Representative Mike Thompson (D-CA 5th)
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FDA Negligence

Rep. Mike Thompson
Sen. Dianne Feinstein

February 24, 2013

I am writing to alert you to the serious lapse of U.S. security allowed by the Food and Drug Administration.

Of significant concern, please be aware that some of the Chinese jerky pet treat manufacturers " whose products were recently recalled, were never registered with the FDA as required by the Bioterrorism Act of 2002 or had improper registration information. One company in particular, Shandong Petswell Food Co., Liaocheng, China had shipped pet treats into U.S. ports for five years and never registered with FDA as required by the Bioterrorism Act.

In April 2012, the FDA inspected the Chinese jerky treat manufacturing plants and the agency warned several that import/export documents were not in proper (required) order. However throughout all of 2012, the FDA continued to allow these companies to import their products using false documentation, even after issuing a warning.

Jerky pet treats from three Chinese manufacturing facilities have tested to contain illegal antibiotic drug residues, yet the FDA has not warned the public or forced recall of dozens of private label brands made at these same Chinese facilities.

This is a dangerous situation not only for our pets but for U.S. citizens as well. Please assure me you will address these issues with FDA and require the agency to correct this negligence immediately. For full documentation of FDA neglect, you can read the story here:

Martinez , CA