble are raising concerns that looming labeling regulations for its products will too closely resemble nutrition information required on the food people eat.

The Food and Drug Administration regulations, due out in the coming months, fulfill a mandate from 2007 legislation requiring updated nutritional and ingredient information on pet food.

Advocacy groups are calling upon the FDA to issue tough standards for ingredients.

“Pet food should be prohibited from having ingredients taken from 4D bins,” said Kathy Guillermo, a senior vice president at People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA.) “This is the term that refers to where they place the bodies of animals that are dead, dying and diseased.”