The consumer world is full of product recalls. Infant cribs, venetian blinds and some Toyotas have been recalled recently. And who can forget the recent recalls of spinach, peanuts, and beef?
Naturally, for concerned pet owners pet food recalls are very important–or at least they have become very important since the mother of all pet food recalls a few years ago. But keeping track of pet food recalls can be difficult and complicated. Simply put, there have been too many of them to remember.
Enter the Food and Drug Administration. The FDA has launched a new, searchable database that includes 971 recalls since January 1, 2006. (The database only goes back four years. If you have pet food from before then, I urge you to throw it away now for reasons completely unrelated to recalls!)
The number 971 sounds quite scary indeed. If you’re thinking of circumventing this problem by making your pet’s food, remember that recalls of human food are stunningly common as well. (Remember the beef recall mentioned above? Beef is a common ingredient in home-made pet food.) Fortunately, the FDA has a database for human food recalls as well.