The resurgence of recalls and dog illnesses related to pentobarbital contamination of pet foodsstartled Steven Solomon, D.V.M., now in his second year as director of the Center for Veterinary Medicine in the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (F.D.A.). The cycle of pentobarbital-related recalls needs to be halted with preventive…

Establishing risk-based preventive controls designed to protect your animal food and the
consumer (humans purchasing the animal food and animals consuming the food) from
biological, chemical (including radiological), and physical hazards, enables you to apply a
proactive and systematic approach to your food safety program. Risk-based preventive controls
will not give you a zero-risk system for manufacturing, processing, packing, and holding animal
food; rather, risk-based preventive controls are designed to minimize the risk of known or
reasonably foreseeable animal food hazards that may cause illness or injury to humans or
animals if they are present in the animal food you produce.

This guidance document covers facilities that manufacture, process, pack, or hold food intended
for all animal species including food-producing animals (e.g., livestock, poultry, and aquaculture
species), companion animals (e.g., dogs, cats, horses, and guinea pigs), laboratory animals, and
animals maintained in zoological parks. “Animal food” means food for animals other than man
and includes pet food, animal feed, and raw materials and ingredients

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