Wednesday, May 16, 2012

More about those pesky pet food recalls...

I've read yet another article that once again makes me feel really really good about my decision years ago to feed my dogs raw (and never look back). Just today Truth About Pet Food published this article:

Please go read the whole piece and while you're at it read this one as well:

Here's the super scary part that has been haunting me all day - I just can't get the betrayal out of my brain (This is directly quoted from TruthAboutPetFood's article):
{SNIP}The FDA inspection report specifically mentions the ingredient "animal fat" and "animal digest". {SNIP}If none of the foods manufactured at this plant have the ingredients animal fat or animal digest in their formulas, why were these ingredients mentioned in the FDA inspection?  Did regulatory officials cross-check ingredients inspected at the plant (specifically animal fat and animal digest) with pet foods manufactured at this plant?  Was this Diamond manufacturing plant was using animal fat and animal digest in these pet foods without consumer knowledge?
For those unaware, animal fat and animal digest are considered by many (myself included) to be the worst of the worst of pet food ingredients.  FDA testing has linked these ingredients with euthanized animals; ground and cooked euthanized animals.  
"There appear to be associations between rendered or hydrolyzed ingredients and the presence of pentobarbital in dog food. The ingredients Meat and Bone Meal (MBM), Beef and Bone Meal (BBM), Animal Fat (AF), and Animal Digest (AD) are rendered or hydrolyzed from animal sources that could include euthanized animals."  
If you were/are feeding your dog or cat a high dollar, perceived to be premium pet food, would you want one of the ingredients to be sourced from euthanized animals?  Of course you wouldn't.  
 
And that my friends is how much Diamond, Wellness, Taste of the Wild, Canidae, etc care about your pets. You feel good spending more on wellness because it's got to be better than Walmart's "Old Roy" right? Except you still are at the mercy of the manufacturers to be honest with the consumer about ingredients and sourcing. Unless you own an independent lab, you don't have any way of knowing what is actually in that extruded kibble nugget.How would Animal Digest end up in foods that weren't supposed to contain Animal Digest? It's CHEAPER than real meat! Hell, it's even cheaper than corn filler!

1 comment:

Sam said...

We are planning to switch the boys over to a RAW diet when I find guidelines I am comfortable with. It is getting too scary to feed kibble - especially since it seems the big dog good companies don't care anymore!

Sam