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  1. Casey

    It will be interesting to see what they come back with. Or if they respond at all.

    The fact that their pretty pictures do not in any way reflect what is actually in the food has never stopped them before, though.

  2. foodguy

    Asking manufacturers to substantiate claims is silly. The one’s who can substantiate claims will substantiate those claims, and the one’s that cannot, either will not respond, or will respond as if they have substantiated the claim.

    Now, the FDA’s blase attitude on this matter is absolutely disgusting. They basically admitted, while it is illegal, they will not pursue the matter.

    1. Susan Thixton Author

      I feel we have to ask manufacturers because of FDA’s attitude. Pet Food consumers deserve to know if the label is accurate or misleading.

      1. Ann*

        I agree with both of you, we must ask and then those who don’t answer must be viewed as using silence to avoid the truth. I will not buy their food if they do not respond to my questions. There are still enough reputable companies out there to give my business to them instead of a fraudulent company.

  3. Nina Wolf

    Imagine al the wasted time and effort put into these queries every day, but consumers, responsible pet nutrition stores, advocates, etc. It is utterly ridiculous to put the onus on all of us, instead of on the one agency who has the authority to enforce. But this is the situation we are left with. You go girl, and if I can help let me know. See you soon!!!!

  4. foodguy

    But there is nothing to hold them responsible for lying, so there is no benefit to telling the truth. They are never going to answer you honestly, or anyone else honestly for that reason.

    Susan- I don’t think the manufacturers is the path. Look at how few have taken your pledge? Does this mean that manufacturers that have not taken your pledge are lesser quality than those who have taken your pledge? Not necessarily so.

    The problem with the pet food industry is that it is so protected from any and all repercussions, aside from maybe a nation wide recall. What is going to happen when people find out that respected brands are using chinese processed chicken, or byproducts, or anything else? If history tells us, absolutely nothing because some of those companies have already rebounded.

    It’s like the claim grain free or gmo free at this point. I don’t know how many bags of dog food would test void of grain if there was a batch analysis done. Because they are being produced in the same facility, often with very little cleansing done between batches. That is why the FDA found products to contain dna of ingredients not listed on the label. If it happens with proteins, you think they care about grain?

    Ultimately our government loves grain- it subsidizes the shit out of it. That’s why it is cheaper to buy a burger and fries with a sugar drink then it is to buy a bag of conventionally farmed carrots in the super market. Our government loves monoculture chem ag corporations, and mass produced beef, chicken, and pork. That is what feeds America and it’s pets.

    1. Susan Thixton Author

      I agree, there is nothing to hold them accountable. I feel like I have to try something however. I’m so appalled at how pet food labels have gotten completely out of control because each State Department of Agriculture and FDA has sat back and done nothing to enforce regulations. Again, I realize it might be futile, but I have to try.

  5. keith

    My holistic veterinarian said to avoid feeding any big commercial pet food ever.

    Vet said to feed real meat and real veggies. If you buy real meat and real veggies and feed it to your dog, you know what your dog is eating.

    Why wonder what lies the big commercial corporations are feeding us. Avoid buying and instead buy real meat and veggies.

    This week my dog is eating raw ground turkey and frozen green beans. Absolutely loves it and his health has improved with feeding real food..

    But even dogs that are use to big commercial pet fast food processed wheat corn soy kiibble, will become use to eating real food and will soon prefer real food.

    This is very simple and an easy change.

    I have an acquaintance that only adopts dogs with cancer from the killing centers. He said he immediately puts the cancer dogs on a raw food diet. Some are not accustomed to eating raw food, but that is all that they are provided with each day, and if they don’t eat it, then put it back in the fridge and offer the raw food the next day. He said in a few days, the dog will be hungry to eat the raw food, and in a few weeks will prefer raw food.

    He said most the dogs cancers will shrink and even disappear on a real healthy food diet, with absolutely no big commercial pet food ever. Its the commercial pet food that feeds the cancer so that is permanently removed from the diet forever.

    He said these dogs eat very well and all the cancer dogs are walked several miles a day as oxygen also killls cancer cells.

    This is something to learn. If dogs with cancer can get better eating real food and exercise, then why risk your dog getting cancer eating big commercial pet food loaded with wheat, corn, soy and chemicals, when it is easier to feed your dog real meat and real veggies anyway and avoid cancer too.

    Makes sense.

    1. Samantha Cuellar

      That’s great, Keith, that raw foods kill cancer cells (along with oxygen), but I’m afraid of giving my dogs raw foods due to the fact that I can only get this raw foods from supermarkets or pet food stores which has gone thru the processing from slaughterhouse to wherever it ends up. How do I know this raw food isn’t shipped from China? And if it is coming from somewhere in the US, how do I know how many hands have touched this raw meat after using the restroom and not washing their hands and it ending up having salmonila or ecoli? That’s my worst fear with raw food, so I always end up cooking it. How do I get past this fear?

    2. InkedMarie

      Are you using a ground raw meat that contains bone? What about organs? If not, what you’re feeding isn’t balanced.

    3. Yvonne McGehee

      Feeding a complete raw diet is not as easy as feeding some meat and vegetables. Meat and vegetables are woefully calcium deficient for dogs, for starters. Such a diet will also be difficient in vitamins and minerals and microminerals. Feeding a complete diet takes work, and most people are not about to do what is needed. There are professionals who can help you make a complete raw or home cooked diet. One of K9 Kitchen, in Canada. There is also an online site from UC Davis that can give complete recipes for normal and special needs diets for dogs. My diet is not an analyzed diet, it is simply a diet that has worked for my breed for all life stages. You can look at it too. I hope you, or others reading your post, will realize that making a complete diet to sustain a dog for a lifetime, is more complex than feeding just meat and vegetables.

      1. Pacific Sun

        This such a dilemna. Is it better to feed a commercial “complete and balanced” meal with side effects and the risk of recall, or a whole food diet that might not be perfect? I see (especially in your case per your website) where large dogs need the right mix to keep their bones strong, and for breeding purposes. But what about average household pets in general?

        One solution is “rotation” feeding. That way the pet gets a smattering of whole fresh foods with natural vitamins and minerals. Then back it up with a reliable, dependable commercial food, and alternate with RAW too. That way your pet is used to all formats of feeding, the pet’s enzymes are being replenished, and it will get a broad array of vitamins and minerals from different brands and formulas of commercial food.

  6. No Time to Waste! (Reminder!)

    Please circulate the petition: 100,000 signatures are required by July 5, 2015. Click here –

    Should Pet Food manufacturers be required to disclose quality of ingredients?

    PF can be made from real food ingredients just like what you’d purchase in the grocery or it can be made from an inferior quality of ingredients known in the PF Industry as feed grade, pet grade, or inedible ingredients. The trouble is the consumer can’t tell the difference between food or feed grade. Yes, inedible ingredients are allowed in PF by the FDA! Including expired retail MEAT that isn’t even stripped of its packaging! Per FDA Compliance Policies MEAT is sourced from diseased, dead, or dying animals. Chemical or pesticide contaminated vegetables and fruits, and mycotoxin ridden grains, are used.

    If you agree that PF consumers deserve to know the difference before they buy, then the FDA must require the quality of ingredients to be labeled as feed or food grade.

    As of June 27 there are only 8 more days to sign the petition and reach (at least) 5,000 signatures. We are at 3,400 today. Please circulate this reminder asking even more people to pass it forward! Thank you.

  7. Lisa

    Merrick also has two mislabeled limited ingredient diet products on the market: canned cat food for cats, one duck pate and one turkey pate which state “single protein” on the front of both labels. The fourth ingredient, however, is “dried egg product”. After contacting Merrick via email and phone, they have confirmed that the dried egg product is chicken egg product, and not duck or turkey egg product, as I asked.

    They are not single protein foods.

    “We pawsitively regret this ‘error'”, was the email response I received; the products are “currently under review to make them single protein”.

    Who does quality control for Merrick’s labeling, Micky Mouse? A third grader reviewing her homework before submitting it would have noticed the problem.

    Some cats are allergic to both chicken and eggs, allergies go far beyond just being a little itchy, scratching themselves raw and breaking skin can lead to secondary infections, (my cat ended up with a staph infection before we realized he should avoid eggs, in addition to chicken, as his vet diagnosed).

    There are customers who won’t take the time to look at the ingredients on Merrick’s LID label; they will only notice e.g., ” duck pate recipe” and “single protein” on the front label.

    Come on FDA, at least pretend like you give a damn.

    1. Pacific Sun

      Thank you for this heads up. Whether regulated or not any manufacturer can choose to identify where their produce comes from. In our State all the Produce is so labeled as well as the (formerly fresh) now frozen whole fish in the Fish Market. Please should only buy what they can identify. Soon the manufacturers will get the message.

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