The Cornucopia Institute has recently published an extensive report on the current conditions of pet food. It’s a very good read, they share to a new audience many of the concerns that we discuss here at TAPF.
What I am most pleased with in the Cornucopia Institute’s new report on pet food – Decoding Pet Food Labels: Avoiding harmful ingredients for your dogs and cats – is they have everything right and they are reaching another audience of consumers that perhaps are unfamiliar with feed grade or rendered pet food ingredients. The more education provided to consumers, the healthier their pets can become.
A concern to me reading their report was this sentence: “China also supplies ingredients that go into pet food made in the U.S. and Canada, including pea protein, soy protein, vitamins, and minerals.” We are well aware that China provides many supplements in pet foods, but I was not aware that China is a leading exporter of pea protein. Pea protein is a commonly used ingredient in grain free pet foods. If your grain free pet food includes this ingredient – call or email the manufacturer and ask the country of origin of all ingredients.
The Cornucopia Institute pet food report does not shy away from one of the biggest secrets of pet food – rendered pets in pet food. In fact they named names of companies that render dead pets. “In fact, the two largest companies that pick up carcasses from shelters and clinics, D&D Disposal, Inc. and Koefran, Inc. are both owned by rendering companies (West Coast Rendering and Reno Rendering, respectively).”
And they address the FDA Compliance policies that allow diseased animals and animals that have died other than by slaughter into pet food. “Since these materials are processed at very high temperatures, their nutritional value is degraded compared to fresh meat that would qualify for human consumption. Research has demonstrated that carcinogenic heterocyclic amines and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons are formed when muscle meat is cooked at high temperatures.”
“The primary reason why “adulterated” ingredients from dead and downer animals have not been prohibited from pet and animal feed in the U.S. is economic. Due to the cost of their disposal, and the environmental and human health risks of improper disposal, there is economic incentive for the use of these materials.”
“There is no denying that there are environmental challenges surrounding the disposal of SRMs, and dead and downer animals. But putting this material into animal food to increase the profitability of rendering plants, live-stock producers, and pet food companies is clearly not an ethical solution to the problem.”
The Cornucopia Institute report provides warnings linked to science of common pet food ingredients including Carrageenan, Synthetic Preservatives (BHA, BHT, Ethoxyquin), BPA, Sodium Selenite, Food Dyes, and Grains.
It is a great read – I encourage all to look it over. You can access the report and a consumer ‘buying guide’ from this page on the Cornucopia Institute website. My thanks to them for doing a fantastic job at reporting the ‘truth about the pet food’ industry. Click Here to go to the Cornucopia Institute website.
Wishing you and your pet(s) the best,
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