Dear Readers… The following article, which was published by Fox News last October, should serve as a strong reminder of how important it is to take your companion animal’s diet into your own hands. While its likely that foul play and greed will be found at the root of this terrible crisis, waving an accusatory finger in the direction of China won’t solve anything. The problem does not begin there, but with our own behavior— both as consumers and responsible animal guardians. Cheap treats only serve to satisfy our budget needs and our laziness— for a few bucks more, the people that have lost their beloved companions could have made jerky at home.
In my work with Animal Essentials, the job of sourcing quality ingredients is never ending. The decision of what goes into our products (and what doesn’t) rests with how well we can validate the quality of the ingredients we use . If quality and purity can’t be 100% assured, we won’t use it.
In 2007, several hundred dogs died as a result of food that was adulterated with melamine— a chemical used by bad guys to create a false analytical positive for protein in food. The most troubling revelation I gained from that crisis was that it could have been prevented by manufacturers in the USA, who never tested their China-sourced product ingredients for an adulterant that we have known about for decades. Unfortunately, in the current case of deadly jerky treats officials still don’t know what they are looking for. So, does this mean that all pet food ingredients from China are bad? Certainly not— I assure you that there are plenty of crap ingredients to be had from USA sources too! The answer is prevention. Get to know the companies that stand behind the products you buy— or better yet, make your own treats! —-GT
Federal health officials are warning pet owners to be cautious about feeding their dogs jerky treats as they continue to investigate a treat-related illnesses that has left nearly 600 dogs dead and sickened more than 3,000 others.
The Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday issued an alert to consumers about the illnesses and deaths tied to jerky treats from China. Officials say the exact cause of the illnesses remains unknown…. Read More of the Article
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