FDA Goes Viral: Pet Health & Safety First

by Mary Haight on December 8, 2009

The FDA conference call to introduce their new Pet Health & Safety widget for blogs and other websites has ended with another avenue to help maximize transparency and speed important alerts to end users. This is in itself a good idea to make sure life-saving information goes viral.  The alerts and tips in the widget are live and are published as the FDA receives them.  But there’s the rub.

Of course we know that FDA does not have power over corporations and must wait for the “voluntary recall” report.  We remain at the mercy of companies and whether they choose to hide and delay their announcement of product(s) problems. 

I did send a follow-up question to the panel asking  if there’s anything on the horizon that will change this calculus.  Would it be wrong of me to say don’t hold your breath?

Here’s the FDA’s press release

2 comments
Eric Goebelbecker
Eric Goebelbecker

Thanks for your reporting on this. I know someone who lost a dog during the big dog food troubles, and the speed and quality of information during that crisis was infuriating. I added the widget to my site. It's not much, but it's a start. I think congress will need to get involved before the FDA can/will go further in making the pet food companies be more proactive.

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