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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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
12/12/2019 "The FDA told Hill’s they failed to follow their own safety procedures…legally required safety procedures." "The FDA Warning Letter stated (bold added for emphasis): “The inspections and the investigation confirmed that animal food products with unsafe levels of vitamin D were manufactured and marketed by your firm. You determined the unsafe levels of vitamin D were the result of an ingredient that you received and accepted in a manner not in accordance with your receiving procedures, and that was subsequently incorporated in the animal food products.” In other words, Hill’s appears to have admitted to FDA they did NOT follow their own safety procedures for incoming ingredients." Read more here
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
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