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Harvey, Irma and Pet Food – Truth about Pet Food

Any meals that required refrigeration was once wiped clean out of each grocery in Florida and Texas that misplaced energy throughout those two harmful storms. Meats, frozen meals, dairy. Guess the place all that spoiled meals is going?

Just taking into consideration meat…

From typhoon Irma, lots of the state of Florida misplaced electrical energy for no less than 2 days – many spaces are nonetheless with out energy. From typhoon Harvey, maximum of southern Texas misplaced electrical energy for a number of days. In Florida by myself – only one grocery chain, Publix – has 776 shops and 7 distribution facilities. If we estimate that 700 shops misplaced energy – each and every having an estimated stock of five,000 kilos of meat…that’s a conservative three.five million kilos of spoiled meat from one unmarried grocery chain in simply some of the two states devastated through contemporary hurricanes. Not together with distribution facilities.

From groceries by myself – we will be able to conservatively think 10 million kilos of meat spoiled in Florida, some other five million kilos of meat spoiled in Texas.

Guess the place all that spoiled meat is going? To a landfill? No.

The spoiled meat can be diverted to dog food; bought from grocery chains through meat salvage firms.

And all of the spoiled frozen meals and dairy merchandise can be diverted to farm animals feed. Imagine the thousands and thousands of lots of spoiled frozen TV dinners, yogurt, cottage cheese. It will all be bought to animal feed. Sometimes the paper, plastic and styrofoam packaging can be got rid of…infrequently it received’t. No one in every of authority actually cares by some means, it’s all finished with FDA approval. They simplest care that spoiled, rotting meals isn’t bought for human intake.

And that’s no longer all regulatory permits. Flood broken vegetation can be diverted to animal feed. Drowned farm animals carcasses can be diverted to animal feed and dog food.

This is not anything new – it occurs always. FDA and each and every State Department of Agriculture brazenly permit these kind of elements (that are unlawful) into dog food and animal feed on a constant foundation. What makes this of important fear is the huge quantities of further spoiled meats and further lifeless animal carcasses being dumped into dog food presently as a result of those two hurricanes – it raises the chance to pets dramatically.

Meat is refrigerated to sluggish/save you the expansion of bad micro organism equivalent to Salmonella and E.coli. Bacteria grows in dramatic ranges on un-refrigerated meat and/or lifeless animal carcasses. When those ‘meats’ are cooked the reside micro organism are killed – however the lifeless micro organism produce a deadly toxin (endotoxin). The upper the extent of micro organism = the upper the extent of endotoxins. Pets (and people) can safely deal with low ranges of endotoxins, however upper ranges are fatal.

From Donald R. Strombeck, DVM, PhD, Professor Emeritus, University of California, Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine:

“Endotoxin entering the body is carried to the liver where it is inactivated. Increased endotoxin levels can damage the liver. Moreover, when the amount of endotoxin reaching the liver is normal, the presence of another potential toxin can interact with endotoxin to damage the liver. The other substances are not necessarily toxins. They include vitamin A, copper and iron, and many drugs. Thus, any level of endotoxin can damage the liver. Exposure to endotoxin should be minimized as much as possible.”

Endotoxemia: the presence of endotoxins within the blood. Endotoxins ate up thru meals assets are maximum ceaselessly absorbed into the blood flow throughout the intestinal lining.

From Infectious Diseases of the Dog and Cat (threerd Edition), Chapter 38 Endotoxemia:

Dogs: “No clinical signs have been found that are pathognomonic for endotoxemia. Animals show either signs associated with infection (e.g., purulent vaginal discharge with pyometra, coughing with pneumonia, mastitis) or localizing signs such as inactivity and inappetence. Tachycardia, tachypnea, and fever are the clinical hallmarks of SIRS. If a dog is progressing towards severe sepsis or septic shock, signs associated with the GI tract (the canine Shock organ system) can develop, including vomiting or diarrhea, or both.”

Cats: “Endotoxemia is rarely reported and poorly described in cats. In a retrospective case series of cats with confirmed severe sepsis (9 of 29 cats had confirmed Escherichia coli or Pseudomonas spp. infections; endotoxin was not assayed), clinical signs included lethargy, pale mucous membranes, weak femoral pulses, tachypnea, hypothermia or fever, diffuse pain on abdominal palpation, bradycardia, and icterus.”

Pet house owners is probably not supplied with a caution that the puppy ‘food’ may comprise top quantities of spoiled, rotting grocery retailer meat that can or won’t come with paper, plastic and styrofoam packaging or drowned animal carcass meat. This form of meat and meat meal is presently readily out there for low price and will also be incorporated in any logo of feed grade dog food. This isn’t hype or being an alarmist. This is a fact that can be going down in dog food very, very quickly at considerably upper ranges than customary. Any feed grade dog food may make the most of this sort of puppy grade meat/meat meal. The simplest puppy meals that with walk in the park won’t comprise this sort of meat/meat meal are human grade puppy meals. Consumers can not accept as true with claims of human grade elements on dog food web pages – regulatory government don’t scrutinize dog food web pages for adherence to legislation. Know that says to grade or high quality of elements don’t seem to be allowed on labels or web pages until the dog food meets all necessities of the human grade declare. But once more, regulatory government don’t scrutinize dog food web pages. They do alternatively carefully scrutinize dog food labels. Consumers CAN accept as true with a declare of ‘Human Grade’ on a dog food label. ‘Human Grade’ on a dog food label would ensure the patron the dog food accommodates no spoiled, waste elements.

Personally, I feel typhoon Harvey and Irma has led to sufficient destruction. Spoiled, rotting meals and lifeless animal carcasses led to through those storms will have to NOT be allowed to motive additional destruction to pets and farm animals animals. But FDA doesn’t agree. Sickening.

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Wishing you and your puppy(s) the most productive,

Susan Thixton
Pet Food Safety Advocate
Author Buyer Beware, Co-Author Dinner PAWsible
Association for Truth in Pet Food

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