Snow Leopard

Snow Leopard
Snow Leopard cub (7 mos old) - Cape May County Zoo

Thursday, March 15, 2012

When Are People Going to Learn?

This has been MY mantra for I don' know how long: Do NOT buy anything edible for YOU or your pet or your livestock that comes from China. I don't know how many times "bad things" have to happen for people to get this.

I feel very bad for all of these people and pets that are going through this yet again, after feeding various brands of chicken jerky from China. 

Check out this article that discusses the push for the FDA to get rid of these products from the shelves. I'm all for that. But get this:

These "country of origin" claims are made possible by laws that say that once an ingredient is "substantially" altered in a given country, the resulting food can be considered a product of that country. These alterations can include cooking, mixing or otherwise reprocessing the ingredients in some way.

Just as oranges from Brazil can be turned into Canadian orange juice, chicken jerky from China can be reprocessed and repackaged in the U.S. to become a U.S. product. This can trick consumers into a false sense of security about the safety of their pet's food, Morrissette said.

We should go out our way to buy products made from reputable companies here in the US that source their products FROM the US. And yes, it may cost more. But you may save you or your pet a lot of pain and suffering.

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