The FDA has recently issued a warning letter to Hardy Animal Nutrition for using illegal industrial grade, pesticide contaminated and sludge oil fats – specifically stated not to feed to animals – into its dairy feeds. This company openly admitted to use of illegal ingredients.
At the August AAFCO meeting, Dr. Cathy Alinovi addressed the Ingredient Definitions Committee to the concerns of grocery waste including the plastic packaging included in livestock feed. She shared that her child could be drinking the milk from a cow that ate plastic – and chemicals from that plastic are in the milk. The crowd – mostly industry – booed her. It was one of the most shocking things I’ve ever seen take place at an AAFCO meeting.
Industry can boo a veterinarian speaking to the risks of animal feed…I wonder if industry booed this…
On February 4, 2016 the FDA sent Hardy Animal Nutrition a warning letter stating inspection found “significant violations of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act”. The warning letter states “On August 17, 2015, you received a shipment of Brown Grease from (redacted). The Bill of Lading describes the product as Industrial Grade and contains warning statement DO NOT FEED TO ANIMALS. You stated in a signed affidavit this product was off-loaded into your facility and you processed this into Energy Booster 100, a dried dairy feed ingredient, lot #082015-34 that you subsequently sold as animal feed…” Regardless to the Do Not Feed to Animals warning, Hardy Animal Nutrition used the ingredient anyway.
Hardy Animal Nutrition was also cited for adding ‘Vegetable Fatty Acid with Pesticides’ into dairy feed. Again, the invoice for this material specifically stated not intended or suitable for human or animal consumption. Again, the company ignored the ‘not suitable for animal consumption warning.
And FDA stated that Hardy Animal Nutrition used “Sludge Oil” labeled as ‘non-edible’ in animal feed. And again, the company ignored the non-edible warning.
It does not appear that Hardy Animal Nutrition manufactures any type of pet food.
This company admitted in signed affidavits they used illegal ingredients. They got a warning from FDA. Just a warning. What about all of the children and adults consuming products from cows that ate that feed? Will anyone warn them?
This is the perfect example that the animal feed/pet food industry does not always play by the rules. This company got caught, but how many others don’t get caught? The system of regulating animal food is very flawed. It is based on industry following law – clearly they don’t always do that. Animal feed/pet food is the very last concern of regulatory authorities – it should be of high priority. We (humans and pets who depend on meat products) – are what those animals eat. We deserve better than this.
Wishing you and your pet(s) the best,
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