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Dog Food Ingredients

 

"Meat meal" ingredients can mean euthanized pets - complete with their euthanasia drugs and lethal prescriptions.

 

 

Dog Eat Dog: Meat Meal Ingredients

by Barbara J. Andrews TheDogPlace Publisher

 

Ingredients labeled as "meat meal" on the pet food label may contain the discarded bodies from veterinary practices in Missouri and elsewhere.

 

What's in this dog food can?  We know you can't trust the label ingredients because it is indeed a "dog eat dog" world.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 well-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.“


There are also many secret ingredients hidden in human foods but the Food and Drug Administration appears to ignore the problem. In this case, the FDA claimed that euthanasia drugs could not survive the rendering process. But the news station reported that test results in 1998 revealed that "several retail feeds were confirmed for the presence of pentobarbital which could have only come from euthanized animals.”

KMOV interviewed Don Aird with the Food and Drug Administration who says they were prompted to test the dog food because the FDA "had reports from veterinarians that dogs had died after eating foods that may contain pentobarbital."

 

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!

FDA is quoted as saying "We'll be releasing all that in January. The problem is just because it's there doesn't mean it's dangerous." The FDA spokesman says the deaths from such lethal ingredients are “rare.”  To date there has been no public release but more and more owners are turning to home cooked and raw foods for their pets.


We can be grateful to the news agencies for having the courage to uncover and report this disgusting practice because dog food commercials are a major income source for the media. The station has also contradicted the Pet Food Institute who earlier denied that rendered dogs and cats were used in the production of some pet foods.

The reporter asks “What would the FDA do if this was found in people food?” The makes-you-wonder FDA response was "If it was in people food we would immediately have a recall," says Aird.

 

The MOV 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. That’s a no-brainer but you shouldn’t shrug it off, especially if you have a dog that died or became mysteriously ill.

 

Update: Pet Food Lawsuit filed May 2007

 

 

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