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  1. Ian

    Thank you for publicly “connecting the dots” in the “swamp” that is the pet feed industry essentially self-regulating itself through corporate influence and donations, as well as the revolving door between AAFCO and industry employment.

  2. Toni

    Iowa State Vet School. Hill’s Science Diet. It’s always been that way.

    1. Susan Thixton Author

      The difference in Iowa – is pet food is regulated by the Department of Agriculture. At least there is a separation between university donations and regulation.

  3. T Allen

    Wow. Just Wow. I’ve known for a while that other research coming out of Purdue was highly suspect. TX & KS I’m not surprised, except that other states aren’t involved as well. Another example of great sleuthing, congrats Susan!

  4. Albert Schepis

    I sincerely appreciate the work you do!

  5. Roberta Fox

    We would not accept these ethical/legal standards in medicine or law. The animal law sections of the various state bar associations should be contacted for assistance in lobbying and addressing this toxic issue.

  6. Jeanette Owen

    Kinda the same thing???? Maybe a year ago in Tempe Arizona – at ASU University – a “big” pet store – brought over & sponsored a day of “playing with the puppies & dogs”. People fell for it. We all know most puppies in “pet stores” come from puppy mills. So sad to see this event.

  7. Cannoliamo

    Thanks Susan.

    In my opinion, this sounds in some ways similar to the human and environmental toxicity studies many Universities do for pesticide companies like Bayer and Monsanto as well as for drug clinical trials where the necessary studies are paid for by the companies and subsequently used for FDA and EPA approval. I’m not sure why there would be a greater health risk with pet foods if the required regulatory protocols were under complete state control (including public notification and hearings) and the samples used in laboratory compliance testing were coded and anonymous relative to the names, batches, dates and brands and ingredients of the tested foods.

    Initially, it sounds more like administrative protocols need to be tightened and, of course, all test results in these states need to be made available to consumers and to the FDA as well as peer reviewed and published. FDA and state agencies have the ultimate regulatory authority and if there was collaboration between funding sources and universities that violated the rules, penalties and fines should be imposed on both institutions as well as disciplinary actions for participants. In all cases, confidentiality regarding the specific food and test results can not be used to deny public awareness. These are all publicly funded institutions.

  8. nafiseseyedbagher

    so good

  9. landsharkinnc

    Aside from the ‘conflict of interest’ … the Veterinary Nutrition courses taught in these Vet Schools are based on the product they are using … and these products are up for bid each year to the company who will supply the most feed with the most benefit to the CVM using it — poultry/large animal/domestic pets etc. .. and the courses on ‘Nutrition’ are only one semester quarter … and the ‘instructors are provided by the feed company (at least at NC State College of Veterinary Med)

  10. Diane Timmons

    Susan, thank you ever so much for your vigilance in exposing this CORRUPTION. At Kansas State Vet School, everywhere you look, you see Hills Science Diet signs, promotions, etc. I doubt there is a vet, who is ebucated at K State, that doesn”t promote Science Diet in their practice. Hmmmm, is there a connection? Duh, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out Hills is a big contributor to the education of those attending K State and thus, those students promote Science Diet once they become practicing vets. Thanks to people like you, who care and are genuinely concerned about our fur babies, I’ve learned to question and research, anything I feed my pet. Even at that, with all the CORRUPTION such as you just exposed to us, I still question if I’m feeding my baby what is best for her.

  11. Marsha

    This is a swamp just like Washington D.C. I do not this is ethical. Shame on Universities that do this.
    I went to my vet the other day and outside it was a Hill’s truck. My dog Gabriella was shaking, so I picked her up and said out loud don’t be scared I would never feed you that S**t. Then as I walked up to the door I noticed a man sitting by it. I am sure he heard me, and I really don’t care if he did. Pet food laws should be state and federally regulated, not by insiders.

    1. Stephanie

      Whoops, I meant this comment as a reply to Roberta Fox’s comment: “We would not accept these ethical/legal standards in medicine or law. The animal law sections of the various state bar associations should be contacted for assistance in lobbying and addressing this toxic issue.”

    2. Stephanie

      Whoops, I meant for this to be a replay to Roberta Fox’s comment: “We would not accept these ethical/legal standards in medicine or law. The animal law sections of the various state bar associations should be contacted for assistance in lobbying and addressing this toxic issue.”

  12. Linda Gerten

    What can we do about this? I would never buy those products anyway for my pets. Spread the word!

  13. Blair

    I emailed my governor about this! This is appalling and I am disgusted that Texas allows this.

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