Get Out of Enforcement, Free
Are some of the biggest manufacturers of pet food given a ‘get out of enforcement free’ card from regulatory authorities? Here are some flagrant pet food label violations that have gone unnoticed by regulatory authorities.
Pet food regulation states: “A vignette, graphic, or pictorial representation of a pet food or specialty pet food label shall not misrepresent the contents of the package.” (source: AAFCO Official Publication 2016 PF2.c)
Many pet food manufacturers pay no attention to the above regulation…mostly because they don’t have to. FDA and State Department of Agriculture (each of the 50 states!) don’t bother enforcing this law (and several others). Below are some flagrant violations of pet food labeling laws…
Ingredients of this pet food (in bold are the animal protein ingredients): Ground Whole Grain Corn, Meat and Bone Meal (Source of Calcium), Corn Gluten Meal, Animal Fat (Source of Omega 6 [Preserved with BHA & Citric Acid]), Soybean Meal, Natural Flavor (Source of Meatier Flavor), Chicken By-Product Meal, Dried Plain Beet Pulp, Ground Whole Grain Wheat, Salt, Brewers Rice, Potassium Chloride, Dried Peas…
This pet food has no ‘meat’ ingredient – it only contains ‘meat meal’ ingredients (Meat and Bone Meal and Chicken By-Product Meal).
Meat and Bone Meal looks like this:
Chicken By-Product Meal looks like this:
But…the Pedigree Label shows roasted chicken on the label – when nothing inside that bag of pet food looks even close to roasted chicken. ‘Get out of enforcement, free’.
Pedigree has 11 different varieties of dry dog food, none of which contain a meat ingredient – however all have been allowed to display a meat ingredient on the label.
Another example – Purina’s Friskies 7 Cat Food
These three pet food manufacturers are some of the largest, most powerful pet food manufacturers on the planet. They also have powerful trade associations working for them (Pet Food Institute, American Feed Industry Association, National Renderers Association).
Is it simply oversight that the FDA and 50 different State Department of Agriculture offices happened to overlook these serious misleading label violations? And is is oversight that FDA and 50 different State Department of Agriculture offices overlook serious violations of law such as non-slaughtered/4-D animal ingredients into pet food?
Or do regulatory authorities give some in pet food a ‘Get Out of Enforcement, Free’ card?
Wishing you and your pet(s) the best,
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