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ANSWERS Pet Food Challenges the FDA for the Public’s Freedom to Choose Safe, Healthy, Raw Pet Food

It has filed a declaratory judgment complaint.

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(PRESS RELEASE) FLEETWOOD, PA — Lystn, LLC d.b.a./ANSWERS Pet Food, announced that the company has filed a declaratory judgment complaint and is seeking injunctive relief against the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), in the United States Colorado District Court. The complaint challenges the lawfulness of the FDA’s actions, with cooperation provided by various members of the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO), by adopting a nationwide, zero tolerance standard for Salmonella in pet food that is noncompliant with federal law, unsupported by science, and beyond the FDA’s scope of power as delegated by Congress.

While the United States Department of Agriculture (U.S.D.A) permits allowable quantities of Salmonella in human food, the FDA who regulates pet food, rather than following federal law as set forth by the federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act (FD&C ACT), has instead adopted an unsustainable, zero tolerance standard for Salmonella presence in pet food, based on a “Non- Binding” Compliance Policy Guide (CPG). FDA guidance policies do not establish legally enforceable responsibilities, yet the adopted, supposedly non-binding CPG has the FDA taking enforcement actions against manufacturers and imposes obligations upon the manufacturer creating legal consequences flowing from it.

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The FD&C Act defines when a product is adulterated. It requires in addition to several other steps a suspected harmful substance be quantified, and a Health Hazard Evaluation be performed to determine if the product ordinarily renders it injurious to health. Currently the FDA does not follow the law for the more than 2,500 strains of Salmonella, most of which do not cause illness, but does quantify other contaminants such as aflatoxin in dry pet food, creating allowable tolerances. The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) grants the FDA authority to mandate a recall, but only after following the FD&C Act.

ANSWERS approach to food safety and controlling pathogens is unique. In lieu of using high heat, high pressure or irradiation that denatures proteins, ANSWERS employs fermentation, Hurdle Technology and other proprietary processes, to preserve the integrity of the food, controlling pathogens and potential pathogens by either eliminating them, reducing them or inhibiting growth whereby good bacteria can survive and out compete harmful bacteria.

Keith A. Hill, president of Lystn, LLC, stated, “ANSWERS Pet Food would be the first party to initiate a recall if there was any indication of one of their products being a likely health risk to either pets or their owners, but when the science proves otherwise as provided by federal law, a manufacturer should not be coerced based on administrative policy view in contrast to the law.”

A report published in 2007, “FDA Science and Mission at Risk”, cited the FDA couldn’t fulfill its mission due to such issues as: a weak scientific organizational base and structure, with insufficient capacity and capability, and an inadequate information technology infrastructure. Using the CPG is easy and inexpensive to quote, but expensive for the public to present meaningful science to challenge these guides and deprives persons their due process and right to participate in regulation. As a result, the FDA, AAFCO and participating states are deciding what the public can and should feed their pets based on administrative policy views, not science or the law- taking away the public’s freedom of food choice.

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Also addressed in the complaint, is the alleged extensive FDA regulatory abuse. ANSWERS asserts the FDA is unlawfully targeting the raw pet food industry, seeking to eradicate true, raw food from the marketplace through discriminatory and selective behavior. The FDA has been open in their bias against the raw pet food industry, despite the fact that the majority of reported illnesses occur in cooked and heavily processed food.

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Gott Pet Products Welcomes New Inside Sales Rep

She brings 15 years of experience to her new role.

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(PRESS RELEASE) Gott Pet Products, manufactures of Charlee Bear dog treats and Hound & Gatos natural food for pets, has announced that Gina Schlueter has joined the team as its inside sales and customer care representative. Schlueter brings 15 years of experience to her new role, which includes managing customer service duties as well as working closely with the supply chain.

Schluter, who holds an associate’s degree in supply chain management from Milwaukee Area Technical College and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Green Bay, is a certified continuous improvement manager.

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Prior to joining Gott Pet Products, she served as a special projects manager and supply chain manager for Malteurop, where she was responsible for planning, developing, managing and implementing the department’s standards and operating procedures, in addition to managing the procurement, customer service and logistics team.

At Gott Pet Products, Schlueter hopes to improve the internal processes and provide a better customer experience from order to delivery. When it comes to customer service and supply chain, her goal is to not only set processes in place but also document these processes for future improvement. Schluter is most excited about working with the new product introduction team, including opportunities to grow and launch new products. She is also eager to work closely with the sales team, by providing them with the support and tools they need to hit their markets more aggressively.

“Gina brings with her a great deal of knowledge and experience, and we’re excited to have her join the Gott Pet Products family,” says Patrick McGarry, general manager of Gott Pet Products. “I’m confident she will add a lot of value and make our processes more turnkey thanks to her unique ideas.”

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Pet Product Innovations Features Zen Clipper Precise at SuperZoo

It will be giving demos to show how simple the clippers are to use.

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(PRESS RELEASE) Pet Product Innovations will feature its worry-free nail trimmer, Zen Clipper Precise at SuperZoo and will be giving demos to show how simple the clippers are to use.

PPI’s Zen Clipper Precise is a game-changing product that will give pet parents the confidence and peace of mind they deserve while trimming their pet’s nails thanks to its unique feature that “Clips the Tip, Not the Quick!”

Features of the Zen Clipper Precise include:

  • First and only adjustable nail clipper that’s safe, even when your pet moves.
  • The adjustable blade limits that amount of nail being clipped.
  • Made from high-quality stainless steel for a long-lasting, sharp-clipping edge and blades.
  • The cushioned non-slip handle and stainless steel makes for a comfortable clipper that is durable, attractive and easy to use.
  • Designed in the USA.
  • Zen Clipper is especially helpful for pet owners with limited near vision since it will prevent you from cutting off too much of the nail, even if you cannot see up close.
  • Suitable for any size pet from dogs to cats, birds to reptiles!

Other PPI products that will be showcased at SuperZoo booth 1274 include: Bandana Bowl (portable water/feeding bowl and/or cooling collar), Paw Plunger (the No. 1-selling paw cleaner in America), SmartLeash (the first and only retractable leash that automatically stops your dog when running or lunging), and Venison Joe’s Gourmet Pet Chews.

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SodaPup Launches 4 Nylon Dog Toys

Each design aims to minimize destructive chewing behaviors.

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(PRESS RELEASE) SodaPup founder and CEO Adam Baker has announced that SodaPup is continuing its expansion into durable, American-made, FDA-compliant nylon toys for dogs.

“At SodaPup, we’re dedicated to creating the highest quality, safest, most innovative dog toys in the industry. In the nylon category, we continue to introduce fresh and unexpected designs to a category dominated by bone shapes,” Baker said. “There’s no evidence to suggest that dogs prefer bone shapes, so we focus on designs that will appeal to consumers and trust that dogs will like them too. We’ve also developed a one-size-fits-all design philosophy that has the two-fold benefit of maximizing a retailer’s assortment and also providing greater safety for dogs by reducing the potential choking hazard of smaller toys.”

SodaPup has five brands of dog toys, each focusing on different consumer segments and different channels of distribution. The addition of nylon toys to the current rubber toy assortment helps bring these unique brand stories to life. The latest additions include a shovel toy for the Industrial Dog brand, a paw print and a hot dog for the SodaPup brand, and a Funny Bone for the MuttsKickButt brand. Each new toy is large enough for big dogs yet thin enough for smaller dogs to enjoy. Each design also features interesting shapes and textures designed to hold a dog’s interest and minimize destructive chewing behaviors.

All SodaPup dog toys are made in the USA from FDA-compliant materials.

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