How to protect your baby from dog poop
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday announced a policy change to its pet food that could be a boon for pets.
The FDA said it will require all pet foods made before Jan. 1, 2021, to have a dog-specific ingredient, including a dog milk formula or an ingredient with a dog by-product, such as an oil.
The change is aimed at addressing a growing number of cases of diarrhea in pets.
It follows a number of food-related recalls in recent years, including one in the fall that involved two-year-old puppies.
The rule change was made after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 2015 issued a report that found dog-based dog food to be the most common cause of diarrhea.
The new policy will help pets avoid dog poop, which has been linked to serious illness, including canine encephalitis, a form of pneumonia that is not infectious.
It’s not clear how many dogs could be affected, or how long the change will last.
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations said the changes would be a significant boon to pet owners.
“With the FDA’s new rule, the veterinary community can be confident that it will be effective in protecting the health and welfare of pets, including those with serious food-borne illness,” said the organization’s spokesman, Christopher Thompson.
The group said the new rule will help to lower the risk of foodborne illness, especially among infants and toddlers.
The U.N. Food Authority has estimated that the use of dog food products as pet food has contributed to an estimated $3.6 billion to the worldwide economic losses associated with dog diarrhea.