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Italian Expose Looks at the Pet Food Industry

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  1. guest

    Thanks for posting. Read the english transcript. Every reason to never feed kibble to your pets. Feed home leftovers or buy the frozen raw. The raw stopped diarrhea immediately and it helped her stomach. She had firm poop and no gas from eating raw. It is more expensive, but the high Quality we feed less and less poop to pick up since more of the raw food is digested. The savings from less illness, makes raw worth it. We keep it frozen and take out what we need to defrost in the fridge. Very easy and a healthier pet.

  2. T Allen

    I’m not surprised that Purina pulled Beneful from Italy. The European countries are much tougher than the US when they prosecute. You’ll see a huge improvement in the pet food in Europe quickly. They’ll ban this stuff in a heartbeat! Unless of course TPP passes and then all bets are off. It does give the US another black eye overseas though. Thank God the rest of the world is smart enough to ban toxic US products!

    1. Dianne

      The TPP will be a nightmare for consumers. Europe is not part of the TPP, but you can bet it will be a model for any future trade agreements such as the one between Canada and Europe. The only beneficiaries of these “free” trade agreements are the multinational corporations. I feel very sorry and worried for the people in third world countries who do not yet have strong environmental laws and protection for workers. They will not even be able to raise the minimum wage for their workers. Take every opportunity you can to voice opposition to these trade deals.

      1. Batzion

        Under the TPP, chickens raised in the U.S. (on GMOs, glypohsate, hormones and antibiotics and in cruel and inhumane conditions) will be sent to China for processing and then returned to the U.S. for sale. I suppose that’s just great if you want a side of Melamine with your dinner just like China’s fake plastic Wuchang rice and just like China has contaminated our pet food and treats in the past.

        1. Dianne

          I think that they are already allowed to do the chicken thing. Didn’t you write about this before, Susan?

  3. Cheryl Mallon-Bond

    It is a nightmare! The more the industry is exposed the the more horror is uncovered! There is just so much information to decipher! I have to say, that as a cat rescuer, it is hard enough finding quality adopters, then add to that, how to educate them about proper pet nutrition & the truth about over vaccination, and those health risks. It is truly an overwhelming feat!

    I work so hard at my rescue efforts, trying to give them all a good start, & it’s really hard when people just don’t “get it!” & your trying in a very short amount of time to be able to educate some sense into them, to choose a different way to feed them.

  4. barbara m.

    Glad to know that the Italian vets are vigilant regarding commercial pet food. I love that they speak freely about this problematic situation, as well as the way they call commercial food “industrial”. Also interesting is the “price gouging” of their vet drugs. I noticed this with my vet in the US. I read that 30% of a veterinary office’s income comes from the drugs that they dispense, as well as ointments and other items that you can’t purchase at your local pharmacy, as well as the pet food, treats, dental chews, etc.

    When we lived in Greece 40 years ago, there was absolutely no pet food to buy – at least in the smaller towns. Athens may have had it. The cats would hang out at the harbor waiting for discarded fish. The dogs were few. The Greeks were not big on feeding animals, as feeding humans was more important. Cats were for keeping the mice at bay. The Italians and Greeks had pretty much a similar lifestyle; but as I said, this was many years ago in a small village. I assume that the large towns have now started carrying pet food, no doubt due to TV ads.
    Before commercial pet food, animals were fed table scraps, like the olden days in the US – and were very healthy. So much for progress.

  5. D. Lee

    This is a great expose’ – wish it could be done for the US petsumer as well! I lived in Italy from ’76-79 and ’86-98 and we fed our pets raw or homemade meals – there was no commercial food on store shelves then. I can’t believe the pet food industry has made such inroads into the Italian and European markets – the vet clinics and stores look just like the clinics and stores in the US!!!!!! What a shame……..(Sent the link to several friends in Italy in case they didn’t see the story when it aired!)

  6. Hannie

    I honestly didn’t listen to anyone (any vet will tell you that commercial food is way better than home cooked so I never asked). When the huge recall kicked in & went on & on, I started to research home cooking & then went off & did my own thing for my Lab. I do use a very small amount of a good (if there is such a thing) grain free dry food but the rest is home cooked human food. I switch dry food every time I finish a bag too. That was what I started in ’07 & never looked back. She is now 11 yo, chases her tennis ball every morning & is actually a very healthy dog. No digestive upsets, no problems w/her skin (which she had on a commercial diet)……so when I read about how gross commercial food is, I’m afraid I already have proof of that. Why they get away w/the crap they put into pet food is beyond me…….I would say it’s all about money. They could care less about our pets so that’s where our power comes in……..

  7. rebecca

    Thank you for sharing the story in English.
    It was a harrowing read, but I am glad to be informed. I can only hope that through consumer pressure the big pet food companies will be forced to share their ingredients and change their ways!

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