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  1. MarciaH

    This is dreadful, and sadly just one more example of the corporatization absolutely EVERYTHING. Fortunately, for my dog, I home prepare her meals, so personally this will not affect me. I do dog boarding in a very affluent area and am constantly shocked by the poor quality kibble my clients feed their dogs. Dogs they apparently care enough about to board them with me. The public is already brainwashed. Now it will only get worse for our pets.

  2. Brit

    Well I think this is the final kick in the butt to switch my cats to a 100% raw diet.

  3. Lori S.

    This is very important journalism. Thank you for doing it.

  4. Joanne Bates

    I sure applaud your fight for the health of all pets. I have lost several to bad health and do realize how detrimental poor quality pet food had a huge part of my pets declining health. Pets are no different than humans for quality food. I have done my own share of research on probably all pet food ingredients,including Vet. so called Prescription Diets. I have read reviews by many including Breed specific, Vet. websites, forums. I do think to be in complete control it is time NOW to somehow inform ALL the pet people about what is in the food we continue to feed our pets. Most do not know the ingredients and where they come from nor all the additives. I would love to see a MASS SURVEY done with questions showing concerns and opinions filled out by consumers and their comments on ALL the poor quality brands.This could be a start of Companies that produce substandard food see that people mean business. I also suggest that once educated on ingreedients, recalls that EVERYONE simply stop purchasing these products. To me this is the only way there will every be a change that benefits the pets. I would suspect that would not leave many products on shelves anywhere. These companies really need to be exposed. With NO SALES for their crap products my guess is they will become non-existant. After all it is the public who keeps them in business. Perhaps to start a Demonstration would be in order. It would get the attention of all who care. Do it across Canada and USA for starters. Once out there it will grow.I wish I could shut these guys down that market this what they call food for pets. I may just email each and everyone of them and let them know from my research that many people have not good things to say. What would it be like if we fed our children sub-standard food. Must admit alot of people are no aware what is even in their food. Every wonder why Dr.’s offices and Hospitals are so full of unhealthy people. Sayng stands YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT.

  5. Audree Berg

    Thank you for continuing to do this important reporting.

  6. Athena

    I am absolutely sickened by this…thank you so much for keeping us informed…you do absolutely incredible work!

  7. Marge Mullen

    Forget trying to influence the government. They have circled their vested interest wagons, denied the dangers, and ignored the solutions. We have to take protection upon ourselves.

    Excellent work Susan and crew!!

  8. Kenneth

    Beautiful work Susan, I find this very distressing, but not surprising. I have long known that neither the FDA nor the USDA can be expected to advocate for anyone but the people they regulate. I find this as ridiculous as including both coal and oil industry executives to investigate the causes of global warming. Sadly, the general public is unable to rely on their governments to provide safe and efficacious products. The consolidation of large industry which has taken place over the last 40 years has formed monstrous companies with billions of dollars. That clout has made most regulation a joke; there is so much corruption in ours, and the rest of the worlds, governments that it is like a Hollywood set: all a front. What I see happening, for those pet owners that truly care, is a movement to raw feeding. It is really one of the last ways we can control what our furry children eat. I am a huge supporter of that movement, but I do know that there is tremendous pressure to discourage the switch. Between the drug companies, most veterinarians, the pet food industry, the cereal grain giants and the government agencies, I find little hope our pets will enjoy a life free of man-made illnesses and healthy years.
    You are the best, Susan. keep the faith and your courage!

  9. Susan Thixton Author

    I want everyone to know that the above investigation was done by Mollie Morrissette and myself. This couldn’t have been done without Mollie (her research abilities are unbelievable!). So please – thanks go to her too. Her site

  10. Nina Wolf

    Horrifying. What is being regulated here, except our access to companies other than Big Pet Food? Who is being protected with this “science”, except Big Pet Food?

    This article is tremendous. Very well done, Susan and Mollie, and although it is angering and frustrating, it can only be seen as a rally cry to action.

    Lead us forward…we all stand poised to topple this pseudo-scientific regime that does so much harm every single day. They poison our pets, not figuratively but literally, day in and day out and pass themselves off as nutritional experts, ending up on industry leading panels and committees.

    Can you imagine if the committee had been made up of Susan, Mollie, a rep from Answers Pet Food, Honest Kitchen, Rad Cat, maybe Dr, Karen Becker, and some friends of TAPF? Now THERE wold be consumer and animal advocates!

  11. CSollersa

    Another example of big business running the country.

  12. lynn

    all the more reason to keep research of balance homemade diets for our fur kids. i will never stop making my fur babies food ever.BUT! we have to watch what we buy in human grade too!!! i am thinking of buying chicken to raise but no way could i kill them for food but i do give my fur kids eggs in home made food so the eggs i would be sure of home the chickens are fed. i do get rabbit meat for them a friend raisedd them and i do not kill but it is good meat for the fur kids in treats as well as food once a week. also a friend rases chicken for meat i buy from her. so i do know what they get in the way of their meat and summer veggies NO gmo seed ever. and go to earthfare for the veggies in the winter months.this is very upsetting but has been for a very long time onlt to get worse . we need to feed our fur babies real food and put these dog food companies out of business and for cat’s too. you can grow veggies and your own fish too even from the basement in the winter months. kibble trees do not grow and therfore are bad dry food is so bad no matter what they say.fresh food for man and animal is best.we can’t live on potato chips that is how i feel about pet food .

  13. Yvonne McGehee

    I wonder whether the previous 1985/1986 NRC guides were actually based entirely in human grade ingredients. Or if they were necessarily very good ingredients. Cornstarch, cellulose etc are not great dog food ingredients even if human grade; though I suppose if exclusively human grade ingredients were used for all the research the past NRC guides were based on, that would be better, but less representative than, the actual marginal ingredients used by Big Pet Food. But, how do you have human grade by-product meal for example? Or, did the past research not use things like by-product meal? “Purified diets use refined ingredients such as casein, sucrose, cornstarch, and cellulose. These human food grade ingredients have relatively simple chemical compositions (predominantly one nutrient classification) and this feature is important for manipulating individual nutrients for research purposes.”

    “This edition contains the latest data on requirements that are based on the utilization of nutrients in ingredients commonly produced and commercially available in dog and cat foods rather than only on purified diets.” Clearly it does mean that the recent guide will be based on the ingredients big pet food finds easy and cheap to use and not exclusively on purified human grade ingredients. But I don’t know that it means that all the ingredients of all past research for the past NRC guides were purified human grade ingredients.

  14. Victoria

    Thank you and Mollie very much for this investigative report.

    I bought the expensive report in 2007 and was sure I now was in posession of the best book on animal nutrition ever published.

    Fortunately I already had been feeding raw for years, so it didn´t influence my pets´ health in any way.

    What a fraud this is once again. And shame on those “scientists” who sell themthelves to the pet industry!

    Good health for your pets

    Victoria with momentarily 4 pets, all fed raw for at least 10 years and all in good health

  15. Tammy Scott

    The same corruption in pet food is also effecting human food – It makes absolutely no sense to quit feeding your dog commercial food containing genetically modified corn only to feed him a raw chicken that was fed the same genetically modified corn – geez some things in life really are that obvious. Why don;t we address the real issue = governmental corruption.

  16. sharon kinsey


    Wonderful work. But while we can all sit around and say tsk tsk and how dreadful – what can we do about it? Shouldn’t we be focused on getting things changed rather than just uncovering their dirty little secrets? When, as a consumer fraud attorney I wanted to get attention on a particular issue – I took it to the media. Also – California has a fairly powerful law under Business and Professions Code 17200 that speaks to these very issues – and then there is the Federal Trade Commission who has the granddaddy of laws under Section 5 that prohibits any kind of misleading advertising or promulgation of misleading information. We need to find some powerful and influential supporters/advocates who are willing and able to move these issues into the public spotlight. Only the court of public opinion gets things done quickly. This is not a criticism of yours and Molly’s efforts – simply an effort to get everyone focused on solving the problem rather than just reporting it. With your excellent work Susan I see great opportunities to make changes in our lifetime.

  17. Victoria


    aside from the fact that you can buy biologically produced meat, fruit and vegetables for your pets, it is still a big difference to me if I feed my carnivores highly processed junk food with practically no protein in it, but instead poisoned with dozens of additives.

    Of course food for human purposes can be trashful, but I wouldn´t want to live on canfood like many pets are condemned to all their lives.

    All of my pets are oldies: My oldest pet,cat Carlos, is more than nineteen years old and my shepherd dog Laika will be twelve next year. I don´t think they´d become that old if they had been fed commercial food.

    Good health to all

  18. Sharon

    This is awful. I can only hope my large breed puppy reaches 2 years of age before this “law” goes into effect since the AAFCO calcium “guideline” is way too high. I spent weeks pouring over research on the relationship between bone disease and puppy food. Independent analysis of a study on large breed puppies calls for nearly half of the AAFCO minimum (and God help you when you have to feed more than one cup per meal – you better start a fund now to pay your orthopedic vet later).

    It looks like I’ll be researching how to prepare a balanced raw food diet a lot sooner than I expected that limits calcium content.

    It’s a real shame we can’t get behind these regulators – if only they’d do the right thing. I hope none of them share their homes with pets of any sort.

  19. Jon87

    Excellent research. Thank you Susan and Mollie for your great work.
    These regulators definitely don’t have any kind of contact with pets, they couldn’t do the things that they do if they had a pet in their life.

  20. Mona

    Love the article.. Please refer me to a website or place where I can get recipes for homemade dog food..

    Thanks so much.. Mona

  21. Alvaro

    I get stomach cramps when I read nutrition facts on most pet food labels (Dogs, Cats) specifically for fat and protein, for example read carefully “Guaranteed Analysis:” Crude protein: Max. 25%. Crude Fat: Min. 11%. this is lawful and truthfully information. At the same time is very deceived and calculated way to meet regulations hiding the real amounts of those two ingredients. what does it mean? They guarantee a maximum of 20 or 25% of Protein but never say the minimum (they allow themselves a range from 0 to 25) ; for the Fat in this example they guarantee minimum of 11% (they allow themselves No Maximum or limit for this ingredient). what is the main source of that Fat? you guessed it, It is TALLOW, what tallow does to our loved pets? exactly the same all saturated and trans fats do to Humans: High levels of LDL, cardiovascular diseases, Arthritis, Retinal and Macular degeneration…etc.

  22. Rene de Montbrun

    NRC is the “gold standard” for pet nutrition. Without it you have only 2 real commercial standards, AAFCO and FEDIAF. So we need NRC and you should be thankful that they exist.

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