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Will the Darkest Secrets of Pet Food be Revealed?

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  1. Karen Lucas

    What companies are under the MARS umbrella???

    1. Susan Thixton Author

      Many human foods – candy, Uncle Ben’s rice. Pet food – Royal Canin, Nutro, Natura, Pedigree, Sheba, Cesar, Eukanuba, Iams, Whiskas, Temptations cat treats.

      1. AlpenPaw

        Also WisdomPanel, the dog DNA test that is operates off of the largest database (considered most “accurate”. See this for all current brands: http://www.mars.com/global/brands

  2. SweetKimy

    Wow, wish I lived in Missouri. I would be there!!!

  3. Teresa Johnson

    One of the first things that jumped out at me was language of the suit addresses health issues of humans only. Not once was mention of the tie to pet health. And if such harsh toxic conditions and ingredients existed where is tne link to consumer (human) health? Have humans other tjan employees been put at healtj risk handling their pet’s food? Snd what about that ocassional inquisitive toddler who samples from the pet’s bowl?
    I feel this suit will, and should, be only the beginning of raising consumer awareness and concern. Let’s hope real good comes from this.

  4. J. Rizk

    Just when I think I can’t hear anything worse. I’m so disgusted anymore. Is there seriously not one human being left on this earth that gives a c**p about anything other than the almighty buck? It’s appearing not……well, I guess there’s one…..Susan Thixton. I really appreciate your article on this.

    1. Susan Thixton Author

      thank you! There’s a lot of ‘us’ that care…just not a lot of ‘them’ that care.

  5. Jackie

    Over fifty years ago I used to subscribe to Consumers’ Union, a magazine which reports on the best products to buy from new cars, vacuum cleaners, and yes, the food we consume. I had always used a very well-known brand of creamy peanut butter for my children until a report by CU knocked that well-known brand with the simple revelation, “_____” Peanut Butter has (x-amount/ppm/parts per million) a higher amount of rat hair and feces.” I was shocked that our government allowed this in our foodstuff! I switched to the next top brand, which, incidentally, had zero rat hair and feces in its creamy peanut butter. Obviously I switched brands immediately.
    With that said, I am not surprised about the many reports of what goes into the manufactured foods for our companion animals. I’m sure it beats a few rat hairs and feces by a country mile!!!

  6. Jeanne

    Well, I live in Missouri, and only 40 minutes from Joplin. Sadly, I babysit my grandchildren weekdays so cannot personally attend. I will be following closely however and will spread the information far and wide. There is still a dog (pet) food plant operating near Pittsburg, Kansas, which is still very local to the area, only barely across the state line. My son mentioned “that place is nasty!” once after having to go in there. Now I wonder if the very same conditions aren’t likely there as well. I haven’t trusted any manufacturers for years but didn’t realize how much the employees themselves were at risk besides the animals eating the food. Thanks, Susan, for this important coverage.

  7. M.L. Moore

    Two words: ROAD TRIP!!!!

  8. Julie

    If humans win then pet owners should follow up with a class action lawsuit.

    1. Eve

      AGREED ALSO SUE SUPERMARKET GIANTS WHO STOCK THE TOXIC FILTH….and its usually always stocked next to TOXIC CHEMICALS LAUNDRY DETERGENTS GARDEN FERTILIZERS ETC….I’m working on this to have it noticed here.

      1. Pacific Sun

        Never thought about it before. But very, VERY true. They’d never align Baby Food products in the Rat Poison aisle. Why pet food?

  9. Jude

    You said, “I look forward to learning if criminal charges will result from this lawsuit…maybe even criminal charges against regulatory authorities.”

    We can only hope!

    Thanks for the info!

  10. NJ

    Sadly, human grains are commonly fumigated the same way with Phosphine fumigants. If it’s not USDA organic it is probably fumigated.

  11. Peter

    The plant may be “closed” but the food produced there can remain on the shelves for years.

  12. Eve

    HORRENDOUS HOW DARE A PET FOOD COMPANY ACT WITH BLATANT LIES AND DECEPTION – SHAME ON YOUR COMPANY…I WISH FOR THESE PET FOOD MANUFACTURES TO SHUT DOWN – THIS IS DISGUSTING AND UNETHICAL. ANIMALS RIGHTS “MUST BE IMPLEMENTED IMMEDIATELY” WHERE THEIR BODIES ARE NOT FORCED TO EAT TOXIC SLUDGE UNDER BULLSHIT MEDIA AND CORPORATE LIES. PROSECUTE THESE MASS MURDERING COMPANIES IT WOULD NOT BE ALLOWED IN HUMAN FOOD IF THEY TRIED THEY’D BE SHUT DOWN INSTANTLY AND SEVERE PENALTIES. I LIVE IN AUSTRALIA AND NOTICED IN ALDI THEY HAVE HORRIBLE PROCESSED PET FOODS WITH A GIANT JIVE TALKING TEXT ON BAG SAYS: PET FOOD MADE BY USA STANDARDS! OMG ALARM BELLS AND SIRENS….OUR COUNTRY ALLOW THIS CRAP INTO OUR STORES. I WISH i could stop all this but some people play ignorant and STILL buy processed food instead of giving their pets raw meat and bones. Feeding processed pet food IS ABUSE

    1. Chris

      Unfortunately, this is the American way. Profits are all that matters.

  13. Eve

    Hi Susan:-) I just ordered your book BUYER BEWARE. Thanks

  14. Terri Janson

    I hope the get punished this time! Just so unblieveable to me. This is why I make my 6 dogs food myself.

  15. barbaraM

    I followed your instructions to go to the Missouri Court website, clicked on the case number, but the only thing that comes up in Docket Entries are misc Summons and so on. There is no original Complaint there. Where can I find it? Thanks.

  16. Kate

    And then people wonder why the cancer rate is so high in pets and they are getting it younger and younger…. it is the food.

  17. Pat P.

    Pretty outrageous and sickening!
    I really hope this opportunity to illuminate the public while condemning the pet food industry is taken advantage of. I would hate to see this chance squandered.
    I like to see the “ordinary citizen” take on the big guys–and win! The process though makes me nervous, for fear that money and power will win over, as so often is the case. This time we MUST be lucky!

  18. Merete Prior

    Thank you Susan for all the hard work you are doing for our pets. It is highly appreciated. Greetings from Denmark 🙂

  19. Tracey

    #17 on the complaint: “Defendant Presto-X provided fumigation for various railroad cars that provided organic products to the Mars Petfood plant. This fumigation was to rid the raw material for the pet food of pests found in the material.”

    If they were claiming ORGANIC on the label of the Pet food, (I’m assuming that the FDA definition of “organic” pertains to petfood?) then that would appear to be a “small” problem as well? Throws a whole new problem into the mix!

  20. Lisa Marie

    Wow, justice comes late but sometimes it comes … bravo to those former employees who filed suit. This may be the genesis as far as lawsuits for this appallinglyly shameful industry. Between this and Pet Fooled, others will finally begin to see what you, Susan, have so dedicatedly given your time towards. Many thanks for your tireless effort and all you do on behalf of our furry friends. 🙂

  21. Tim Basta

    Parts of your article are unnecessarily alarmist. Phosgene is a gas. It is the same gas that was used on the battlefields of WWI, it caused the injuries in India when the Union Carbide plant had a release, and it’s why you need to take your birds away when the refrigeration repairman replaces your cooling / frig compressor.

    The thing is is that it is a gas that is deadly or injurious upon exposure. For employees, it is a serious issue if they are around when the gas is applied. But once applied, it quickly dissipates into the surrounding air. In other words it does not stick around and leaves no residues. This is a much better approach than other methods which may leave residues on the product being fumigated.

    Now the poor condition of the facility making this pet food is a serious issue. And it is unacceptable if Mars Pet Products let this situation fester for years.

    1. Susan Thixton Author

      It’s phophine – not “phosgene”. Not sure if your comment included a typo or if you are referring to something else. And I doubt the employees that filed the lawsuit feel their lawsuit was ‘alarmist’.

  22. Misty

    I went to check this and for case #12AO-CC00301-01, Mars Petcare was dismissed as a defendant 11/15/16. It also says it was settled completely 12/20/16 and the trial canceled. So I guess we won’t know their secrets….again….

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