Herbicide Glyphosate found in Pet Foods
Concerning information shared with us by Dr. Michael Fox and research scientist Dr. Anthony Samsel. Glyphosate in pet food can have deadly consequences.
From Dr. Michael Fox:
Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide which contains the active ingredient glyphosate, recently designated a possible carcinogen, is actually absorbed by GM (genetically modified) crops genetically engineered to be resistant to this herbicide. Most corn, soy, sugar beet, cotton, and canola produced in the U.S. is GM, as is much imported rice. Glyphosate is also used to dessicate wheat and other crops before harvesting.
My concerns about this herbicide, among others, getting into the food chain and in what we consume ourselves, feed to farmed and laboratory and zoo animals, and to our dogs and cats have been recently confirmed. Research scientist Dr. Anthony Samsel, Deerfield, NH has shared some of his findings prior to his scientific report being published. Using High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC) the accepted EPA method of analysis, he found levels of glyphosate ranging from 0.022 – 0.30 mg/kg in cat and dog foods. Brands evaluated, all of which tested positive, were in manufactured cat and dog foods from several manufacturers: Purina Cat Chow Complete, Purina Dog Chow Complete, Purina Beyond Natural-Simply Nine, Rachel Ray Zero Grain, Rachel Ray Nutrish Super Premium, Iams Proactive Health, 9 Lives Indoor Complete, Friskies Indoor Delights.
Dr. Samsel informs me that the pet food industry “adds NaNO2 (sodium nitrite) to some pet foods as a preservative. This is very common and in the presence of glyphosate is deadly. Glyphosate reacts continuously over time with NO2 and produces N-Nitrosoglyphosate which is a nasty carcinogen along with phosphonic acids AMPA and MAMPA. Another scary scenario is Nitrite formation (NO2) from nitric oxide (NO) which is the end product in cells of animals e.g. like macrophages and result of Nitrous acid formation which reacts with glyphosate resulting in N-Nitrosoglyphosate. This is another reason why this stuff needs to be immediately pulled from the market”.
(Title of the peer-reviewed research article by Anthony Samsel and Stephanie Seneff including these findings will be published in September in a special issue of The Journal of Biological Physics and Chemistry is: Glyphosate, Pathways to Modern Diseases IV: Cancer and Related Pathologies. There is a site which was launched by the GMO Free News to help raise money for such research: Crowd Sourcing Campaign: Glyphosate #GMO Laboratory Research http://www.gofundme.com/xrp4h9g).
As per my review of GMOs in pet foods posted on my website www.drfoxvet.net, several health conditions including inflammatory bowel disease, allergies and skin and organ problems may arise as a consequence of GMOs being included in the animals’ food.
Dr. Samsel provided us this additional information:
Glyphosate reacts at the molecular level with nitrous acid from nitrites to form N-Nitrosoglyphosate. Monsanto found increases in N-Nitrosoglyphosate in the excreta of laboratory animals over the levels delivered in dosing during radiological experiments. They attributed it to glyphosate reacting with nitrites.
In our new, soon to be released paper, I have taken it a step further and more particularly would identify nitrous acid, which occurs as a result of oxides of nitrogen i.e. nitrites in cellular metabolism, as a more open invitation for immediate formation by chemical reaction to N-Nitrosoglyphosate. The reaction product which Monsanto found, according to them, was a result of metabolism and chemical reaction in the rat and occurred at low levels.
It is disturbing to also note that N-Nitrosoglyphosate is not the only concern of the metabolites and reaction products found in their animal experiments. Monsanto showed a number of metabolites other than Aminomethylphosphonic acid (AMPA) which included an unidentified compound known as compound #11 occurring with frequency equal to or greater than N-N-nitrosoglyphosate. We still do not know what that compound is or what its effects might be on biology. In my opinion, Glyphosate should never have been brought to market based on those early studies.
The following table contains the Glyphosate and AMPA found in nine popular pet foods (provided by Dr. Samsel)…
Right now in Congress, the Senate is considering a bill that will deny consumers the right to know if their food (or pet food) contains GMO ingredients (and Glyposate). This bill has already passed in the House of Representatives and the bill will override any state laws that have already passed mandatory labeling of GMO foods (such as in Vermont). This bill has been referred to as the “DARK Act” – keeping consumers in the ‘dark’ to what they are eating. If this bill passes, no consumer will have the opportunity to know if their food contains GMO ingredients (and the risks associated). If you want to know what is in your food and your pet’s food, Click Here to find your Senator and tell them to vote NO for HR 1599. (Note – there is only a need to contact your Senator, members of the House of Representatives have unfortunately passed this bill already – the Senate is our last hope to stop it.)
Wishing you and your pet(s) the best,
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