According to the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), China is the leading petfood exporter to the US, supplying about half of all imported petfoods. One recent article online from Hound & Gatos petfood company is advising consumers on purchasing safe petfood, encouraging them to purchase foods made in the US.
According to the article, there are a number of reasons to consider making sure the petfood you purchase is made in America. One reason is that you may be getting a product that is safer and reduces possible health risks. Companies in America are held to higher standards and more accountable than those in China, where there is little way to know what standards were followed in the petfood production process.
The article says it is also important to read petfood labels and avoid ingredients such as soy, generic animal livers, wheat, corn and coloring agents. Additionally, the article advises consumers to look for a diet rich in animal protein.
The new US food safety legislation will also affect regulation of petfood
Safe, nutritious, tasty petfood requires careful handling and processing of raw meat ingredients
Processors should carefully develop, validate and implement an effective kill step to support production of pathogen-free petfoods
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