PFMA is aware of the recent study from Nottingham University Vet School looking at changes in canine reproduction and the potential effect of environmental chemicals.
PFMA is aware of the recent study from Nottingham University Vet School looking at changes in canine reproduction and the potential effect of environmental chemicals. As the paper highlights, this is also an area of ongoing study in the field of human fertility where similar factors are being observed and considered. It is recognised as being a complex area where more research is needed.
People and animals alike are exposed on a daily basis to a number of environmental chemicals. The researchers involved in the Nottingham study advise the same chemicals are also found in humans and farm animals in similar concentrations. However, determining the actual mechanism for this is very difficult as it could come from any number of places, including drinking water.
In terms of pet food, we would like to reassure consumers that there is strict legislation governing all aspects of pet food production to ensure safe products of a high standard. As polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) are persistent organic chemicals that can be commonly found in the environment, pet foods are routinely tested for their presence and strict limits set to ensure safety. We understand that the levels found in the study are below EU limits applicable also in the UK.
At PFMA we pay particular attention to pet health issues and are closely monitoring any new findings on environmental chemicals. This area is overseen by EFSA (the European Food Safety Authority). EFSA has an ongoing programme of reviewing the scientific developments on potential environmental contaminants (for both human food and animal feed) and if any findings raise concern, they are acted on with immediate effect