PET FOOD FRAUD
Re-labeling condemned foods is a multi-billion dollar dog food fraud that could kill your pet and destroy legitimate American pet food companies.
Nel Liquorman, Health
TheDogPress © 07|27|09
We have uncovered well-known pet food brands in plentiful supply at closeout
and salvage locations and due to recycling fraud,
they could be on your grocer’s shelves. Even major dog food brands are under heavy scrutiny so regard unusual discounts and new brands with suspicion. Learn how to protect your pets.
In addition to putting your pet at
great risk, pet food fraud could further challenge our failing economy. In the past, we have seen taxpayers stuck with the bills for cleaning up toxic waste. This could happen again due to poorly monitored recycling of condemned or recalled dog food.
When contaminated food products are recalled, how are they disposed of and who pays for it?
Our ongoing investigation reveals more
than one disturbing answer.
The health and safety of their pets are of great concern to owners who pumped more than $42 billion into the pet supplies economy last year. Fraud of such gigantic proportions is not
something mainstream media can afford to overlook. The Dog Press has respectfully passed this information on to the Fox Network whose reputation for fearless investigative reporting is unmatched in the industry.
A new Regulatory Czar was just announced
by President Obama. He is none other
than Animal Rights advocate Cass Sunstein who thinks animals should be
able to sue their owners. What effect
will his Regulatory Post have on the pet
According to the American Medical
Veterinary Assoc. there are more than
282 million pets in America, owned by
nearly 60% of the population. Imagine
the staggering economic ramifications if
major pet food producers were added to
the list of failed American
corporations. Would the government
In April, 300 pound barrels of pet food
showed up for sale via the internet.
They were marketed as a well known
brand name dog food. Pictures on the
site showed a blue barrel with the lid
off, displaying the pet food contents.
Five other barrels that did not appear
to be sealed were visible in the photo
but there were no labels. The product
was being offered by a dog breeder
located in California and the ad ran for
only 59 days, leaving us to wonder if
they finally sold out.
A Washington DC area ad on the same site
has been running since May 4th. The
picture also shows an open barrel of dry
food in addition to a pallet of large
dog food bags with the labeled sides visible.
The photo is a bit out of focus but the
bags bear the name of a well-known dog
Even popular sites such as Craiglists
and Pennysavers were used to sell the
suspect pet foods and bloggers passed
the information along to others.
We uncovered one closeout/salvage site
that offers pallets of
cat and dog food, dry and wet, for resale. Products are
national name brands and store labeled
brands. Warehouses appear to be in
Florida and Connecticut, but goods are
shipped F.O.B. Pennsylvania. They also
referred to “new” pet foods at a higher
price located in Texas and California.
This could be recycled pet foods or a
closeout of brand name products but how
can we be sure? They appear to have
abundant stock so it is unlikely to be a
manufacturer closeout. The site sells
many types of goods including flea
market items and dollar store items,
typical of goods from China.
This seems like an unlikely place for
grocery or pet food stores to purchase
inventory. Large supplies of branded dog
food sold through wholesale internet
sites should raise a red flag for every
pet food producer in the USA, unless of
course, they are complicit in
cost-management dumping of condemned cat
and dog foods.
Fortunately, several bogus websites
selling well known pet food brands have
been recently disabled, so it appears
that the manufacturers are shutting them
down. Even so, the sheer number of
brands suggests that there is a large
and prosperous ring of counterfeiters.
International Chamber of Commerce
Counterfeit Intelligence Bureau
is proof that corporations are aware of
this deadly trade.
There is no way to know whether these
pet foods are from a recall or recycling
program or the result of someone
churning out counterfeit dog and cat
food. If counterfeit, they are doing a
good job of copying name brand labels
and package designs, as in the
counterfeit dog food case we
reported earlier this year. How do we
know the brands we trust are legitimate
and safe to use if as reported, they
could actually be coming from anywhere
around the globe?
As with children, pets are seen as
helpless and voiceless but we are a
nation of pet lovers. Pet food
manufacturers are at risk of getting
their DOORS SUED SHUT unless steps are
taken to prevent recalled cat and dog
food from falling into the hands of
Consumers want and deserve honest
answers regarding disposal of recalled
products. We already reported condemned
dog food sold to pig farmers, thus
entering the human food chain. Having
uncovered this risk to pet health, The
Dog Press raises the obvious question of
quality control in human food products.
Pet Food Protection: Owners must source
their supplier. Don’t be afraid to ask
questions. Your retailer should know or
find out the answers. Pet food should
come direct from the manufacturer with
as few side trips as possible. For dry
foods, compare the last product fed to
its new counterpart. Pour it into a
clear plastic container so you can see
the product from the top and bottom.
Examine it carefully. Check for signs of
mold or bugs. If it does not look right
or smell right, or seems to be a strange
color, don’t feed it to your pet. Check
canned and frozen pet foods for color
and smell and try to determine if it
looks like what you have previously fed
to your pet. Avoid brands that are
frequently in the news or have generated
frequent complaints on the internet.
Never buy dry food in torn bags.
The Dog Press has discovered that some
retail stores are selling dry pet food
by the pound. This indicates packages
were torn open, thus there is no
expiration date, no sanitation control,
and certainly no assurance that it is
the brand the seller says it is. Don’t
forget the open barrels or pallets of
pet food advertised by what appears to
be counterfeit dog food wholesalers, or
the closeout liquidators that sell to
places like small stores or flea market
Pass up such dog food bargains no matter
how good a deal it seems to be. It is a
risky way to purchase pet food, plus you
cannot trace it back to the manufacturer
if your pet gets sick.
Counterfeit recalled and condemned
pet food is a reality but as an informed
and wise buyer, you can keep your pet
alive and well.
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