Dog Food Nutrition – Most pet owners remember back in 2007 when thousands of our dogs and cats were actually killed by tainted ingredients in dog and cat food. Many pet foods were recalled and removed from store shelves to save our furry friends from further deaths.
Most pet food vendors went unpunished despite this horrible situation. Most of these vendors had more interest in increasing their company’s profits than the well-being and health of our pets.
The federal government has finally taken some positive steps to prevent that situation from happening again. The FDA and the Partnership for Food Protection have combined efforts to establish the Pet Event Tracking Network, or PETNet.
There are only a very few pet food companies that have never experienced a recall. There is a very good reason why these companies have not been through this situation. They provide the very best cat food and dog food nutrition. Their objective is to provide the best nutritional products. Their interest is the well being of our pets and not their financial bottom line.
I have quoted a portion of an article that was just published in TheWeek.com. It is entitled, “The feds’ new plan to save dogs from toxic food.” Here is the quote:
Why do we need PETNet?
The new system is a response to the massive 2007 recall of pet food that was tainted with melamine, an industrial chemical used in plastics and fertilizers. It’s believed that thousand of dogs and cats died as a result of the contamination, which affected some 90 brands of dog and cat food, and was eventually traced to a certain ingredient, namely wheat gluten from China. During the 2007 outbreak, the FDA and state officials struggled to share information and communicate with each other in a timely manner. PETNet shows that “something good has come out of [that mess],” says Jeannine Stein in theLos Angeles Times.
How does it work?
PETNet has more than 200 members — federal, state, and territorial government officials from all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and Washington, D.C. They are charged with monitoring pet food safety and animal health, and, if they discover potential contamination or product defects within their jurisdictions, they can post information to the network, immediately alerting other members to potential problems. That sort of speedy, easy communication could prevent future pet food contamination problems from becoming out-of-control epidemics.
The complete article can be read here. I encourage you to read the entire article.
Did you have any problems during the pet food recall? If you did, I know it is very painful to think about.