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  1. Casey

    “When will pet food consumers be protected by regulatory authorities?”

    Answer: not any time soon, apparently.

    1. Ann

      Some companies like Merrick state their country of origin. When I see country of origin specifically stated on the package label, I choose it over one that says only Made in USA. Hopefully more pet food labels will begin listing the country of origin so that consumers can buy with more confidence. If it doesn’t state such, I just assume it comes from elsewhere and sometimes will call the company to ask them directly before I purchase.

      1. Susan

        This is 2 years old I see but I wonder if pet food will also be affected the new bill that passed through Congress and signed by the President. Basically, Big AG can out source any and everything to foreign countries (read China) and they don’t have to disclose country of origin any longer. I presume this will also mean pet foods too.

        Buy local and make your own food.

  2. Dr Laurie Coger

    And I thought I was the only one who took pictures of foods in the pet store! Do the employees follow you around too? 😉

    1. Susan Thixton Author


  3. ellie

    It would appear that the inclusion of the words “virtually all” are being abused by the pet food companies. Why did they have to use such a phrase anyway? “All” should mean ALL!
    There are way too many laws and regulations in this country that can be overlooked by the powers that be. It seems our politicians and bureaucrats are very selective about what they enforce.

  4. Michelle

    I was told by a pet food company that if it says “MADE in the USA” it is MADE in the USA. It can still outsource and get ingredients from other countries.

    It is truly getting ridiculous… and making me do raw, which I can make with grass-fed beef and organic veggies and fruit. It is the only way I can know what he is really eating.

    I do feed some Orijen… I think the company is fabulous – however they are only 70 miles from a HORRIFIC oil producer which spews out tons of toxins into the air and the water.

    We live in a very toxic world. We can only do the best we can do. But it would be nice if pet food companies were actually honest.

    1. Regina

      Michelle, you make a very good point. You do all that you can to feed the best possible food to your pets, but, 70 miles away . . . .
      We all do the best we can, but there are so many factors that are beyond our control.

      Since we can’t control everything, we can at least use the best food possible, and avoid known crap foods (that are filled with corn, soy, wheat, and byproducts that are not named for exactly what they are) . . . and then we just hope for the best.

  5. Kim

    There is an organic pet treat at Trader Joes that doesn’t state where it is made. When I asked the manager at TJ’s he told me that if it doesn’t state anything, then it was made in the USA. Is this true? I would think they would want to make it perfectly clear that it was made in the US and WANT to list it on the package. This is very suspicious to me 🙁

    1. Susan Thixton Author

      All pet foods and treats are supposed to have contact information for the manufacturer. They are not required to state where the product is made. But no, if it doesn’t say anything it does not guarantee it is made in the US.

    2. Alice

      I was told that Trader Joes will not sell anything that comes from China. They also use non GMO veggies, flour etc. in all of their products. I will have to do some research to confirm.

      1. Mary P. Mc Fee

        That used to be the case when TJs used to be owned by its original owner, Joe Coulumbe. But now Trader Joe’s is owned by a German conglomerate. They ONLY recall a product and ONLY if a human or pet becomes ill after eating it.

        I just play it safe and make my baby her own food: chicken, yam, zucchini, rice, turmeric, parsley (both are excellent for her digestion), my own chicken stock (I make it in freezable batches along with the chicken, which I shred and use in her food. I also make it for chicken soup for the other humans in the house). It ends up being cheaper than buying the huge bag of food and or canned food. I live in Southern CA near Oxnard where most of my market’s produce comes, so I KNOW her food is grown locally, as is her chicken. Make it in batches to last a week, so it’s not overwhelming to make along your food.

  6. Holly Rist

    Interesting, that Blue wouldn’t tell you what other countries they may get their ingredients from. On their Face Book page, when asked about where their ingredients are sourced, they always reply that most ingredients are from the US, with the possible exception of lamb, which may come from New Zealand, rabbit, that may come from France and vitamins that may come from European sources, but that nothing is from China.

    1. Susan Thixton Author

      They had answered these questions from me in the past – but didn’t want to today. I wondered if the Purina lawsuit had anything to do with this. I even tried to pick out an ingredient or two from the ingredient list of the treats pictured above asking specifically about those – the representative kept saying she didn’t have that information.

  7. Gitta

    It seems to me, this is a very confusing subject and governed by different agencies. To make matters worse, there are exemptions which may be legally used by pet food makers.…-origin-claims
    In other words, where a product is labeled or otherwise advertised with an unqualified “Made in USA” claim, it should contain only a de minimis, or negligible, amount of foreign content. Although there is no single “bright line” to establish when a product is or is not “all or virtually all” made in the United States, there are a number of factors that the Commission will look to in making this determination.

    I remember seeing a 93% rule on the US Customs website, but couldn’t easily find it just now.

    So, yes, there is the deliberate appearance of 100%. Yet the law seems to allow a fair amount of wiggle room. Since I doubt vitamin and mineral mixes make up 7% of a food, that would not violate the labeling requirments. As I understand it.

    1. Regina

      It’s interesting that this law allows “wiggle room” in light of all the “zero-tolerance” rules and laws elsewhere that allow for NO wiggle room, even when some unforeseen situation arises that was not written into the law and you’ve got some kid caught up in a drug law because he’s got asthma . . . sorry, that’s a rant for another day.

      Bottom line: Country of origin labeling doesn’t seem to me to be something that needs “wiggle room”. We’re dealing with factual information that is not open to interpretation. If 100% of something comes from USA, then you get the label . . . If 93% of your food comes from USA, state that 93% comes from USA. How difficult is that? Even if most of your products have ingredients that all come from USA, but you’ve got a couple of products that only fit the 93%, each package gets its own label, so it’s a simple enough request. (well, I guess until the lawyers get involved!!!)

  8. Aimee

    This comes up in several conversations in our store when they say they only by USA made products. I said well yes it is made in their USA facility but most vitamins are sourced out of the USA. Most customers are okay with this as long as none of the products are coming from china. I agree it really needs to be worded better and everyone should be more informed.

  9. june lay

    97 percent usa means by volume in many cases so that can leave all vitamins by volume or weight less than 1 percent can be outsourced from china unless guaranteed not. Misleading! This is why I formulate diets from our human food!

  10. Jody

    There is a petition on to sign, 3,482 signatures still needed but it is to stop Walgreens from stocking jerky dog treats from China on their shelves. Right now they have 19 products on their website despite this woman’s plea to them that her beloved dog, Heidi, died just after ingesting 2 treats. There are over 3,000 complaints to FDA and over 500 dog deaths associated with these treats. Help her make a difference. Go to and sign her petition… Restore Our Trust! Keep Dangerous Dog Treats Off The Shelves.

  11. Joe

    THANK YOU THANK YOU! for exposing the lies of these companies. I have been going thru the same things with Dog food saying it US made, but after digging, finding out its not.
    Merrick and PetCurrean are not 100% American or Canadian made. They have Germany, Japan, Malaysia, etc. in it too. I am absolutely SHOCKED that these companies aren’t sued for fraud for advertising its “US Made” or “Canada Made”, when its not. I just wish i could find a legit, ALL AMERICAN, dog food that wont sicken or kill my dog.

    1. sharon moorer

      did you fine a dog food made 100% in us ? I’m looking also

  12. Koti

    I was wondering about treats that are made in china? I have been doing the pork chomps brand because I dont do rawhide because of the non digestable nature of the product, they have been fine with them so far, no upset tummies, I realized today it was made in china, should I just finish them and not buy any more? They were expensive and I hate wasting the money :/ I havent been able to find a chew that is durable, made in us, and NOT rawhide and ive been looking for awhile. I know bullies and antlers are good but I want variety, and the Himalayans dont last too too long with my girl

  13. Patty

    Is there a grain-free food (wet and dry) that is made in the U.S. using only U.S. ingredients ? As a veterinarian, I used to recommend EVO, but they had too many recalls for contamination. I am retired now and I have been recommending Wellness Core to my friends and family (and feed it to my own dog), but I’d like the real facts as I can’t trust the reps on the phone when I call for info. Thanks for your help.

    1. Alice

      Unfortunately Merrick was bought out by Purina and I don’t trust them. It breaks my heart because my dogs loved Merrick and did so well on it. I now feed them Fromm and they seem to like it and are doing well on it so far. Time will tell…..

      1. Dawn

        I feed the generic brand of fromm. Original recipe it’s called. Do not use diamond natural…almost killed my buddy. Hand created homemade food for him for 4 months n then reintroduced him to fromm but too expensive for me. Use original recipe from fromm now.

    2. Judy kayton

      It now says on the wellness core label from China. My puppy won’t eat it smells terrible sent it back

    3. Dave

      Look at a new product called Raw Wild. It is from the US, made from wild elk and deer from the Rocky Mountains. As I understand it, there are a few vitamins that, because of FDA regulations, cannot be manufactured in the US. Therefore, any dog food that has added vitamins cannot be 100% made in the US. As I read the Raw Wild web site, they say they are 99.4% raw elk and deer with the .6% being added vitamins and mineral, with only a single vitamin that is sourced from Switzerland.

  14. Sondra

    So, did you ever find ANY dry dog food made from 100% USA ingredients??

  15. Robert

    Was buying call of the wild but found out some ingredients are sourced out of the country. Is there any All USA dog food?

  16. Deb

    Been looking at this food situation because I’m planning on getting a dog soon.
    I found this Evangers, family owned
    “only family-owned and operated pet food cannery in the United States”

  17. Lyndsey

    Look into Fromm.

  18. Gratia Nagle

    I recently went to purchase Nutrish wet dog food and discovered it is made in Thailand.



  20. George

    I read
    “The AAFCO established regulations state…

    The rule states that: “all or virtually all means” that all significant parts and processing that go into the product must be of US origin. That is, the product should contain no – or negligible – foreign content. So just putting together ingredients inside the US is not enough. Additionally, just getting ingredients from a broker within the US is not enough. If ingredients are imported, then it is very difficult to justify the use of the phrase “Made in the USA.”

    Could you please explain AAFCO’s role as a regulatory agency?


    1. Susan Thixton Author

      AAFCO is not a regulatory agency. AAFCO is a private corporation that owns and writes pet food regulations and laws. FDA and each State Department of Agriculture are the regulatory agencies in pet food.

      1. George

        Hi Susan,
        If AAFCO is not a regulatory agency then did FDA or state DOA’s adopt AAFCO’s “Made In America” advice?

        If you would like US Regulatory Agencies to enforce the “Made in America” label maybe the raw pet food industry should lobby for someone to write/enforce a law concerning American ingredients.

        1. Susan Thixton Author

          Actually, the AAFCO regulations are based on federal law. The problem is no one in regulatory enforces it. It often appears that the least concern of regulatory authorities is truthful labels and websites – they just don’t care.

          1. George

            Thank you Susan!


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