Here's the Honest Kitchen's response from their founder about concerns regarding their use of peas. To me, it amounts to saying basically <nothing to see here, unless the FDA makes us remove peas, we'll keep using them.> They totally breeze past the effect of air-drying on the meat in their formulas or the suspicions about legumes possibly even interfering with taurine. I'm NOT happy with them.
Customers and Retail Partners,
Last Thursday, the FDA released an announcement that they are investigating a potential link between foods with peas, lentils, other legumes or potatoes as their main ingredients and the suspected increased occurrence of Dilated Cardiomyopathy (DCM).
While we know this announcement may cause alarm, we’re monitoring this issue closely, and we feel you should continue feeding our foods with absolute confidence.
• The FDA press release mentioned there may be a potential link among foods with a high percentage of peas, lentils, other legumes or potatoes as their main ingredients. However, we always formulate diets with meat first, and the majority of the protein in our complete and balanced foods is from animal-based sources. Furthermore, we use legumes or white potatoes in only select recipes and in moderation in our dehydrated foods.
• There is a suspected link between DCM and Taurine levels (an amino acid that is necessary for heart health). Our complete and balanced diets contain the recommended AAFCO levels of cysteine and methionine, for healthy taurine production in canines. Also, taurine is naturally occurring in our complete recipes, due to our high concentration of animal-based protein.
• Based on our staff veterinarian’s comprehensive review of all the currently available research, we don’t have any reason for concern at this time regarding the safety of our diets. Also, the press release mentioned the FDA has already been in contact with a number of brands with diets in question, and we can share that we have NOT been contacted by the FDA to date.
Since 2002, we’ve been producing products that make a meaningful, positive impact in pet health. We incorporate quality, safety, and integrity into our formulation and manufacturing processes in order to ensure that our products provide the best possible nutrition, and we want to assure you that we continue to feel great about feeding our diets to our own pets!
Ultimately, your pet’s health is our number one concern. We are continuing to closely monitor the study from the FDA with our team of veterinary partners, and we will keep you posted as new information becomes available.
Lucy Postins, Founder and Chief Integrity Officer"
Last edited by Magwart; 07-18-2018 at 04:36 PM.