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  1. Dianne & Pets

    I think what is really amounts to is that Purina was losing market share to Blue Buffalo and they looked for a way to hurt them. Maybe they started with what they were doing wrong and checked to see if Blue Buffalo was doing the same.

  2. Stephanie

    “AAFCO charges $118.00 per year for anyone to view legal definitions of pet food ingredients.”

    Ridiculous. Even more so that it is a private company. Yeah, no conflict of interest there…

    1. barbara m

      You can buy an older copy on eBay. Doesn’t matter whether it is a 2018 copy. You can also get it from your local library. You have to order it as an Inter-library loan.

      1. Susan Thixton Author

        It does matter if the book is older – new definitions are added or edited each year.

  3. Denise

    Unless you make the pet food yourself, you really don’t know what ingredients these companies are putting in the pet food. That holds true for the most expensive to the least expensive dog foods.

  4. Robin

    How did they come up with such a ridiculous arbitrary number $118 I want that explanation

    1. Tracey Shrout

      Back in 2008, when I first started making my own food, the publication was $100. I was forced to purchased the book so I’d know the rules of labeling and requirements. Price keeps increasing.

  5. Peter

    A 2012 study found caffeine, pharmaceuticals (including acetaminophen and fluoxetine) and residues of fluoroquinolones: broad-spectrum antibiotics banned for use in poultry production by the FDA in 2005. Despite that antimicrobials used in poultry production have the potential to bio-accumulate in poultry feathers as a “(toxicity) pathway,” feather meal itself is not directly tested as part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service and National Residue Monitoring Program(s).

    Imagine… there are companies that as a business, build machines to grind poultry feathers as a pet food ingredient.
    Poultry feathers would end up in a landfill, absent intervention of the rendering business. They are highly indigestible… and have to be “processed”: ground and hydrolyzed; then, a “palatant” is added to give the mix a better taste.

    As to the question, “would you buy…?” I don’t believe consumers would ever consider any of this a possibility. They expect that government regulates the industry and “protects” them and their families. And after all, the label on the can doesn’t say “waste product” or “feather meal” or whatever, does it?

  6. Lisa P

    All that money ….. and where does it go? Do the families of the beloved pets they lost ever see any of it? The ones who spent hard earned money to feed their pets what they believed to be food food for their pets. I would really like to know where all those millions of dollars in judgements & fines get paid to.

    1. Tracey Shrout

      Yes, WHERE does that money go?

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