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Wellness: Health Care
Melamine: Toxicity in Dog Food
Recall Follow-up
Marion Nestle
For the last year or so, we have been working on a book about pet food, What Pets Eat, to be published by Harcourt late in 2009. One of the pleasures of a long-term project like this is the time to follow digressions wherever they lead. Last year’s (2007) massive pet food recall was so much of a diversion that it resulted in a spin-off publication—Pet Food Politics:Chihuahua in the Coal Mine —...
Wellness: Food & Nutrition
Natural, Human Grade, Organic Dog Food: Really?
An Organic Primer
Stores are selling more and more dog foods labeled “natural,” “human grade” and “organic,” and the industry considers them to be the hot new trend. But what can these words mean? Because the government has never bothered to define “natural” for human foods, this word essentially means anything the manufacturer says it does. For pet foods, however, the Association of American Feed Control...
Wellness: Food & Nutrition
The Politics of Pet Food
Update on calorie labeling standards
In the wake of the 2007 recalls, Congress ordered the FDA to work with state regulators and the industry to develop national standards for pet food processing and labeling. We’d like to go on record right away as seconding the need for better regulation of pet foods. We were pleased when the FDA announced a hearing on pet food labeling standards for May 13, 2008. We asked to attend the hearings,...