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Diacetyl in Pet Food Flavorings?

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  1. Allison

    This is very interesting and thank you for posting! It does really concern me for cats with previous URI and pet rats as many rat owners will feed them dog food. Rats in particular have very sensitive respiratory systems. With this new information (and the recent buyout of Natural Balance) I will be making my own rat food too from now on. Just another reason not to feed kibble!!

  2. Mollie Morrissette

    Actually, back in 2007 the NYT reported on a consumer unaffiliated with occupational diacetyl exposure may have developed bronchiolitis obliterations as a result of heavy popcorn consumption. Although it is not a definitive causal link, after discovering that measurements of diacetyl in the man’s home were similar to levels in microwave popcorn plants, it is difficult not to derive the conclusion. Read more about it: The New York Times. 2007. “Doctor Links a Man’s Illness to a Microwave Popcorn Habit”

    1. Prince

      Actually, lung damage is not said to be caused by consumption of Diacetyl. It clearly states, “When he broke open the bags, after the steam came out, he would often inhale the fragrance because he liked it so much,” Dr. Rose said. “That’s heated diacetyl, which we know from the workers’ studies is the highest risk.”

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      “He may be the first person outside the realm of the flavoring and snack-food industry to develop so-called popcorn lung”.

  3. Karen Ray

    Natural Balance Indoor Cat Formula canned food has recently had “natural flavor” added to its ingredients list. (Whether that’s related to the merger with Del Monte, I don’t know.)

  4. Georgia Picton

    According to my knowledge there is no study showing pets could inhale diacetyl in the pet food and there is no study the chemical could be a harmful when it ingested in pet food.

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