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Iams Proposes Concerning Food Additive for Pet Food

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  1. Carla

    Thank you again for keeping us informed about these things. I made a comment at the FDA site (using some of your language, I hope that’s okay).

    1. Susan Thixton Author

      Yes it is perfectly ok! Thank you for commenting.

  2. Christine

    I wonder if this ingredient will be added to the ingredient label. Does AAFCO have a definition for this ingredient?

  3. Dianne

    I guess it would be too much to hope that Iams will be required to label foods containing this additive. So I guess it is cheaper to use the additive than to pay for recalls which is cheaper than buying good ingredients and handling them properly.

  4. Dianne

    Of course using this additive is pretty much an admission that bacterial contamination is a real concern for their products. Hmm. We do such a poor job of preparing your pets food that we are adding something to deal with the contamination which we assume exists.

  5. Lesliek

    1 more reason not to buy commercial pet food .

  6. Cheryl

    My concern would be if the additive will kill the bacteria in the ingredients of the pet food why would it not also kill the beneficial bacteria in the stomach of the animal that is consuming it?

  7. Jo

    Thank you for letting us know about this request, Susan! Here is the comment I posted on the FDA site:

    “No no no no no! I am very much against granting this request. Instead of using a bacteria-killing virus, the use of which has not been studied in companion animals to ensure safety, Iams needs to instead focus their efforts on selecting higher quality ingredients from trusted, US suppliers, and then properly processing the food to kill any salmonella or other bacteria that might still exist.

    WHEN are BIG PET FOOD companies going to “get” that consumers are tired and increasingly fearful of buying pet foods that contain rendered, animal feed-type meats, as well as a long list of chemicals, preservatives and other additives??? We want simple, HUMAN-GRADE, US sourced ingredients, and are willing to pay a higher price for it if that is what will be required to get it!

    FDA…you exist to represent the public. PLEASE listen to and HELP us, rather than working so hard to help pet food companies increase their bottom line while squeezing every bit of cost out of their products!”

    1. Sharon

      That’s a great comment Jo. You know who else needs to hear something similar? The “Pet Food Instiute” which is the trade association for the pet food industry. We all need to let THEM know that because of their constant push-back and lobbying against improved standards for pet food, their tactics are back-firing and providing us with the nails to their coffin! Here’s a link:

      1. Jo

        Consider it done!

        1. Sharon

          I plan on writing to them too. I started making my own pet treats after the recalls in 2007 and 2008 and haven’t fed a commercial treat since. Now I am feeding my dogs a home made diet too as I have lost all confidence in their profit driven industry and the FDA. This will be my central message to the Pet Food Institute. For our safety and well being greed must be regulated and that is what our federal government no longer understands.

      2. Jo

        Good idea, Sharon! Let’s all speak up to them (PFI), too!!!

        1. Peter

          Contact the FDA, not the agribusiness community. If you state that you don’t use their products, and never will, then there is no reason for Proctor & Gamble, PFI, or any related agribusiness that is involved in pet food manufacture to regard your opinion.

  8. Connie

    Isn’t this what Bravo is now using in their foods? Should I be concerned??

    1. Susan Thixton Author

      The information provided to me was discussing ‘distressed meat’ – pet grade meat. Distressed meat would be prone to higher levels of bacteria and ‘mutation’ was the concern. Bravo would be using a human grade meat (my understanding), not a pet grade meat. Hope that makes sense – needless to say, I’m not a microbiologist.

  9. Sue

    Just another reason not to buy commercial food, especially Iams. I haven’t bought Iams is a very very long time for reasons I’m sure everyone knows by now. I can’t believe what they want to do now by adding this to their pet food. Really? Why not just have great ingredients and no salmonella to begin with, no reason for a bacteria killer. Geez Louise.
    Thank you so much for keeping us informed about all this sort of thing cause Iams would probably not say a word and just add it as long as it was in the “book of standards” when making dog food.
    Thank you
    Victoria, BC

  10. Dr. Chavez

    I hope you submit comments – I’m thinking of doing so too. My concern is that all viruses are made from antigens. Antigens are recognized by healthy immune systems as foreign, causing inflammation, reaction, and discomfort. Are we certain that it is safe to feed our pets these viruses? Have we really become so desparate to save a faulty industry (rendering) that we are willing to feed viruses to our pets? NO.

    Adding antigens, viruses, and other crap into pet food is not the answer. The answer is shutting down this faulty system and choosing something better. Real food for our beloved pets.

    Of course, with PR efforts like “Rendering is Recycling” I don’t think this going to happen. They will pour money into this before they give up. So thank you Susan for keeping us informed.


  11. Ellie

    It always comes down to the money. People are making huge amounts of money from garbage thanks to the FDA opening the door to this type of waste disposal. Carcasses and rotted vegetables that companies once had to dispose of as garbage are now sold as ingredients for animal feed. Sadly, it is big money to both those who once had to pay to dispose of this garbage and to the pet food companies that buy the garbage and then use it as ingredients in the “feed” they sell.

    While the rendering process may kill most bacteria there is still a long process in making the pet feed and those machines used in the process often grow harmful bacteria that can contaminate the “feed.” I suppose that since they are already feeding pets garbage these “pet food” manufacturers think adding such a bacteria killing virus to the food is nothing in comparison to what they are already doing! Just add a “helpful” virus so that we don’t have to worry about keeping a sterile environment in the “food” processing area! No more pesky pet feed recalls!

    It always amazes me to realize the lengths that people, who are already making huge amounts of money, will go to in order to get a little richer.

  12. Dean

    … in our research it has been made clear that freezing the product renders the phages inert (dead for a better explanation)… in fact ‘dwell time’ is necessary for efficacy in the use of phages… BTW their use does not exempt testing for the pathogens, it is a control or suppressive only…

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