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Author Topic: fr Susan Thixton re pet food containing NON slaughtered animal remains  (Read 2050 times)
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« on: February 22, 2016, 12:26:52 PM »

I find this alarming.  I just received this from Susan Thixton.  I had no idea it was this bad.  She gives some brand names, but seems they all do it, and it is truly alarming IMHO.   Perhaps this is why my cats don't want to eat any of their canned food. (not that the dry food is any safer.)
Does anyone have any better info on this???

http://truthaboutpetfood.com/its-so-bad-all-we-can-do-now-is-warn/

I am wondering if perhaps I should try and buy some of the Origin canned cat food, it's made in Canada, but who knows if they have the same problem as the US.  My cats really like the origin dry food.
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« Reply #1 on: February 22, 2016, 09:38:06 PM »

I appears that the ingredients that are the worries in this article are usually found in dry food, not canned food.  However, those same ingredients are legal if they come from slaughtered animals.  So, there is no way to know whether they are from slaughtered animals or non-slaughtered animals in any particular brand.  There are lots of accusations here, but no proof of any company actually doing this.  Personally, since dry food is made from rendered ingredients that are cooked at very high temperatures, I doubt that anything would survive under those conditions.  If this were a really big problem, I think we would see more recalls for foods causing diseases than we do.  Not that we don't see recalls, but there are hundreds of thousands of dogs and cats that are eating these products every day without a problem, so maybe this is just a bit of an over-reaction with no clear facts.  I'd like to see some investigation, but just don't like when a whole industry is painted with the same broad brush without any facts relating to individual companies within that industry doing wrong.

As for pictures on labels matching what is in the can - give me a break!   Roll Eyes  I would never think of a food being "adulterated" because of a picture on a label!  There are more serious things to worry about!   Huh   Actually, it makes more sense that this law is meant to refer to the ingredients listed on the label, and not the picture of the food on the label.  The article, though, interprets it as meaning the picture of the food, which is absurd.
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« Reply #2 on: February 22, 2016, 11:38:24 PM »

I'd also add that these types of animals have been used in commercial pet food since it was invented. It's gross but not something new. The pet food industry is a way to use meats and other foodstuffs that aren't fit for human consumption. Of course, now that we consider our pets as family members, the idea of feeding this type of food has become pretty abhorrent.

If you're really concerned, then you can try avoiding foods containing

Chicken/turkey/poultry by-products
Chicken/turkey/poultry by-product meal
Beef/lamb/meat meal
Animal by-product meal
Meat and bone meal
Animal Fat
Animal Digest
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« Reply #3 on: February 23, 2016, 07:09:00 AM »

I thought it was simply an article pulling together all past articles concerning possible bad ingredients & possible change to make them safer. Tghere was nothing new here except the conclusion tht they felt the system was beyond fixing .It was slightly alarmist in tone , but basically true . Nothing new to most of us here certainly . And while I agree that most pets or farm animals don't get suddenly ill from feed , there are many alarming signs that long term use is at leat contributing to the wie spread rise in many diseases. The same as for people eating commercially prepared , or gmo or fast foods .
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« Reply #4 on: February 23, 2016, 08:52:14 AM »

You are absolutely right Leslie.  Heaven knows what we are eating nowadays.  I just read an article about the water in NJ.

The chemical, perfluorooctanoic acid, is considered a likely human carcinogen,   also known as PFOA or C8,  It also causes many other diseases and one is THYROID disease, which makes me wonder about all my cats that are hyperthyroid.  According to this article, the town, Brick, a mile or so down the road from me has too high an amount in their water.  My vet is always saying how her friend is doing research on why so many cats nowadays have thyroid disease, I have had 4 cats, and she has had a few too, so far she has not been able to find out why, and if we have dangerous chemicals like this in our water which they drink daily, I wouldn't be surprised if there is a link.   My water tastes dreadful from time to time, heaven knows what is in it, it tastes like petroleum and smells like it too on occasion.
Our food supply is so adulterated nowadays with all sorts of chemical toxins, and plain filth, that who knows what we are eating.
Our vegetables don't even resemble the veggies I grew up with, especially the hard, plastic looking tomatoes with no flavor at all. Lemons are not supposed to be the size of oranges!!!  Give me a break, we don't need a GMO label on them, just some common sense to avoid them.  Sometimes I'm glad I'm old.  The government doesn't seem interested at all in protecting our food supply, they are too intent on lining their pockets. All of them.

http://www.northjersey.com/news/n-j-fighting-rise-in-water-tainted-by-common-chemical-1.1512052
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