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  1. Ann

    Sadly it appears that the FDA and the AVMA are in the pockets of the Pet Food Institute. Thanks for your perseverance on this important matter.

  2. Reader

    Isn’t is sad when people put their careers over the health and safety of pets? Lying shouldn’t be acceptable in any profession. If a distortion of facts exists in this case, and it goes uncorrected (or even unclarified) after being questioned, then what use is this position of responsibility and oversight? And what good is the value of the generous salary being paid for the so-called (yet deceitful) expertise??
    Think about it.

  3. Terry

    Thank you Susan – this is important work that you are doing!

  4. Lilly

    WOW this just kills me…funny that the AVMA was quick to make a public statement discouraging the feeding of raw meat diets due to the risk of pathogens when there is NO clear documented cases or legitimate research indicating that pets or their guardians have ever died or even been sickened as a result of consuming raw homemade or commercial pet food diets. Yet, we have some very STRONG evidence that the chicken jerky treats from China have been adulterated and many pets have suffered and died as a result. Could the writing on the wall from these organizations be any more clear!!! Disgusting!!

    1. Jeri

      I agree. The AVMA lost all credibility with me when they went after the non-issue, ignoring the very valid concerns with the numerous illnesses and deaths due to KIBBLE which was recalled! No credibility whatsoever. I give my support to the AHVMA instead.

      Susan, is there no way to go on the AVMA site and find out what you want to know? If there’s a transcript online somewhere, it can be found!

  5. Dan

    Very interesting. AVMA reps won’t support a nation wide warning against chinese chicken jerky products that have been linked to thousands of illnesses and deaths, after substtances have been confirmed to be illegal in their use, but they DO release warnings against raw diets when there were no ongoing illnesses or deaths??

    Seems very shady. Not surprising, considering the doctors that provide their training typically help in the formulation of one product, and not the other…

    It’s all about money…integrity in big pet food is nearly impossible to find.

  6. Nina Wolf

    Does it matter if the cause has been found? Can the incidents of illness not be enough to warrant cautions being issued? Did people need to understand what caused the plague to quarantine stricken towns?

    1. Regina

      excellent point! Even if they couldn’t comprehend what was causing the illnesses, the sheer number of illnesses has gotta be a big red flag!

  7. Lynn Utecht

    It’s time to sue the FDA for not providing the FOIA items requested……

  8. barbara

    I am surprised that Dr Bernadette Dunham was so delusional to think that someone would not do research and find out the discrepancy of facts.

    1. Regina

      pssst (I don’t think facts matter to them!!!)

  9. Betty Burkett

    Should we as members of Consumers write to the FDA and the AVMA with our concerns or just even as citizens and pet owners?

  10. Candence Griffin

    I am so glad the fight to get these DEADLY treats off the market remains stubbornly persistent! These treats nearly killed our beloved Promise, a nine year old Basenji girl, who has been in LSA REMISSION since May of 2009. Promise loved them and being the doting Basenji mom, I bought them frequently because of the high protein value. I’ve had Basenjis (19 of them) for over 38 years and I use to compete in Confirmation, obedience and lure coursing. Promise and brother Connor, were my first ‘pets’, the other 16 had to work for a living. Back in August of 2008, I noticed all of her external lymph notes were enlarged. One or two, usually under the jaw could have indicated a tangle with an insect or two – but this was all of them -under the jaw, on the shoulder, behind the front leg (chest level) and back leg (upper thigh,back side) – on both sides. The nodes under her jaw and on her shoulder were affecting her ability to breath. Needle biopsy was inconclusive and my vet, wisely, waited until the biopsy for one of the shoulder nodes came back. Giving Prednisone before Chemo is risky because Prednisone represses the immunity system. Her results were LSA, stage 3. Without Chemo, even with Prednisone to counteract her symptoms, she was given 4 months at best. Promise would turn 4 in December. Needless to say, we were devastated, because she was incredibly young and we financially strapped because the economy had tanked. Promise was given an aggressive chemotherapy consisting of three drugs – Vinchristine, Cytoxain, Vinchristine, Doxirubinsin – one drug a week, then a two week rest. She had five cycles of this protocol. We were also supplementing her with K9 Immunity, which helped her immunity system. The side affects from the chemo – nausea, neuropathy, chronic loose stool – Promise fought it all and won. It’s tricky to vaccinate her and we have no earthly clue how long she’ll survive but she’s made it so far. She’s healthy (CBC w/diff ever so often) and happy. I make my own dog food, for the most part. I am very leery of any prepared food, even food for my husband and I.

    1. Candence Griffin

      I apologize for my senior moment yesterday – Prednisone DEpresses the immunity system.
      I also forgot to include my own theory of why these chews are toxic. I had years of experience working with the Hazardous material system for the Navy, so I was familiar with lead poisoning. I suspect the racks used to ‘dry out’ the chicken breasts are coated with lead based paint. Raw chicken will absorb just about anything it touches, so isn’t a stretch to see how the chicken could be contaminated. The companies in China have been notorious for lead contamination and lead, even in small quantities, can cause cancer. When US companies are negotiating for a product, they are more concerned about the price and contents of the product not the way it is manufactured. This gives China a distinct advantage of ‘omission’ unless it is specified in the contract they can not use equipment that has / had exposure to or covered by lead / lead based products. It’s all in the way the contract is written as well as how it is interpreted. Having read through CFRs (Code of Federal Regulations) and other documentation such as Military Standards and Specifications, I can’t imagine any company for profit, especially for products made outside the US, adhering to such tight controls. This is precisely the reason so much production is located overseas. Less control and wide subjective interpretation of a contract with tons of ambiguity.

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  12. Ellie L

    The AVMA is totally sold out to the pet food industry. The commercial pet food makers start out by supporting the veterinary colleges and then seep into every veterinary practice with all kinds of monetary incentives and perks.
    It is sad that these people who go through the trouble of being educated in maintaining the health of animals are so determined to help undermine their health long term by pushing highly processed low quality food on the market.
    The AVMA choose to take a public stand against raw feeding when even the smallest amount of common sense would tell them that all animals were designed to eat raw food.
    Over vaccination is another front in which they are harming our animals and who is it except the veterinarians that inject our livestock, meant for human consumption, with hormones, steroids, and antibiotics?

    1. Jeri

      Sad, but true. Excellent post. When they started in on homeopathy, they got a huge blowback from the paying public and had to backtrack quickly. Of course there were vets within the organization who opposed passing a resolution against homeopathy — pretty much the same group who were opposed to the raw food ban — but this time they were heard, apparently. The AVMA did not appreciate the link many made between the two issues, however, when it was done repeatedly on their Facebook page. Guess the truth was a bit too much for them in the light of day. Amazing how that works….As I said, considering their “take” on the raw food issue as well as a few other issues on which they have stood four-square against what is best for animals, and their attempts to push through a homeopathic “ban” among their membership last year, they have ZERO credibility on animal health in my household!

      1. Ellie L

        Corruption and greed, plain and simple. It is so blatant that it is difficult to comprehend. I guess the general public has become so blind to the truth about any kind of food that these people feel they have an open door to do do whatever they please.
        The mainstream media is compliantly silent even about what is done to the human food supply much less the pet foods.

        1. Regina

          The mainstream media are all owned by big conglomerates just like the big pet food companies. Thus, their silence on this.

          1. Ellie L


  13. Rev. Col. K.Dale Frazier

    Apparently; this leads one to believe that it is all about the $$$$ . Makes us wonder who is getting PAID OFF or whatever to save China’s Jerky ?

  14. Carol

    Does this have something to do with the fact the the US owes China so much money and “we” are afraid to say “NO”??
    If people would just stop buying these deadly treats – it might wake the gov’t up. Doubtful though.
    I never feed anything but treats I know are made in the US (goes for kibble as well) and am always looking for recalls, etc.. to protect my two precious babes.
    So sad that it is allowed to basically kill our pets.

    1. Ellie L

      Sadly, few people actually read labels or pay attention to ingredient lists. Some of those treats were not even labeled as being from China. Some are sold by American companies so people think they must be safe.
      Issues about the safety of the food supply for humans or animals in this country are rarely mentioned in mainstream media. You may hear about recalls now and them but not many facts about what the actual issue is.

  15. Sandra Todd

    Thank you so much for your in depth research into these matters. I recently subscribed to your magazine after reading many of your posts on Facebook and am so pleased with the contents. I am letting my subscription lapse to another publication that I have subscribed to since 2002 because they no longer are totally holistic and the articles don’t speak to my beliefs the way they used to. You guys rock!

  16. jennifer

    No, keep feeding stuff from China – It’s keeping the vets and pet stores in business. Why would they want you to stop?

  17. Dani

    We have the best government money can buy. Pets don’t have the economic (i.e. political) clout of China who basically owns us.

    1. Regina

      Oh my gosh! Excellent point!

      I personally do not buy anything for my pets that is not made in the USA. Food, treats, toys. If it goes in their mouth, it has to be made in USA. Just think of all the toys from China that were toxic to children. My pets are my children, so to me, they’ve got lots of clout!!!

    2. Pacific Sun

      I’m certainly not arguing any of the larger points. But to clarify, “pets” are indeed an industry (thus the economic consequence) unto themselves. While we think of them as family (we personalize them) they are but “livestock” in an agri-business sense. The only exception being that individual consumers “choose” to spend (discretionary) money whioh amounts to (collectively speaking) hundreds of thousands of dollars on them! When regulations are constructed to govern cattle, chickens, pigs, etc., they are measure in large quantity. Unfortunately that is also how are companion pets are regulated. So, going strictly by the numbers, even “thousands” of ill pets don’t offset millions of animals not affected. We will never make progress in the PFI until “livestock” (animal) feed is separated from companion pet feed, with stricter (including more subjective and exclusive) oversight, response and corrections!! It isn’t that the FDA doesn’t know what it’s doing, or is being heartless, they just don’t have the capacity (or directives) to manage the health and welfare of our pets with the idea that every single one of them matters! However … IF all this had to do with “baby food” you’d better believe that even ONE proven illness or death would be dealt with!

      1. Regina

        Pacific Sun, you make an excellent point. Companion pets really are a whole different class of animals. . . Hmmmm, that being said, if we care what our pets eat, shouldn’t we care what our food eats??? . . . The whole system is screwed, ruled by the almighty dollar.

      2. Ellie L

        Sorry, but I am not happy with what the FDA approves for being fed to and injected into the livestock that I am supposed to put on the table for my family to eat!
        The FDA does not care what it is doing to the citizens of this country and they care even less what is done to our pets!

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