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FDA issues Alert to Potential Presence of Thyroid Hormones in Pet Foods and Treats

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  1. Karyn Zoldan

    Is livestock gullet listed as an ingredient or is it something else? Can you list the ingredients of these two products?

    1. Susan Thixton Author

      It could be listed as meat (beef or whatever species source) or included in meat meal (beef meal and again whatever species source). It could also be included in meat by-products.

      1. Christine

        That blend had “Beef, Beef Broth, Turkey, Lamb,”. Perhaps the turkey was necks?

  2. Hannie

    Great……like every pet food has meat or meat meal listed. Talk about a decision for pet parents……but nobody is going to be sure what to base that decision on. If we wind up feeding something that kills our babies or makes them sick, we have to live w/that, not these damn pet food manufacturers. As long as the money keeps pouring in, what do they care…….I still wonder how they sleep at night in their million dollar mansions.

  3. Reader

    Some is any news I suppose. But it’s a little frustrating when the FDA identified a problem, and no solution. All they’d have to do is require manufacturers to list it (specifically). And then, by the order of additions listed, would help us to know the relative percentage. Obviously, it’s seriously enough of an issue or Wellness and BB wouldn’t have “voluntarily” recalled. But at what point, are these meat suppliers EVER going to be held accountable themselves??

  4. Karen Peterson

    Thank you

  5. Chris Bowers

    I know you’re a bit busy now but are you going to add this to your criteria on your yearly “List”?

  6. Reader

    That would sure be a nice piece of additional criteria. Probably more so, concerning PF that’s not on the list though. Like in the Petsumer Report. Because it shouldn’t be a factor in food fit for (or nearly fit for) human consumption. And there IS a difference between ingredients fit for human consumption, without going the extra step of processing in a facility certified for human food consumption. Which is a distinction, that I “believe” only The Honest Kitchen and Just Food For Dogs, have so far.

    I’m wondering how much of this accountability falls back on the suppliers of protein. Can they “jam” in all kinds of parts and pieces. Or can ethical PF manufacturers contract with suppliers to keep “livestock gullets” to a safe minimum?

    Just one more secret of the Pet Food Industry (*sigh*)

  7. Debra harrison

    Concerned for all our fur babies . Pet food manufacturers need to held accountable for their actions. Our pets are our family.

  8. Shirley

    I emailed All Provide yesterday & asked if they used livestock gullets (& referenced the FDA announcement) in their food. They emailed me this morning & said – “I am pleased to confirm that we do NOT use gullets or thyroid in any of our products.” I’ve been feeding their “gently cooked” food for the last several months & have been pleased with it. I like it when the company responds quickly & with the answer I like to hear!

    1. Christine

      Looks good – Interesting that they’re able to print Human Grade on the front of the label

    1. Reader

      I would CALL them and ask. And if the primary customer representative can’t answer a simple question, then work your way up the line. Every consumer has a right to know what they’re paying for! It would be nice to share your response here.

      please call (800) 919-2833
      https://bluebuffalo.com/contact/

  9. Kitty

    Would chicken necks or turkey necks be ingredients we should avoid then?

  10. Janice

    And what about fish? They have thyroids and manufacturers often use whole fish.

  11. Anonymous

    More than 10 years ago when I first met Dr. Dodds with my hypothyroid dog she warned me of exactly this- and also told me to stop feeding my dog the trachea treat I was feeding her to chew on because she warned me that the treat contained the thyroid hormones from harvesting so close to the thyroid and was causing the hypothyroidism in my dog. Great job, FDA, for picking up on this 10 years too late.

  12. datadiva69

    What about the abundance of iodine found in seafood and fish?

    I had a cat with hyperthyroidism, had to give her medication for it. She was on a frozen raw diet for most of her life, usually the Primal brand, other times Nature’s Variety. In my searches, I read that deep sea fish were not a good thing to give cats habitually, because of their iodine content, which could lead to, or exacerbate, hyperthyroidism.

    After that, I tried to find raw food formulae without fish, which was doable but not as easy, plus of course the cats did not care for it as much. Plain chicken or turkey was boring to their jaded palates I guess.

    However, I did try a new formula I found that boasted “green-lipped mussel” as its star ingredient. I didn’t specifically care about that, but what I liked about the formula was it did not have a plethora of added, synthetic vitamin products in it. With aging cats and their kidneys, already in some stage of renal failure, I felt they didn’t need to stress their kidneys with any of that b.s., not if the raw formulae were as complete as they were touted to be. I believe the brand was Feline Naturals, and the product came frozen in small trays.

    So, the first time I fed some of this to TigerLily, she didn’t just like it – she loved it. She only weighed six pounds, but she chowed down half a pound of the stuff in one night. Next, she started zooming around the house like a maniac. She acted like a 3-month old kitten, leaping up onto the windowsills like she had not done in years, being 19 years of age at that point. It did not take me long to put two and two together. Horrified, I returned the product to the store. I then sat down and wrote a detailed email to Feline Naturals about my experience, and asked them about the iodine issue, and if they had another formula without it.

    They never bothered to respond. I imagine their legal department advised them not to. Four years later, I see they still have a product with the green-lipped mussels in it. Do these people ever think through what they put in their pet food? I mean, the ones who claim to be all about feline nutrition. We already know the process by which the mainstream pet food processors formulate their products. :-/

    1. Olivia M

      Green lipped mussels are an AMAZING marine source of omega3 for cats and dogs. The joint relief and anti-inflammatory properties from GLM is what your kitty was enjoying, and it is what made her feel like a kittwn again. I actually ADD GLM to my dog’s raw food twice daily. If you look on a few reputable holistic pages, they rave about GLM. It is an excellent (and superior) option to fish to get omega 3 in a dog or cats diet! It is extra good to give to old pets….

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