If your pet food contains a corn ingredient, you have one more concern…Goss’s wilt. Goss’s wilt is a bacterial infection of corn. Genetic engineering is/was supposed to prevent the bacteria, but despite genetic engineering, Goss’s wilt is reported to be prevalent in corn crops across the Midwest this summer. And our friend – Dr. Gary Pusillo (animal feed forensic scientist) – warns if Goss’s wilt corn makes it into pet foods, the outcome will be bad.
Goss’s wilt is described as a bacteria (Cornebacterium nebraskense) that ultimately can destroy 50% of a corn crop and make it prone to deadly aflatoxins. Leaves on the corn plant turn brown and resemble drought stricken plants and other plant diseases. The disease can survive in debris over winter, reinfecting the next crop or it can be spread on farm equipment and legs of animals.
The concern for pet food consumers is grain experts state Goss’s wilt corn is linked to deadly aflatoxins. Aflatoxin contamination in pet foods can be deadly, even small amounts of aflatoxins over years can result in serious illness. “After ingestion, aflatoxins are absorbed and carried to the liver via the circulatory system. They are then converted by the liver into toxic reactive epoxides which bind covalently to intracellular macromolecules such as DNA, RNA and protein enzymes, resulting in damage to liver cells.”
Besides the risk of aflatoxins with grain ingredients, there is another concern. In researching Goss’s wilt, the main chemical in Monsanto’s weed control product Roundup – glyphosate – kept being listed in Google searches for more information. Many experts around the world are linking glyphosate to plant diseases – including Goss’s wilt and serious health risks including birth defects, genetic damage, cancer, neurological and behavior changes, brain tumors and more.
Dr. Michael Fox – friend and pet health advocate provides a very concerning review of glyphosates stating “My advice to consumers, parents and pet owners alike, is to avoid all corn, canola, beet sugar and soy-containing consumables unless they are organically certified. All community uses of herbicides and other pesticides need to be confronted especially where their use exposes children and companion animals to unnecessary risk, as well as indigenous wildlife, including aquatic affected by run-off. Garden supply centers should be informed and only permitted to sell less harmful lawn and garden weed control products. Applying the precautionary principle, in the light of considerable scientific evidence of the health risks of this class of chemicals, is common sense after all is said and done.”
A Wales based website shares that science has linked glyphosate to intestinal disorders…”glyphosate can cause micronutrients, especially manganese, to become unavailable and thus lead to deficiency diseases. A similar process is suspected to take place in the digestive tract of humans and animals. In certain circumstances, glypohosate can affect the microflora of the gastrointestinal tract of humans and animals. The first studies dealing with this topic fear that the gradual negative impact on the intestinal microflora is most likely the cause of long-term health consequences.”
And then there is still the concern of what the bacteria itself of Goss’s wilt might cause to the pets that would consume corn effected by the bacteria.
Any way you look at it, there is little benefit of corn ingredients in our pet foods.
Wishing you and your pet(s) the best,
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