A woman eats a cat food on a table at a food stall in New Delhi, India.
A woman cooks cat food at a restaurant in New York.
A man uses a cat bowl at a cafe in Mumbai, India, in this April 23, 2020 file photo.
The Food and Drug Administration said Monday that it had banned the sale of cat food in the U.S. for the first time in a decade after a petition from the U of M’s Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and the Center for Veterinary Science.
The Food Safety and Inspection Service said in a statement that the FDA had approved a ban on cat food for use in the United States after receiving feedback from animal scientists, consumer advocacy groups and public health experts.
The FDA also said it would revise the cat food ingredient list to make it easier for pet owners to know which foods contain the banned ingredient.
The agency said that the ban will go into effect Sept. 30, 2020.
The Food Safety & Inspection Service has been asked to revise the Food Safety Standard to reflect the changes.