Dispelling The Myth that Pets Are Used in Pet Foods

Many myths and scare tactics such as cats and dogs are used in pet foods are being perpetuated on the internet and in books by various raw and natural food fanatical and extremist cults.  Below is the official FDA report that definitively dispels those myths and rumors.

February 28, 2002

Edited for Typographical Errors, March 1, 2002

Food and Drug Administration/Center for Veterinary Medicine

Dogs, cats not found in dog food

"CVM scientists, as part of their investigation, developed a test to detect dog and cat DNA in the protein of the dog food. All samples from the most recent dog food survey (2000) that tested positive for pentobarbital, as well as a subset of samples that tested negative, were examined for the presence of remains derived from dogs or cats. The results demonstrated a complete absence of material that would have been derived from euthanized dogs or cats. The sensitivity of this method is 0.005% on a weight/weight basis; that is, the method can detect a minimum of 5 pounds of rendered remains in 50 tons of finished feed."

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