The following questions have been sent to all Presidential Candidates. When responses are received (if responses are received), they will be posted.
The following letter was sent to…
I write for and represent pet food consumers who depend on the safety and quality of pet foods manufactured in the U.S. We have compiled four significant concerns of food/pet food with questions for each concern. All questions are being sent to each Presidential Candidate. We would appreciate your response to each question. All request for response and responses received will be published at TruthaboutPetFood.com and shared in social media.
#1 Cat and dog foods manufactured in the U.S. are allowed by FDA to violate the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act. Giving just one example (of many), FDA Compliance Policy 690.300 allows canned pet food to consist of “material from diseased animals or animals which have died otherwise than by slaughter”. (Source: http://www.fda.gov/ICECI/ComplianceManuals/CompliancePolicyGuidanceManual/ucm074710.htm) Pet food consumers are never informed (on the pet food label or product advertising) if their trusted cat or dog food brand contains diseased animal or non-slaughtered animal tissues. Many pet foods display images of grilled or roasted meat on the product label when the pet food contains no grilled or roasted meat (and often meat is sourced from rejected for use in human food material).
Question: If elected President, would you call on FDA to require pet foods be labeled truthfully – disclosing to pet food consumers the pet food could consist of material from diseased animals or non-slaughtered animals? Would you call on FDA to require a pet food whose label displayed a roasted meat to contain a roasted meat ingredient? What is your position on FDA’s allowance of diseased animals and non-slaughtered animals to be processed into pet food?
#2 In early 2007 there were two significant food recalls. One was peanut butter (Peter Pan – February 2007), the other was pet food (Menu Foods – March 2007). Both foods violated the exact same law of the FD&C Act (introducing an adulterated product into interstate commerce). The peanut butter recall resulted in 700 illnesses – no deaths. The pet food recall resulted in 8,500 pet deaths and countless serious illnesses. The peanut butter recall resulted in a plea arrangement fine of $11.2 million dollars to government; the pet food recall resulted in a plea arrangement fine of $35,000 to government.
Question: If elected President, would you require government penalties to be the same for any food manufacturer (human food or pet food)? Do you believe that a food manufacturer that knowingly puts an adulterated product into interstate commerce should be punished to the full extent of the law including jail time?
#3 Genetically Modified (GM) foods are a topic of much debate. Some argue that GM foods and glyphosates are safe for consumption. Others argue that consumption of GM foods and glyphosates have been linked (through science) to cancer, tumors, and numerous other health concerns.
Question: As a candidate for President, what is your position on genetically modified foods? Do you believe U.S. consumers deserve a statement on all food labels alerting to the inclusion of GM ingredients (including pet foods)?
#4 Most fish sold in U.S. grocery stores have made a trip to and back from China before landing on store shelves. As example, most wild caught Salmon is minimally processed and frozen on fishing boats, then transported to China, thawed and further processed, refrozen and shipped back to the U.S. for sale to consumers. The same Chinese processing has been approved for U.S. poultry; birds grown and slaughtered in the US are allowed to be shipped to China for further processing before returning to U.S. store shelves. Currently the Chinese processing is not required to be disclosed to consumers.
Question: If elected as President, would you require food (human food or pet food) labels to disclose the processing in China?
On behalf of pet food consumers, we appreciate your time in responding to these questions and as stated above will provide each candidate with publication of your full response.
Pet Food Consumer Advocate
Whenever responses are received, they will be shared.
Wishing you and your pet(s) the best,
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