The Canadian Food Inspection Agency seems to be stating the livestock feed is the link to a Mad Cow confirmed case in Alberta, Canada. The very same type of feed grade ingredients (possibly the exact same) used in pet food.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (the Canadian FDA) reported in early February 2015 the confirmation of a BSE (Mad Cow Disease) positive cow in Alberta. The agency provided a recent update stating they are focusing their investigation towards the “feed records” to determine if other animals are at risk. “The CFIA will determine the source of the feed used at the birth farm in 2009 and assess any potential risk factors in relation to the feed used. As a precautionary measure, CFIA inspectors will review the records of the feed mills from which the feeds were sourced to verify compliance with the enhanced feed ban.”
In other words – the CFIA believes the cattle feed was the source of the Mad Cow Disease contracted by that particular cow. This is very concerning. How many other animals consumed that feed? Where did those animals end up – human food? animal feed? Please remember – the ‘feed’ quality ingredients used to make cattle feed are the very same ingredients used to make feed quality pet foods (which is the largest percentage of all pet foods on the market).
Mad Cow Disease is deadly; it’s human related illness Creutzfeldt-Jakob is deadly as well. There are variations of the disease in many species including cats, Feline spongiform encephalopathy. There is no known related disease in dogs.
It should be simple math. Diseased animal tissue becoming animal feed ingredients = more diseased animals.
But for some reason, feed regulatory officials (FDA, AAFCO, USDA, CFIA, State Department of Agriculture and on and on) continue to consider rendered diseased animals “suitable for use in animal feed”. As well, feed regulatory officials have no concern of livestock species consuming their own species in feed ingredients (such as rendered cattle fed to cattle).
In my opinion – the regulatory allowance of diseased animal tissues into animal feed and the regulatory allowance of animal species to consume their own species rendered into animal feed is a ticking time bomb. This one incident in Canada is a tiny pre-explosion. When the big bomb goes off, we’ll all pay the price.
The biggest risk to your human and pet family is feed grade ingredient pet foods. To learn if your pet’s food is truly food or if it is feed grade, call the manufacturer and ask…
Are meat and vegetable ingredients USDA (or CFIA in Canada) inspected and approved for human consumption?
Make certain they respond specific to this question – often they will respond with a half answer such as ‘our ingredients are sourced from USDA inspected facilities’. This tells you nothing. Rejected for use in human food meats are sourced from USDA inspected facilities. Half answers or evasive responses are not acceptable. You deserve to know if your pet’s food is feed or food.
Thanks to Mollie Morrissette for sending me the link to a story on this animal feed disaster.
Wishing you and your pet(s) the best,
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