According to reports in the US media, two senators asked the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to increase its oversight of pet food. The reason for this is the lawsuit accusing Nestle Purina Beneful of harming and killing dogs, a claim which the company has rejected as baseless.
Senators Dianne Feinstein and Dick Durbin have nevertheless sent a letter to the FDA asking it to investigate the claims as well as provide an update on how it is implementing previous laws that require contamination-prevention measures in pet food. To our knowledge, the FDA has not issued any investigations, warnings, consumer guidance, or product recalls to address these alarming issues.
The letter cites legislation that Congress passed in 2007. The FDA Amendments Act of 2007 required various changes, such as improving regulations for pet food safety, strengthening labelling requirements, establishing an early warning system for contaminated products and setting ingredient and processing standards.