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Pet Food Blog Features Article by Wiley Rein Attorneys
July 10, 2013

An article written by Wiley Rein Food & Drug Law attorneys Sonali P. Gunawardhana and James N. Czaban was featured by Petfood Industry’s editor-in-chief, Debbie Phillips-Donaldson, in a blog about what “seismic” regulatory changes affecting the U.S. food industry could mean for the safety of food for animals, as well as for humans.

After the 2011 passage of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has taken new initiatives to change its role in monitoring the country’s food supply. Earlier this year, the FDA issued a report to Congress about how it intends to implement FSMA. The report sets goals for the agency, including taking a proactive approach to governing how food companies and suppliers operate.

Ms. Gunawardhana’s and Mr. Czaban’s article, “What FSMA Really Tells Us about the Focus of Food Safety,” appeared in the June/July issue of Food Safety Magazine. Ms. Phillips-Donaldson, touting their article, notes the FDA is transferring primary responsibility of food safety from the government to domestic and international producers. This will also impact pet food manufacturers.

Mr. Czaban—chair of the firm’s Food & Drug Law Practice—and Ms. Gunawardhana quoted FDA Deputy Commissioner for Foods Michael Taylor in their article, as excerpted on “Stated in the simplest terms, the recognized solution to the problem of foodborne illness is a comprehensive prevention strategy that involves all participants in the food system, domestic and foreign, doing their part to minimize the likelihood of harmful contamination,” Mr. Taylor said.

For more information, please contact Sonali P. Gunawardhana at 202.719.7454 or