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Tierra Bonaldi / Julie Rowe
The Impetus Agency
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APPA's Government Affairs Team Plays Key Role in Success of the MUMS Act

- President George W. Bush signs one of the most significant pieces of federal legislation to the pet product industry in recent history -

GREENWICH, CT, August 4, 2004 - The American Pet Products Association (APPA) announced today that the Minor Use and Minor Species Animal Health Act (MUMS) was signed into law Monday, August 2, 2004 by President George W. Bush. MUMS is one of the most significant pieces of federal legislation to the pet product industry to be passed in recent history. "This legislation will allow companies the opportunity to develop and approve minor use drugs which are of vital interest to a large number of animal industries," said Representative Charles Pickering (R-MS), a primary sponsor of the act.

The act will create an index list of unapproved pharmaceuticals that may be used to treat animals with no human food safety risk. An alternative review process using a panel of experts rather than the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will provide an avenue to the legal marketability of drugs for minor species pets including fish, reptiles, small animals and birds.

"Increasing the availability of safe and effective drugs to treat minor species and other species with unusual conditions promotes animal welfare and provides additional public health protection from animal diseases that can be transferred to humans," said Dr. Lester Crawfod, acting commissioner of the FDA.

As one of the earliest supporters, APPA played an integral role in the success of the act. Through their work with the MUMS Coalition, representatives of APPA met with the FDA, helped to draft the bill itself and gathered member support through grassroots efforts. According to Dr. John Pitts, APPA's Aquatics Consultant, "APPA was the earliest supporter and industry segment who met with FDA," and wrote the indexing portion of MUMS.

Other supporters of MUMS included Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL), the National Aquaculture Association and the American Veterinary Medical Association. John Pitts and Marshall Meyers of the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council, members of the APPA Minor Animal Species Remedies Committee and its predecessor, the Aquatic Remedies Steering Committee, also played a key role in the success of MUMS.

For more information on MUMS please visit the APPA website at and go to the Products & the Law section, "Minor Animal Species Legislation" page. Government and regulatory affairs is an APPA member service. For more information on how to get involved in issues that affect the pet product industry, contact Gina Valeri at

Founded in 1958, the American Pet Products Association is the nation’s leading not-for-profit trade organization serving the interests of the pet product industry and educating the public on the many joys and health benefits associated with pet ownership. APPA’s membership consists of over 750 companies, which include both small businesses, as well as the nation’s leading pet product companies.