Ingredients from China in Pet Food

When I choose the pet food to sell at Midas Touch Naturally Healthy Pets I look for quality ingredients, products manufactured in the USA or Canada, and fish meal that is free of the chemical preservative ethoxyquin.  In light of the dog deaths and illnesses over the last five years that have been linked to the chicken jerky treats made in China, I called each of the manufacturers of our food to be assured that none of their raw materials are sourced from China.

To my dismay, five of the companies I contacted use China-sourced ingredients.  Four of the manufacturers told me they source only the vitamins, glucosamine and chondroitin from China because it is not possible to purchase pet-grade vitamins in the United States.  The manufacturers who do not use vitamins from China agreed.  So they have chosen to purchase human-grade vitamins from the United States.

In 2007 countless dogs died from melamine in pet food.  The manufacturers of these products did not add melamine to their food.  It was in the raw materials they purchased from China.  Melamine is still being detected in China imports – and it is in the food for human consumption.  Check out this article by Susan Thixton from The Truth About Pet Food:  Is it Melamine Again?  FDA records as recent as this month show melamine in shortbread cookies destined for store shelves.  And the FDA inspects only 2% of the imported food so we have no way of knowing if melamine is in our food supply. 

The pet food I pulled from our shelves today are:
Nature’s Variety – rabbit formula only
Sojos – Complete and Grain Free formulas (Their original formula contains only US sourced ingredients)
By Nature – all varieties
NutriSource – all varieties
Taste of the Wild – all varieties

Over the next few days I will be contacting the manufacturers of all of the supplements and treats that we sell.  And I will follow up with the pet food companies who have not returned my calls.  If any include raw material sourced from China they will also be pulled from our shelves.

We can make a difference with our pocketbooks.  It is time to give a clear message to companies that we demand safe products for ourselves and our pets.  Purchasing ingredients from a country with both historical and current evidence of adulterating food is unacceptable. 

You can find more information about melamine at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.

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