FDA: Post consumer warnings where we can see them!
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Dr. Margaret Hamburg, Commissioner
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Brian L. Pendleton , Senior Policy Advisor 
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Kim Young, Deputy Director, Division of Compliance 
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Bernadette M. Dunham, DVM, PhD, Center for Veterinary Medicine Director
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Michael Taylor, Deputy Commissioner for Foods and Veterinary Medicine
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Tracey H. Forfa, J.D., Deputy Director
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
William T. Flynn DVM, MS, Deputy Director for Science Policy
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Catherine P. Beck, Associate Director for Policy and Communications
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Sharon Natanblut, Program Manager of Communications
U.S Senate
The Honorable Charles Schumer
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The Honorable Kurt Schrader
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Office of Congressman Ted Yoho
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The Honorable Tom Vilsack, Secretary of Agriculture
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Senator Tom Harkin (IA)
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William V. Corr, J.D., Deputy Secretary (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services)
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The Honorable Sherrod Brown (U.S Senate)
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Senator Tim Johnson (SD) (FDA Subcommittee)
Nestlé Purina PetCare Company
Keith M. Schopp, Vice President, Corporate Public Relations
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The Honorable Barbara Boxer (U.S Senate)
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Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand

FDA: Post consumer warnings where we can see them!

    1. Tracey Bagatta
    2. Petition by

      Tracey Bagatta

      Center Moriches, NY

Every day, every person in this country faces potentially lethal food products. You and your loved ones are at risk every time you bring home groceries!

Have you heard of the FDA Reportable Food Registry that lists products that have a “reasonable probability of causing serious adverse effects”? I had never even heard of it - and it cost my dog his life. Will my children, spouse, parents or friends be the next victims?

Bella, Cali, Ginger, Heidi, Sampson, Sarge, Shelbie… These are just a few of the over 3,500 dogs reported to have been sickened or killed by chicken jerky dog treats – with untold thousands unreported. How could this happen – and still be happening? The answer: The warnings about this danger are ONLY available on the FDA website.

My name is Ray Parker, and my beloved companion Sarge was a victim. Days after eating one of these treats, days of suffering, we had to make the heartbreaking decision to let him go. I had no idea that there was (and still is) a major ongoing investigation by the FDA - there was no warning on the package nor was there any warning posted on the shelf where they were displayed. Searching for answers, I went to my computer. I learned -- too late – that the FDA has been investigating jerky treats for years!

The danger doesn't stop at pet treats. Prescription drugs, baby formula, black licorice and pet treats are just some of items that are currently under FDA Advisory. The only way to find these warnings is to search on-line. The average consumer doesn't compare their grocery list to the FDA website, nor should they be expected to do so. And if you don't have internet access, how are you supposed to learn what products might be putting your family at risk?

The FDA has always claimed their hands are tied when it comes to warning consumers about reported products at the point of sale, but this is no longer true. In 2011, Congress finally enacted - and President Obama signed into law - the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) which explicitly gives the FDA this authority.

With just a simple piece of paper posted on store shelves, millions of American families can be spared the consequences of purchasing potentially dangerous products. There are so many loopholes that allow hazards to reach our homes and families. This is our last line of defense!

I believe that the FDA has the responsibility to inform consumers of possible risks and we have the RIGHT to make informed decisions. A trip to the grocery store should not be deadly! If you agree, please join us in signing this petition demanding that the FDA and your representatives:


• IMPLEMENT FSMA SECTION 211 requiring warnings to be prominently displayed in stores.


• AMEND FSMA SECTION 211 to include all retailers, not just major chains.


• SPECIFY THAT WRITTEN WARNINGS must be displayed with the affected product, not just at the cash register.

 

THANK YOU FOR ADDING YOUR VOICE TO OURS!

(If you have been a victim of the FDA’s warning system, please share your story in the comments. To learn more about our group, the link between jerky pet treats and illnesses, or the Food Safety Modernization Act, see the links under “News” at the bottom of the petition page.)

 

S. Raymond Parker

Co-Administrator of ‘Animal Parents Against Pet Treats Made in China!’

Recent signatures

    News

    1. THANK YOU!! YOUR SIGNATURE WAS DELIVERED - AND IT WORKED!!

      Tracey Bagatta
      Petition organiser

      Consumer rights group Food & Water Watch delivered our petition to the FDA:
      http://tinyurl.com/FWW-APAPTMIC-FDA

      Please read this - there is ONE MORE important (and easy) job that must be done! The FDA issued this update, the final step to actually get this implemented:

      FDA Seeks Input on Information to be Submitted to FDA's Reportable Food Registry and Used to Notify Consumers in Grocery Stores:
      http://www.fda.gov/Food/NewsEvents/ConstituentUpdates/ucm390447.htm

      So, we need YOU! We need EVERYONE to comment!
      Be heard - Go today and comment! Hurry, the deadline is 06/09/2014!

      Urge them to move forward as quickly as possible to implement Section 211 of FSMA. Tell them that Americans deserve to be fully informed about the dangers of the products we buy. PLEASE SHARE with everyone you can, including on Facebook, Twitter and email.

      Here is the link to make your important comment:
      http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=FDA-2013-N-0590-0001

      22,000 Americans Tell FDA to Protect Consumers From Risky Pet Treats from China

      Food & Water Watch delivers petitions on behalf of Animal Parents Against Pet Treats & Food Made in China Washington, D.C.-Today, Food & Water Watch, on behalf of Animal Parents Against Pet Treats & Food Made In China (APAPTFMIC) presented officials of the U.S.

    2. Reached 20,000 signatures
    3. Contact us:

      Tracey Bagatta
      Petition organiser

      https://www.facebook.com/pages/Animal-Parents-Against-Pet-Treats-and-Food-Made-in-China/235390426550583

      Email: Safe4pups@gmail.com
      Twitter: https://twitter.com @AniParent
      Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/aniparent/

      About us: We are a group of grieving pet parents who were brought together by the tragedy of tainted dog treats. We found each other while desperately searching the internet for answers. In January 2012, we created our group, which now has over 6,200 active members. We are so proud of our part in an amazing victory in this battle: In January 2013, the three largest suppliers of imported Chicken Jerky Treats: Waggin’ Train, Canyon Creek and Milo’s Kitchen, voluntarily withdrew them – the treats that we believe killed our pets. However, the war is FAR from over. If only we would have been warned at the place of purchase, we might have been spared the many, many tears we have shed, grieving our lost dogs.

      Animal Parents Against Pet Treats and Food Made in China

      Keep our pets safe by removing pet treats and foods that have been manufactured in China or using...

    4. Learn More:

      Tracey Bagatta
      Petition organiser
      Voluntary Recalls of Pet Food From China Are Not Enough to Protect Nation's Pets | Food & Water Watch

      Yesterday, Nestle Purina Petcare Company announced it will recall their Waggin' Train and Canyon Creek Ranch dog treat brands and Delmonte announced it will recall its Milo's Chicken Jerky Treats and Chicken Grillers because of residues of an undisclosed antibiotic. This is a long overdue step to protect pets from unsafe imports.

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    Reasons for signing

    • Cynthia Ferguson LOUISVILLE, KY
      • 7 days ago

      With just a simple piece of paper posted on store shelves, millions of American families can be spared the consequences of purchasing potentially dangerous products. There are so many loopholes that allow hazards to reach our homes and families. This is our last line of defense!

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    • amanda nooitgedagt WEBSTER, NY
      • 7 days ago

      We should know what the warnings are on food that we are consuming each and every day.

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    • Douglas Gonzalez LAS VEGAS, NV
      • 8 days ago

      The FDA is all kinds of backwards.

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    • Carol Neumann GOLETA, CA
      • 10 days ago

      We have a right to know what is in the food we purchase and consume for our family and pets.

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    • Olivia Miller OCALA, FL
      • 10 days ago

      we have a right to know what we are eating

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