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Tell the FDA and AAFCO Pet Food Consumers Want to Know

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  1. Karen Toner

    Consumers want to know what is in the food that we are feeding our pets.

  2. J King

    The FDA is fully aware of the challenges consumers face, and that’s part of the problem. We’re told the FDA is protection for the consumer — that may be how things started off, but from the looks of things lately, the FDA’s job now is to pave the way for Industry to do whatever it wants using a smokescreen of Food Safety to justify unpopular decisions. Yes, we need honest labeling on pet food, and on everything else. To do that, we need an unbiased agency whose key people AREN’T recruited from the food industry with their industry agendas intact.

  3. Sharon

    I tried to share the above on Facebook, but got an “expired” notice. How do I pass on your letter to my friends?

    1. Susan Thixton Author

      You can copy the link of this post and then paste it on your Facebook page – or you can find on Facebook Truth about Pet Food page and share the article from there. Thank you!

  4. Linda

    signed both!

  5. Karen Jones

    I so much appreciate all you do Susan. My pets and I thank you!

  6. Holly Van Hest

    Who in their right mind would *not* want to know the ingredients in food fed to pets or humans ? Don’t people understand that that whatever is fed to pets has come into contact with your hands and hence your household ? Obviously, the FDA cares [minimally] about is human health hence, pet health including food must be presented in terms they will understand – if it affects the pet’s health it will affect the health of the entire household, particularly the more vulnerable members like toddlers and elders.

  7. Holly Van Hest

    P.S. sorry about the grammar mistakes & typos but I also want to say “Thank You” to Susan !

  8. Michelle

    Signed and will share. Thank you Susan!

  9. Pam Nadelman

    I’m a very small retailer in Southern California (primary business is grooming; food is a sideline). One of the companies who’s products I sell told me recently that it isn’t so much that the manufacturers don’t want to tell us (am sure the cheesy companies don’t), the rep told me that AAFCO doesn’t allow it, not on product packages, not on web sites, nowhere, never! Being able to inform the consumer of the quality of the ingredients would give an unfair advantage to those companies over the crummy ones. Duh!

  10. Sally Roberts

    Signed- shared- This continues to show me they don’t give a damn about pet food quality ! It is all about the $$$

  11. Linda

    Signed both and will share with family, friends and everyone in my book….thanks for all your hard work Susan.

  12. Kelley

    Susan Thixton needs our help! Can you thank her for COUNTLESS hours of incredible information? Here’s how:

    Sign the Petition at (see above) to tell the FDA and AAFCO that Pet Food Consumers want to know if a commercial PF product (no matter the style) is FEED grade (inedible, waste, diseased ingredients) or FOOD grade (human edible).

    SIGN THE PETITION. But even more importantly please ask 10 more to sign and for them to ask another 10. Please report back to the website how many signatures you can take credit for so progress can be measured before the deadline!

    If the petition gets 100,000 signatures in 30 days the Whitehouse Administration will provide a response! This would be good media attention. HOW we demonstrate what the Association cares about will mean the kind of support Susan requires when she meets with these agencies on behalf of all of us! The number of signatures translates into purchasing power! If 100,000 signatures spend only $30 a month on pet products that’s 3 million dollars of PFI business.

    The petition won’t cost us a dime but it will VISUALIZE our concern!

    To get 100,000 (US Resident) signatures takes organization however.

    This is how ALL of US can help! On average 2,000 signatures are needed per State! If 100 Readers can be responsible for just 10 others, then ask them to do the same for another 10, that’s 10,000. Distribute requests through breed, activity, hobby clubs and rescue organizations. Speak to neighbors, dog walkers, pet sitters, trainers, park goers, or to any pet enthusiast! Ask at Vet Clinics. Ask at reputable Pet Supply stores. Make a Laptop available. Set-up under a canopy in a public area near Big-Box stores! Can collecting signatures be accomplished via Smart Phone or Mobile Device too (?) Remind every person you speak with, to ask others! Hand them a simple reminder: “Please Sign the Petition at to label ingredients as Pet Feed (inedible, waste, diseased) or Pet Food (human edible).”

    This isn’t a matter of commenting on what people feed, just awareness. Which is no different than non-GMO labeling. Because Freedom of Choice in this Country is SUPPOSED to be the American Way!!!

    Please help if you can! Thank you!!

    1. Susan Thixton Author

      Thank you Kelley!

    2. Linda Chiolero

      I signed and shared several times over. There are numerous dog and cat related groups on Facebook; I belong to 10 ++ , some are breed specific, some are on holistic care, and several on health and nutrition, I shared it with each group. I hope and pray that others continue to share.

  13. Linda Chiolero

    I also appreciate how very much Susan Thixton does with her work in fully researching and recommending quality pet foods. Purchasing Thixton’s 2015 Approved Pet Food list, is some of the best money I ever spent. It saved me a lot of anxiety, frustration and time in doing my own trial and error research. I now feel a great level of comfort with the food I chose from her list. I continue to tell all my friends with pets about Susan’s Annual List, and even many strangers I see getting ready to possibly make a big mistake at pet stores and grocery stores. Thank you Susan Thixton!

  14. Mark W Morton, DVM

    ALL Government and its agencies are worthless wastes of our tax dollars. They are nothing but self-serving bureaucracies!

  15. Andrea Mauer

    I am writing here because I didn’t know where else to post this question. I usually feed my dogs what I cook for them. They eat healthy food and are in great shape. If I can’t cook, I have high quality Kibble. Sometimes I use canned dog food for a meal, but usually Dave’s or that Butcher brand with the pressure cooked chicken legs. In a pinch I got some HY-Vee store brand chopped chicken and when I was putting it in the dogs dishes, I saw something that looked like a little twig. I separated it from the dog food and was horrified that it started to move. It was some sort of worm that was gray and had centipede feet on one end and a mouth that opened wide in the back like 3 mandibles and was bright green inside the mouth. I know it sound like a joke, but it is not. I thought about saving it and calling the company, but I knew they would bend over backward and say it was impossible. I would like to believe it was impossible and how did it live through the canning process? But this rubbery chill inducing worm was crawling in my sink and I washed it away for a long long time. I didn’t have any inclination to sue anyone or claim harm or sleeplessness, (lol), but I sure would like to know what it was and how it got there? The closest I could find on google was a bloodworm, but they are more red. Any ideas and why would it be in my dog food? And how could it be alive? I will not buy that cheaper kind anymore, but it creeped me out for sure.

  16. B Dawson

    Just received an email ad from Pet Age and guess what? Halo is using “feed” isn’t “food” in their latest ad campaign. Maybe this type of advertising will get a conversation going at the mainstream consumer level. I’m going to remain hopeful that this isn’t just another corporation jumping on a buzz word.

  17. Anthony Hepton

    A number of dog foods and treats have resulted in illnesses and deaths over the past 5, 6 or more years and FDA has said that their evaluations have not found any contaminants that can be related to the symptoms. My recent evaluation of a number of these products show a clear similarity of symptoms between a number of these products, e.g. Nutro, Purina’s Beneful and Waggin’ Train i.e. Vomiting, Bloody diarrhea, liver and or kidney failure, loss of appetite, bloating, low red blood count, high bilirubin, and so on.These are all symptoms of endotoxemia, all of these products contain animal by-products often from rendering, the pet food manufactures do not test for endotoxins, and it appears that FDA does not either. If and when they do they will find these products teat positive. Neither FDA or the manufactures want to shut off any portion of this cheap supply of animal protein. Just who is FDA working for????

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