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!
The recall by Natura because of salmonella contamination has now expanded to include all Natura dry cat and dog foods with a range of expiration dates. A shocking number of VERY popular dry cat/dog foods which are considered to be superior to others have salmonella. The brands: Evo, California Natural, Health Wise, Innova, and the weirdest one: Karma. It’s bad karma that these corporations are so careless with preparing cat/dog food.
Read the article for specifics & expiration dates.
Also, here’s the first article on the Natura cat and dog food recall.
Yikes! Salmonella has been found in some very popular brands of cat food made by Natura including Evo and Innova! Please read the article below for all the brand names, flavors and lot numbers that have been recalled, then forward it to all of the cat and dog parents in your world.
At long last, on Monday March 11, 2013, the European Union has banned the sale of cosmetics which contain ingredients that were tested on animals, regardless of where in the world the tests were conducted. This ban involves the 27 nations which make up the EU. Very impressive!
Here’s a good story from BBC Europe, with several excellent related stories including tight new laws regarding lab animals, and the goal towards animal free laboratories!
The battle for safe food for ourselves and our fur family is never ending. And now the sneaky FDA approved of GMO (genetically modified organism) salmon. And as you know from the crazy defeat of California’s Proposition 37, manufacturers are not required to label GMO foods as such. It defies logic how anyone could be against knowing what they are eating.
Well, Cat Faeries cares. We care about you and we care about your cats. This article does not discuss cat food and GMO salmon (or other GMO’s) but it’s a good read to get you familiar with the reasons why this is so wrong. If they want to feed it to us, then of course they want to feed it to your cats.
Coming soon in The Cat Faeries Companion:
Why we do not eat fish of any kind, ever, including sea salt, sea weed, and fish oil.
Why we don’t like grain of any kind, ever.
Once again Susan Thixton, cat and dog food advocate has found tainted cat food, this time it’s canned, and this time it’s severe mold.
Merrick’s BG is very popular among those who know how harmful grain is and are looking for a good alternative to grain laden cat food. To us this mold problem is quite a breach of trust. We expect better from this company, and frankly any manufacture of food for our beloved furry friends.
Here’s the article with photos, including lot number and expiration dates: