The FDA’s new policy approach to criminal sanctions was recently announced in written statements issued by the U.S. Department of Justice.
“We have not yet witnessed the FDA bring criminal charges against any pet food companies or executives (as of April 2016, as we go to press),” Stevens points out. “But, given what the agency is doing to food companies generally, I expect that if it can be shown that a pet food was linked to a human illness, the agency will take the same approach.”
As a result, he counsels, it is critical for pet food manufacturers to begin sampling their production environment and making any necessary changes to control potential issues before FDA arrives to inspect the facility and begins sampling itself. “Preparing for your next FDA inspection today may save you from a massive recall tomorrow,” Stevens emphasizes.