There have been several pet food and pet treat recalls over the past few years.
The FDA regulations on pet foods are very general. The guaranteed analysis label must display percentage of protein, fat, fiber, moisture and any supplements that make up more then 20% of their diets. The actual type of protein, fat, fiber and supplements are found under ingredients.
The ingredients listed in order before any fat or oil are the main ingredients in the food. The FDA does not require to list the amount of each of these items. By-products are just that, by-products. If it doesn’t specify the source of the by-product then any animal protein may be used. This could be animal tongue, hair, hooves, etc.
When meal is listed with the source of the protein, such as chicken meal, this states the food contains ground up chicken parts. This may be chicken bones and other various parts of the chicken. If it lists poultry meal the product may have ground up poultry including but not limited to ducks, geese and eggs.
The pet food companies are not required to inform consumers where they purchase the protein sources or ingredients. China is one country pet food companies rely on for their products.
Until the FDA places more restrictions on the pet food companies requiring them to provide more detailed information on their labels, it is buyers beware.
Pet Authority Animal Hospital veterinarians recommend pet foods that have provided data on their foods. Royal Canin, Orijen, Honest Kitchen and Hills diets are foods we endorse. We carry most of these products. http://www.royalcanin.com/ http://www.hillspet.com/ http://www.thehonestkitchen.com/ http://www.orijen.ca/
Please read the email sent to our hospital from our Michigan Veterinary Medical Association regarding this news information regarding Purina’s Beneful. Learn more about our MVMA at http://www.michvma.org/?page=AbouttheMVMA