Pet Food Ingredients

What’s in the Bowl?

An info-graphic that explains the serious federal law violations allowed in pet foods/animal foods, violations the consumer is never warned of on product labels. Easy to share with your elected officials.

This graphic is for all of you that want to help raise awareness to the absurdities allowed in pet food. This is the same concerns our Citizen Petition to FDA was about (rejected four years later). The law should be enforced with all animal foods, not just pet foods. Consumers should be warned to what they are purchasing.




Please share this image as broadly as you can. For doubters, links in the image take viewers directly to the content quoted.

Should you wish to send an email/letter to your elected officials (in Washington and your state government officials), below is a sample letter.

Dear __________,

As a concerned pet food consumer, I would like to bring to your attention serious violations in food safety law. As example, federal law does not allow food to contain meat sourced from an animal that has died other than by slaughter or meat sourced from a diseased animal – but FDA Compliance Policies allow this meat in pet food. Please see this info-graphic providing the laws and the clear violations of law allowed by FDA:

As my Representative, can you please explain how this is allowed? Why are consumers not warned that these types of ingredients can be used in pet foods?

I would appreciate your investigation of this issue.

Thank you,


Thanks to all of you (in advance) for sharing this info-graphic and writing your law makers.


Wishing you and your pet(s) the best,

Susan Thixton
Pet Food Safety Advocate
Author Buyer Beware, Co-Author Dinner PAWsible
Association for Truth in Pet Food

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July 21, 2014

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5 COMMENTS ON THIS POST To “What’s in the Bowl?”

  1. This is brilliantly done, thank you! I will be sharing…

  2. ktg says:

    I shared. I always bring this subject up when discussing pet food or when buying pet food and an employee or customer approaches. I preach it loudly. But sometimes I fear those who buy into cheap, big name pet foods will still feed this trash even after learning the truth. It is very sad, and I ache for whatever these misinformed pet owners’ animals go thru when they pay for the owners’ mistake and lack of research. If only they knew how much marketing is killing pets.

  3. Amy Renz says:

    Susan, it seems that the FDA’s compliance policies would be written proof of a violation of federal law. So couldn’t consumers file a class action against the FDA for violation of the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act as it pertains to “food” for animals?

  4. Amy Renz says:

    Susan, This is a great graphic. I’m curious what your source is for the $100 MM estimate for pet foods that meet the legal definition of “food” . Also, I think Euromonitor puts 2014 estimates for US pet food industry size at $23 Billion (APPA, I believe has it at $22.6 B). So both a little higher than the $21 B in your graph.

    Best, Amy

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