This is one of those things that I wish all pet food consumers could attend; a pet food trade show. This year at Global Pet Food Expo was eventful, including me talking to Cesar Milan (ok, begging Cesar Milan) to help pet food consumers in the fight for safe pet food.
Going to a pet food trade show is something I’ve done for many years – and it is one of those things that I wish I could take everyone with me to (a TruthaboutPetFood.com field trip). Imagine a huge convention hall with hundreds…thousands of different booths. Pet foods, treats, toys, beds, leashes, and on and on. It’s quite fun if you are a pet lover.
It is amazing what some of the booths look like – the extremes gone to by some manufacturers to lure retailers.
But there are some concerns at these shows too. One of the most concerning issues at Global Pet Food Expo was that probably one in seven booths were a Chinese supplier. Many of these Chinese suppliers were jerky treats – all ready to be private labeled by some U.S. company. I stopped at many of the booths, but knowing I probably wouldn’t be the nicest guest they had – I did not stop to talk to any of the Chinese vendors. But here are some pictures of just a few Chinese booths…
Another concern I had was the Beefeaters and numerous other booths that were promoting jerky treats from China. Chinese manufacturers that were proven to be the very same suppliers of jerky treats that contained illegal drug residues. Again, I did not address this with any of them, knowing the conversation wouldn’t turn out well.
But I did go into the DelMonte booth. I wanted to know their opinion – how they felt about having to issue a recall because illegal drug residues were found in their treats, but other companies continue to sell the treats purchased from the very same Chinese supplier DelMonte purchased from. But…DelMonte wouldn’t talk to me.
Some good news, I stopped by many pet food booths and asked them all to provide us with their Pledge to Quality and Origin. All told me they would! I even asked Champion Pet Food about the delay in their Pledge (it is being investigated). So, hopefully soon we will be receiving more Pledges. Very good news.
And as we were walking down one aisle, there stands Cesar Millan – celebrity dog trainer. When I had the opportunity – in between him taking pictures with attendees – I walked up to him with TruthaboutPetFood.com business card in hand and said…
Cesar, my name is Susan Thixton. I run the website TruthaboutPetFood.com – I advocate for pet food consumers. You probably aren’t aware that some pet foods – thanks to the FDA – violate federal food safety laws. No one of authority listens to us – we could really use your celebrity status to draw attention to this.
Cesar: “Which pet foods? I want to know to keep my dogs safe.”
Me: It depends on the company – the issue is that pet foods don’t have to use human grade ingredients – they are allowed to use waste ingredients and the consumer is not informed of this. Another example, do you know the jerky treats that were just recalled – Waggin Train and Milo’s Kitchen? I found through import documents that the same jerky treat manufacturers in China are selling to many other companies in the U.S. and none of those treats have been recalled. Even though they found illegal drug residues in the treats made by these companies, no one is doing anything about all the other private label brands out there. I’ve sent all the information to FDA and each State Department of Agriculture – no one is doing anything.
He really didn’t know what to say. Both Cesar Millan and I have to assume his press agent just stood there – sort of dumbfounded by the information I was sharing. So I said, ‘Please – pets are dying and no one is doing anything about it. We could really use your help. Just think about it, here’s my card.’
I also told him about our Association for Truth in Pet Food consumer stakeholder group (I talked real fast!). So…we’ll see.
As soon as I receive those new Pledges – fingers crossed – they will be posted.
Wishing you and your pet(s) the best,
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