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Pet Food Safety Advocate and Author, Susan Thixton is constantly at the Pet Food Investigator's Desk looking into Current Situations to keep you both warned and informed. Find Susan at TruthaboutPetFood.com and the Association for Truth in Pet Food. "Learning the truth about your pet's food can save their life."


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Join the Association for Truth in Pet Food (ATPF). The ATPF’s mission, in partnership with TruthaboutPetFood.com, is to change the future of pet food. We have a vision of honestly labeled pet foods, proper enforcement of law, and accountability for those that ignore or violate law. We see a future where consumers can trust their pet’s food as they do their own food. We will battle any foe that ignores the best interests of our pets. We battle for our pets. This association is solely supported by pet food consumers.


The ATPF represents pet owners' in interactions with governmental pet food regulatory authorities. These authorities include The Food and Drug Association and the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO). As an official stakeholder organization, the ATPF acts in an 'advisory position' on the AAFCO Pet Food Committee and the AAFCO Ingredient Definitions Committee.


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Top Stories From TruthAboutPetFood.com

Stories in this section are Significant and will be kept here for quite a while

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• Acronyms (for fun)

4/3/2020  Having a little fun with the crazy world of pet food…

The FDA commonly uses acronyms. As example, Agency representatives refer to the Food Safety Modernization Act (laws) as: FSMA pronounced fiz-ma. We thought it might be fun to come up with a few acronyms of our own.  Read more here

• No Shortages of Quality Pet Food, Continued Availability

3/24/2020  Pet owners can take comfort that there are no expected shortages from human grade ingredient pet food manufacturers, AND that independent pet food stores are taking measures to keep their clients safe and pets well fed.  It could vary from state to state, but U.S. Homeland Security has issued guidance declaring pet food stores and pet food manufacturers as “essential” businesses that will remain open during the many COVID-19 business closures.  Read more here

• Raw Feeding Veterinary Society 2019 Conference

11/13/2019  I had the tremendous honor to speak at the 2019 Raw Feeding Veterinary Society (RFVS) annual Conference this past weekend in Bristol, UK (my first international speech, first trip to Europe). To be surrounded by so many forward thinking veterinarians was beyond words. RFVS is an international organization of veterinarians that fully understand minimally processed pet food (not excessively processed feed) is of significant importance for the health of pets. Once a year they gather together, inviting like minded individuals to share their science and knowledge. It was my honor to be included this year. Read more here

Other Stories From TruthAboutPetFood.com

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• The FDA double standard of food

4/7/2020  The FDA’s 2020 FDA Investigations Operations Manual confirms pet food is allowed to violate law.

Each year the FDA compiles a “Investigations Operations Manual”. Per the 2020 manual’s foreword (bold added) “The Investigations Operations Manual (IOM) is the primary operational guide for FDA employees who perform field investigational activities in support of the agency’s public health mission. Accordingly, it directs the conduct of all fundamental field investigational activities. Adherence to this manual is paramount to assure quality, consistency, and efficiency in field operations.” In other words, this manual is the FDA’s official guide for it’s employees on how to properly handle investigations, how to regulate pet food/animal feed.  Read more here

• What its like to get information from FDA

3/31/2020  Especially when they don’t want to give you the information. A real life example of FDA’s stall tactics.

One of the most important things that pet owners (and veterinarians) need to know – but don’t have access to – is the definitions of pet food ingredients. FDA has access to those definitions, in fact they co-author the definitions and utilize them in regulating pet food. In 2017 we filed a Freedom of Information Act request with FDA for those definitions. The Agency still hasn’t provided the information they are legally required to provide; here’s how they have stalled for twenty-eight months.  Read more here

• FDA issues Warning Letter to Bravo Packing

3/26/2020  Following a recall and a FDA consumer warning, FDA issues a Warning Letter to Bravo Packing on March 16, 2020. Bravo Packing – not the same company as Bravo Pet Food – recalled their Performance Dog products, a frozen raw pet food, in September 2018. A year later, September 2019, the FDA issued a consumer warning regarding Performance Dog Food; “cautioning pet owners not to feed their pets any Performance Dog frozen raw pet food after a sample tested positive for Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes (L. mono).“  Read more here

• The differences between Human Grade and Feed Grade pet foods

3/22/2020  The differences between these two categories of pet food can be dramatic. The documented differences between feed grade and human grade. All pet foods (and treats) fall into one of two categories – feed grade or human grade. Most human grade pet foods are clearly marked on the pet food label (raw pet foods are not allowed to make the human grade label claim). No feed grade pet foods are marked. In fact, the entire feed grade category is intentionally hidden from pet owners.  Read more here

• Handling the stress, for your pet

3/19/2020  A personal message to pet owners. -  Science has shown that our pets mirror our stress. From a Swedish study: "Dog owners experiencing long bouts of stress can transfer it to their dogs.” The same can be said for our cats – they mirror our emotions.." "In these very challenging times, the last thing we need is for our pets to absorb our stress and potentially suffer health consequences from it."  Read more here

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• What is the most commonly used pet food ingredient?

3/16/2020  "The most commonly used pet food ingredient – by almost a million tons (almost 2 billion pounds) is: Corn." [Doug's note: And you wonder why your cats are sick ????????]

"The Institute for Feed Education and Research, the North American Renderers Association, and the Pet Food Institute recently published an interesting report; “Pet Food Production and Ingredient Analysis“. The report brags the pet food industry stimulates “the overall agricultural economy through the purchase of ingredients, labor and services from related industries“.  Read more here

• When FDA refuses to abide by law…

3/9/2020  "…you have no option but to sue them. Documentary film producer Kohl Harrington has filed a lawsuit against the FDA. Federal law requires government agencies to provide documents to those who request them through Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). Often, FOIA requests are sent due to someone wanting to learn the facts behind an FDA investigation or inspection or recall. Kohl Harrington – the producer of the well known pet food documentary Pet Fooled – has devoted himself to learning the facts about the pet food industry. His devotion has not been well received by some."  Read more here

• Smuckers December 2019 recall was for excess vitamin premix

3/7/2020  The Smuckers recall notice never told consumers the cause of the recall, but FDA Enforcement reports have finally given pet owners an answer.  On December 5, 2019, the J.M. Smucker company announced a recall of Special Kitty canned pet foods. The recall notice gave pet owners no cause for the recall, the company only stated “due to health concerns potentially associated with ingredients believed to not meet the Company’s quality and safety standards.”  Read more here

• Study show pet food lacks consistency

3/4/2020  A cat diet study discovered something unexpected; they found that commercial cat foods did not consistently use the ingredients listed on the label or in consistent amounts.


If you’ve ever baked a cake from a recipe, you’ve probably learned that should you vary the recipe even slightly your cake doesn’t turn out as you planned. The recipe called for 3 eggs, and you only had 2. It will be ok, right? Wrong. Your cake didn’t rise and certainly didn’t taste like it should.


Pet foods have specific recipes too. However, pet foods have recipes for much more important reasons than taste. Pet food recipes are necessary to make certain the pet food is as the label claims – “Complete and Balanced” – providing all of the required nutrients a cat or dog needs and in the proper levels. Thus when a pet food manufacturer doesn’t follow their recipe, nutritional failures can happen that can adversely effect the pet consuming the food.  Read more here

• FDA told Industry a different DCM story than what they told Pet Owners

3/2/2020  Information provided in a FDA FOIA request raises some questions about the Agency’s investigation of DCM in dogs. More than 1,000 pages of documents were provided in a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request regarding FDA’s investigation of grain-free pet food potentially linked to dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) in dogs. Documents provided ranged from a slide presentation FDA provided industry, to test results of pet foods, to email communications between the trade association that represents Big Pet Food (Pet Food Institute) and FDA.  Read more here

• Your Tax Dollars Supporting AAFCO

2/26/2020  Federal funding is provided to AAFCO, yet AAFCO denies pet owners the work your tax dollars paid for. In 2020 – theU.S. government will pay the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) $72,500.00. Over the past ten years, the U.S. government (via the Food and Drug Administration) has paid AAFCO $315,174.00. What was the money for?  Read more here

• FDA’s Raw Pet Food Phobia

2/18/2020  A not so clinical (but evidenced) diagnosis: the FDA suffers from raw pet food phobia. In the late afternoon on Friday February 14, 2020 the FDA issued another warning to pet owners about a raw pet food. These FDA consumer warnings on raw pet food have become quite common. Since May 16, 2016 the FDA has issued 18 consumer alerts regarding pet products. Nine of those alerts – or 50% – were regarding raw pet food. Another vital statistic that needs to be considered is that raw pet food only consists of "about 1.3 percent of all sales" (all pet food sales). 

So…why would 50% of all FDA pet product consumer warnings be specific to ONLY 1.3% of the pet food market?  Read more here

• Why hasn’t FDA updated pet owners on DCM Investigation?

2/13/2020  The FDA has been silent on their investigation into a potential link between pet food and canine heart disease for almost 8 months. Why?  The FDA issued their first notice the Agency was investigating a possible link between canine heart disease and pet food in July 2018. The next FDA notice about DCM came about 7 months later in February 2019. And then in late June 2019, FDA issued a third update on their investigation of DCM’s possible link to pet food.  Read more here

• DO YOU BELIEVE THIS? FDA- Enforcing pet food law "would not be in the public interest"

2/7/2020  We asked the Agency to enforce law in pet food and they stated enforcing law would not be in the public interest or in the interest of justice. We asked the Agency to stop allowing illegal ingredients sourced from diseased animals and animals that have died other than by slaughter in pet food – and they stated that would not be in the public interest or in the interest of justice. And we asked FDA to properly label pet foods so that consumers can easily know if they are buying lesser quality feed or higher quality food – and again, FDA stated this would not be in the public interest or in the interest of justice.  Read more here

• THE HORROR OF IT ALL - Illegal, allowed by FDA, and NOT disclosed to Pet Owners

2/4/2020  Everyday pet foods and treats are sold to unknowing consumers that include illegal ingredients made from bloody dead animal carcass slurry, transported in an open trailer, dumped onto a bloody parking lot…with a picture of a grilled steak or roasted chicken on the pet food label. No consumer is informed because the FDA decided we don’t deserve to know.  Red more here

• New Study suggests Rice in Pet Food can lead to Chronic Arsenic Exposure

1/27/2020  Researchers at the University of Helsinki have released a study regarding arsenic exposure to dogs consuming a food containing rice (high on the ingredient list). "Hair arsenic level in rice-based diet-fed Staffordshire bull terriers" compared the arsenic levels in hair analysis of dogs fed a diet high in rice (rice listed as the first or second ingredient) to dogs fed a diet with no rice. The hair arsenic analysis “was significantly higher in dogs fed a rice-based diet.” “The results suggest that eating a rice-based diet for long periods of time represents a risk for chronic iAs (inorganic arsenic) exposure in dogs.”  Read more here

• Who's Fooling Who Tufts University?

1/29/2020  Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University is providing VERY misleading information to pet owners. In the February 2020 Tufts Veterinary School newsletter “Catnip“, there is a feature article titled "Food Labeling Terms with More Sizzle Than Substance". The story includes the subtitle “Don’t be fooled by these words when choosing your cat’s food“. However, it appears that Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine is actually the one doing the fooling.  Read more here

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• AAFCO Meeting January 2020

1/24/2020  After being allowed to attend the AAFCO meeting just 4 days before it began, it was a scramble to get to Albuquerque on Monday January 20, 2020. Coming into the meeting the first day, few regulatory authorities made eye contact. The atmosphere was chilly to say the least. But on day two, several went out of their way to tell me personally they were glad I am here. It was clear to me, that not all at AAFCO believed it was the right thing to do to ban consumers and advocates. I want to thank those that at AAFCO who shared their feelings with me..  Read more here

• Blue Buffalo sued for misleading marketing

1/8/2020  New lawsuit challenges Blue Buffalo’s claims of “protein-rich” stating a “small bowl” of Blue Buffalo dog food “contains more carbohydrate than a wild grey wolf is likely to consume in an entire lifetime.” Filed in New York, Blue Buffalo is facing a class action lawsuit regarding the pet food’s marketing and challenging the high carbohydrate levels of kibble. - Read more here.

• 2019 was a Bad Pet Food Year

12/30/2019  "Many pets died in 2019 – because manufacturers and ingredient suppliers were negligent, because regulatory authorities failed to enforce law. 2019 was a devastating year of regulatory bias against pet owners. This was a bad pet food year."  Read more here.

• FDA Warning Letter alerts us to MORE Pentobarbital in Pet Food

12/12/2019  Valley Proteins – one of the largest rendering companies – told FDA that pentobarbital is an “unavoidable contaminant.” The FDA issued a Warning Letter to Valley Proteins on November 18, 2019. Though the Warning is cryptic, it is evidence of several concerning problems in pet food AND apparently a new (bad) attitude from FDA.  Read more here

• The Same Crime: one is prosecuted, the others are paid by your tax dollars

11/13/2019  Why was one ingredient supplier prosecuted, when FDA and other regulators committing the same crime walk away penalty free? In a Missouri courtroom last week, a pet food ingredient supplier pleaded guilty to one count of “conspiracy to introduce adulterated and/or misbranded food into interstate commerce“. This plea was finalizing a pet food ingredient fraud issue that began with a lawsuit between Purina and Blue Buffalo in 2014.  Read more here

• Pet Owners told the FDA to STOP! Will the FDA listen to us?

10/23/2019  Pet owners stepped up in a BIG way, sending the FDA a strong message. Stop allowing waste to be dumped into pet foods, label products as feed or food. In October of 2016, we (Association for Truth in Pet Food – representing pet owners) sent the formal document to FDA requesting the Agency to stop allowing pet food to violate federal law and to properly label pet products as food or feed.  Read more here

• New Raw Pet Food Study Neglects to Consider… ...common sense

10/21/19  Based on the media stories, and without thinking it through, one might believe that raw pet food is a greater risk of antibiotic-resistant bacteria than other styles of pet food and a greater risk than even human food. Read more here

• What was behind the FDA Brand Names Chart?

10/18/2019  Did the FDA intentionally list brand names to benefit Purina, Mars, and Hill’s? Should the Agency be investigated for bias?  When FDA last updated the public on their investigation into dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) cases linked to pet food, they did an unprecedented thing: they named names. The June 2019 FDA update provided a chart of brands involved in their investigation; the FDA compiled a list of pet foods, “the most commonly reported pet food brands named in DCM reports submitted to the FDA.”  Read more here

• Where to dispose of millions of dead salmon?

10/14/2019  Send them to pet feed; the illegal but allowed by FDA waste disposal resource. Off the coast of Newfoundland Canada are floating pens, home to millions of farmed salmon. In early September 2019, several million of those pen-raised fish unexpectedly died; reports range from two to eight million fish died. Reports also range from algae bloom to warm water as to the cause of the fish die off.  Read more here

• What’s it gonna take?

10/11/2019  FDA directly lied to us for 6 weeks, denied pet owners a voice. What is it going to take for pet owners to be provided with access to the legal requirements of pet food? What is it going to take for pet owners to be able to make informed pet food decisions?  Read more here

• BONUS! A Previous Story: Comments from Susan Thixton...

3/8/2009   Jerry mentioned in his personal account that he didn’t know if all rendering facilities were like this; truth is, none of us know. All rendering facilities are overseen by the USDA; however there are no inspection reports or any other information on the USDA website regarding rendering facilities.  Read more here.

• Hill’s® Pet Food Vitamin D was 2900% HIGHER

11/18/2019  A Warning Letter discloses that Hill’s Pet Food received a vitamin premix with 2900% higher levels of vitamin D (than what was claimed on the product label). Even though both the premix supplier and Hill’s failed to test for safety concerns, FDA only issued a warning to the ingredient supplier. FDA issued NO warning to Hill’s.  Read more here

Introducing PET FOOD INDUSTRY ALERTS from Pet Schooled®

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Stories released by Pet Schooled and presented here because of their importance

With Thanks to Kohl Harrington, director

Visit the Pet Schooled Website


Also see Mr. Harrington's feature film Pet Fooled. It's an American independent documentary film exploring the pet food industry with interviews from veterinarians and pet owners whose pets have died, they allege, due to commercially packaged pet food. See the CatNewsNow.com link to Pet Fooled here.

• Harrington vs. FDA Federal Lawsuit

3/11/2020  Kohl Harrington, director of the recently released media platform Pet Schooled, filed suit against the FDA (U.S. Food And Drug Administration) in federal court on Friday, March 6, 2020.  A copy of the complaint can be read here: https://truthaboutpetfood.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Kohl-Harring-lawsuit-FDA.pdf

The lawsuit centers around a current film that Harrington is documenting for, and records that FDA have not turned over regarding a variety of claims relating to raw pet food and the pet food industry. Read more here

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