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Pet Food Paranoia

Our cats (Cookie above and Chloe, left) are doing so well that the vet asked what we feed them — the friend who could no longer keep Chloe turned us on to Eagle Pack and they started on the kitten food and moved up to the adult cat formula, supplemented with Feline Greenies and occasional treats like chicken, crab, or tuna (never a whole meal though!)

These cats are healthy and also well behaved, unlike other cats in my past who would push wrapped food off the table to check out if it might just be cat food, even if it was chocolate cake! I think it’s because they are not missing any trace elements.

As the current news story grew in the media and more and more companies were recalling their products, I checked out both Eagle Pack and, neither of them have been recalled.

My firstborn, ever the marketer, is going “Where’s their press releases? Why aren’t they getting the good news out?”

The man at Tempe Feed & Tack said none of the products they carry have been recalled, which is pretty impressive.

This reminded me of the two months I spent in England in 2005. No, I wasn’t eating cat food! But there was a scare re Sudan One red dye in chili powder that had been imported and sold to food processors, where it proceeded to turn up in Worcester sauce, baked beans, frozen shepher’s pie, and hundreds of other goodies, you name it! I mean, how many times do we see “spices and flavorings” at the tail end of the ingredient list.

We just found out that Fritos and Doritos contain pork enzymes in the cheese flavored products. I have a nasty suspicion that other brands would too but we just KNOW about Fritos and we don’t know about the others.

Then there’s the cheery message on the Japanese pickled ginger we were inhaling with the sushi an enterprising family member made by hand:

“Use of this product may be hazardous to your health. This product contains saccharine which has been determined to cause cancer in laboratory animals.”

And saccharine is the second ingredient, after ginger and before water!

Well, at least the cats stuck with the crab. Wonder how hard it would be to pickle our own ginger?


Fibre artist/writer/editor in the Hawaii of Canada, a.k.a Vancouver Island

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