One Year Later After Deadliest Pet Food Recall

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One Year Later
After Deadliest Pet Food Recall

We have reached the year anniversary of the largest and deadliest pet food recall in history. Unfortunately, there is absolutely nothing to celebrate at the end of a year. No changes have been made in pet food regulations, we continue to be at the mercy of ‘recommended quality control’ and substandard and potentially dangerous pet food ingredients.

If there can be any good found one year after the pet food recall – I think that it’s many pet owners are smarter now. Those that know – know they have better options for safer, healthier pet food. And those that know try their best to share their knowledge with other pet owners. The following is an email I received from one of my newsletter subscribers – a pet owner that is trying to make a difference…

“The 1st anniversary of the ghastly pet food recalls: The reason I’m sending this link is because it goes into some detail about the contents of the Yap film, “A Dog’s Breakfast”. It’s refreshing to see so much of what is said you have been saying right along since you started your “Truth” website. Near the end of the article under “What can you do?”, is a link to Anderson’s CNN web box. The producers feel that if we all write Anderson & ask him to air the film he might just do it. Just food for thought….”


I have sent my email to CNN’s Anderson Cooper’s mailbox. But as I responded to Moll – I don’t think it will be effective. It’s not that Anderson Cooper doesn’t care about pets – my guess would be he and all the other big time journalists feel the condition of American Pet Food is horrible. And it could be that CNN, Fox, ABC, CBS, and NBC executives and journalists have a hard time believing this information about pet food is actually true – just as we all did at one point. But regardless what they feel or think…their hands are tied. Perhaps CNN will listen if a million pet owners flood their email and voice mail – it’s definitely worth a try.

The more awareness to the dangers of some commercial pet foods and treats, the better our pets health will be. Many people just don’t believe the facts staring them in the face unless they read it in the newspaper or see it on TV. Everyday – these unknowing pet owners are seeing opposing marketing presented as facts on television commercials and print advertising. I need to remind you of my last email quoting the AAFCO regulation stating that pet foods can make ‘…an unqualified claim, directly or indirectly,…” on their labels. Plus pet owners have to go looking for – specifically search out from a million websites or search out a few books at the bookstore to find the pet food facts. The opposing marketing – the ‘unqualified claims’ on the other hand is everywhere – television, radio, magazine ads, newspaper ads, grocery store aisles, and on and on – right in their face without having to do any work to find it.

This is an uphill battle thanks to the existing regulations. The good guys can’t distinguish themselves as using human grade ingredients – yet others can make ‘unqualified claims directly or indirectly’. An uphill battle with a very steep grade!

If you have the time to visit the above link and send Anderson Cooper an email – please do. If CNN or any other network would air the Yap Films documentary, it would help. Ask every media person you know – send an email to every big journalist you can. Just maybe we can make a difference. As I told Moll – don’t get your hopes up. But don’t give up either. I feel we are a team – working together trying to nudge the media and the unknowing pet owners along in a better direction. I assure you I will continue to do my best to keep everyone aware who will listen. I need your help out there to keep forwarding emails to the unknowing and doubters. And always, please stay in touch and send along any ideas or suggestions.

Wishing you and your pet the best,

Susan Thixton

Truth About Pet Food

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