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Herbicide Glyphosate found in Pet Foods

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  1. John Huff

    Thank you again Susan. You’re the best.

  2. Sue

    I have just about had it with these huge companies that just don’t care about ANYTHING except the almighty $!!
    They most certainly do not care about consumers, whether it be human of four legged! I am to the point now where the dogs in my house will get home cooked meals and bones for their teeth and gums. There never used to be this awareness in foods when I was young and you just bought Purina products cause they have been around longer than I have been alive, so you figure they are “safe” for your pets. I now know better. When you read all these labels, you see how much “stuff” is in there or NOT in there. It truly is appalling.
    So out comes my crock pot and off we go to the market! 🙂 At least I will know what is in my pets food. I have made food in the past but of course opening a can is easier, convenient and the dogs love the crap. 🙂
    I really thank you Susan for what you do and I appreciate beyond words.
    Victoria, BC

    1. J King

      I agree, Batzion. Just wanted to add that GreenMedInfo is an evidence based resource utilizing peer-reviewed published scientific research, unlike the unpublished industry-funded studies that got our food system into the largely unregulated toxic mess it’s in today.

      My go-to for an introduction to the effects of GMOs is Robyn O’Brien. Worth the 18 minutes to watch her TEDx talk.

      1. Batzion

        J King, thanks for including Robyn O’Brien’s talk. Everyone, pet parent or not, needs to see it.

  3. Kath

    Unless we can buy organic, GMO-free, grass-fed, etc., we are out of luck. Monsanto’s Roundup Ready is in our food as well as pet food; it’s in everything.

    I think I’ve signed every petition known to man and called my reps. offices to clean up the food system, both ours and our pets. It seems to me that none of these actions work. As long as folks in congress are bought and paid for by the lobbyists for Big Ag, Big Pharma, Big Whatever, we are sunk.

    The only possible option is to NOT buy their stuff. Even (some) people who don’t care about animal welfare, cruelty, safety, etc., change their buying habits when they learn of the toxins, chemicals and antibiotics in the food. So, it’s slow but steady, but as we learn, we change.

    P.S. I have learned SO much from Susan thru the years and can’t thank her enough!

  4. jnshok

    I really appreciate this site and all the work involved to help consumers understand what is in our pet food. What I’m understanding from this study is not that it is the GMOs per se that are causing the problem, but rather when Roundup (glyphosate) is used on the crops, and then the treated food is mixed with a preservative added to many pet foods. Also that glyphosate might create the same possible carcinogen within the body during natural cellular metabolism. I’m not trying to discuss anything about safety of GMOs here or labeling thereof, but I’m trying to simplify my understanding of this study–that of course Roundup is again shown to be very dangerous. Plus it looks like the “grocery store” brands by the big advertisers are major culprits as usual. I feed my dog as well as I can with hopefully “high quality” kibble and raw foods, but I want to provide people I talk to with the proper information backed by science. It’s hard to get friends to change their ways when it’s so easy to buy an inexpensive pet food right while they are doing their grocery shopping, but hopefully I can share the information I learn here to convince them with facts to feed their pets better. I’ve share some facts with my brother, and now he tells his friends. Score!

    1. J King

      I agree with a lot of what you’ve said, especially that Glyphosate is a huge problem, but the GMO plants themselves aren’t innocent. Round-Up Ready GMO crops are of no advantage when grown without Round-Up, so if the plants are or aren’t overtly toxic, it’s is a moot point because they will absorb the herbacide when sprayed. And the BT versions of GMOs are toxic because every cell of the plant produces the BT toxin. Great for killing insects, but also for killing of the good bacteria of microflora of the mammalian gut. More and more we’re learning how vital the microflora (or microbiome) is to health, both our pets’ and our own.

  5. Sage

    Just emailed TWO California Senators to VOTE NO on HR 1599.

    This is such an enlightening post and it highlights once again the appalling disregard for human and pet food safety and the requirement (or lack of) for full disclosure of ALL ingredients. We deserve to know what is in the food we buy for ourselves, our families and our pets. So much for “truth in labeling!” This website also has up to the minute posts on the subject of GMO’s, Labeling and the Government.

  6. Dianne

    I think I will just go curl up in a corner and cry.

  7. J King

    Awesome Sage! I would do the same, but I’m not American. If you are in the USA, please, please, please, urge your senator to vote NO on HR 1599.

    So ironic that the bill designed to forbid the labeling of GMOs is called the “Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015.”

  8. Kristi Johnson

    My husband’s IBD turned into cancer and he had his entire colon removed – he is not an old guy. IBD is reaching epidemic levels. Now our Stafford has IBD. I am a little concerned about this.

    Then we have to deal with a bill designed to forbid the labeling of GMOs called the “Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015.” It sounds a lot like “1984,” but Orwell didn’t anticipate Monsanto.

    1. Sage

      Carrageenan can cause or at least contribute to IBD in both humans and animals. If you haven’t researched it, google has links to an enormous amount of information. Susan has written extensively about it and her article links are here:

      Many wet PET foods contain it as do a shocking number of human foods including “natural and organic” brands. This website (also referenced by Susan) has a long list of organic foods that Carrageenan is (and isn’t) in. Definitely best to look for it in any packaged foods that you buy for your family and your pets and find an alternative whenever possible. It’s even in ice cream and frozen yogurt!

      1. Kristi Johnson

        Yes I have read about it – thanks to this web site. I was actually feeding canned tripe to my IBD dog without realizing it was bad because it had Carrageenan! I now feed freeze dried tripe from New Zealand.

        1. Kristi Johnson

          Sage, not Susan! I really, really need to proof before I hit post comment.

  9. Yvonne McGehee

    Another wonderfully informative, if heartbreaking, article. Thank you again, Susan.

  10. Terri Janson

    I recently read an article that Glyphosate has recently been linked with the spike in Gluten intolerance. I also use lentils and chick peas in my home made recipe but now i am using Organic Lentils and chick peas to hopefully escape this junk.

  11. Terri Janson

    I also just emailed my senators to vote NO on HR 1599

  12. Pamela Curry

    Devastating, I have a huge fight against toxins in the home this year so I not keep my vigil up about checking recent studies about pet food. My BFF baby runt died as toxins flood into our home that has been
    put under the water plate by builders. She died at the height of flooding of hepatitis, as I was running fevers every day from being in the rain with water pumps.

  13. Pamela Curry

    My comments were posted by mistake without saying Thank you for your work. Yes, for anyone doing activisim about any safety issues that attack investor’s ability to make money – my best wishes – as we are under attack. Lack of care about public safety is at an all time high, not during my lifetime have I seen people stoop this low…

  14. pam

    i am in shock over this outrageous information and poisons in our beloved pets food, i am heartsickened

  15. Dan Justdan

    I have 4 cats, all under the age of 10, yet 3 of them have chronic kidney failure for no apparent reason. I’m sure it’s from the dry food. Does anyone know if switching them to plain chicken & fish would make a difference? Chicken and tuna are actually cheaper than dry cat food, but the salt in canned tuna would probably be a bad idea. I also don’t know how much d*mned RoundUp is concentrated in chicken meat. We’re all being fed weed killer, except for the greedy slobs making the stuff.

  16. Gretchen Church

    Today we had to put to sleep our beautiful sweet service dog, Bailey. She had been diagnosed 2yrs ago with angiosarcomas of the nasal cavities. We switched her to an all organic, gluten- free diet. Now I find out some of the dry food we THOUGHT was ok for our girl, still contained the chemicals that probably killed her! So frustrating!!!

  17. Lisa N

    We started feeding our dogs Kibble & Bits and the oldest dog Jake, started having seizures. They got more frequent as time went on. We took him to the vet after the first one and the vet said some dogs do this when they have a respiratory infection but I just couldn’t take her explanation so I did research. I asked my husband to change the dogs feed, which he did, and Jake’s seizures got further and further apart, and the actually 4 months between the last two at that time.

    Then my husband gave it to them again because he got caught that the feed was all gone and on a holiday, so he got the old feed which he saved and fed it to them again. Then not a few days later, Jake had another seizure. I asked my husband if he gave them Kibble & Bits and he said he had to because he ran out of the other feed. So at that point I had a huge fit, went and got the bag of Kibble & Bits and dumped it in a ditch across the street, as I live out in the country. I figured the rats might eat it. I then told him to never ever ever feed our dogs Kibble & Bits again.

    Jake still has seizures and they vary, usually about one a month where he was having them every 10 days. When he comes out of the seizure he is confused and doesn’t know us. He just walks around and sometimes in circles. I am now able to feel when one is about to hit him. I don’t know how but I know a day before he is about to have one, just feel it. So we kept him out most of the day yesterday because I knew he was going to have one and he did. But he expels, slobbers and pees every where when he has one.I’m hoping they eventually quit but it angers me that these companies out this poison in our dogs food and in our food.


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