State Laws Ruining Pet Food – The Truth About Pet Food

Arizona law – Section R3-2-201 – Definitions – defines a dead animal as:An animal that died other than for slaughter in a location inspected by the Department or by the USDA. Arizona law allows:It is not permissible to convert carcasses of dead animals or turn them into animal food except in a licensed factory or a factory for the manufacture of animal food.…”

Arizona law also requires that the meat of dead animals bedevoid of adjectiveor distortion;The denatured meat must be immediately denatured as soon as the meat or product is condemned…” Arizona suggests crushed or liquid charcoal or dyes as approved solvents.

Arizona requires each shipment of convict animal items to be marked (in added bold):

  1. animal type
  2. the following phrases:
    I. For pet food only from dead animalsAnd the
    secondly. Deformation with _______.
  3. Correct statement of net weight
  4. The name and address of the processor or manufacturer. “

In other words, Arizona requires full disclosure of condemned animal material—who handles it and who receives it—in order for the condemned animal material to become pet food. State law requires that pet food manufacturers (who purchase this condemned animal substance) be informed of what they are buying – But Arizona does not require the same disclosure to pet owners about what they buy.

The legally required transparency stops abruptly when a condemned animal substance becomes pet food.

Colorado law includesColorado law for the provision and processing of inedible meatColorado laws define these three-dimensional and four-dimensional meats as:

  • 4-d means meat and meat products derived from dead, dying, crippled, diseased, or
    condemned animals
    . “
  • 3-d: Meat and meat products derived from slaughtered animals. “

Colorado law includes requirements for “disposal stations(which disposes of 4-D and 3-D meats) including regulations regarding conditions in plants, vehicles that transport dead animal carcasses, and more. Colorado also requires that condemned meat be denatured and requires every shipment of label disposal plants Approved by the Colorado Department of Agriculture.

Colorado Laws for Packaged Products Containing 3D and/or 4D Meat…

As used herein, “prepared and packed products” means inedible meat products that have been prepared by drying, heat treatment, smoking, shaking, pressing, shaping, stuffing into a wrapper or similar final processing and packing. Packages and containers must display in all capital letters, “FOR DOGS”, “FOR CATS”, “FOR PETS”, “DOG TREATS”, “CAT TREATS”, “PET TREATS” or similar statement indicating that the product is for non-human food…”

But these laws only require that pet products made of 3D and/or 4D materials be labeled “for dogs” or “for cats” — products that contain dangerous 3D or 4D animal material are not required to be disclosed to the consumer.

The state of Colorado knows exactly who receives each shipment of 3D and 4D meat (because they agree with the label) — but pet owners don’t.

Indiana has agricultural laws titled “Getting rid of dead animals“.The State of Indiana requires any person (or company) transporting dead, non-slaughtered animals to properly label their shipping containers.”The container must be clearly marked or sealed with the words “unfit for human consumption”. Meat may be transported to a pet food manufacturer’s plant Or to the place of feeding the animals in places approved by the state veterinarian. ”

Just like other states, Indiana also requires a change in the nature of the animal substances sentenced — and its law states:(a) Meat that is inedible when properly separated from its properties can be sold for shipment to a pet food factory or for a person to use in feeding minks and other animals as permitted by a state veterinarian. ”

The state of Indiana knows exactly which pet food manufacturers receive condemned animal substances because every shipment”Certified by a state vetBut Indiana law does not require disclosure of condemned animal material to pet owners. Those “inside” know – but pet owners don’t.

Michigan has several laws regarding the disposal of dead animals. Michigan law defines”dead animals” as such: “Means the fat of restaurants and carcasses or any part of carcasses or any material produced from the bodies of animals that have been slaughtered or died for any other reason and are not
Intended for human food. Dead animals do not include a finished product that has been processed in an approved manner
. ”

Michigan law definesanimal food processing plant” as such: “An establishment in which animal or pet food is produced by slaughtering, cutting, grinding, cooking, canning or freezing dead animals. ”

The state of Michigan requires that any business that transports dead animals obtains a license, with a display plant fee being charged.$375.00“Annually and charge a fee for animal food processing plant”$200.00Annually. So though The state of Michigan knows exactly who is processing condemned animal materials (due to license required), Michigan laws do not require disclosure to consumers Pet foods made from condemned animal materials.

Nebraska law specifically states:Substance derived from dead or dying animals or animals seriously harmed other than slaughter” to beAble to be processed into pet food“Nebraska law requires every container.”Inedible meat and carcass partsTo be shipped on a form that includes the number of containers, date and hour of shipment, and pound charged. Nebraska also requires documentationName of the plant receiving inedible meat and carcass parts. ”

The state of Nebraska knows exactly which pet food manufacturers receive condemned animal substances, but pet owners don’t. Nebraska law requires detailed transparency in order for these ingredients to become a pet food or treat and reach the consumer.

Although we did not research the laws in every state, we assume that most (if not all) states have similar laws.

Why do state laws require such transparency and documentation of how and where convicted, sick, 3-D and 4-D animals are disposed of?

Because of the danger to human health. Strict laws exist because the authorities cannot allow this material to be processed and turned into human food.

If sick, condemned, 3D or 4D animal materials pose a serious danger to humans for consumption, why is this substance suddenly accepted when it is included in pet food?

Why do state laws stop requiring disclosure to pet owners?

We can only assume that the reason is that no one buys pet products that contain condemned, diseased, 3D or 4D animal materials. The only obvious concern for countries and industry is the disposal of this animal waste, and the consumer not being properly informed of what they are buying.

This has to stop.

Pet food consumers deserve complete transparency about what they buy their pet food and treatments. If state governments agree to dispose of condemned animal substances in pet foods and require the transparency with which pet food companies purchase these substances, then state governments need to initiate state laws that continue that transparency down to pet food consumers. We should require our state pet food transparency laws.

What you can do…

Contact your state government representatives via email or call their local office. Tell them you’ve learned about state laws that allow dead animals, condemned animal materials, and 3D and 4-D animal materials to process them by eventually turning them into pet food ingredients or allowing them to be sold directly to pet food manufacturers. Tell them that you require full transparency – under the legislation – on pet food labels for products that contain any part of a sick animal, a condemned animal, or a 3D or 4D animal. Tell your state representative that you deserve to be notified (on the pet food label) if the product contains inedible animal materials.

personal opinion: These laws are not easily found. No state regulatory authority has ever shared this information with me before (even after more than a decade of speaking with state and federal pet food authorities). While researching another issue, I came across the laws of one state – and had to dig into government websites to find the others. These are laws you don’t want us to know about. It’s so wrong, so deceptive, it’s hard to describe in words.

Your dog or cat is not considered a hideous waste disposal system in your state. Yes – sick, condemned, 3D and 4D animal materials must be properly disposed of. But – our pet’s responsibility shouldn’t be to be the secret waste disposal system. We all need to claim to know exactly what we’re buying – to know exactly what’s in our pet’s food. Please contact the representatives of your country.

I wish you and your pet the best –

Susan Texton
Pet food safety attorney
The Truth in Pet Food Association

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