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  1. Gitta

    in vi·tro
    in ˈvēˌtrō/
    adjective & adverbBIOLOGY
    (of processes or reactions) taking place in a test tube, culture dish, or elsewhere outside a living organism.

    But why bother with such details. In a culture dish it doesn’t matter what the test substance might do besides kill germs. Why bother with “a targeted treatment with a product containing Iota-Carrageenan is conceivable.”

    I would like to know who is responsible for these ads. Is it the store or the manufacturer? If the manufacturer is not involved, they should take immediate action.

    I’m sure other copycats will jump on the bandwagon. Either not interested in their own research, or just not giving a damn about ethics.

  2. Mirella

    I looked far and wide for a canned food for cats without carrageenan and simply could not find it. Its one of the reasons why I now feed The honest Kitchen, along with my own home-made food. And stupidly enough, when I first started giving it to my cats I was annoyed that it was so watery.. Duh! Its probably that way precisely because they’ve gotten rid of products like carrageenan. Carrageenan is one of the products that appear in canned food for pure profit motive and no other reason. The pet food manufacturers use it to transform their slop into something resembling an actual food product.

    1. Deb

      Fancy Feast canned CLASSIC varieties do Not have carrageenan in them. That’s all I feed my cats as I have one that is a diabetic which I got off insulin because it doesn’t have any grains or vegetables to add carbohydrates. My cats won’t eat raw food and most of them contain vegetables also so can’t give those, but Rad Cat makes raw food without veggies or grains. The Classic varieties of Fancy Feast don’t contain any rice or wheat gluten like the ones with gravies or sliced or grilled varieties.

      1. Mirella

        Thanks Deb. I was feeding Fancy Feast classic for a while (because it doesn’t have wheat gluten…which is great!), but then I found out it is pretty high in phosphorous. I will definitely check out Rad Cat.

  3. Michelle

    I just sent Castor and Pollux a message to find out why they have sold out and added carrageenan to all of their Ultramix canned meat dog food! I had to have a conversation with Mr. Chewy because I was purposely buying the Ultramix lamb because it did not have carrageenan in it, one month it didn’t have it in it and the next month it did! Mr Chewy credited me because their website had not been updated to add the ingredient and I was so upset. I have stopped purchasing their food because “Merrick” answered my email and told me how safe it is and that it was only 1% of the total pet food. I have started using Natures Logic for my boy now. The reasoning behind using this inflammatory additive in their product just totally pisses me off!

  4. Pam

    Good Grief! I know dogs can get colds but in 50+ years of owning dogs, working at a veterinarian office & boarding kennels I’ve never encountered a dog with a cold. And, color me crazy, but I would prefer my dog to get a cold instead of cancer. These companies are grasping at straws at the expense of our pets. Keep up the great work Susan.

  5. George

    Exactly what the snippy service rep told me when I called Verus Pet Food inquiring about their so called *really healthy cat food* containing carrageenan!

    Like the TV ads caveats for drugs………* prevent colds…. but may cause cancer*!

  6. lisa

    Nature’s Variety canned foods are carrageenan-free.

    I had an incident with Ziwi Peak, used their canned cat food for about a year, the food contains carrageenan, at the time I didn’t realize it was harmful. Earlier this year ZP’s 6 oz venison formula had a new label, three different languages but with no carrageenan listed. When I opened several cans, the food still clearly had carrageenan or some gummy binder because the texture was exactly the same as the cans with carrageenan yet no carrageenan or other gum listed on the new label. When I contacted ZP customer service via email, I never heard back, contacted them twice. In the past Kimberly Mitchell, the VP of ZP always responded promptly to inquiries. In fact, when I contacted ZP in Dec 2013, the VP said ZP would remove the carrageenan and that the food was in “trials” but that ZP would make a “big announcement” on their web site and Facebook. How can they get away with using new labels that don’t include carrageenan when the food clearly still has carrageenan?
    I stopped using ZP and now do raw and NV’s canned.

  7. Michelle

    Redbarn makes a cat food formula that doesn’t contain Carageenan. It does contain a small amount of guar gum. Guar gum, while not idea, doesn’t cause cancer or lesions.
    Redbarn has 4 formulas, Salmon&Delilah, Tricky Chicky, Quirky Turkey and Beef-a-Pallosa.
    They launched the products this year so have limited distribution but you can find them on their website:

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