Click here to learn more.
Food is fragile. It’s only as good as its ingredients, and even when it is made perfectly, it attracts the attention of other hungry beings, everything from toxic mold to bugs to rodents. And when you’re talking about a complicated product with dozens of ingredients sourced from different parts of the globe and shipped and stored in all weather conditions … well, it’s actually kind of amazing that we don’t have more problems with food than we do.
That’s true of the food we eat, and it’s true of the food we feed our pets too.
Widescale problems like the pet food recall of 2007, traced to adulterated ingredients from Chinese suppliers, are thankfully rare, but smaller problems linked to a particular food from a particular lot at a particular factory are not uncommon. And when we hear about these recalls, it’s not a sign that the system is broken — it shows that it’s working as it should be.
When a relatively small batch of food has a problem, the company finds it through quality testing and works with the government, veterinarians, retailers and the media to get news of a recall out to pet owners.
That’s what happens when there’s a known issue with a product, anyway. When a problem can’t be found, however, the situation is more complicated. Such is the matter now with jerky treats imported from China. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration says there have been more than 2,000 illnesses and 35 deaths reported in pets fed the products, but they haven't been able to find any reasons why these animals became ill. While the FDA has not advised people to avoid the treats — they don’t have the evidence to do so — they have reminded pet owners that treats aren’t essential to a pet’s health.
Which throws the whole matter into the laps of veterinarians, because we are essential to a pet’s health.
Like this article? Have a point of view to share? Let us know!
Thank you for subscribing to Petwire. Look for the latest newsletter each Wednesday.
You already know about the dangers of
chocolate, but how about unbaked bread
dough and toxic sugar substitutes?
Prepare for the big event on Thanksgiving
by taking a look at the Best in Show
winners of the last decade.
We’re sharing our favorite budget-friendly
gifts, from a custom smartphone cover to
the perfect dog treats for…
From bad breath to weight loss, our
veterinary oncologist reveals common
warning signs of cancer in dogs and cats.
Even the most well-behaved dogs can
test a host's hospitality. Follow our tips
so your pup's the perfect house guest.
The plus-size Maine Coon has an adorable chirping voice and gets along with everyone, even the family dog.
If the video doesn't start playing momentarily,
please install the latest version of Flash.
Thank you for subscribing.