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Florida allows Unsafe Pet Food to be Sold to Unknowing Consumers

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  1. Kathryn S

    Where can I locate a list of the remaining 13 states?

  2. Laurie Raymond

    We could help you, Susan, and up the ante, as it were, by all of us inundating officials with emails, calls, questions — and contacting our state representatives. There are also online petition sites — change.org , for example, that would swamp these stonewalling bureaucrats. Smart of you to get your Congress person involved — that’s supposed to be one of their jobs! So, especially for residents of the 14 states whose rules big pet food is also ignoring, we maybe ought to start a serious campaign to force them to answer on the record. You have been terrific at getting the information out to consumers. It’s time to show that there is a groundswell or reaction from us consumers and we won’t be put off any longer.

  3. Brenda, Tito, and Chewy

    In a way, im not so shocked because its so clear that government is turning into another big business coorporation out to make money off the backs of the people. Thank you for your continuous and consistent efforts to get the facts and information out. Because of your valuable and informative emails and website, my dogs are eating much safer foods and are healthier for it!! I was one of the many who believe our government and state leaders are there to watch out for and be concerned for our safety from greedy coorporations but sadly, im learning this is not the case. If it were not for people like yourself, doing the hard and meticulous work you do, I would have continued to remain ignorant of dog food dangers, and my babies would suffer for it. I cannot thank you enough.

  4. Mimi

    Susan, thanks so very much for your investigaton into this. Susan if these pet food companies dont use legally slaughtered animals does that mean they use euthanized dogs and cats at kill shelters? If so, can you please provide me that fact because I will share it far and wide. Also, what can we do as responsible pet parents to force these companies to publicly publish ingredients and stop using animals that are not legally slaughtered?

    1. Susan Thixton Author

      I can’t say that I know with certainty that any pet food uses euthanized pets. I can say with certainty that euthanized pets and euthanized laboratory animals are not legal to be ‘buried’ in landfills – US Fish and Wildlife published a report years ago that wildlife consume euthanized animals and die (https://www.fws.gov/mountain-prairie/poison.pdf). The result of this investigation was very strict rules prohibiting euthanized animals to be landfilled. So – euthanized pets at shelters have to go somewhere – rendering is about the only option. That material goes somewhere – but we don’t know where.

      1. Carol North

        Susan, I have the video of the former head of AAFCO stating that Fluffy could end up in pet food. I am assuming you have that as well but if not, let me know and I’ll send it to you. I have also published articles quoting an employee of a Baltimore rendering plant admitting that dogs and cats do end up in rendering vats. I, too, live in Florida and am willing to help if needed. I don’t come close to possessing your knowledge of the problem and the industry itself, but I’m happy to help.

    2. Cheryl Mallon-Bond

      Hey Mimi, I too want this info on whether cats & dogs that have been euthanized at shelters are being picked up by renderers & make there way into the “pet food” chain. Maybe this is the reason why the legal loophole definition “died by other means than slaughter” is so loosely allowed. When “they”subsequently are saying there is no legal term of what “slaughter” means, this seems to be a convenient way of them just covering up the truth they don’t want the public to know. Any reasonable person with half a brain surely knows what the hell “slaughter” means! For any regulatory agency, (including AAFCO) to not have this term in legal terminology, just reeks of them trying to cover things up!. If there was a legal definition, then they would be held accountable, and that is exactly what they are working real hard at skirting around. It is easy for people to get confused with all the terminology of what is going on with the pet “food” industry, but I know one thing for sure, if the general public were to find out that our dogs & cats were eating other dogs & cats that were euthanized, people would definitely cause an uproar! This is what needs to be investigated & blown out of the water. I had suggested in a prior post that Susan contact Bill Maher. Bill is a huge animal activist, he also is executive producer to another show on HBO called “Vice”. It does in depth investigative reporting. If they took this issue on, it could really help expose the truth on a more widespread level.

  5. Sherrie Ashenbremer

    it just gets worse and worse

    1. cathy

      and we keep paying more and more taxes….and we keep paying congress six figures and gold plated benefits….and we keep re-electing 90% of them when they have a 10% approval rating…why? how long would you keep your six figure job with a 10% approval rating from the person paying you??

  6. cathy

    Florida allows unsafe vehicles also.
    and why over pay congress to keep passing laws? if they are not enforced?
    why tax us? if Washington can just print and spend dollars with no correlation to anything?
    the federal government is the problem with everything and the solution to nothing.
    what to do?

  7. cathy

    and we keep paying more and more taxes….and we keep paying congress six figures and gold plated benefits….and we keep re-electing 90% of them when they have a 10% approval rating…why? how long would you keep your six figure job with a 10% approval rating from the person paying you??

  8. Interested

    If a PF company knowingly uses an adulterated ingredient, which is against the law, isn’t the company breaking the law? Can’t the company be sued? [Or, are they not at fault, because there is no intention of enforcing the law?]

    If a retail store is selling the product with an illegal ingredient, can’t they also be sued?

    Why has no Class Action suit been mentioned?

  9. Rico

    Don’t buy Kit N Kaboodle dry cat food in any size bag. This killer cat food killed 3 of my cats. All three cats could not urinate they had a blockage in their kidneys from eating the food. My third cat I took to a animal hospital and they told me it would cost $1200 dollars to save the animals life then he would have to have medicine and special cat food the rest of his life and since I did not have $1200 dollars I had no choice but to put him to sleep. I notified the Food and drug administration and they only wanted me to fill out a complaint form but they would not recall Kit N Kaboodle.

  10. Reader

    A PF manufacturer should display the ingredients of a selected formula in less than 4 clicks on their website. Purina never did state the ingredients of this formula. Neither was it found on Amazon or Chewy. Not a good sign.

    TAPF has been around since the 2007 Recall, when lessons were learned about the untrustworthiness of PF manufacturers. Thank heavens for the internet which makes possible researching any product before it’s fed to a pet. Blessings to you for warning other novice pet owners, but very, very sad for the poor cats.

    Except for the taurine, calcium and chloride mentioned in the ingredients, I can’t even figure out what’s more “complete and balanced” about this PF, that wouldn’t be as nutritious by opening up a can of human grade chunk chicken! Then adding an appropriate amount of Taurine. I’ve priced it, and canned human grade chicken isn’t more than an average can of quality cat food!

    What Purina offers below, is criminal! NO cat eats corn. Ever. Never has, never will! We know meat and bone meal comes from rendered animals NOT necessarily USDA Inspected and Approved. And (as I understand about cats) they shouldn’t be eating DRY CAT FOOD anyway! It’s starchy and challenges the renal system.

    KNK Ingredients: Ground Yellow Corn, Corn Gluten Meal, Meat and Bone Meal, Soybean Meal, Animal Fat Preserved With Mixed-Tocopherols (Form of Vitamin E), Chicken By-Product Meal, Turkey By-Product Meal, Animal Liver Flavor, Phosphoric Acid, Salmon Meal, Tuna Meal, Salt, Potassium Chloride, Calcium Carbonate, Choline Chloride, Taurine,

    People ought to sue Purina.

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