Pet Food Recalls Continue in 2017
By Dr. Jeannie Thomason, co-founder of the American Council of Animal Naturopathy
Here we go again!
Pet Food Recalls Continue!
It was on March 15, 2007, when the FDA first announced that they had learned that certain pet foods were sickening and killing cats and dogs. Thy found contaminants in the vegetable proteins imported into the United States from China and used as ingredients in pet food.
A portion of the tainted pet food had been used to produce farm animal feed and farmed fish feed. Both the FDA and the U.S. Department of Agriculture discovered that some of the animals that ate the tainted feed had been processed into either human food or pet food.
While government scientists attempted to quiet everyone’s fear by saying that they had determined that there was very low risk to human health from consuming meat from the animals that had been fed the tainted feed they asked the contaminated vegetable protein and the feed that contained them be recalled and destroyed.
The Recalls Continued
On February 6, 2008, the FDA announced that two Chinese nationals and the businesses they operate, along with a U.S. company and its president and chief executive officer, were being indicted by a federal grand jury for their roles in a scheme to import products purported to be wheat gluten into the United States that were “contaminated with melamine”.
Melamine is an organic, flame retardant, nitrogen-rich chemical that appears as a white crystalline substance, typically used in the manufacture of plastics such as countertops, cabinets, tiles, whiteboards, and dishware.
In the case of contaminated dog and cat food products, melamine and its by-product cyanuric acid caused crystal formation in the animal’s kidneys. Many of these cats and dogs became extremely ill or died due to renal failure. In the class action lawsuit against the US company distributing the tainted product from China, 13,424 claims cited pet death. Pets worldwide were affected by this product found in pet foods, leading to the largest pet food recall in history so far.
Then there was Mycotoxin Contamination
In 2010 and off and on through 2013, mycotoxins/aflatoxins in pet foods were found to be causing kidney and liver damage as well as death in both dogs and cats. Aflatoxins are naturally occurring mycotoxins produced by the Aspergillus flavus and Aspergillus paraciticus species of fungi that grow on certain crops. Aflatoxins are a known carcinogenic.
Metal or Aluminum contamination
Then it was metal or aluminum contamination and the “threat” of salmonella here and there.
Now most recently, are recalls due to finding the euthanasia drug pentobarbital in pet food!
Pentobarbital belongs to a group of drugs called barbiturates. Pentobarbital is used in large and potent quantities to euthanize animals, It slows the activity of the brain and the entire nervous system. Given in large doses, usually intravenously to animals, it completely depresses the central nervous system beginning with the cerebral cortex, and then progresses to stopping the breathing and then by cardiac arrest.
How do you suppose a drug of this type ever got into dog food in the first place? Could all the stories over the last decade or more actually be true – that pet food companies are using euthanized pets in the foods they are selling to unsuspecting pet owners?
Yes, there is no other explanation! While it is so very sad it is true!
WAKE UP Everyone!
Not only are processed pets foods void of any true nutrition and possibly contaminated with all kinds of unthinkable things that can harm your beloved dog or cat but, no matter how much synthetic vitamins they spray on the end product before packaging it up, the dog’s (and cat’s) carnivore digestive system is simply not designed to digest cooked foods or to recognize man-made vitamins as anything more than toxins in their bodies. Processed pet foods simply are just not fit to be fed to our carnivore companions.
Synthetic vitamins are those which are not made by nature. They are chemical products created in a laboratory and have different biological structures than vitamins which occur naturally in food. These fake vitamins will mostly be found in most inexpensive, so-called “supplements” and in manufactured pet foods.
Since all the nutrition has been destroyed in the original ingredients used to produce due to the processing process of pet food, the pet food companies need to convince the public that the so-called food is still nutritious. Pet food manufacturers most often use a liquid, chemical based formula of synthetic/man-made vitamins to spray on the food before packaging it. Otherwise they would not be able to have “nutrition facts” on the label – because there are none left after processing.
Because synthetic vitamins are different from naturally occurring vitamins, minerals, amino acids, etc. found in nature, they have a totally different biological effect on the body and the body only recognizes them as toxins.
The only way to know you are feeding only the best, safest and most nutritious diet to your dogs (and cats) is to transition your canine (and/or feline) companion to a raw, species appropriate diet.
Here’s are a few of the latest pet food recalls in February 2017 alone so far as of the time of the publishing of this article: