|Barked: Thu Dec 16, '10 2:53pm PST |
|I'm still extremely suspicious. Firstly, the AAFCO has little to no control over the Pet Food industry. The companies can comply if they want to, but it isn't necessary.
Secondly, Copper Sulfate, which is a substitute for actual copper, is added to most of the feed given to the animals which are used in commercial pet foods. The substance is not broken down in the making of the pet food. (the temperature does not get hot enough) Then more of it is added to the food. There is way more of it in pet food than the manufacturers will admit.
I decided to contact them, here's a copy of my letter. I sound a little short, but I'm fed up with responses that don't answer my questions:
To Whom it May Concern,
I has recently come to my attention that Taste of the Wild uses the substance Copper Sulfate is substitution for the actual mineral of Copper. Protective gear is often required while handling and it can cause heart, liver, and kidney problems.
I understand that you use this substance in small quantities which are assumed to be harmless to the dog, but it is still quite disturbing to me that a high quality brand such as yours does not use something less toxic.
Another question I have is about the livestock you use in your pet food. Do these animals eat feed made with Copper Sulfate? Do the temperatures you cook the meat at completely break down the substance? (My understanding is that Copper Sulfate breaks down at temperatures upwards of 300 degrees.) If you do not know the contents of the livestock's feed, have you ever made an effort to find out?
Several other questions concerning your products: Do you get your meat from a rendering plant or from a slaughterhouse? To your knowledge do you use the 4-D's (dead, dying, diseased, disabled)? Where do you produce your products? Do you share a manufacturing plant with any other companies? If so which ones? Have your foods ever had to be recalled for any reason? Are any of the materials that you use in your food made in another country? You say that you use only natural preservatives, what are they? It sounds like you get your meat meals from companies other than your own, who are these companies? Have you ever tested your products for traces of the euthanasia drug Sodium Pentobarbital?
In addition to all of these, I also have some questions regarding the use of carbohydrates in dog foods. On your FAQ's page, you seem to state that if you did not use them, you would have to use something else. What would you use? Why don't you get rid of Carbohydrates, since they are not a requirement for a dog?
I am aware that the AAFCO allows the use of many rather disturbing ingredients, such as hydrolyzed hair, spray-dried animal blood, dehydrated food waste, dehydrated garbage, dehydrated paunch products, dried poultry waste, dried swine waste, and undried processed animal waste product. Do you knowingly use any of these ingredients in your food? Have you contacted your meal manufacturers to make sure that they are not putting any of these ingredients in your food?
Lastly, do you preform testing of your diet on any animals? What sort of conditions are these animals kept in and what kind of experiments are performed?
I apologize if I seem cynic, but I feel that oftentimes the consumer can not get a straight answer from the pet food companies.
Thank you for your time,
It'll be interesting to hear their reply.
Edited by author Thu Dec 16, '10 3:39pm PST
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