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  1. Pacific Sun

    Note that the “story” making the Media and annoying the Community isn’t about the illegal ingredients going into pet food. Or that a law is being broken. It’s about an annoying, noxious, odor coming from the Plant so that people can’t sit outside enjoying their lovely Ice Tea and Bar-B-Que!

    Just when you think people moving towards enlightenment about pet food, this kind of a reality call surfaces! The NBS Station in Paducah (and the residents) ought to be investigating what kind of material and storage failure is causing the stench. And whether the ingredients being produced from it are fit for any pet’s consumption.

    People are sick.

    1. Susan Thixton Author

      I thought the same thing. No mention in the story that ‘meat’ was sitting outside before it became pet food ingredients.

  2. Mirsades McIver

    Love this, would like to have a copy of the challenge so I can send it out all over the place. People don’t stop and think that this “stuff” (being polite) also goes into the animals WE eat and therefore, into us….yuck!!!! Makes me want to vomit. It’s enough to make a person want to become a vegetarian/vegan. Thank you Susan for all the hard work you do. Our pets would be doomed without you. xo

  3. Tracey

    Maybe a phone call or letter to the Paducah, KY local paper can get some pictures, interviews (farmers too!) or ? to go along with the story. Putting the word “meat” in people’s minds about this story is a great idea too.

    1. Reader

      It’s time to just speak plainly. Regarding enforcing any kind of PF regulations ,these farmers, ranchers and no doubt the population of rural counties would just look at (us) meaning Pet Food Safety Advocates as another band of Crazies! They need a facility to take care of their deceased livestock. They’re impossible to bury, and it’s expensive to haul them off anywhere. Don’t you guess the rendering plant arranges for pickup to trade transport cost for material.

      I’m afraid there’s no salvation hope in that link in the chain. Instead, FDA Law just needs to be enforced period! Namely, there is to be NO diseased, putrid, rotting, bacteria ridden meat going into PF products, end of story.

  4. Paul

    Any idea of where the “pet food ingredients” from this plant end up?

  5. Ian

    hahahahah…. the FDA Challenge is fantastic !

  6. Mary Sue

    https://d118ospkkl5uqf.cloudfront.net/DAR_PRO_Ingredients/DAR_PRO_I_Files/Spec%20and%20SDS%20Sheets%20Combined/Fresh%20Chicken%20Mechanically%20Deboned%208-3-16.pdf

    Above is the link for their fresh chicken mechanically deboned. Somewhere else it says their products are made from meat fit for human consumption. It says this among other things such as storage temperatures of 40 degrees.

    PRODUCT SPECIFICATION
    A homogenous mixture of chicken parts that is ground and chilled. The parts used in this mixture may consist of: chicken frames, necks, backs, wing tips and/or carcasses. All material used must be derived from carcasses intended for human consumption.

    To play devil’s advocate (though I am not a commercial pet food advocate), this statement “1. Containers and trailers used for the collection of general refuse and recyclable materials from the process will be staged indoors.” could be interpreted to mean that what they moved inside is the refuse and recyclables left over from the process of making each ingredient.

    1. Susan Thixton Author

      The ingredient for the link you provided is for “fresh chicken” – or ‘chicken’ on a pet food label. Not meal ingredients that are made from rendered ingredients such as meat meal, meat and bone meal, animal digest or animal fat. Totally different ingredient.

      1. Mary Sue

        I understand the difference. I just put that as one example of what they make. There are others on the website.

        My last comment addressed the issue of how it seems they are saying they store the refuse and recyclables (leftovers) from the process of making their finished products, not how they store the raw ingredients used in the process of making their finished products (meat, meat meal, fats, bone meal, feather meal, etc.).

        I read some of the articles. Apparently it’s a new operation there, with some “startup problems”. Authorities used Nasal Ranger field olfactometers to test the level of odor and they were not high enough to cause citations to be issued.

        1. Susan Thixton Author

          I can assure you that it is standard procedure to store the animal carcasses outside. The USDA – who regulates rendering facilities encourages them to hold raw material under refrigeration. But that is not done with dead animal carcasses. Plus – consumers are given no warning on the label to a pet food containing these types of ingredients (which are illegal per federal law).

  7. Lise

    I sent a link to this page to the radio station and the newspaper.

    1. Susan Thixton Author

      From comments I decided to call the station, explained ‘the bigger story’ and was asked to send them an email with more information. It has been sent. Ball is in their court now.

  8. darlene

    Great work Susan. Please let us know if the station follows up on the ‘bigger story’ I won’t hold my breath but thanks for your effort!

  9. Lisa

    I saw this article because I saw a response that Orijen (champion pet foods) posted. I know they have recently moved to a processing facility in KY…are they using this plant?

    1. Susan Thixton Author

      Yes – to my knowledge all Champion Pet Foods sold in the US are manufactured at the Kentucky plant. Foods manufactured at the Canadian plant are for Canada and shipped to EU.

  10. Kristi Johnson

    This is extremely important: If we think things are bad now, here is a statement from a fact sheet put out by the Trump campaign September 15th. It was removed later in the day with no explanation but is being widely discussed:
    “The FDA Food Police, which dictate how the federal government expects farmers to produce fruits and vegetables and even dictates the nutritional content of dog food,” the Trump campaign fact sheet complained.

    “The rules govern the soil farmers use, farm and food production hygiene, food packaging, food temperatures and even what animals may roam which fields and when,” the fact sheet continued. “It also greatly increased inspections of food ‘facilities,’ and levies new taxes to pay for this inspection overkill.”

    “My plan will embrace the truth that people flourish under a minimum government burden,” Trump said on Thursday, arguing that slashing protections and regulations would raise the nation’s economic growth rate to at least 3.5 percent.

    1. Susan Thixton Author

      I have a post coming about this – non-partisan post. The short story is that right now FDA does not enforce existing law with pet food. And nobody – for decades – does anything about it. They all look the other way.

    2. Reader

      Certainly acknowledged is that this isn’t a political forum. But I would worry that one side is already a little too beholding to corporate interests. If the other side gets in instead, hopefully there would be an analysis of FDA’s relative uselessness (meaning a waste of money). Then some revamping “might” take place. Either way, decentralized government can have it’s advantages. I’d like to see the States become truly accountable for their own regulations based on regional requirements. Voters would then (theoretically) have more leverage concerning local authority and accountability. At least concerning pet food what currently exists, just isn’t working in the name of PF Advocacy interests!

  11. Jessie Frederiksen

    OMGi absolutely love the pet food challenge!!! Kudos on that!!

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