Corn-based dog and cat-food recalls and pet deaths mean quick action is needed, say pet advocates

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Since late December 2020, hundreds of pets have died due to contaminated pet food.



  1. This is so scary. It would be nice to think anything you purchase at a store would be safe.

    • I agree. And add on the fact that it’s not like most pet food isn’t cheap, quality ingredients should really be the norm.

  2. I don’t hold much confidence in U.S. Food and Drug Administration decisions on matters in which consumer health interest — including that of pet animals — competes against corporate (lobbyist) interest.

    For example, in the case of the FDA’s approval of Aspartame, then-commissioner Arthur Hull Hayes Jr. permitted the artificial sweetener to be used in foods and drinks prior to his leaving the FDA for a lucrative job with the public relations firm owned by the Aspartame patent holder and producer, G.D. Searle Company.

    This, despite being urged by credible health academics to refrain from immediately granting FDA approval of the sweetener—a chemical concoction discovered accidently in 1965 while G.D. Searle Company chemist James Schlatter was testing an anti-ulcer drug.

    Although I doubt it will be forthcoming, strong laws/rules could be passed to prevent former officials from benefiting from their employment with government regulatory bodies. It could be something like the starter measure taken by my home province’s (B.C.) government disallowing lobbying by former cabinet ministers and political staff for two years after leaving their jobs, from which they typically take valuable inside information that can enrich lobbying firms.

  3. Thank you for the comment and insight! Unfortunately, I think there are probably a number of examples similar to the Hayes Jr., example. I’d like to see regulation passed preventing officials and former officials from the type of financial gain you mention. I also wish that wasn’t even necessary and that officials would be guided ethically in such situations. Especially when human and pet lives are at stake.

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