Once again jerky treats which were made in China for dogs and cats are making animals sick or causing them to die. You must read labels carefully. Avoid food for your cat or dog that is made in China, Thailand or Vietnam. Often stores will cover up the country of origin with the price tag!
Here’s what the FDA says in its latest warning – “As of September 24, 2013, FDA has received more than 3000 complaints of illness related to consumption of chicken, duck, or sweet potato jerky treats, nearly all of which are imported from China. The reports involve more than 3600 dogs, 10 cats and include more than 580 deaths.”
Even if a product is made in the US they could be sourcing ingredients from anywhere – including China. And while I have your attention, read the labels, if there is fish on the ingredient list do not buy it – more on “why we no longer consume fish” in an upcoming newsletter.
Here’s two articles on the latest FDA warning:
http://www.cnn.com/2013/10/22/us/fda-jerky-pet-treats-warning/ – FDA to vets: Watch out for jerky pet treats; some linked to illness, death
http://truthaboutpetfood2.com/jerky-treat-progress-report – Jerky Treat Progress Report?
Here’s a link to the latest FDA warning:
http://www.fda.gov/AnimalVeterinary/NewsEvents/CVMUpdates/ucm371450.htm – FDA Releases Progress Report on Jerky Pet Treat Investigation
Even if it wasn’t nearly Halloween this article would still be creepy! And eye opening. And contains some interesting facts. It’s a mix of scary chemical science which in Cat Faeries’ opinion is corporations analyzing the likes and cravings of both people and cats then creating health sabotaging frankenfoods to seduce us into eating them.
There are also many fascinating factoids. On page 2 you’ll learn about Pyrophosphates have been described as “cat crack.” On page 4 they explain the differences in how a cat eats from how a dog eats. On page 6 you’ll learn when animals hunt in the wild which parts of the prey a cat or dog goes for, and the nutritional value. Also on page 6 they discuss the origins of even our cravings for survival which is a mix of salt, sugar and fat – hence fast food addiction which plagues many people and is known as SAD (Standard American Diet).
From page 6:
Animals’ taste systems are specialized for the niche they occupy in the environment. That includes us. As hunters and foragers of the dry savannah, our earliest forebears evolved a taste for important but scarce nutrients: salt and high-energy fats and sugars. That, in a nutshell, explains the widespread popularity of junk food. And the wide spreads in general—an attribute we now share with our pets. A recent veterinary survey found that more than 50 percent of dogs and cats are overweight or obese.
After you read all 6 pages of the story be sure to check out the reader’s comments. Some of them are quite good (and as usual many of them are quite bad and idiotic):
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These recalls for salmonella from Proctor & Gamble brands of cat and dog food seem to occur every few months and we are sick of it.
Here’s the P&G press release with the long list of affected cat and dog dry foods:
P&G press release on Eukanuba and Iams cat and dog food recall
This is the fourth recall notice put out in 2013 by P&G regarding salmonella in cat and dog food. The other three were from P&G’s Natura unit for brands Innova, California Natural, EVO, HealthWise, Mother Nature and Karma. Here are our blog posts on those:
We are disgusted – for the third time Natura has expanded their recall of cat and dog food because of salmonella. All of Natura’s brands are affected – dry cat and dog food and various bars and treats. Brands are Innova, California Natural, EVO, HealthWise, Mother Nature and Karma.
Read Natura’s press release here which gives all of the brand names, products, lot numbers and expiration dates for this latest expansion.
Carrageenan is a common thickener and emulsifier used in industry to improve the texture of ice cream, yogurt, cottage cheese, soy milk and other processed foods. It also is in many canned cat foods.
This all too common food additive is extracted from a red seaweed, Chondrus crispus, which is popularly known as Irish moss. Carrageenan, which has no nutritional value.
This is what our trusted friend Susan Thixton has to say about with regards to cats and dogs in her Petsumer Report:
And for people, Andrew Weill, MD doesn’t like it either!