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Author Topic: Warning letter to Hill's  (Read 3397 times)
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Spartycats
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« on: November 29, 2011, 08:19:12 AM »

Marketing claims make this food a drug, per FDA

http://www.fda.gov/ICECI/EnforcementActions/WarningLetters/ucm281270.htm

"This letter is not intended to be an all-inclusive review of Hill’s Pet Nutrition’s products and their promotion. FDA has significant concerns about the promotion of other pet foods marketed by your firm. We strongly encourage you to contact Eric Nelson, Director of the Division of Compliance, at the FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine to arrange a meeting to discuss these concerns. It is your responsibility to ensure that all of your products are in compliance with the FD&C Act and its implementing regulations. Failure to promptly correct the violations specified above may result in enforcement action without further notice. Enforcement action may include seizure of violative products and/or injunction against the manufacturers and distributors of violative products."

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« Reply #1 on: November 29, 2011, 01:01:35 PM »

Is this in relation to the food for thyroid issues or in general?
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« Reply #2 on: November 29, 2011, 01:12:44 PM »

It looks like its for Science Diet Healthy Mobility Adult Dry Dog food?  Makes me wonder if the rest of the products will be looked into as well....and they should be.  Too long have pet food companies operated under their own set of rules, maybe this is the beginning of a change to that? 

ETA:  Its says "This letter covers any products marketed under the Healthy Mobility name, including Science Diet® Healthy Mobility™ Original, Science Diet® Healthy Mobility™ Large Breed, and Science Diet® Healthy Mobility™ Small Bites."
 
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« Reply #3 on: November 29, 2011, 01:36:34 PM »

To me as well, the warning letter sent by the FDA implies that they may look into claims about other foods marketed by Hill's, which could include the "thyroid food."  From the warning letter to Hill's:

"FDA has significant concerns about the promotion of other pet foods marketed by your firm."
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« Reply #4 on: November 29, 2011, 07:02:45 PM »

I'm reading it to mean that since Healthy Mobility not one of their rx products they can't make those claims of healing any health problems in a set amount of time.  (I think that's right, it says Science Diet, those are the standard store-bought products).

"Numerous other statements made on the Hill’s Pet Nutrition website to promote the Healthy Mobility Diet indicate that it is intended to mitigate or treat disease."

That reference to the other "pet foods" probably refer to some of their other SD products, not the presecription foods since, they seem to be considered "drugs" already, only being available from vet offices.
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« Reply #5 on: November 30, 2011, 04:39:25 AM »

fyi:

http://news.vin.com/VINNews.aspx?articleId=17531

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« Reply #6 on: November 30, 2011, 06:30:56 AM »

Thanks for that link, Spartycats.  Very, very interesting.
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« Reply #7 on: December 21, 2011, 08:01:31 PM »

Has anyone seen an update on this?
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