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FDA proposes new rules for pet food

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The Federal Government has safety regulations for the food that you eat, but what about your pet?

The Food and Drug Administration is proposing new rules for companies that make dog and cat food.

The rules would require the same methods that keep human food safe like better sanitation.

The goal to protect animal foods from bacteria, chemicals and other contaminants.

The head of the FDA says the announcement "...addresses a critical part of the food system..."

Earlier this week the agency reported more than three-thousand pets may have gotten sick from jerky treats made in China and the U.S.

Right now there are almost no rules on pet food safety,  but the FDA has issued multiple recalls in the past few years.

Just last year, a salmonella outbreak at a facility in South Carolina led to a recall of thirty-thousand tons of dog and cat food.

Forty-seven people across the country got sick from handling that food.

The new rules would also apply to animal feed  for livestock.

People can of course become ill if they eat sick animals, so it's not just pets the FDA is worried about.

The rules still need final approval

The proposal comes amid reports that more than 36-hundred dogs and 10 cats have gotten sick after eating jerky pet treats over the past six years.

The FDA says 580 of those pets have died.

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