Pet feed moves out of the way again…this time it is Rudy Greens pet food in 400 Kroger grocery stores. Why THIS is so, so important.
To understand how significant this is – for Kroger groceries to be selling a human grade pet food – consider this…
Feed grade pet foods are openly allowed by FDA to include ingredients sourced from condemned/diseased and non-slaughtered animals (such as animals that died in the field or euthanized) – which is a direct violation of federal law. Feed grade pet foods are commonly sold at every grocery across the US. Pet foods that contain condemned/diseased and non-slaughtered animal animal material are sold adjacent to human grade meat, baby food, and fresh fruits and vegetables. And pet feed and human food are all placed in the same shopping cart.
For one – these pet feeds should NOT be sold adjacent to human food. Many include illegal ingredients that are openly ignored by every regulatory authority.
Two – what if the shopping cart you selected at your grocery was previously used by another consumer who unknowingly purchased a feed grade pet food that included condemned/diseased and non-slaughtered animal material? What if the bag of feed grade kibble tore and some of that illegal feed spilled in the cart? Do you want the food you are providing your family to be exposed to ground up, kibble-ized condemned/diseased and non-slaughtered animal material? (I don’t either. And honestly this is something I think about with every trip to the grocery.)
(I shop at Publix in Florida. I’ve had many conversations with store managers and Publix corporate offices in Florida begging them to understand these products are illegal and pose a risk to consumers. In Florida these types of pet feeds violate federal AND state law. All of my warnings have gone ignored by Publix.)
Kroger has done something very good. Thank you Kroger for selling Rudy Greens pet food – made in a USDA and FDA inspected and monitored human food manufacturing facility – available in a freezer in the pet food aisle in 400 Kroger locations east of the Mississippi river.
We need more of this. More Kroger’s selling human grade pet food. We need Publix and Safeway and Winn-Dixie and all the other groceries to sell human grade pet food ONLY and to stop selling feed grade waste ingredient pet foods adjacent to human foods.
If you feel so moved, tell your grocery to stop selling illegal pet feeds. Below is an example letter/email to send your grocery chain…
I am very concerned that [grocery name] is selling feed grade pet products adjacent to human food. Perhaps you are unaware that the FDA allows pet feed products (foods and treats) to utilize ingredients that violate federal law. The FDA allows pet feed products to source meats from “diseased animals or animals which have died otherwise than by slaughter”. This is a direct violation of the federal Food Drug and Cosmetic Act. In other words, [grocery name] is selling pet products that violate law. Please read these two FDA Compliance policies (there are more just as concerning) for verification of FDA lack of enforcement of law: https://www.fda.gov/ICECI/ComplianceManuals/CompliancePolicyGuidanceManual/ucm074710.htm and https://www.fda.gov/ICECI/ComplianceManuals/CompliancePolicyGuidanceManual/ucm074717.htm. By the way, FDA Compliance Policies are not law – they are ‘guidance’ from FDA. In this case, these Compliance Policies are FDA guidance alerting pet feed manufacturers to their opportunity to violate law.
I do not want food for my family to be exposed to illegal waste ingredient pet products. What if the shopping cart I select at your grocery was previously used by another consumer who unknowingly purchased a feed grade pet food that included condemned/diseased and non-slaughtered animal material? What if the bag of feed grade kibble tore and some of that illegal feed spilled in the cart? Again, I do not want food for my family to be exposed to pet feed products that include condemned/diseased and non-slaughtered animal material.
I am asking [grocery name] to stop selling all pet feed products. This is a ‘food’ store, not a ‘feed’ store. There are multiple pet ‘food’ products that meet all legal requirements of human food, they are known (and labeled as) “Human Grade”. I am asking [grocery name] to sell Human Grade pet products only.
Thank you –
Congrats to Rudy Greens pet food. (I didn’t realize this pet food has been sold in Kroger stores since 2007.)
Wishing you and your pet(s) the best,
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