BISMARCK – U.S. Senator Kevin Cramer (R-ND) led a bipartisan letter to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Stephen Hahn requesting the FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM) symposium on possible causes of canine dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) be conducted in a fair and open manner. The symposium will take place September 29, 2020, and will focus on the possible linkages between grain-free diets and canine DCM.
“As you know, there have been concerns about previous statements issued by the FDA regarding purported causes of canine DCM,” wrote the senators. “We are asking for your assurance the FDA will ensure the symposium is organized in an objective manner, and that the best available science is made available and examined, so as to prevent any bias about causation of this disease.”
Senator Cramer is joined on the letter by Senators James Risch (R-ID), Mike Crapo (R-ID), Steve Daines (R-MT), John Hoeven (R-ND), Roy Blunt (R-MO), and Jon Tester (D-MT).