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    Toxic ingredient banned in Europe/Australia allowed in US pet food-Is it in your pet food?

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    Ethoxyquin is still a preservative in pet food. However, many people consider it too toxic to be in pet food. It is banned in Europe and Australia. It is not banned in America. Despite representations to the FDA by many experienced, sensible and intelligent people, they have refused to ban it citing anecdotal evidence that it causes ‘degenerative diseases’ but no hard scientific link. The FDA relied on the manufacturers for the hard science (er…soft, biased science)

    This preservative is still used in the USA and perhaps in other countries. One reason is because its presence is ‘under the radar’. This is because producers of fish meal use it to preserve this pet food ingredient which is supplied to pet food manufacturers. As such there is no mention of it on the label. This is legal.

    In 1990, Gloria Dodd DVM a retired vet with excellent knowledge of cat food, wrote to the FDA complaining about ethoxyquin. She refers to a ‘an epidemic of chronic degenerative diseases’ from the 1970s to the date she wrote her letter. She blamed modern pet food with toxic additives including ethoxyquin. By ‘degenerative diseases’ she means diseases which shorten a pet’s lifespan such as ‘allergies, congestive heart failure, arthritis, dermatitis, kidney failure, liver pathologies, diabetes, AIDS, tumors and cancer’. She was shocked by the shortened lifespans of American dogs.
    “I remember, as a kid growing up in Nevada seeing Basque sheepherders with working dogs living to be 20-25 years of age…..Today, we are lucky to find dogs living to be 10 years old, and many of these suffering from various forms of chronic degenerative disease…”
    In her letter she goes to discuss ethoxyquin, which gives pet food a lifespan of 25 years! Ironically, this is twice the lifespan of many dogs who have eaten it.

    These toxins are everywhere in the house, not only in pet food – two examples: carpet chemical and fire resistant sofas.

    How does one deal with ethoxyquin? If it is not listed on the label, how do we know if it is in the food? We don’t unless we do focused research online. However, it seems that it is listed as an ingredient, sometimes. For example, Hill’s, Iams and Purina, continue to list ethoxyquin as an ingredient in some of their products . Although it seems strange that Hill’s prescription diet food contains a poison, it doesn't surprise me. I've found the ingredients in so called "prescription pet food" to be among the worst and cheapest.
    Many manufacturers have substituted these sorts of preservatives for ascorbic acid (vitamin C) and tocepherols (vitamin E).

    If you want to inform yourself about your pet food, find the ingredient label online, enlarge it, and print it out if possible, then go to the alphabetized "ingredient analysis" on, and discover what may be a "difficult truth" about what you're feeding your beloved pets. kindly provides a list if foods which don’t contain ethoxyquin:

    • Blue Buffalo
    • By Nature Organics
    • Flint River Ranch
    • Fromm
    • Innova/Evo
    • Humane Choice
    • Natural Balance
    • Natural Ultramix
    • Newman’s Own
    • Nutro
    • Organix
    • Orijen
    • Solid Gold
    • Wellness
    Last edited by thedaughter; 05-23-2015 at 01:56 PM.
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