Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Undeclared Meat Ingredients in Pet Foods Can make them Sick
Most “wet foods” for cat and dogs has undeclared (missing on product labels) ingredients of beef, chicken and pork that can get your dogs or cats sick. It can cause serious allergies, gastrointestinal disease, chronic ear inflammation, and diarrhea.
According to a research, the DNA test these pet foods has “unspecified animal species” in 14 of the 17 tested products( included are Nestle Purina, Mars and Hill’s Pet Nutrition). The researchers said that they cannot identify the meat.
Professor Kin-Chow Chang the senior author of the University of Nottingham report said in a press release,
“Shoppers maybe be surprise to find out that prominently described contents such as beef on a tin could, within the guidelines, be a minor ingredient, have no bovine skeletal muscle meat and contain a majority of unidentified animal proteins.”
He also said that there should be "Full disclosure of animal contents will allow more informed choices to be made on purchases which are particularly important for pets with food allergies, reduce the risk of product misinterpretation by shoppers, and avoid potential religious concerns.”
The journal Acta Veterinaria Scandinavica is suggesting that it is time for a more rigorous regulation of pet foods worldwide to stop misleading labels and poor quality meals for dogs and cats.