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Dog, cat food recalls low so far in 2019, but could rise

Stericycle Expert Solutions examined recall trends during the past quarter along with industry events to create the report “Stericycle Recall Index Q3 2019.”
Despite the relative lull post-FSMA, pet food safety consultants warn that conditions may be ripe for more recalls since the U.S. Food and Drug Administration may pay special attention to pet food, as it does with baby food.
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Dog food, treat brands adapt marketing post-DCM

To address dog owners’ fears, Icelandic+ executives adapted the marketing of the companies’ dried herring and capelin products for dogs after the FDA announcement.
While the consumer fears of DCM closed a door for some brands as sales of their products declined, a window opened for dog foods and treats positioned to rebrand or reformulate.
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Illegal Thailand fishing may link cat food, slavery

The Environmental Justice Foundation is concerned that fish caught by enslaved migrants may end up as raw pet food ingredients.
The Environmental Justice Foundation is concerned that fish caught by enslaved migrants in Thailand could end up as raw ingredients in pet food.
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Simmons Pet Food closing New Jersey canning facility

On November 4, Simmons Pet Food announced the closure of its pet food production facility in Pennsauken, New Jersey, USA by late next year.
In 2020, Simmons will transition the shuttered factory’s canned pet food production to a high-speed line at its Emporia, Kansas, USA facility, which opened in June.
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US pet spending grew at double rate of household income

Growth in American’s pet spending represents a 50% increase from 2013 to 2018. During that same time, American’s annual income increased by only 23%.
Pet owners in the United States spent US$87 billion on pets in 2018, up from 2013’s US$57.8 billion according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Survey of Consumer Finances data analyzed by MagnifyMoney.
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