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  1. Rene

    YEAH!!!!!! I LOVE IT!!! Somehow these dirty turds need to be stopped or held accountable! I cannot wait to sign it!!! 🙂

  2. Patricia Thompson

    You must do your job to protect our pets & the public.

  3. Kathryn S

    Awesome — now we can only hope and pray that this upcoming election will not result in such changes in the Supreme Court that any ruling would effect a change in the ‘Chevron’ law —

  4. Linda Kelly

    Thanks Susan and maybe we should have a go fund me for this issue! I am sure funds will be needed for this legal argument! I think many dog and cat families are not are aware of what is going on in the pet food industry and would welcome sending money for this important concern about stopping the pet food companies from disregarding the health of our pets and allowing large pet food corporations the freedom to feed garbage to our pets and false advertising and FDA allowing it to happen!!!

    1. Susan Thixton Author

      Let’s try the free route first (Citizen Petition to FDA and Inspector General complaint). FDA is required by law to respond to a Citizen Petition within 180 days – though that ‘response’ could be as simple as “we have received your petition and are considering it”. Also, the Citizen Petition will become public record and anyone can comment on it (industry and consumers). I’m confident industry will fight this – but we’ll see what their public comments are on it and address those as things move along. But if we need to sue, then chances are we will need to raise funds to hire an attorney.

      1. K Nard

        So, why not do what and other NGOs do, i.e. give us a link to web page to sign a petition?

  5. Deniese

    With the upcoming elections for President and depending on who will win will definitely play a part on the replacement of one of the supreme court picks. This could either make the FDA better or worst or add more baggage to the already full of baggage to the FDA which is a government agency. Seems like the last eight years of the FDA has really gone to la la land. Just Saying… I like the go fund me idea.

    1. Jude

      The Humane Society of US has clearly stated and given examples of why a Trump presidency would be extremely damaging to animals. That alone should alert people to the changes Trump would make, as he sees animal issues unimportant in the big picture.

      1. Susan Thixton Author

        By no means do I want this post to be about Trump or Clinton. Because I didn’t want to delete political comments I offer this perspective (non-partisan perspective): Several have made similar comments on Trump in the media. I can tell you that I read the statement that Trump made and I interpreted it completely differently than anyone in media and differently than HSUS. I believe I interpreted it differently than others probably because I know existing laws are not enforced by FDA (and mainstream media or probably HSUS doesn’t have a clue about this – they have had ample opportunity to learn it, but they have chosen to look the other way), my interpretation of Trump’s statement was why fund an organization (FDA) that isn’t doing their job.

        Both Republicans and Democrats in office for years have done nothing to fix the problem this post is about. Let’s not blame any one individual. Fault lies with FDA’s interpretation of law (protecting industry); the entire agency is at fault, not either Presidential Candidate.

        1. Brenda

          True and I don’t think that the fix will come from a president. It will take the supreme court and probably congress.

  6. Cathy Palamara

    We need Erin Brockovich!

    1. Jude

      We have Susan.

  7. Jude

    I was very disappointed that the Reader’s Digest has a page in the October 2016 issue that gives some of America’s most trusted brands, one of which is Purina Pet Food. The info on this survey can be found at

    I didn’t know where to put this, so I’m just adding it to these comments.

  8. Jude

    Susan, I want to let you know my response to the Reader’s Digest. I don’t mind if you use this comment, but please just delete my address and phone number. I don’t know how else to get this info to you. Thank you.

    Date: October 13, 2016 at 5:40:03 PM EDT
    Subject: Response to Most Trusted Brands – my critique, please read

    I was very disappointed to read that Purina Pet Food is considered to be a trusted brand. Certainly they do good by their tax-exempt donations to animal shelters across the US and elsewhere, but the quality of their pet food leaves a great deal to be desired.

    If you have any interest in learning about the real “quality” of Purina Pet Food, please consider checking out and learn the true terrible lack of quality of what Purina and so many other big pet food companies are putting into their products and passing it off as high quality.

    I pray that you will take the time to follow through on this. There are many who are working very hard to make the FDA enforce the law, which would indeed make big pet food companies stop blatantly violating the law, with the FDA looking the other way. You will be shocked.

    Jude Gagner
    Long-standing animal advocate
    Long-term conscientious owner of rescued Rottweilers

  9. Ian

    I appreciate that you look at so many routes to accomplish the goal of making pet food safer…. this makes me think of your parallel crusade for truth in labeling demands— if the bag of kibble showed an ACTUAL picture of the dead and diseased animals and other unfit-for-human consumption ingredients that go into them, I don’t think they would sell too many bags of that kibble. Or just the prominently displayed label on the front “this pet food made with rotting, dead and diseased animals and moldy grains unfit for human consumption.”

  10. Linda Horn

    Sounds good! I hope it works. It should work, if the entire system hasn’t been broken beyond repair. Please let us know if and when we should take any action in support of this initiative.

  11. Cheryl

    Looking forward to hearing more about this.

  12. Betty Burkett

    SUSAN, you are so awesome! Thank you so much for all your hard work and for making things easy for us to understand.

  13. Cora vandeKar

    Anxiously awaiting the outcome of this in Canada.
    Laws for pet food are even worse here 🙁
    Thanks Susan

  14. Cheri Fellinger

    What about all the other gross things adulterating the meat meals like Styrofoam, plastic wrap and the little pad under them meat that absorbs blood…….ew….and all those other waste products with chemicals dumped in the mix? What is to be done about that stuff?

    1. Susan Thixton Author

      Best I can say is one battle at a time. Completely agree that kind of material is a risk and should not be allowed into pet food/animal feed.

    2. Pacific Sun

      I think once it can be demonstrated (and prosecuted) that illegal 4-D protein is being used for PF, then other adulterated products, like expired packaged meat and food stuff, will also come under scrutiny.

  15. Pat P.

    I can imagine resistance from the pet food industry will be powerful, unless there is some loophole they are aware about that we are not.

    In any case, the FDA will drag their feet and take time, as will any legal or political action needed in our do-nothing congress, but, at least, your extensive and persistent research seems to have given you and pet food consumers some hope!

    Thanks, again, Susan.

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