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  1. Wolf

    does anyone out there have any info on whether Weruva uses such practices?

  2. Peg

    I was wondering about Earthborn Holistic and Tiki as well.

    I think I might forward the link with the story to the manufacturers and see if there’s a reply or response.

    Is that okay to do, Susan?

    1. Susan Thixton Author

      Certainly – forward to anyone.

    2. Jess

      I doubt a company as responsible and ethical as Weruva would use a product like this in their foods. They use human grade ingredients, and at one point the owners ate their own canned pet food for a week to prove it was safe. Their food is both processed in human grade facilities and also sourced from only human grade sources. If I am wrong please someone correct me, but this is information I heard from the owners mouth directly.

  3. Dianne

    Will there be no end to these stories? I am so glad you are bringing them to our attention. So will big pet food lobby to water down any sanctions?

  4. billy

    No… silly. Pet Food Companies would never use inferior grade garbage in pet food while charging the consumer for premium product….never. I’m sure they are all using wild caught, sushi grade products even though seafood costs are extraordinary high right now, and most people in the us can only afford to feed themselves chinese farmed tilapia and thai shrimp.

    But I”m sure our dogs and cats are eating wild caught salmon, and “whole tuna loins like they claim.

    If you think pets are eating actual white chicken breast meat, actual salmon fillets, and high quality produce- they’ve already won. It doesn’t take someone breaking a story to realize they are pulling the wool over your eyes. Use some common sense.

    1. Peter

      Uh… yes… nicely put.

      What is it consumers expect, when the label simply says “fish” as an ingredient… right before ‘meat/poultry by-products”?

  5. Ruth Thomson

    Susan, once again you are informing us of valuable information about the food our furry children eat. So many thanks!!! Your service is so appreciated by this mom of Miss Kitty, our beloved rescue pit bull of 7 years. Ruthie

  6. Amy Renz

    Susan, as always, your coverage is spot on! Thank you for this. And Billy, we may be the only one out there, but I absolutely 100% assure you hands down, everyday of the week, twice on Sundays, hand on the “good book” and stake my life on it, we use nothing but 100% FDA-approved Wild Alaskan Salmon fillets (MSC certified – i.e. sustainable – no less) and 100% USA all-white meat USDA Grade A boneless skinless chicken breast in our jerky. I’m the CEO of Goodness Gracious and I pledge to disclose the quality and origin of our ingredients.

  7. Julie

    I doubt if any pet food company would even actually know if their “fish” was coming from merchants who behave like monsters. I find it hard to believe that even pet food companies are aware of such things given that they buy from the cheapest supplier who buys from a supplier who buys from yet another supplier before it actually lands in our pet’s bowl. But thank you for bringing it to light I was not aware that this specific atrocity happens, another thing I can’t do anything about that will keep me awake at night.

  8. SS

    Fisheries & wildlife biologist checking in here. “Trash fish” is a pretty terrible term which reflects more on the industry than the fish themselves. It means fish which aren’t profitable–or weren’t, if they’re being reused rather than tossed back (usually already dead)–while making implications which frankly aren’t supportable.

    Tilapia is an example of what used to be considered “trash” and is now easily found alongside more familiar species. There was never anything wrong with it other than that it wasn’t what people were accustomed to. “Trash fish” are a symptom of a wasteful industry, not of meat quality. And given the state of natural fisheries these days I’m much more concerned about *sustainable* fish stocks than I am about easily marketable ones.

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