August 26, 2017 | Erin | 8 Comments Toxic to Pets What happened in 2007 was the infamous pet food recall that resulted from the loss of many pets. That recall focused on food and additives that were supplied from China. The scope of the recall included a ban on shipments from China and resulted in Senate hearings with pet food industry representatives, veterinarians and members of the Food and Drug Administration in an effort to discuss the future safety of the pet food industry. In addition to the toxicity of the pet food, greed and a disregard for the safety of pets was the result of pet food disguised as having a higher protein content than it actually had. Sick Dog 10 Years Ago It is estimated that thousands of cats and dogs died in the United States, Europe, and South Africa in 2007 after eating pet food that was not safe to consume because it was contaminated. After weeks of complaints, a massive recall was issued while authorities tried to determine what was to blame. Eventually, it was determined that ingredients imported from China were at fault. Initially, it appeared that pets were dying from kidney failure after consuming foods that were made with a contaminated wheat gluten from just one Chinese company. Unfortunately, it was later determined that more Chinese companies were supplying tainted additives. One month after the first recall was issued, rice protein and corn gluten were added to the list of ingredients to blame for the fatalities. What Is Not Safe For Your Pet An investigation determined that the original source of contamination was caused by melamine, a chemical that is often used in the manufacture of dishes, countertops, adhesives, plastics and as a colorant. Melamine foam can be found insulation and cleaning products. It is reasonable to ask why melamine would be added to pet food, that surely it would not be safe for pets. What was discovered was that the melamine made the protein content Dog Food in the food appear to be greater than what it actually was. The exportation of contaminated protein from China was referred to as “adulteration” which meant that the toxic elements were deliberately added to prepare for sale. Moving Forward While the real numbers will never be known, it is estimated that as many as 3,600 pets may have lost their lives by eating these tainted foods. The number of pet food products that were recalled was over 5,300. What also resulted is an outrage by the public that has demanded stricter government regulation on pet foods, which until this time, was controlled by the manufacturers themselves. What happened in 2007 makes is necessary for all pet owners to ask what is safe for their pets?