Pet food manufacturers that are selling antibiotics to animals could be in violation of federal food safety rules, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced today.

The announcement came in response to a complaint filed by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) regarding products that are marketed to animals as being “for human consumption.”

The FDA found that the companies have been selling their pet food without labeling the presence of antibiotics, and in doing so, they have knowingly been breaking federal law.

According to the FDA, companies must list the presence and frequency of antibiotic use on all products sold to pets.

In addition, the FDA noted that many of the products advertised as containing pet food are actually manufactured by pet food manufacturers, and the products do not require the labeling of the presence or frequency of antibiotics.

The FDA’s announcement comes after the HSUS filed a complaint in March with the FDA alleging that many pet food companies are selling products that do not disclose the presence, frequency, or source of antibiotic products.

The complaint stated that pet food marketed as containing antibiotics, marketed to pets, may contain potentially harmful substances, including antibiotics.

“These products are not intended for human consumption, but should be sold to pet owners as ‘human-safe,’ ” the FDA stated.

“While it may be difficult to know for sure what’s in the products we’re investigating, the consumer should know the source of the antibiotics in their pet’s food.”

FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said that the agency will continue to take action to protect the public, especially those pets who are at high risk of infection.

The agency said it will continue working with the U.S. Department of Agriculture to identify pet food producers that have violated federal food product safety rules and take actions to protect pet owners.

“As the food industry moves forward, we must take all necessary steps to ensure the safety of pet food,” Gottliebs said.

“In the interim, we will continue our investigation to ensure that all products are labeled appropriately.”

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