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FDA proposes tougher rules on pet food safety

FDA proposes tougher rules on pet food safety

The government on Friday moved to protect America's pets by proposing tougher rules for how their food is manufactured.

The new Food and Drug Administration regulations would establish production guidelines to help prevent harmful bacteria and other contaminants from tainting pet food and animal feed. The aim is to reduce food-borne illness that could harm people as well as animals.

The announcement comes as the FDA continues to grapple with a widespread outbreak of illness linked to imported jerky treats. About 3,600 dogs and even a few cats have been sickened since 2007 after eating the Chinese-made products; nearly 600 pets have died.

The agency has yet to determine...

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