Mollie at AAFCO in Florida 2018Mollie Morrissette of Poisoned Pets at AAFCO conference in Florida 2018

Official representative of U.S. pet food consumers needs your help.

Do you know who the United States consumer representative to the Association of American Feed Control Officials is?


I am your representative, and I need your help. Today.


In three short weeks, I need to attend the next Association of American Feed Control Officials conference in Savannah, Georgia on January 20th.

But I can’t do it without your help.

Your donation will help me pay for the cost of traveling to Savannah, and the registration fee to attend the conference. Yes, it’s expensive, but it’s worth it. Going there means the difference between having a pet food consumer advocate representing your needs to government officials or not.

It’s that simple.

As an official representative of American consumers, I represent you and your pets need to the federal and state government officials; the same government officials in charge of creating the model bills that state governments follow or adapt to govern the sale and manufacture pet food and animal feed.

I was selected by AAFCO to be a committee advisor to identify the issues and interests of consumers – like you – who may be affected by regulations based on the AAFCO Models.

Most consumers have never heard of AAFCO, but basically, AAFCO’s philosophy sums it up: “the most important aspect of feed regulation is to provide protection for the consumer as well as the regulated industry. A major function of feed regulations is to safeguard the health of man and animals.”

In a nutshell, what AAFCO does, is develop the standards, definitions, and policies for the enforcement of feed laws; and to promote uniformity of those laws, and the regulations and enforcement policies for pet food and animal feed.

So, no matter what state you live in the laws on the books probably originated with the model bills that were created by AAFCO. And those rules are behind every single bag and can of pet food and animal feed sold in your state and brought into your home and fed to your pet.

What AAFCO does and what I do is that important. And I am asking – begging – you to help me help you and your pets achieve my mission to help and the needs of all American consumers at AAFCO.

Won’t you help?

A donation of $5 – the price of a couple of tins of pet food – will make the difference between having me representing you at AAFCO this January or not.

Please donate through PayPal at or visit my GoFundMe page to find out more.

Thank you! Oh, and how could I forget? Big hugs to your fur babies. <3

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  1. Yesterday an X-ray on my cat indicated “shards” in his stomach. Because I use Friskies Pate’ foods I went through the can I had at home and found a hard bone about one inch long! I feed this food because I have older cats and cats that suffer from stomatitis and this food seems easier for them to eat! My cat is supposed to have another X-ray in two weeks. It would appear surgery will be indicated if the shards are still packed up in his stomach. I have many cats that also eat the same food. I am having an X-ray done next week on a different cat to see if she, too, has the same problem! No where are bones mentioned on the food label or on the website for Purina!


  2. Darwin’s Natural Pet Food Company nearly killed my kitty. His illness began 5 to 6 days after receiving a shipment of feline food from Darwin’s. My cat was hospitalized for ten to twelve days and is still not fully recovered. Darwin’s refuses any responsibility in causing Leo’s illness, even though I’ve shared all of the veterinary hospital reports and documentation stating the cause of his illness as raw food tainted with Coli, eccollus bacteria. The company refused me access to my account information the day after informing them about Leo’s illness, and they have accused me of being desperate for money. This company is truly corrupt!


  3. No they specifically stated that the vet would have to file the complaint and they said that the vet would have to send the food out for testing. I had a whole box here for over a month waiting to find out wheee to send it to fda for them to test it. When they said it was up to the vet, I knew I would be charged for lab fees and I don’t have that kind of money.


    • That’s correct. Your vet needs to give the FDA information as well. They can do it by calling an FDA consumer complaint coordinator:

      No, the vet does not send the food for testing to the FDA. That is incorrect. The FDA or the state may test it, but not unless they get reliable information from your vet (who presumably can confirm this is a foodborne related illness). But, the FDA or the state do not test in every circumstance. And they will NEVER charge you or your vet for this service.

      IF, however, you would like to have the food tested you can at your own expense. There is a great lab that will do it, but they also need to speak to your vet. Here is the information on the lab at MSU:


  4. I sent an email to fda a year ago complaining about the increasing lethargy my dog was displaying while eating Ol’ Roy beef & cheese ground beef style dog food. They rejected my complaint saying my vet would have to submit proof that it caused that problem! He is doing fine since we changed him to Rachel Ray dog food. I recommend that you also test that version of ol’roy food now that other styles have tested positive.


    • The FDA does not “reject” claims. They simply asked you for your vet records – if you had any. Because “lethargy” is not a red flag. Had you or your vet sent records to the FDA I can assure you they would have followed up on your case. Without supporting information such as a sample of the dog food or vet records all they will do is log it and use it for statistical analysis. If there is an uptick in complaints that is a red flag. They do pay attention to reports of illness – even unverified reports.



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