Animal nutrition advocate and pet food industry watchdog Susan Thixton is demanding the White House respond to her petition requesting the Government enforce the Federal Laws that are in place to protect consumers and animals from harm.
To elaborate, the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act states that any food whether for human or animal must be safe and free from adulterants. A food is deemed adulterated (illegal) if it has any poisonous, insanitary, or deleterious ingredients.
Yet currently, the FDA allows materials in pet food and animal feed that would make you sick and certainly making the animals in our care sick as well.
Despite Federal law, the FDA provides the pet food and animal feed industries with loopholes to violate the FD&C Act. These corporate friendly loopholes are known officially as Compliance Policies. In other words, it’s if it’s for animals, this is what we’ll let you get away with (murder):
Diseased animals or animals that have died otherwise than by slaughter.
Rendering process of industry, including those using animals which have died otherwise than by slaughter.
Diversion to animal feed of human food adulterated with rodent, roach, or bird excreta.
Diversion of food considered adulterated for human use in all situations where the diverted food will be acceptable for its intended animal food use. Such situations may include:
a. Pesticide contamination in excess of the permitted tolerance or action level.
b. Pesticide contamination where the pesticide involved is unapproved for use on a food or feed commodity.
c. Contamination by industrial chemicals.
d. Contamination by natural toxicants.
e. Contamination by filth.
f. Microbiological contamination.
g. Over tolerance or unpermitted drug residues.
This is simply unacceptable. We are the guardians for animals, their voice. They should not be rewarded for their devotion and trust by being the sentinels of a government that places the interests of corporations over all moral and ethical considerations and an environment polluted by decades of selfish indifference.
The petition needs 25,000 signatures by December 31st, 2011, so please shout it from your rooftops, your laptops and your desktops to get your friends and family members to sign this important petition.
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Read More About It
Susan Thixton’s article about the petition on her website, Truth About Pet Food (must read)
FD&C Act Chapter IV: Food
Buyer Beware and Dinner PAWsible by author Susan Thixton
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