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  1. Laura

    “Also, it was not our intention to single out pet food brands, but rather to investigate the issue as a whole. Therefore, we will not be releasing the names of the brands that were found to be potentially mislabeled.” That must be code for “We’re too afraid of getting sued or receiving bad press to stand up and help protect pets, so we’re just going to keep throwing the word ‘potentially’ around and act as neutral as possible.”

  2. Wolf

    what do you want to bet Purina’s co-packer is Evangers?

  3. Patricia S.

    Hi. I have talked to food reps for Science Diet and they told me that they are allowed to do substitutions in the food as long as it is for less then 6 months without changing the ingredient label. If the substitution is going to be for longer then 6 months then they have to change the ingredient label. Perhaps that would account for the food mislabeling issue.

    1. Peter

      An example of a completely unacceptable loophole. If a consumer was attempting to avoid certain ingredients, s/he may not in fact be able to do so, since the pet food manufacturer can swap ingredients (generally owing to international sourcing/ cost issues, as part of “least cost mix” protocols), without changing the label. Consumers are reliant on FDA “administration” of the Food Safety Act… but expecting safety isn’t just something we can rely on.

    2. Regina

      well, why even have ingredients listed if the listing doesn’t have to be correct?????????

  4. Jo

    “Also, it was not our intention to single out pet food brands, but rather to investigate the issue as a whole. Therefore, we will not be releasing the names of the brands that were found to be potentially mislabeled.”

    So what was the point, Chapman? And even if the FDA *wanted* to take action as a direct result of this testing, how could they if Chapman refuses to release the names of the foods?

    This makes me quite angry. I see it as being very irresponsible of them.

    1. Laura

      That’s exactly what I was trying to say, that it makes everything seem completely pointless. If a kid did a science project in school and didn’t completely disclose the results to their teacher the student probably wouldn’t get a very good score.

  5. Regina

    Susan, I don’t know how you were able to end your post with an optimistic remark “Can we expect more pet ‘food’ products from Purina?”

    Even if purina makes more items using human grade foods, I will not buy anything from them as long as they are still selling ANYTHING that is not decent and safe enough for my pets. This “foray” into actual “food” is just a marketing ploy. I would hope that current purina users will finally realize that if purina has to say this one little product is “human grade” then that should imply that everything else they make is NOT.

  6. Ellie

    So the study of pet foods by the university was just a little science project. I wonder what the students learned from this project? How to further waste tax payer dollars on useless studies after they graduate and join the FDA and other government agencies?

    1. Catherine

      Dr Chapman’s biography answers that question, she interned with the FDA. She cannot show them up as not doing their job. BTW, she only sponsored the study, an undergrad did it (who may have her own motive for not revealing names, including leaving her job options open upon graduation…its a tough job market you know.) (sarcasm intended)
      From Chapman’s website:
      Dr. Rosalee Hellberg is an Assistant Professor in the Food Science Program at Chapman University. Prior to Chapman University, Dr. Hellberg completed a fellowship program at the U.S. FDA, where she contributed to the development of rapid, DNA-based test methods for organisms such as norovirus, Salmonella, and Listeria. Dr. Hellberg completed an M.S. and Ph.D. in Food Science and Technology at Oregon State University, studying seafood safety and fish species misbranding. She has published 20 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters and given 25 professional presentations.

  7. Catherine

    Oy vey, I need to proofread before I post! Dr Chapman indeed….Dr Hellberg is who I meant!!! I need more coffee. Sorry for any confusion.

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