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AAFCO January 2014 Meeting Day 2

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  1. Jackie

    Thanks Susan, for being our voice, for your time and effort during this AFFCO meeting. You are our voice, of those of us who see our pets as family members. Truth On!

  2. Janice Alexander

    Hi Susan, I am sure you have read Mad Cowboy by Howard Lyman. If not, it is unbelievable. This is the CATTLE RANCHER who was on Oprah show years ago and caused all the commotion from the Cattlemen Association. He is now a committed vegan and tells it all about the cattle industry. And the first pages are amazing. Any animal industry is not spared.
    Thanks for what you are doing.

  3. Sharon

    I am certainly more informed and my furry ones (5 cats & 2 dogs) certainly eat better for all your work. I’m moving toward a raw diet for our 10 month old English Creme Golden in puppy steps – I don’t want to start something without understanding how to achieve nutritional balance.

    In the meantime, I am particularly concerned about calcium since our 10 year old required double hip surgery before she was two. In a 1997 report by Henry J. Baker, DVM, Dietary Mineral Levels Affect Bone Development In Great Dane Pups, he concludes that, “the optimal diet for large and giant breed puppies appears to be lower in mineral content (similar to 0.8 percent calcium/0.67 percent phosphorus),…” That is half the maximum level of calcium that the AAFCO believes is acceptable – even their minimum is too high. This is one area where exceeding the AAFCO guidelines would mean lowering the calcium amount.

    Something I don’t understand is why the pet food industry can not determine the amount of carbohydrates included in their food when every manufacturer of human food can.

  4. Lori S.

    Thank you SO MUCH for going to the meetings and filling us in on what happens there.

  5. Emilie M Bottiggi (in TN)

    Susan, as usual, you are “spot on”. Thank you for your vigorous and consistent representation of us pet owners and lovers

  6. Christine

    Good work Susan.
    I was a little confused about your statement that lentils and chick peas aren’t yet allowed in pet food, but I’ve definitely seen red lentils in dry foods like Horizon’s “Pulsar”and chick peas in Dogswell’s “Nutrisca” and Canidae’s “Elements”, etc.

  7. Nina Wolf

    Conflict of interest, there, Jill? Sheesh. And yet, no one but you and Mollie bats an eyelash. We are so much better off for you being there, Susan and Mollie both, and for keeping an eye on things. Thanks for all you do!

  8. Michelle

    Pulse Protein or Pulse Fiber? Why not just call them peas, lentils and chick peas? This industry kills me. Thanks for all you do!

  9. K.Tanabe DVM

    You and Mollie can never be requited.
    We, Japanese Petsumers, can’t thank you enough.
    I am sure both of you made a significant contribution toward the welfare of beloved animals.
    I will try to give both of you behind-the-scene support, and try to translate your reports into Japanese as soon as possible on my “” site.
    Thank you very much Susan and Mollie.

  10. Carol Lobmeier

    Thank you for all you do for us and our fu

  11. Peter

    Requiring manufacturers to disclose carbohydrate levels in pet foods would be an important change. AAFCO postures that consumers aren’t interested: (2003, p.178), “Carbohydrate guarantees are no longer considered as necessary or meaningful for purchaser information, therefore, their use is discouraged.”). They didn’t ask me. Or anyone I know who is struggling to control their pet’s weight. AAFCO is just a voluntary commercial enterprise and I do not regard AAFCO “approval” as meaningful on a label.

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