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  1. Pacific Sun

    “Now here is the worst part…some pet food manufacturers do use food ingredients and others use feed grade ingredients – but they all look the same (or similar) on the shelf. Pet food companies can imply they are using ‘food grade’ ingredients on the labels while actually using feed grade ingredients inside the bag or can. And the consumer is none the wiser. Pretty pictures of fresh chicken (even grilled chicken) and fresh vegetables on the outside of the bag or can could instead actually be diseased chicken and pesticide contaminated vegetables inside the bag or can; a completely misleading representation of the pet food. And there is no one that oversees this aspect of pet food to make certain the consumer is protected. Because authorities considers pet food ‘animal feed’.”

    Of all the controversial articles that TAPF Readers have been exposed to, and we’ve learned about plenty of depressing information, I am shocked that not one person has commented on the above statement! If you take away nothing else from the point of the TAPF, focus on this truth. That the commercial diet we feed companion pets was never designed for their best welfare, optimal health and longevity. That means you’re not giving your new puppy the best possible start in life. You are not supporting your aging dog with primary nutrition and reducing toxic chemicals its life. And your middle of life dog is just maintaining.
    As long as the PFI is not challenged by educated consumers (through their purchasing power) to specialize in companion pet food, meaning higher quality and safety standards, then we will be sold sub-standard products. And we have no right to keep complaining! We will continue to be deceived by false advertising and confusing information. And the PFI will not be held to “Truth in Advertising” so that every consumer will at least have the FREEDOM to choose the kind of product which is most suitable for them! Whether it’s about their economics, convenience, belief in animal welfare or not … or whatever. And those of us who are willing to pay for products that we can TRUST and consider nearly foolproof, meaning that they really do contain what is advertised, …. we will NOT be given that choice either!
    Susan mentions that nearly 2500+ brand/formulas are in her PetSumer Report. But even those are only a portion of a multi-billion dollar business. Yet only about 14 companies, through their statements of transparency, are on her trusted 2014 List. Personally I think this is a pretty sad state of affairs, when people put more effort into how they buy a car, demanding safety and quality assurances, instead of caring about what their pets eat!

  2. lor4453

    That FDA video is truly sobering. It’s so at odds with how kibble companies advertise their products: “feed them like family.” How is that possible if we have to keep their food completely separate from everything else in our kitchens, and practically don hazmat suits to serve it? And we should be worrying every time a little kid or pregnant woman comes in contact with the crumbs. Sheesh.

  3. Nuvet

    Full of information. I watched the videos. They are very helpful indeed in understanding the difference. It is very important to understand this for the pet owners.
    Feed is dangerous of our pets but food can never be. Identifying it is crucial.

  4. Ronald D Bowles

    Keep up the good work. With millions of pet owners being routinely (apathetically?) fooled, these issues need to continue to command the attention these same pet owners to then address regulatory agencies (through their congressional reps) to change/pass laws governing manufacturers/importers in a way that causes them to feel the pain. No pain, no gain.

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