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Pet Owners Continue To Be Concerned With Imports

Feb 18, 2008
The day before Valentines Day - a small shard of metal was found in a child's Valentine candy in a community just east of Tampa, FL. As soon as the story broke on local television, even before it was announced where the candy was made - I had a real suspicion to where the candy was made. It was made in China.

I don't know how long it's going to take China to get their act together or if they ever will - but concerns of imported Chinese products and ingredients are real and on-going.As a pet owner - you must be very diligent to avoid any pet food, treat, toy, anything that your pet could consume - that is made in or has an ingredient from China or other risky countriesor be ready to accept the consequences.

My objective is not to frighten you - instead my intent is to motivate you to take notice of and find out where everything you give your pet is from. Chinese imported wheat glutens and corn glutens caused the largest and deadliest pet food recall in history one year ago this month. I subscribe to the FDA's recall email list - and I receive announcements almost every single day about a new recalled product (human products and pet products). Better than 60% of all of these new recalls are from imported products or an imported ingredient.

The point heredo not get complacent about what you feed your pet!Don't get comfortable thinking that the gluten issue is resolved and somebody is testing it and all is well.Recalls are continuing from dangerous Chinese imported products or ingredients - and you do not want to be feeding your pet the food or treat that is next on the recall list because it contains ingredients from China or Taiwan or some other country that has far less quality control (maybe better worded would be quality concern!) than the U.S. or Canada or a handful of other countries that do the due diligence to provide safe products.

The FDA might have a way to go before pet owners feel completely safe with our pet foods. But two things are for certain - the FDA is head and shoulders above China. And right now, the risk of products being tainted, toxic, or dangerous continues to be far greater with imported products than U.S. products.

Do your due diligence and find out where every ingredient in every food, treat or toy your pet consumes comes from. All it takes is a quick phone call to the manufacturer, maybe ten minutes of your day for each manufacturer. Those ten minutes could prove to be a life saver for your pet. Become pro-active for your pet.

Call the pet food or pet treat manufacturer and ask them specifically if they use any imported ingredients in their products. You might get an answer similar to'we use all U.S. suppliers'. This is not the information you are looking for. A U.S. supplier of imported ingredients - tainted imported ingredients - was the cause of the pet food recall last year. Explicitly ask if any ingredient in the pet food comes from any country other than the U.S. and then ask what those countries are. In my work for Petsumer Report which provides this information to subscribers, it is often times a real challenge to get the necessary information. With some manufacturers you have to take on the role of investigative reporter to discover the information you need and deserve to know. Above all, be persistent.

Please know - it is NOT that all Chinese imported ingredients or products are dangerous to your pet.It is that they have a history - a scary history - that has proven to be potentially dangerous and shows no signs of real improvement. It's simply a huge risk to feed your pet a food or treat with ingredients from China.
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