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PET FOOD NUTRACEUTICALS DISASTER
Nel Liquorman, Investigative Reporter
Check your dog’s food for Rosemary Extract, Green Tea Extract, Spearmint Extract, Yucca Schidigera Extract or other Nutraceuticals used as preservatives in pet foods.
The FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM) is responsible for the safety of animal drugs and medicated foods. Their authority comes from the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, which makes the CVM accountable, according to Tom Phillips, DVM, in his May 15, 2007 article published by The Pet Food Industry.
CVM was aware and was working with the Pet Food Industry when that group started making use of Nutraceuticals in pet food. They were also aware that Rosemary Extract was being used as an antioxidant at higher levels than allowed as flavorings.
The Center for Veterinary Medicine told industry that this presented animal safety issues. But it appears that the CVM did nothing to stop the use of Rosemary Extract or many other toxic plant extracts that went on to become part of practically every pet food product. And it did not stop there. Herbal extracts went into kitty litter, sickening and killing cats.
Many consumers are unaware of all the human food and drink products that have been as contaminated by Nutraceuticals as pet products are. Is collusion between the CVM and the pet food industry a possibility?
Some veterinarians have their own brands of pet food, some even have their photos on it. Every time that I checked their pet food products, I saw at least one bad plant extract, often several risky plants. Veterinarians seemed to be saying that those herbal extracts would not hurt pets.
Some consumers will be questioning who owns stock in the lucrative pet food industry.
According to Google: “The global Nutraceuticals market grew from $372.27 billion in 2022 to $409.12 billion in 2023 at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 9.9%.”
After recently seeing pet food stores overstocked, with everything at markdown pricing, facebook posts offering loads of pet foods at “lower than factory prices” and Ebay ads for cheap pet food, I suddenly had the feeling that it may have been something that I said!
So, I went searching for new regulations or changes to old ones. After a long search, I found answers! One example is Senator Richard J. Durbin (DEMOCRAT - Illinois) introduced 2022 Supplement Bill (S.4090) PPP #067, which the Natural Product Association is fighting.
The FDA (Food and Drug Agency) operates under the Food Drug and Cosmetic Act. The FD&C Act defines a drug as used in the diagnosis, cure, mitigation, treatment, or prevention of disease in man or other animals. It requires that food for animals and for people be safe to eat, produced sanitarily, be free of harmful substances and truthfully labeled.
Since I can’t find any updates, it is possible that something has come to pass and the public has not been informed. It would seem like a nail in the coffin for a manufacturer to be doing big give away promotions on Facebook and not mentioning that there had been a problem or change in the product! Yet, there was an ad for Purina Pro Plan for dogs - they are giving away 10 bags of dry food just for answering 4 questions. I have seen the advert twice, each time with a different employee presenting big boxes with a special impressive design.
These times brings to mind the 24,000 pallets from the 2007 MELAMINE disaster. You remember that showed up for sale on the internet after the courts released the 3 warehouses of tainted food at the end of the MELAMINE lawsuit trial.
Pet foods, with enough problems to bring about these posts on Facebook, are clearly too bad to feed to animals. And our own food supply has not escaped those dangerous additives. The Federal Food and Drug ACT (FFDC) seems to be making the Nutraceutical Industry nervous and it is doubtful that they have a natural cure for what may be coming.
So how do you feel knowing that your own food may be no better than what you have been feeding your pets?? Email me or the Editor with Pet Food Disaster in subject line. Hopefully this column, which will also be published in facebook, will elicit welcome responses.
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