FDA Update to DCM Investigation clarifies a few things
Susan Thixton rearranges the 1st graph data into categories of manufacturer's..... and the numbers look a bit different. see 2nd graph
Pet owners have – previous to this June 2019 FDA update – been told far too many times that the cases of DCM were directly linked to boutique brands of pet food.
Thanks to this FDA update we know that information wasn’t very accurate
. The U.S. leaders in pet food sales are Mars, Purina, General Mills, Smuckers and Diamond; all listed with high numbers of FDA DCM reports.
Pet owners have also been repeatedly told – previous to this June 2019 FDA update – that exotic protein ingredients were directly linked to cases of DCM. This update proves that information wasn’t very accurate either.
The FDA provides this information on protein types linked to DCM cases: see graph #3
What would have been a proper investigation by FDA (but hasn’t been discussed thus far
), is determination of the quality
of the Chicken, Lamb, Salmon and so on ingredients of each pet food.
Example: when “Chicken” is listed on a pet food label ingredient panel – the ingredient can be USDA inspected and passed chicken, USDA inspected and condemned chicken, whole chicken, chicken bones (no meat), chicken skin (no meat) and/or a slew of other types of chicken.
Also, the FDA did not clarify if in the above chart “Chicken” or “Lamb” is chicken or chicken meal or lamb or lamb meal which have quality variations as well.
It would be very telling information for pet owners to learn the quality of the animal protein ingredients used in the pet foods reported to FDA.
Interesting to see how to see how the information is presented on this!
To be continued!