News from the pet food industry.

It Pays to be in the Pet Food Business

Five pet food related businesses have received over $159 Million in tax credits, two companies received more than $5 Billion in federal loans. It pays to be in the pet food business.

What to Know Before You Shop for Pet Food

Understanding the confusing regulation of pet food made easy (well, easier). Association for Truth in Pet Food provides consumers with 'What to Know Before You Shop for Pet Food', a pet food education document.

Dr. Meg Smart’s SNAP

Veterinarian Dr. Meg Smart has developed an Apple and Android phone app to help pet owners. SNAP stands for Smart Nutritional Advice for Pets.

Eukanuba + Longevity = No from FTC

The Federal Trade Commission has just told Mars Petcare Eukanuba the company's advertising claims "constitute unfair or deceptive acts or practices, and the making of false advertisements".

Response from American College of Veterinary Nutrition

The ACVN has provided the following response to questions sent regarding pet food's use of diseased animal material and material sourced from dead/non-slaughtered animals.

…Bad FDA

FDA's attack on raw pet food has reached another new level. According to Carmela Stamper, D.V.M., a veterinarian at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), "raw meat" is the #1 food "to withhold from your dog".

‘O’ No!

Oprah Winfrey's 'O' magazine, August 2016, told pet food consumers "to avoid anything with human grade on the label". 'O' no.

FDA Releases Concerning Information About Beneful

Released earlier this year, 2013 FDA testing of Beneful found above allowed levels of cyanuric acid and melamine, and ethoxyquin that was not listed on the pet food label. Purina Beneful refused to provide FDA documents, refused to provide FDA with testing methods, and in one instance Purina refused to provide FDA the actual content of ingredients in a suspect food.

Beneful Deaths Lawsuit Dismissed in Canada

The Canadian lawsuit attempting to hold Purina accountable for pet deaths and illness linked to Beneful Dog Food was dismissed. Interesting twist, Purina has removed the ingredient so many questioned from Beneful.

Purina v Blue Buffalo Lawsuit Update

Purina sues Blue Buffalo for using a by-product ingredient but recent court documents state Purina used the same ingredient from the same supplier. And a recent court decision dismisses misleading advertising claims; bad for consumers.