|photo courtesy of cthumane.org|
My recent post about dog biscuits possibly containing or being cross-contaminated with peanut butter raised two issues:
- Lack of regulation of allergen labeling on non-food items and food not intended for human consumption, such as pet food. This is one of my soapbox issues. Just buying shampoo can be tricky!
- Consumer interest in allergen-free pet food. Is it time for dedicated facilities for pet food?
I've discussed the allergen labeling issue previously, so let's talk a little bit about consumer interest in allergen-free pet food. Pet foods are known to contain fish, milk, peanuts, wheat, and probably other food allergens. We have a cat and I do check the ingredients every time I purchase cat food. I do not have information about the manufacturing facility. Where do people stand on the issue of food allergens and pet food? Below are a bunch of questions on that subject; I would love your reaction to some or all of them. Please share your two cents!
- Has your pet had an allergic reaction to food?
- Have you or any family or friends had an allergic reaction to your pet's food?
- Do you check the ingredients on your pet's food?
- How concerned are you about your allergens-to-avoid being present in your pet's food?
- Have you ever purchased allergen-free pet food? (A cursory Google search produced results for allergen-free cat and dog food.)
- Would you like to see pet food with clearer food allergen labeling--similar to FDA's allergen labeling regulations for the big 8 on food for human consumption?
- Are you comfortable purchasing pet food manufactured in a facility where there may be cross-contamination with your allergens-to-avoid?
- If you could purchase pet food from a facility completely free of your allergens-to avoid, would you purchase that over other non-allergen-free pet foods?
What do you think?