QUALITY CONTROL, LABEL LIES
The Problem And 2020 Solution For Misleading Pet Food Labels
by Barbara J. Andrews Publisher, TheDogPlace
2019 saw a decline in dog food recalls compared to the days of melamine but scent enhancers (ii
Palatants), imported "ingredients" and dangerous deceit in
both human and pet food labels raise risk of contamination.
If there's one thing dog
owners and veterinarians love to
talk about, its Canine Nutrition. There are thousands of authoritative
articles and everyone is an expert. Problem is, most pets are nutritionally SICK. By 2005, genetically engineered
(GMO), steroids, and imported ingredients had permeated human and pet food
supplies. Ref #1 - People were talking about "Frankenfoods" but either had no
garden space or couldn't afford organic foods.
First, some elementary stuff. Pet food
research facilities have established what constitutes good canine
nutrition. Problem is, the lab technician's idea of "good nutrition"
may not jibe with your dog's instincts and what nature intended.
Your dog will eat whatever you give him because he is hungry. That
does not mean it is what he wants or what’s best for him;
"dog food" is his
only alternative to starvation.
It is up to you to figure out what your
dog needs. Most of you have. While we might be able to make a better
pet food than commercial rations, hardly anyone has the time so let's
assume that we all use some amount of kibble.
There's a basic premise about
all commercially prepared foods. You are as likely to get total nutrition
from a bag as you are to get it from a box of cereal.
you raise your child on nothing but dry cereal? A healthy diet must include "live" foods such as fruits
and veggies, and yes, meat. Dogs are carnivores. Dogs
need fresh meat, fish, and poultry. It must be wholesome, which
equates to uncontaminated with drugs, growth hormones, chemicals or DDD meat, i.e. dead, diseased, or dying.
And please, not your neighbor's pet that the vet put to sleep. Ref #2 - Dog Eat Dog
Companion animals generally DO NOT
receive "total nutrition" or wholesome food, no matter what the label says. Why
do you think priceless zoo animals
are given fresh meat and/or veggies and fruit along with their
commercial rations? Is your dog just as precious to you? If so... you can afford
Any honest veterinarian will agree that
domesticated meat eaters are experiencing ever-increasing problems
associated with diet. How can that be? Labels lie! Sure you read labels and you
demand purity and quality but monitoring pet food labels is waaay down on the
FDA's list of importance
Aha, now there's a problem - labels. In
order for the manufacturer to provide a premium product, he must
know the ingredients are as represented. Those ingredients must
reach your pet in a stable form which is still of benefit to the
animal. I have good friends in the pet food business. They sincerely
believe their product is all it's cracked up to be. I hope they are
reading this because they are living in a make-believe world.
The problem is quality control. I used to
think that the good folks in the lab coats KNEW what was in the
product. Then one day I had reason to be curious about a couple of
ingredients. That's when I discovered things aren’t always what they
seem to be.
The U.S. Pharmacopeia (USP) is considered
the "standard" whereby nutrient products are tested. The problem is
that only 64 of the more than 2,000 pages in the book actually deal
with assays, the procedure which validates the content of a
particular substance. The USP book gives no assay methods for
testing common nutrients such as amino acids, herbs, or plant
There's more. Multi-nutrient products
such as pet food or vitamin powders are practically impossible to
assay. If there’s a combination of physiologically active
substances, the USP book cautions that assays results will be
There doesn't seem to be any other source
that details assay procedures for nutrients. HPLC (High-Pressure
Liquid Chromatography) machines are most commonly used for assays.
They must be re-calibrated by running standard reference materials.
Then exactly the right solutions and solvent must be used and the
raw data carefully calculated, analyzed, and interpreted. That takes
time. A lot of time. And there's no margin for error or the results
will be off. And it has to be repeated for each different
In other words, it rarely happens!!!
Instead, the pet food company buyer trusts the seller is selling
what he says he's selling. The CEO trusts that the buyer got what he
bought and that the company chemist knows what's really in the
product. The chemist at the research lab doesn’t think about
the results being compromised by ingredients that aren't in the
product or those that are but shouldn't be.
What does this mean? Oh not much, unless
you're a label reader, concerned about what's in that product.
If you are trying to Ref #3 - check pet food ingredients, you expect accuracy
but that may be hard to
ascertain because the pet food manufacturer doesn't even know for
sure or worse yet, may not care!
My solution? Aw heck, I'm back to
chopping veggies and planting herbs and looking for healthy
butcher beef. I'm even thinking about raising some chickens and
expanding the garden....
Ref #1 Genetically Modified Frankenfoods ~ Ref #2
Dog Eat Dog ~ Ref #3 Dog Food Ingredients
Do you know what "denatured" ingredients in pet food are and why you NEED to know? Here's Instant Information on ii Denatured Ingredient in pet food..
compelling amount of information on genetically engineered corn
has NOT been sufficient to stop agribusiness from marketing it in 2020. It is
in nearly 90% of processed human and pet foods unless labeled non-GMO.
So what's wrong with that? "Gotta
feed a hungry world" right? Genetically
modified corn is primarily engineered to be poisonous to
the insects that feed on it. We're told it is not meant for human consumption...
that it is only fed to the cattle, poultry, and swine that we eat.
That 2007 Agri-business logic was justified on the presumption that
"corn fed" slaughter animals do not live long enough to be a health risk to
the people or other animals that consume them.
This is 2020 and GMO corn
is still in most non-organic foods and both human and pet health "allergy"
and digestive problems have increased to near-epidemic proportions.
Quickest, easiest way to be sure what you and your dogs are eating is to go to the Nutrition
Section which is grouped according to subject; corn, grapes, BARF, pre-biotics, byproducts, etc.
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