FDA Launches Pet Food Safety Reporting Website

A new website has been launched to provide a mechanism for reporting safety problems related to animal drugs, pet food and pet treats.

The new Safety Reporting Portal (SRP) website, launched on Monday by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH), will eventually provide a method for the reporting of pre- and post-market safety data to the federal government. Pet owners and veterinarians will be able to use the portal to report product problems with pet foods and pet treats, and animal drug manufacturers can report adverse drug events associated with animal drugs. In the future, the system will encompass safety problems arising from products regulated by a broad array of federal agencies.

The FDA says that this is a first step toward a common electronic reporting system that will offer one-stop shopping, allowing an individual to file a single report to multiple agencies that may have an interest in the event. The portal will ultimately enhance the government’s systematic analysis of safety information, which will benefit public health. In the meantime, the new portal redirects individuals who want to submit reports about other products regulated by FDA, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Environmental Protection Agency or the Consumer Product Safety Commission to the appropriate contact.

"The portal will be a key detection tool in improving the country’s nationwide surveillance system and will strengthen our ability to protect the nation’s health," said Commissioner of Food and Drugs Margaret A. Hamburg. "We will now be able to analyze human and animal safety-related events more quickly and identify those measures needed to protect the public."

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