The answer: too many. Over the past decade, there has been a common link in the deaths of countless pets in the US, Australia and now the UK. The common link – ingredients or products sourced from China.
Nine years ago this month, U.S. pet owners began to learn about the risk of Chinese imported pet food ingredients or pet food products. The date – March 16, 2007 – is seared into the hearts of so many pet food consumers. This is the date the largest pet food recall in history began. Before it was over, more than 5,300 pet food products were recalled – thousands of pet died, thousands more suffered years of kidney disease. The cause of this recall was Chinese imported vegetable proteins contaminated with melamine.
At about the same time (2007), FDA began receiving illness and death reports in pets associated with Chinese imported jerky treats. As of May 2014, the FDA received illness reports on more than 4,800 dogs and 25 cats – and more than 1,000 reports of dog deaths. To date, the FDA has found no cause for the pet deaths and illnesses.
In 2008, pets in Australia and New Zealand began to suffer the same illness and death fate as US pets linked to Chinese imported jerky treats.
Are things any better today? No.
Now pets are dying in England – again from the common link of Chinese imported jerky treats. The Animal Health Trust – veterinary institution in the UK – is warning pet food consumers “some imported jerky treats may be highly toxic to dogs.” “While a cause is unknown, all the treats were identified as originating from China.”
How many pets have to die linked to Chinese imported pet food ingredients or treats?
How many pets have to die until country of origin (COO) information of ALL ingredients is clearly marked on pet food/treat labels? How can consumers be informed if COO information is not openly provided?
How many pets have to die until manufacturers stop importing ingredients or products from China? Many US pet food manufacturers tell consumers ‘there are no other options’ as excuse for sourcing ingredients from China. If you are told this excuse – don’t believe it. China IS the option for cheap, bulk ingredients. But China IS NOT the only option. Many pet food/treat manufacturers to go great lengths to NOT source any ingredient originating from China.
Some pet food and treat manufacturers have provided consumers with their ‘Pledge to Quality and Origin’ – full transparency to the country of origin to all ingredients. See those companies and their Pledge here: http://associationfortruthinpetfood.com/the-pledge/
If the pet food you provide your pet has not provided their Pledge, ask them to. Consumers deserve to know!
Before you provide your pet with any food or treat, call or email the manufacturer asking the country of origin of each and every ingredient (What is the country of origin of all ingredients including supplements?). With this information, you can then decide if the product is worth risking your pet’s life for.
Wishing you and your pet(s) the best,
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