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The FDA Refuses to Enforce Pet Food Ingredient Laws

The FDA Refuses to Enforce Pet Food Ingredient Laws

We think our pets are safe eating commercial food, but the big giants get away with murder.  Not only do these manufacturers put in toxic ingredients, they also use non-slaughtered protein sources.  That means that protein sources are collected from animal shelters, vets, and rendering plants (euthanized animals).  What about the meat from FDA inspected facilities?  Sounds good, but the truth of the matter is that they use the rejected meat from those facilities.  This means that the meat that is likely to be diseased and rejected for human consumption so it goes into pet food. 

So what about the FDA?  Don’t they protect our dogs?  Although there are laws and regulations, the FDA refuses to monitor and enforce these laws.  In fact, the FDA boldly admitted that they will not enforce pet food laws.

The Cornucopia Institute published the Decoding Pet Food Report.  On that page, there is an image you can click onto to view the full report.

Susan Thixton of the website, Truth About Pet Food arranged a conference call meeting with the FDA.  The meeting took place on March 10, 2016.  The FDA admitted that they refuse to enforce laws regarding pet food. 

Therefore, there is no way to know what ingredients are used in commercial pet food.  Case in point, the Blue Buffalo lawsuit in which Blue Buffalo used by-products despite their promise to consumers that they would not use by-products in their products.  The product labels mean absolutely nothing.  There is also no way to know where the ingredients come from, how they were obtained, or their quality (or lack thereof).

It is just unfortunate that although the FDA has regulations, there is no enforcement.  Dogs are getting sicker and sicker.  This is why I stick to a raw diet as opposed to synthetic and/or ingredients created in a lab in over-processed commercial diets.  

This is why I avoid commercial dog food and I stick with a biologically appropriate raw diet.  You can read The BEST Dog Food for Beginners.


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  1. Kimberly Gauthier

    Love the ingredients you chose for this post. Why all the organic products when they use carrageenan gum? LOL

    The more I learn about pet food, the happier I am that I feed raw. Now if I could just get my catch to transition, we’d be in heaven.

    1. Janie

      Hi Kimberly!!!

      Thank you so much for visiting my website and for commenting. With commercial dog food, you just never know what’s in it and there is no way to find out unless you have you have independent testing (to test for the things that consumers really need tested). It is really scary out there. That’s why I believe in getting back to basics and going raw.

      Thanks so much again.

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