Dog Food Ingredients
Meat meal can include dogs and cats, complete with the euthanasia drugs used to kill them or prescription medications that could be fatal to your pet.
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INGREDIENTS MAY INCLUDE EUTHANIZED PETS
by Barbara J. Andrews TheDogPlace Publisher
Pet food ingredients labeled as "meat meal" may contain the discarded bodies from veterinary practices in Missouri and elsewhere.
Channel 4 News is to be commended for reporting the disgusting and dangerous practice uncovered in 2002. But there is an even worse twist to the horror. In addition to your neighbor's pet, another unspecified ingredient could be pentobarbital or ketamine, lethal drugs used by vets and shelters to euthanize pets.
With permission from KMOV News, St. Louis Missouri, here's what you must know as you ponder over dog food ingredients.
According to the documented report, your pet could suffer a toxic overdose of euthanasia drugs. Jamie Allman reports “Earlier this month we reported how euthanized dogs and cats from local animal shelters are taken to the same rendering plant that produces raw materials for pet foods. "The awful truth about pet food ingredients was revealed by the reporter Jamie who says “It's a sad secret kept by most animal shelters run by local governments. The dogs and cats they put to death go to one place, a rendering plant in Millstadt, Illinois where their bodies are boiled down into raw materials that could be winding up in pet food."
The worst part of this gruesome story is that the FDA knows which pet foods tested positive for the deadly ingredients but your Food And Drug Administration isn't going to tell you! Can you believe that? When we feed our dogs products listing "meat meal" or “meat and bone meal” on the label ingredients, those harmless-sounding ingredients could include the drugs used to kill animals.
It gets worse. FDA won’t make them take
those pet foods and the gruesome ingredients they contain off the market.
Dog owners have no way to know which foods contain the lethal drugs!
The KMOV website ran a poll on whether or not the FDA should reveal the names of the pet food companies that tested positive for ingredients such as animal remains and dangerous drugs. The response was overwhelmingly "YES!" That’s a no-brainer so if you have a dog that died unexpectedly or becomes mysteriously ill you may want to do "drug testing."
Update: Pet Food Lawsuit filed May 2007