The Japanese company Kudo Pet Food Company has been embroiled in a legal battle with the US Food and Drug Administration over claims that the pet food is toxic to cats.
The FDA has been investigating the company since March 2015.
In May of this year, the agency concluded that kudo contains the pesticide glyphosate, which can cause cancer in humans and animals, and it will issue a warning about kudo to consumers.
Kudo’s products, including the pet brand kudo-dai, have been labeled as safe and effective by the FDA.
It is unclear what caused the agency to change its position on kudo.
In a statement to Business Insider, Kudo CEO Masanobu Kudo said that the company had never been notified by the agency that its products were dangerous to cats and that it is working with the FDA to “provide the proper regulatory guidance and safety standards.”
“The FDA has a long history of being a watchdog in the food and pet industry and has done so in this case as well,” he said.
The agency has been scrutinizing food and food safety issues for the last decade.
In 2013, it warned about the presence of arsenic in some kudo products and in 2011, it also ordered a halt to the manufacture and distribution of kudo that contained the pesticide, a move that prompted some kudos to claim the company was a “sick puppy.”
At the time, Kudos’ CEO, Masanori Tanaka, claimed that kudos products were safe.
“The ingredients are safe, they have been tested, and they’re safe for cats,” he told the Tokyo Times in 2013.
“It’s just the ingredients that are different.”
The FDA initially denied the kudo product was dangerous, saying that it was just a natural product that cats liked.
The watchdog agency is still reviewing the company’s claim that the product is safe for humans.
According to the company, it is taking legal action to try to prevent the agency from issuing a warning.
It has yet to respond to Business News Daily’s request for comment.
Kudos has been testing kudo for the past two years, and the company says that its product is “free from arsenic and other toxic compounds” and that cats “have never been shown to develop toxic effects from ingesting it.”
Kudo also said in a statement that it has not been contacted by the Food and Consumer Protection Agency since March 2016, and said that it had never had any issues with FDA scrutiny or enforcement.