Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) create definitions for your pets food and treats (as well as for foods for Agricultural animals that you may consume) but you’re not allowed to see it unless you pay for attendance to their meetings. AAFCO’s Official Publication (OP), which contains legally accepted pet and ag ingredient definitions,… Continue reading AAFCO Polls the Public – Finds out no one knows who AAFCO is!
Food Regulation Facts Alliance is an advocacy stakeholder organization for independent pet supply store retailers, owners and employees. We represent retailers at AAFCO meetings, and teach retailers about regulation when they need it. NGPFMA is an advocacy stakeholder organization for small pet food manufacturers. NGPFMA represents manufacturers at AAFCO, and teaches them about regulation when… Continue reading Food Regulation Facts Alliance (FRFA) and Next Generation Pet Food Manufacturers Association (NGPFMA) come together – how it affects you!
Dilated Cardiomyopathy (DCM) in dogs eating grain-free diets is a hot topic in pet news right now. Many pet parents feel concerned, confused, frustrated and even a little misdirected right now. The implication is that pet foods that don’t contain grains are in some way missing a vitally important nutrient, Taurine, and that this inadequacy is resulting… Continue reading The Taurine Controversy
No matter what you’ve chosen to feed your pet your head is probably spinning with concerns. If you’re feeding kibble you may be wondering if it’s increasing your pets’ risk of cancer. If you’re feeding grain-free you may be wondering if it’s increasing your pets’ risk of Dilated Cardiomyopathy. If you’re feeding canned you may… Continue reading How Big Business profits affect the safety and regulation of your pets’ food
This information is sourced from the CDC that lists every identified and named Salmonella Serotype (culture confirmed and partially serotyped) between 2006-2016. While there are over 2,500 serovars, CDC only identified names for 1,020 of them. Below is a summary that reflects the number of illnesses associated with each in this timeframe. To find the… Continue reading Salmonella Statistics from CDC
Rad Cat announced Monday that they have shut their doors. This is the first ubiquitous raw pet food company to close its doors since the FDA placed its focus on raw food sampling assignments in 2012. What happened? Here’s what’s important for you to know. Understanding the recall process - Sampling – Sampling is done… Continue reading Rad Cat Goes Out Of Business – what you need to know about the industry
Science and statistics published by the FDA contradict statements made by the FDA about raw pet foods Data reported by the FDA demonstrates that raw unprocessed foods are safe. Yet this might surprise most people, including representatives of the FDA itself, since FDA recommendations state the opposite of the FDA reported data. Cooking and drying… Continue reading Scientific FDA Publications Contradict FDA Statements Against Raw Foods
The FDA (Food and Drug Administration) and its USDA (Department of Agriculture) minions have placed a specific focus on bullying raw food companies since 2012. While there was little involvement prior to that time, that seems to be when they took aim and started firing at the raw food sector. Meanwhile, they have continued to… Continue reading The many ways in which the FDA is breaking the law by bullying the raw food industry
Written by Chelsea Kent The amount of food works for my pet is way different from what’s on the package… why? – When a manufacturer is creating a package they have the option of simplifying or complicating their label. Unfortunately, when it comes to the feeding recommendation guide manufacturers usually make one single chart that… Continue reading How much you should feed your pet! Calories, volume, mass and metabolism
Written by Chelsea Kent What is Pentobarbital? Pentobarbital is a fatal drug most commonly used to euthanize dogs, cats and most pet horses. It is NEVER used in animals intended for consumption, such as livestock. It is capable of surviving high temperatures associated with cooking if it is put into a pet food product and… Continue reading Pentobarbital (Euthanasia drug) has been found in a variety of Pet Foods, even “natural” ones, in the last year. How safe is your pets’ food from this dangerous contaminant?