The Food Safety Innovation Act of 2017 (FSIA) is the first of its kind in the United States and was signed into law by President Donald Trump on December 19, 2018.
The legislation includes provisions designed to make it easier for consumers to purchase and use pet food that is certified organic, and to ensure that pet food manufacturers comply with federal and state laws and regulations, such as those governing food safety and the safety of food-contaminated soil.
As part of the FSIA, pet food sellers can now sell products that are 100% pet-owned and organic.
The Act also requires pet food producers to report to the federal government and the Department of Agriculture any significant deviations in quality from the standards set forth in the FSII that are attributable to human error, neglect, or deliberate fraud.
In addition, the FSIO requires pet foods to meet certain requirements in order to be eligible for certification.
The FSIO also requires the manufacturers to obtain approval from a third party and to demonstrate that their products are safe and effective before the agency can issue the food product.
The law also provides an additional safeguard against recalls, which the Food and Drug Administration has said is necessary to protect consumers.
The FDA has issued two safety warnings about pet food recalls in the last decade, in 2016 and 2017, which were largely attributable to pet food companies using ingredients from animal-derived ingredients.
However, there is still an ongoing problem with pet food manufacturing that is not being reported to the government, according to Pet Foods Action League, which is advocating for the legislation.
“The pet food industry has been lobbying the USDA to protect pet food ingredients from recalls for years, and now we have a chance to protect them from another disaster, this time by signing the FSISA,” Pet Foods’ Matt Schmack told ABC News.
Schmack, who works as a policy analyst with Pet Foods and was formerly an FDA deputy commissioner, is currently working on a study of pet food recall safety.
“We are hopeful the FSIS can be passed by Congress, but there is a lot of work to be done to ensure pet food is safe for consumers,” he said.
Pet Foods Action Lab co-founder, Joanne Ehrhardt, also said the new law will not be an easy task.
“There are a lot more steps that need to be taken by pet food makers to be compliant with the FSIII, and that includes making sure their products have been evaluated for quality by independent experts and testing their ingredients,” she said.
“While we appreciate that the legislation protects the integrity of pet foods, there are still more steps to be completed before we can move forward.”