Pet Foods: FDA Update on Testing for Pathogens (1471)
Public and Corporate Practice |  Food Safety
Sunday |  9:00 AM -  9:50 AM
Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center||217B



Alfred Montgomery DVM

Alfred Montgomery is a retired Commander within the Public Health Service. He is a native Washingtonian and a graduate from Tuskegee University School of Veterinary Medicine. He worked with USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service in the domestic program and in International Programs. He joined the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Veterinary Services on the Import Export Staff and as an Area Veterinarian in Charge of the States of New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland and the District of Columbia. He was then called to proudly serve in the US Army Veterinary Corps during the first Gulf War in Saudi Arabia. He joined FDA's Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition within the newly created Office of Seafood to establish corps regulatory veterinary principles to an emerging aquaculture industry. He then worked in the in FDA evaluating clinical trials of human devices. He was a partner/practitioner in a veterinary clinic until recently and is now serving in Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM) in the Office of Surveillance and Compliance. He is a jogger, gardener, and birder. He has been a Big Brother and volunteers with public school system students to read.

Presentation Info

CE Credit(s): 1.00
CE Level: 1


The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is charged with the enforcement of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (the Act). Under the Act, a part of FDA's responsibility is to ensure that human and animal foods are safe and properly labeled. Within FDA, the Center for Veterinary Medicine is responsible for the regulation of animal drugs, medicated feeds, food additives and feed ingredients, including pet foods. This talk will provide an overview of FDA regulation of pet food including testing of pet food. Testing may be performed as surveillance to look for adulterants including salmonella and listeria bacteria. Testing may also be performed when pet food is thought to be causing illness. This talk will include summary results of testing in recent years.

Learning Objectives

1. Become familiar with FDA's role in assuring safe pet food

2. Gain knowledge of FDA findings related to adulterants in pet food

3. Gain knowledge of impacts to pet health and animal health when pet food is adulterated