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  1. Maxine

    Wag N Train (Purina) China – Was irradiated. Didn’t help the treats from doing major damage to the animals that ate them.

    1. Yvonne McGehee

      I didn’t know that, thanks for that information.

      1. Maxine

        The bag says “Sterilized by Irradiation for Freshness & Health”

  2. Susan MERCER

    Every day that passes makes me thankful my pets are eating a species appropriate raw food diet that I prepare myself. Sure, it is a lot easier to shake a bunch of kibble into a bowl, but looking into those bright eyes and stroking the soft healthy coats of my dogs and cats reaffirms daily that this is the right choice. Thank you Susan for keeping this information in front of us.

    1. jb

      YEP! I worry because I can only afford conventional grocery fare but, I KNOW it is better than processed, unknown sourced commercial pet food.

  3. Cheryle

    My husband & I are truck owners who take our pets with us on the truck. Sometimes we are required to move low level radioactive materials. The amazing thing that relates to this story is that when we load or unload at these type facilities, the dogs are not allowed in. We have been told that the reason is that animals are much more sensitive to radioactive materials than humans & the facility does not want the liability of the animals getting sick. Now their food is going to be irradiated? This could be a very bad thing!

  4. joan

    I don’t get it. Are the FDA and/or its employees getting kick backs? Why would they allow such crap? I find it hard to think they are all just stupid.

  5. Kelley

    Do you think we need to ask about irradiation in the Pledge to Quality as to whether or anot any ingredients have been (or will be) irradiated? If so, will the companies declare it on the label so consumers can make an informed choice? I realize no company is required to, and sub-par companies will not. Just asking about the companies who are already proud of their highest quality assurance standards!
    Would it be good to ask existing responders and good to follow up with non-responders? Afterall the Pledge was sent out over a YEAR AGO in April 2012. And … what is up with Champion Foods anyway? Promises, promises and no Pledge. Just curious, being naturally nosey anyway!
    Please let me know if I can help in anyway!

    1. Amee Rech

      Good point, Kelley! Of course, it wasn’t necessary until the LAW WAS CHANGED to accommodate a provider of the service (?!?!).

  6. Christine

    To be clear – poultry ingredients destined for pet foods will all be irradiated, or will individual pet food companies still be able to choose non-irradiated meats?

  7. Heidi

    Are you going to file a protest with the FDA before June 10? I mean, not that it would do any good…..they don’t listen anyway.

  8. mikken

    After the Orijen debacle in AU? Really?

    1. Vicky

      What was the Orijen debacle?

      1. Kelley

        Champion Foods shipped some irradiated Cat Food to Australia and it made cats ill (and I believe caused some deaths). At the time Champion Foods said it was Australia requiring the food be irradiated. However it would behoove any responsible company to test the effects of irradiating an existing formula to see what molecular changes occur, and if those changes could be detrimental to a pet. I hope that with this new irradiation process, companies know how to make appropriate compensations in their pet food formulas (particularly for cats), and that testing for safety will continue. (Not that they can handle current issues mind you … just a hope and a prayer for the future!)

  9. Gene

    It seems they always take something good and destroy it. The irradition company just want’s to sell their equiptment to make money. They don’t care whom or what they hurt.

  10. Robin

    Didn’t they have problems in Australia with cat food that was irradiated and resulted in more than 40 cats being euthanized due to illness? Some have questioned if one of the problems with Chinese dog treats is they irradiated them.

    According to Winkipedia:”The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has approved the use of low-level irradiation as an alternative treatment to pesticides for fruits and vegetables that are considered hosts to a number of insect pests, including fruit flies and seed weevils; the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has cleared among a number of other applications the treatment of hamburger patties to eliminate the residual risk of a contamination by a virulent E. coli.

    Under bilateral agreements that allows less-developed countries to earn income through food exports agreements are made to allow them to irradiate fruits and vegetables at low doses to kill insects, so that the food can avoid quarantine.”

    It’s already here.

  11. Mrs Donna Chambers

    I posted this on our facebook site, and received the following comment from Steve Mushynsky: “This article states that pet food irradiation by electron beam or x-ray has been ok’d by the fda and then goes on to state that ‘ionizing radiation’ has deleterious effects on food.
    Neither electron beam nor x-ray is ‘ionizing radiation’ [alpha particles from decay of a radioactive isotope source].
    the comparisons in this article are invalid and the validity of sources quoted are questionable as well.
    I, for one, will be glad to know that pet food manufacturers are doing their best to reduce the bacteria present in my pets’ food as much as possible.”

    I would be interested in hearing some comment about this.

    1. dmiller

      I am fairly certain that the FDA cannot be replied on completely for anything, even our own health. In any case, the FDA has approved a process that other studies have questioned in term of ability to achieve stated goals and to leave the food nutritionally intact. The Australian experience is that irradiated food is bad for cats. Anyone ignoring that does so at the risk of their cat’s health, if not life.

      Bottom line, consumer’s have the right to know so they can make their own choices.

    2. Ruth

      I will agree that the study sited above about the nutritional content of irradiated foods was done with “ionizing radiation”, but I can’t find any studies done with Xrays or Electron Beam to confirm that they DON’T affect the nutritional content……

      And frankly I don’t want the GOOD bacteria killed, thank you very much. THATS usefull bacteria, it does things, like, result in that “bad” smell when something starts go off!

    3. wol

      Actually Ebeams & xrays are also forms of ionizing radition.

      “There are three
      types of ionizing radiation that can
      potentially be used in food irradiation:
      electron beams (machine generated),
      X-rays – (machine generated), and
      gamma rays (occur naturally from
      radioactive decay of Cesium 137 or
      Cobalt 60). Cobalt-60 is most
      commonly used for food irradiation,
      though electron beam is finding
      increasing application.”

      E-beam radiation is a form of ionizing energy that is generally characterized
      by its low penetration and high dosage rates. The beam, a concentrated,
      highly charged stream of electrons, is generated by the acceleration and
      conversion of electricity. The electrons are generated by equipment referred
      to as accelerators which are capable of producing beams that are either pulsed
      or continuous.
      As the product/material being sterilized passes beneath or in front
      of the electron beam, energy from the electrons is absorbed. This absorption
      of energy alters various chemical and biological bonds within the product/
      material. The energy that is absorbed is referred to as the “absorbed dose.”
      It is this absorption of energy –or “dose delivery”–that destroys the
      reproductive cells of microorganisms by destroying their DNA chains.
      E-beam radiation is similar to gamma processing in that, upon contact with
      the exposed product, electrons alter various chemical and molecular bonds,
      including the reproductive cells of microorganisms.

  12. lynn

    did champion only do the irradiation on cat food or both cat and dog food? I have used their freeze dried treats … now I am scared to death anyone know?

    1. Susan Thixton Author

      They irradiated product going into Australia – this was I believe back in 2008. Australian laws at the time required foods not cooked at a certain temperature to be treated with irradiation – so both dog and cat foods would have been irradiated. Those laws have since been changed (I believe). The best for you would be to contact Champion Pet Food directly and ask them about your concerns. Never hesitate to ask a manufacturer your questions. How they respond or if they respond is good information as well.

  13. Peter

    If the products we will buy will not bear the “radura” symbol, because they are not required to… by what means is this exception?

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