The FDA Classifies Dogs and Cats as Obligate Scavengers – Truth about Pet Food


No kidding, they do. Are you ok with that?

On April 30, 2019, the FDA issued a public notice that on the surface appeared to be good news for pet owners. “In a continued commitment to the agency’s modernized risk-based approach to the regulation of animal food…the U.S. Food and Drug Administration today withdrew three outdated Compliance Policy Guides (CPGs) pertaining to the use of certain animal-derived materials in animal food.”

Sounds promising, doesn’t it? It’s not. In fact, there is NOTHING “modernized” about it. It’s the same old FDA song and dance. FDA will continue to allow pet food to violate federal law, continue to allow pet food to contain diseased and non-slaughtered animal material and the agency REFUSES to alert pet owners to which pet foods contain this illegal waste.

Why did FDA issue this notice?

The short answer is that FDA no longer wants pet owners to see – on the FDA website – what they actually allow in pet food. By withdrawing the compliance policies, pet owners can no longer see the cold, harsh reality of what FDA allows in pet food right on the FDA website. Below is screen shot images of the withdrawn policies highlighting the FDA policy:

They agency removed those policies ONLY for their benefit, not for the benefit of pets. The above pages are now poof!, gone. Click Here to see the current page of CPG 690.300 and Click Here to see the current page of CPG 675.400.

The policies are gone, but those waste ingredients in pet food are NOT. They are still just as openly allowed in pet food as they were previously, but now FDA is allowing them behind their secret curtain of “enforcement discretion“.

Evidence.

In October of 2016, our pet owner association (AssociationforTruthinPetFood.com) filed a Citizen Petition with FDA. A Citizen Petition is the required procedure to follow when asking the FDA to change their current enforcement procedure.

In short, we asked the agency to stop allowing diseased animal material and material from animals that have died otherwise than by slaughter (or illegal animal material) into pet food.

We also asked FDA, to properly label pet products as Dog Food and Cat Food if the products met the requirements of food, or label pet products as Dog Feed and Cat Feed if they did not meet the legal requirements of food.

Two and a half years later (4/30/2019), the FDA said: “No” to everything.

To read our Citizen Petition, addendum and FDA’s response Click Here.

Regarding our request asking the FDA to stop allowing diseased animal material and material from animals that have died otherwise than by slaughter into pet food, the FDA said:

“We do not believe that the use of diseased animals or animals that died otherwise than by slaughter to make animal food poses a safety concern and we intend to continue to exercise enforcement discretion where appropriate.”

In other words, the FDA believes it is perfectly safe for your pet to consume condemned inedible diseased chicken or beef from a decomposing carcass of a cow that died in the field 5 days before it was rendered.

In no uncertain terms, this FDA response classifies cats and dogs as obligate scavengers.

Per Wikipedia.org: “Scavengers are animals that consume dead organisms that have died from causes other than predation. Obligate scavenging is rare among vertebrates (excluding the pets consuming diseased and dead waste pet food day in and day out), due to the difficulty of finding enough carrion without expending too much energy. Scavenging may provide a direct and indirect method for transmitting disease between animals. Scavengers of infected carcasses may become hosts for certain pathogens and consequently vectors of disease themselves.”

Do you consider your pet a scavenger?

Regarding our request asking FDA to properly label pet products as Cat Food/Dog Food or Cat Feed/Dog Feed to alert pet owners to the possibility of waste ingredients included – the FDA stated:

“You provided no evidence that human consumers believe that all pet food is equivalent to human food or that it would help consumers to know specifically how pet food differs from human food.”

So, not only is FDA classifying cats and dogs as obligate scavengers, the agency also doesn’t believe it is necessary for pet owners to be warned or alerted that pet food DOES contain carrion (the decaying flesh of dead animals).

Is this acceptable to you?

Is it acceptable to you that FDA declares pets to be scavengers? Is it acceptable to you that cooked rotting animal flesh pet foods are sold in every grocery across the U.S. – one aisle over from your food? Are you concerned of what diseases could be spread by these scavenger pet foods? (By the way, you should be concerned – click here.)

Diseased animal material in ANY food (human food or animal food) is a direct violation of federal law. Decomposing animal tissue in ANY food (human food or animal food) is a direct violation of federal law. With no doubt, this material IS dangerous, is illegal for a valid reason.

Tell the FDA exactly how you feel. Don’t put it off, don’t wait. Tell the FDA pets are not obligate scavengers.

Call FDA at 240-402-7002 or Email FDA at AskCVM@fda.hhs.gov.

Wishing you and your pet(s) the best,

Susan Thixton
Pet Food Safety Advocate
Author Buyer Beware, Co-Author Dinner PAWsible
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