Pet Food Safety

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DCM: 5 brands in 58% of FDA reports, dry dog food in 86%

Dry formulations made up the majority of dog foods involved in reports of DCM submitted the FDA.
Five pet food brands accounted for nearly 58% of canine dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) cases reported to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration between January 1, 2014 and April 30, 2019.
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90% of 524 cases of dog heart disease involved grain-free

Between January 1, 2014 and April 30, 2019, the FDA received 524 reports of DCM, some involving multiple pets.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released that information and more in an update to their investigation into canine dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) cases correlated to certain grain-free dog foods.
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16 dog food brands correlated to DCM by FDA: Acana #1

The FDA update provided a graph naming 17 brands eaten by dogs involved in official reports of DCM.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released an update on their investigation into canine dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) cases correlated to certain grain-free dog foods.
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Deadly cat tuberculosis outbreak tied to UK raw pet food

Natural Instinct Wild Venison raw cat food was the only observed common factor among all five households with tuberculosis-infected cats.
At least six cats, five of whom are now dead, may have contracted tuberculosis after eating frozen, raw pet food sold in the United Kingdom.
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Lab-grown meat may provide taurine for vegan dog, cat food

Most taurine supplemented into pet food comes from industrial laboratories, knocking it out of the running for clean label.
Taurine from lab-grown meat may allow pet food formulators to make vegan and vegetarian dog and cat foods, while avoiding dilated cardiomyopathy and adhering to the clean label trend.
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FDA drops pet food ingredient compliance policy guide

The FDA said the action will clarify for animal food manufacturers the agency’s regulatory policies and expectations for the use of materials from dead or downer animals.
The FDA reiterated that the use of rendered ingredients in many pet foods, including canned pet food, can provide a safe source of fat and protein.
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Pentobarbital pet food ingredients sold after FDA warning

FDA issued a warning letter to JBS Souderton about pentobarbital traces found in JBS’ Souderton, Pennsylvania rendering facility in August 2018.
JBS Souderton continued to sell pentobarbital-contaminated tallow to pet food companies after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration had alerted the pet food ingredient supplier.
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Pet owners trust mass market and natural diets equally

Contrary to many pet food industry professionals’ beliefs, pet owners may not trust natural pet food any more than conventional, mass-market diets.
People employed in the dog, cat and other pet food industry believed that a strong majority of pet owners considered natural and organic pet food to be more trustworthy.
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