Republished from Association for Truth in Pet Food website…
This is the pre-announcement of our pet food test. Our results will be provided to a world of pet food consumers very soon. Some things you need to know before the big announcement.
I know very little of our results at this moment. Test results are coming in (as I type this), and are being interpreted by our experts. Once the results are announced, I’m confident they will get all the attention. Before that happens, there is some important information I want everyone to be aware of. Some pre-announcement information.
Nothing has been shared with you up to this point because I did not want any risk of interference with our results (from those that might not want this to become public). I want to thank everyone for being so patient. I understand how challenging the wait has been.
We raised a total of $15,920.00 – through the online Indiegogo campaign and through personal donations sent directly to Association for Truth in Pet Food. Less the fees charged by Indiegogo website ($628.20), our testing budget was $15,291.80 prior to any expense.
Product purchases totaled $319.40. Our net testing budget – $14,972.40. The full net testing budget has been spent.
When I originally announced this Pet Food Testing project, I stated we would test many foods for numerous things, similar to what was done by the Hong Kong consumer group. But, I learned a great deal about pet food testing – after the money was raised. Our very trusted scientists warned me that if we test according to my original plans – such as testing a few foods for mycotoxins, a few more foods for euthanizing drugs, and so on – that the scientific community could dismiss our results. Testing here and there, hit and miss is not an acknowledged testing method in the scientific community. My first response was, it didn’t matter what the scientific community thought of our results. This was for us – not them.
After consulting with a few others, I changed my mind. The possibility that we find some startling results that might be dismissed by FDA or veterinary associations because of a hit and miss testing method…that just couldn’t happen. Pet food consumers have suffered for many years at the hands of lax regulations, uninspired regulatory enforcement and bought and paid for veterinary associations. I could not put our results at this risk. As well, in 20/20 hind-sight as my Dad called it, it made sense that if we are ‘looking for a needle in a haystack’ we should perform our search in a very methodical and in depth approach.
Methodical and in depth science is what we have done.
We have tested 12 pet foods – 12 of the most highly advertised pet foods on the market today. Six cat foods, six dog foods. Six can foods, six kibble foods. Our results will become public record to the true condition of commercial pet food. All brand names and lot numbers will be provided along with the results.
The foods were selected by myself and friend/consumer adovcate Kim Kalendar, selected randomly with the exception of choosing the most highly advertised brands. All foods were ordered online and shipped directly to Dr. Tsengeg – with the exception of one food purchased from a veterinarian (canned food). All foods were shipped blind to the various labs – Dr. Tsengeg prepared each sample. No lab knew what pet food they were testing or who the actual client was (consumers).
Please remember that these test results will be a snapshot in time. With each of these twelve pet foods – this is just one batch of pet food. If the food tests clean, this is just one batch. If the food tests positive for a toxin, this is just one batch. Our results will be permanent record to the overall condition of the pet food industry at this time. But, our permanent record will be solid scientific evidence in which, should we find serious concerns – record we can take to our regulatory authorities and representatives in government to demand answers for.
One last note. These results will become public information for all pet food consumers. Pet food consumers will be able to share the results freely with anyone they choose. However the results or any portion of the results will not be allowed to be reproduced by any other than a pet food consumer without expressed written consent of Association for Truth in Pet Food. It is my concern that pet food manufacturers will use our results in their marketing or in their lawsuits. This will not be allowed. So you will notice a statement to this effect on each page of the results when they are published. These are our/consumer test results, and I intend for them to stay that way.
I’m waiting with you – as soon as every result is in and interpreted – it will be provided. Soon.
Association for Truth in Pet Food