Nine Years Accomplished – What to do in year 10?
TruthaboutPetFood.com just began its 10th year. What do readers want TAPF to take on this year in preparation for our ten year anniversary?
Nine years ago – on October 9, 2006 – TruthaboutPetFood.com began. We’ve come a long way baby!
In the last nine years…
Pet food consumers finally were provided a voice at AAFCO and with FDA (it took some pushing to get these authorities to accept us, but we made it). At the most recent AAFCO meeting, we had the largest gathering of pet food consumer advocates ever! – face to face with regulatory authorities.
Together we managed to get many pet food manufacturers to stop using ethoxyquin as a fish meal preservative in their pet foods.
We developed the Pledge to Quality and Origin, asking manufacturers for the ‘pledge’ to the quality of ingredients and the country of origin of each.
Together we performed testing on a dozen of the most popular brands of pet foods sold in the US – finding startling results. ‘They’ tried to stop our results from being made public – but we carried on.
We’ve investigated mycotoxins and endotoxins and dozens of pet food ingredients that consumers needed to understand and know of. We’ve out-ed the pet food laws that FDA ignores. We’ve out-ed the incredible biases regulatory authorities have towards consumers (in favor of industry).
And now for the bad news…nine years ago right now, the largest pet food recall in history was within a few months of beginning. Sad but true, as far as regulation of pet food – nothing has changed. After the recall – after thousands and thousands of pets died – Congress demanded FDA ‘fix’ pet food. FDA has completed only one single update Congress required (easy method to report a pet food adverse event – the Safety Reporting Portal). FDA continues with the excuse they don’t have funding, Congress continues to ignore FDA requests for additional funding. Our pets are caught in the middle of this political vicious circle. Regulatory speaking, pet food is no safer now than in was in October of 2006.
So…where do we go from here? What do you want to tackle, investigate in this tenth year? On our ten year anniversary, October 9, 2016 – what do readers want to look back on and say…‘We did this!’
TruthaboutPetFood.com and AssociationforTruthinPetFood.com is a team effort. So I’m asking the team…what issues should we take on? What can we do that will make a difference? What can we do that will make pet food safer for all?
Wishing you and your pet(s) the best,
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