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  1. Peter

    The FDA has “compliance policies” that allow and essentially, specifically authorize “adulteration” of food… as long as it is intended for pets and livestock. No doubt the words “zero tolerance” were carefully chosen, and may be noticed by staff writers for news outlets or other printed/online information sources. That may do the agency good, as consumers skim their local paper or web news outlet without really understanding the issue. The intensity of recent recalls for Salmonella contamination may make it appear to “Joe/Average Consumer” that the FDA is actually working to ensure the safety/integrity of pet food manufacture. But the reality is that intolerance only extends to pet foods in so far as the potential for illness of humans handling the pet foods.

  2. Christine

    Hi Susan,
    The issue of salmonella in pet food can go two ways. What about us raw feeders. As a true raw feeder for 17 years, I have never had, nor have any of my guardians had any incident with salmonella or anything else while feeding raw to their dogs. This includes families with children. Its all about commonsense. Wash up after handling any raw foods! You know as well as I do that a healthy, raw fed dog can handle pretty much anything “normal” in raw food. To pasteurize, HPP, etc. destroys both good and bad bacteria and can alter protein. It is not longer raw food and even the dogs know it. The texture also changes. I refuse to feed anything but pure raw.

    The FDA has had a witch hunt out on the raw companies for quite some time. I know you know this. The bedfellows (FDA/pet food industry/ AVMA) are all against raw food. What a corrupt world we live in as our rights and freedoms disappear.

    By the way, I love your newsletter. You go girl! We’ll continue to do our part out here.


  3. Sean Coleman

    I worked for a deadstock company in 1999 for a summer job in high school. They rendered euthanized animals, animals that had died of infection, animals who were ravaged by gangrene and even rotted, bloated animals that had been dead for days. All of this was collected, ground up and then picked up to be used by Pet food companies. This news is so pathetic. I witnessed a horse that had been euthanized with a lot of poison by a vet being rendered and used in pet food. The same companies that package and sell poison to pets are the ones using scare tactics and political bribery to scare the public into continuing to feed their pets poison. The biggest buyer of the rendered poison at the plant i worked at was Nestle. Nestle provides “nutritional” information to pretty much every veterinarian student in North American through company created “educational” material and is the largest donator to the UC Davis school of veterinary medicine who constantly releases studies proving how great purina dog “food” (processed poison)is. The world is a really screwed up place.

    1. KAH

      Thank you Sean for having the courage and the truth to make this post. THIS revelation, reaching mainstream media, is the dirty little secret the PFI fears the most! It breaks all trust, cracks every carefully crafted image and message. It totally betrays all consumers’ best interests. What you state in one single paragraph would be enough substance for most any stinging expose outing a regular industry. So what I can’t understand is why more line workers won’t speak up as well even if anonyomously. There should be enough ex-workers out there to corroborate most any disgusting report. Unfortunately Nestle, Purina, P&G and the like, aren’t part of just “any” old industry. They are mega-corporations surviving through a culture of intimidation, fear, dishonesty and execute a monetary stranglehold over all that they touch. What an ironic crime it is, that the most beloved and loyal creatures enriching our lives today, have been sacraficed in the name of such corruption and greed. How can the people involved sleep at night? And ALL the people still buying Pedigree, Beneful and Ol’Roy (who I watched checking out at the stores just this very morning!) meaning the kind of people who this website tries to educate over and over …remain in such denial??

  4. Sunny

    I agree with Christine about HPP on raw food. I expect there to be a certain amount of bacteria on my pet’s raw food. Raw meats with bacteria is expected as that is what balances the body-digestive system-and helps build a stronger immune. By using HPP you might as well throw an antibiotic in the mix as well.
    The FDA is clueless about nutrition for pets as we have seen time and time again. What they are is a great resource for all the companies that want to get rid of their garbage and make a buck at our pet’s exspence.

  5. Andrea

    For 12 years, I fed my late 14 year old cat, Casper, junk kibble. (I had to put him down a little over a month ago from kidney failure and/or cancer. I am devastated! He was my first cat. We had other cats over the years, but they were family pets. They didn’t live long either… Feline Leukemia took two, and the other just got sick and ran away at 5yrs.) Casper was fed Evo and Instinct kibble for about 2 years after I got him off the junk kibble, then raw for the final 6 months of his life. I’m convinced Friskies, Atta Cat, and Nutro poisoned him over the years. These ‘foods’ are very damaging to a cat’s digestive system, kidneys, and liver. Everyone I speak to disagrees with me. ‘He would have gotten sick anyway’, ‘He had bad genes’, etc. ugh!

  6. Mary

    I’m convinced that the FDA would only take action like this if they a) need to look like they have our interests in mind, or b) they’d like to have more ‘weaponry’ to use against the raw diets? As far as pet food is concerned, I’ve never seen them do anything at all that really benefits our dear companions.

  7. Marty Grosjean

    What is good about zero tolerance for salmonella in pet food? Pets can handle exposure to salmonella. As someone in the pet food industry, I can tell you that this zero tolerance policy is making everyone pay a lot more for their pet food than they otherwise would. And it means yet more processing of already over-processed products. Especially in raw food, which is the healthiest possible food to feed a pet, trying to eliminate all possible traces of salmonella is a ridiculous concept. Look through all the recalls related to salmonella and see if any of them resulted in adverse health consequences to pets – nope…

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