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Illegal, allowed by FDA, and NOT disclosed to Pet Owners

Discussion in 'Nutrition News and Articles' started by strykerdobe, Feb 5, 2020.

  1. strykerdobe

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    Illegal, allowed by FDA, and NOT disclosed to Pet Owners

    Illegal, allowed by FDA, and NOT disclosed to Pet Owners
    February 4, 2020
    in Pet Food Ingredients

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    The crimes of pet food evidenced by Google Earth images.

    U.S. federal law defines “food” as: “articles used for food or drink for man or other animals.” U.S. federal law defines an “adulterated food” (an illegal food) as (in part): “if it consists in whole or in part of any filthy, putrid, or decomposed substance; if it is, in whole or in part, the product of a diseased animal or of an animal which has died otherwise than by slaughter.”

    Filthy, putrid, decomposed, diseased animal and/or non-slaughtered animal. Keep those terms in mind as you see what FDA allows into pet food, ignoring federal law:
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    What are you looking at above? Google Earth images of ‘raw material’ – dead animal carcasses and animal carcass parts – in open trailers being delivered to a rendering facility in Iowa; a facility that processes dead animal carcasses and animal parts into ‘food’ for pets (and other animals).

    This is what those trailers full of animal carcass parts look like from the ground. The picture below (and others) was previously provided by a pet owner who lives across the street from one of these plants:
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    Below is another Google Earth image of a rendering facility in Iowa. Circled areas appears to be piles of dead animal carcasses and two trailers full of animal parts.
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    And there’s more…so much more. Every single day – all across the U.S. – piles of dead animals and trailer after trailer of carcass parts are ground, cooked, and sold to pet food/animal feed manufacturers. Every ounce of this material is illegal per federal law. Every ounce of this material is included in pet food/animal feed with no warning or disclosure to the consumer.

    The two images below is a California rendering facility (same facility, two different time frames). Circled in the image below are two piles of dead animals – one appears to be cattle, the other appears to be poultry (either chickens or turkeys). Circled bottom right is a pile of bloody slurry.

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    Below is the same California rendering facility as above pictured at a later date. Circled are large, horrific piles of bloody animal carcasses and parts and a pile of what appears to be poultry. Just to give you a comparison at how large the bloody pile of animal carcasses is…compare the size of the parked car (just above the circle) to the bloody pile in the parking lot.

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    Below is another California rendering facility with another bloody, putrid pile of animal carcass parts. Almost center in the picture you can see a dead horse on the ground.
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    This picture is from a Minnesota rendering facility. Parked trailers full of animal carcasses and carcass parts.
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    Below Google Earth shows 11 parked trailers full of animal carcasses and carcass parts at a Nebraska rendering facility:
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    Below is another Nebraska rendering facility, this picture showing you the full facility. The circled areas are provided below as close up images.
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    From top circled area of above image:
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    From bottom circled area of larger image above:
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    Below are three full trailers of animal carcasses and carcass parts at an Iowa rendering facility:
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    The following image is from a North Carolina rendering facility. Multiple trailers full of animal carcasses and carcass parts are circled, along with bloody slurry that appears to be the unload area.
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    North Carolina rendering facility, multiple parked trailers full of animal carcass parts – along with one trailer entering the facility (top right).
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    The following two images are from one North Carolina rendering facility – taken on two different dates. Notice how much material is sitting in trailers in the top image.
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    Same North Carolina rendering facility as above – one year later:
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    And below is 9 trailers full of dead animal carcass parts at a South Carolina rendering facility:
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    Everyday – more and more animal carcasses and carcass parts are processed into pet food/animal feed ingredients. Above is just a tiny snapshot of the massive amount of illegal material that is processed.

    There is no doubt – this material has to be properly disposed of. But…it should NOT be disposed of as illegal ingredients (filthy, putrid, decomposed, diseased and/or non-slaughtered) in pet food/animal feed.

    The FDA intentionally allows these illegal ingredients to be processed into pet food, the Agency blatantly ignores federal law. Dr. Steven Solomon’s (director FDA Center for Veterinary Medicine) April 2019 response to our Citizen Petition asking for these illegal ingredients to be stopped and for consumers to be properly informed to what they are purchasing was: “we do not believe that the use of diseased animals or animals that died otherwise than by slaughter to make animal food poses a safety concern…” Think about his statement and these pictures. It’s beyond absurd.

    But the biggest crime is no pet owner is informed to what they are buying. Everyday pet foods and treats are sold to unknowing consumers that include illegal ingredients made from bloody dead animal carcass slurry, transported in an open trailer, dumped onto a bloody parking lot…with a picture of a grilled steak or roasted chicken on the pet food label. No consumer is informed because the FDA decided we don’t deserve to know.

    What ingredients could this type of material be in?

    Any rendered ingredient such as chicken meal, beef meal, pork meal, by-product meal and any fat ingredient. Ask your pet food manufacturer for a guarantee in writing that all meat ingredients are sourced from USDA inspected and passed animals. Also ask for a written guarantee that all ingredients are transported and warehoused under refrigeration (those that require refrigeration).

    Pet owners deserve to know if they are buying a pet food that contains an ingredient sourced from a filthy, putrid, decomposed, diseased and/or non-slaughtered animal. If you are angry and want to express your opinion to FDA – email them at AskCVM@fda.hhs.gov. Also email your elected officials telling them to demand FDA enforce law and require pet food labels to disclose the quality of ingredients used.


    Wishing you and your pet(s) the best,

    Susan Thixton
    Pet Food Safety Advocate
    Author Buyer Beware, Co-Author Dinner PAWsible
    TruthaboutPetFood.com
    Association for Truth in Pet Food
     
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  2. strykerdobe

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    FDA Warning Letter alerts us to MORE Pentobarbital in Pet Food
    FDA Warning Letter alerts us to MORE Pentobarbital in Pet Food
    December 12, 2019
    in Pet Food Ingredients
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    Valley Proteins – one of the largest rendering companies – told FDA that pentobarbital is an “unavoidable contaminant.”

    The FDA issued a Warning Letter to Valley Proteins on November 18, 2019. Though the Warning is cryptic, it is evidence of several concerning problems in pet food AND apparently a new (bad) attitude from FDA.

    FDA stated “On February 5 and 6, and April 3 and April 22, 2019 the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA or “we”) conducted an inspection of your rendering plant located at 1635 Indian Hollow Road, Winchester, Virginia 22603. Your rendering plant produces animal food ingredients distributed to animal food manufacturers.”

    The Warning Letter states that pentobarbital was found in fat ingredients produced by Valley Proteins. FDA warned Valley Proteins (bold added for emphasis) “the presence of pentobarbital in your animal fat products causes these products to be adulterated because the animal food contains an unsafe new animal drug. The drug is unsafe because it was not used in conformance with the drug approval, which does not have a tolerance established for the presence of pentobarbital in the edible tissues of animals.”

    Note the FDA warned Valley Proteins – a rendering company that turns dead animals into ‘food’ (but actually feed) ingredients – about pentobarbital because the drug was not “used in conformance with the drug approval“. This is a distinct change in FDA language regarding pentobarbital in pet fooda very concerning distinct change in language.

    As example of FDA’s change in pentobarbital language, in February of 2018 FDA warned the public about the potential of pentobarbital in numerous Smuckers manufactured pet foods. Within this warning FDA stated “any detection of pentobarbital in pet food is a violation of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act.” This warning is the accurate warning that should be declared by FDA on ANY pentobarbital warning. The Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act clearly states ANY food (the legal definition of food includes animal/pet food) is adulterated (illegal) “if it is, in whole or in part, the product of a diseased animal or of an animal which has died otherwise than by slaughter.” A pentobarbital euthanized animal is ‘an animal which has died otherwise than by slaughter’. This 2018 warning accurately cites law as the foundation for the adulterated pet food.

    BUT…this new Warning Letter to Valley Proteins completely revises the previous FDA warning about pentobarbital. Now the FDA is publicly ignoring federal law in the Valley Proteins Warning stating ONLY that pentobarbital was not used properly (“in conformance with the drug approval“). This is extremely concerning language from FDA as it indicates that FDA is positioning themselves to further defend their allowed use in pet food of diseased animals and animals that have died other than by slaughter.

    Another serious concern of the Warning Letter is a statement from Valley Proteins to FDA. Valley Proteins told FDA “that pentobarbital is anunavoidable contaminant not known to present a health hazard‘.” Valley Proteins as well completely ignores federal law that clearly states any food is adulterated if it is sourced from “an animal which has died otherwise than by slaughter.”

    The Valley Proteins website states “Valley Proteins, Inc. has grown to become one of the largest rendering companies in the United States with several hundred million dollars in annual sales. On average, the company currently processes three million tons of raw materials, and manufactures over one million tons of value-added animal feed ingredients annually, which are marketed throughout the world.” For a company of this size, processing millions of tons of animal material all over the world to have an attitude that “pentobarbital is an unavoidable contaminant not known to present a health hazard” is EXTREMELY concerning.

    And then this Warning Letter discusses one more concerning issue. FDA stated to Valley Proteins “Our investigation revealed that once you became aware of the pentobarbital contamination on December 18, 2018, you did not take immediate action to notify customers or recall the product, which are actions specified in your “9.12 Recall Plan” written procedure. On February 11, 2019; April 3, 2019; April 16, 2019; and April 22, 2019, FDA inquired whether you planned to recall the animal food product contaminated with pentobarbital. You stated you did not plan to do so and did not provide FDA with requested information regarding the amount of potentially affected product that was distributed by your firm before you learned of the positive FDA test result.”

    The FDA knew products sold by Valley Proteins were adulterated, but FDA did not force the company to recall. Valley Proteins told the FDA ‘No’ – we won’t recall, and we’re not going to tell you more. And FDA just accepted their response. This issue has been going on for almost 1 full year – beginning December 18, 2018 – and only now did FDA take some action by issuing this Warning Letter (a very weak response from FDA).

    To read the full Warning Letter, Click Here.

    This is very concerning and completely unacceptable behavior from FDA and Valley Proteins. Pet owners don’t know where these adulterated ingredients ended up – don’t know if their pet is consuming an illegal adulterated pet food right now. Beyond absurd.

    Note: We will be filing Freedom of Information Act requests for more information, when FDA provides the information it will be shared. Unfortunately, FDA takes their time providing such requests – often up to 2 years.

    Wishing you and your pet(s) the best,

    Susan Thixton
    Pet Food Safety Advocate
    Author Buyer Beware, Co-Author Dinner PAWsible
    TruthaboutPetFood.com
    Association for Truth in Pet Food

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  3. strykerdobe

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  4. Kaiser2016

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    Wow this is so disgusting!
     
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  5. GennyB

    GennyB Moderator Hot Topics Subscriber

    The animals raised for human consumption are NOT much better. Just one of the reasons we decided to raise our own meat. Actually not just meat, we grow a huge percentage of our own fruit and vegetables. What we don't or can't raise comes from places we have thoroughly researched the practices of how they produce the food. We live in an area where we access to small family farms that raise their animals and crops responsibly. Milk cows and goats that are not fed GMO crap or a steady diet of antibiotics. Fruits and vegetables that are non GMO and not full of pesticides. The bonus is it's amazing how much better it taste.
    I consider ourselves very lucky to have the opportunity to do it.
     
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  6. strykerdobe

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    It's crazy when like 80% or more of antibiotics used are used in the farming industry!!!!!!!!!!
     
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  7. GennyB

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    Even more crazy is the animals aren't even sick when they are given.
     
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