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  1. Anthony Hepton

    Susan, your point about pet food is not limited to poultry as you know only too well. The carcass renderers say they do not make what they sell, rather they sell what they make. This needs to change so that seriously putrified animals with high bacterial loads are rejected from the rendering process, thus avoiding dangerously high levels of endotoxins in the byproducts. Until such changes are made, there should be zero confidence in any ingredient with a generic name, like “animal fat” or “Meat and bone meal”.

    1. Susan Thixton Author

      You are absolutely right. AAFCO is at this moment consulting with ingredient suppliers to learn more of what it sells to pet food. And then all meat ingredient definitions will be altered to suit industry’s needs.

  2. Maureen

    Thank you, Susan, for your wonderful efforts on behalf of our beloved pets. I look forward to your next update.

  3. Carrie Ann Calay

    Now that corn wheat and soy are found not healthy for dogs and cats, the companies are pushing all kinds of RICE combinations as the new healthy…. When will AAFCO act on the knowledge of dangerously high ARSENIC in rice? Dr. OZ and Consumer Reports have investigated for 2-4 years and Consumer Reports has published two separate articles on testing varieties of RICE, where they are grown and how much is safe to eat. The safe amounts are surprisingly small Limits for children and by extension, pets, are low, even for the safest rices – white jasmine and Basmati grown in California and India. Reaction, Susan?

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