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Who was FDA protective? Mars Petcare or Pets? – Truth about Pet Food

Pictures discuss one thousand phrases. The footage supplied within the FDA Freedom of Information Act request in regards to the Mars dog food plant discuss volumes to who FDA was if truth be told protective. Hint: it’s no longer pets.

FDA supplied a trifling 35 pages within the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request in regards to the Mars Petcare plant in Joplin, MO. As reminder, in regards to the similar dog food plant, the similar Freedom of Information Act request fabricated from each and every company – NIOSH supplied 1,136 pages, OSHA supplied 164 pages, and FDA supplied best 35 pages. All 3 businesses (NIOSH, OSHA, FDA) have been firstly supplied (via staff) with 1000’s of pages of proof. But FDA determined they might best shared 35 pages on this FOIA request. In this request, FDA didn’t supply one web page of the unique criticism staff filed with the company – no longer one point out of the 1000’s of pages of authentic proof of poisonous dog food and threatening production stipulations staff supplied to the company in mid 2012. The FDA FOIA request supplied simply three paperwork. But…we be told so much from those 3 paperwork.

One of the few paperwork that FDA supplied was an inspection record from 2012 – a required BSE (Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy – Mad Cow Disease) inspection carried out via Missouri Department of Agriculture for FDA. These inspections are required via legislation to forestall the unfold of fatal BSE/Mad Cow Disease.

Missouri Department of Agriculture carried out a BSE inspection on the Mars Petcare plant on 1/25/2012. Of importance to dog food shoppers, this inspection record verified that this Mars dog food plant won and used of their puppy meals “prohibited material” as dog food substances.

What is “prohibited material” that this inspection showed Mars used of their dog food? Prohibited subject material refers best to meat substances used within the puppy meals. Federal legislation defines this prohibited subject material as…

(i) The complete carcass of BSE-positive livestock;

(ii) The brains and spinal cords of livestock 30 months of age and older;

(iii) The complete carcass of livestock no longer inspected and handed for human intake as outlined in paragraph (b)(2) of this segment which are 30 months of age or older from which brains and spinal cords weren’t successfully got rid of or in a different way successfully excluded from animal feed;

Federal legislation additionally calls for the above “prohibited material” be correctly tracked – together with necessities for dog food/feed producers IF the corporate makes use of prohibited and non-prohibited subject material (reminiscent of human grade meat) within the completed dog food. The inspection record showed that this Mars dog food plant ONLY applied “prohibited material” kind substances within the puppy meals made at this plant. It is unknown if different Mars dog food crops makes use of the similar ‘prohibited material’ kind substances.

Thus, this FOIA report confirms Mars puppy meals made at this dog food plant obviously used feed grade substances – prohibited subject material is as a long way got rid of from human grade because it will get.

Also supplied within the FDA FOIA paperwork was one client criticism of 2 in poor health cats related to Royal Canin cat meals manufactured on the Mars plant in Joplin, MO. This criticism was won all through the similar time period that staff of this dog food plant had shared with OSHA, Missouri Department of Agriculture and FDA considerations of a perilous pesticide (phosphine) being incorporated within the dog food, considerations of mycotoxins in grains used within the dog food, and considerations of deficient production stipulations (hollow within the roof). Excerpt from the patron criticism:

Adverse Event Date three/2012

Complainant believes Royal Canin Special 33 dry cat meals is reason for his puppy’s signs. Cat one is eight yr outdated make Tabby weighing 13 lbs. Cat two is eight yr outdated make Tabby weighing 13 lbs.

Cat one was first one to showcase signs round 2/12. He had vomiting, diarrhea and misplaced of urge for food adopted via over the top water consumption and over the top urination. In closing 3 weeks cat has had a speedy weight misplaced, hemorrhaging in left eye identified as indifferent retina and appearing neurological signs via dragging his foot.

Cat two had identical signs starting round the similar time. He had signs of vomiting, diarrhea, misplaced of urge for food and over the top urination. He was identified with early states of kidney failure.

FDA by no means investigated, by no means carried out any trying out at the dog food. ‘Cat One’ indexed above died 3 months later – prognosis from necropsy was lymphoma (it sounds as if FDA did the necropsy). No additional data was supplied on ‘Cat Two’ indexed above.

The closing set of paperwork supplied was a 2nd reporting of the stipulations on the Mars Petcare plant in Joplin, MO to FDA. The first reporting of the producing stipulations and attainable dangers to pets happened in mid 2012 – round the similar time staff reported stipulations on the plant to OSHA and Missouri Department of Agriculture. The FDA FOIA request didn’t supply even one web page of paperwork from that first reporting – even if the ones paperwork have been in particular asked.

In the FOIA request FDA supplied documentation of a gathering between myself and a number of other Mars staff. These staff reached out to me relating to regarding stipulations at a number of Mars dog food crops – together with the Joplin plant. I organized a gathering with FDA for the workers to proportion their considerations; this assembly happened in December 2013 – 6 months after the Joplin plant closed. Although it was no longer famous via FDA in those paperwork, I will be able to attest to the truth that all through this assembly the stipulations on the closed Mars Joplin plant was no longer the one dog food plant mentioned. During this assembly staff at the name shared with FDA critical stipulations of possibility at a couple of different Mars crops. Information shared – which I witnessed – was proof of mycotoxin infected grains being utilized in puppy meals made at different Mars crops. Names and phone data was shared with FDA of staff to touch at each and every plant to verify the poisonous substances. To my wisdom, FDA by no means investigated any of the stipulations on the different Mars dog food crops that was only if day. FDA by no means examined any dog food made at those Mars crops, by no means examined substances, by no means spoke to the whistle blowers prepared to supply proof.

In different phrases, FDA did the very least they may. They wrote up an investigation of the second one reporting (assembly above) together with best data at the closed dog food plant (plant in Joplin closed in June of 2013).

Again, any other FDA documentation that the stipulations on the dog food plant have been reported to the company a yr previous.

Some of the Mars staff at the telephone assembly of December 17, 2013 (above assembly) supplied FDA (Dr. Dan McChesney – head of FDA Center for Veterinary Medicine Office of Surveillance and Compliance) with apply up proof. Again – proof was supplied no longer best to the stipulations left out of the closed Joplin Mars plant – however as neatly staff supplied proof to regarding stipulations in different lately open Mars dog food crops. However the FOIA paperwork ONLY incorporated data at the closed plant.

Below are probably the most footage staff of the dog food plant supplied to FDA relating to stipulations of the Mars Joplin dog food plant. Keep in thoughts that those footage (and plenty of extra) have been additionally supplied to FDA in mid-2012 when FDA box inspectors met staff of their houses (worker houses) – when the plant was open and generating dog food. No FDA investigation happened when the plant was open. FDA did not anything to offer protection to the pets eating the dog food manufactured with bad substances or in filthy stipulations. FDA waited till the plant was closed to turn the slightest passion within the bad dog food.

Note: markings on pictures and feedback are mine used as rationalization to shoppers.





A hollow within the roof of ANY meals or dog food production facility would straight away FAIL inspection in step with required Good Manufacturing Practices. But no longer with this Mars dog food plant.

In 2009 the Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) recalled 1000’s of peanut merchandise that have been related to “salmonella poisoning that has sickened nearly 600 people in more than 40 states. Eight may have died because of it.” This human meals peanut plant had holes within the roof identical to the Mars dog food plant. Just as staff of the Mars Joplin plant defined to regulatory government – manufacturing of dog food persevered without reference to rain, an worker of PCA said “It was coming in through the roof and the vents, but that didn’t stop them from making the paste.”

The FDA inspection record of PCA famous the roof leaks; “There were open gaps observed as large as 1/2 inches x 2 1/2 feet at the air conditioner intakes located in the roof of the firm.” The FDA inspection record of the Mars dog food plant by no means discussed the six foot hollow within the roof without delay over the mixer – even if pictures of pooled water have been supplied to them.

A complete investigation happened with PCA together with a Senate Committee investigation leading to Owners/Managers being despatched to jail for his or her crimes. No investigation happened of the Mars dog food plant, managers walked away with out a duty.


And one closing image. Below from the FDA FOIA paperwork is an image of an worker’s phosphine meter – this studying was taken from inside the dog food plant. These gadgets have been set to alarm (as caution) at zero.2 ppm. Federal legislation calls for the world to be evacuated at a studying of zero.three. This dangerously prime studying – supplied to FDA – was four.46 ppm.


Why wasn’t there a complete FDA investigation of the producing stipulations at this dog food plant? Who was FDA actually protective? I feel the proof above makes it very transparent who FDA was protective.


To learn the primary phase on this collection (NIOSH data), Click Here.

To learn the second one phase on this collection (OSHA data), Click Here.

One extra executive company but to record on relating to this dog food plant – Missouri Department of Agriculture. Soon.


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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