April 29, 2020 2 min read
Many of us are comforted by seeing "Made in the USA" on the foods we and our pets eat, and we should be - not only are we supporting our nation's businesses with our purchases, but we can rest assured knowing that these foods are produced under regulations put in place to protect and inform us.
Unfortunately, that may not mean as much as you think it does. A product can be manufactured in the USA, but include many ingredients which come from other nations that lack our regulatory standards. This practice can jeopardize the safety of our dogs; for example, in 2007, in order to cut costs, a Chinese manufacturer intentionally added melamine, an ingredient not permitted for use in pet foods by US law, to a batch of wheat protein it produced for several large US-based pet food companies. Many pets were sickened or died as a result of kidney disease caused by melamine poisoning, and massive recalls occurred spanning several brands.
That's why it is important to look for foods which are not just manufactured in the US, but which source their ingredients from the United States too, or from other nations with strong agricultural and industrial regulations. For example, foods sourced from Canada or the EU are likely high quality. New Zealand's national agricultural regulations actually exceed California's regulatory standards for organic products, so if your dog is eating food sourced from our friends in NZ, they're likely having a great meal! And Thailand and Iceland have some of the cleanest fishing waters in the world, so many of the best pet foods source or manufacture their fish products in those nations.
Of course, that's not to say that every ingredient sourced from any other nation is always bad, or that no contaminated products have ever been manufactured in a country with strong regulations for that matter, which is why thorough pet food manufacturers commit to testing all their ingredients for contaminants both before and after the cooking process.
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