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Reality Check

Do you know what this is a picture of?  Take a guess.  Hint:  it has something to do with pet food.  One picture is worth a thousand words.  No judgment, just reality.

Provided by a friend…


This is a dump truck/trailer load full of a meat meal ingredient being delivered to a pet food manufacturing plant.

Similar deliveries of bulk ingredients are probably being unloaded at one or more pet food plants as you read this.  The purpose of sharing this image is not to judge the quality of the ingredient (though not likely, this could be an image of the finest meat meal ingredient on the planet), the purpose of sharing this picture is for the reality of most pet food manufacturing to be known to all.


That ‘meat’ in the picture above could be the only meat ingredient in your pet food.

The ‘meat’ in the picture above has already been cooked once (and ground to a fine powder), next it will be cooked again during the extrusion process.

8,000 pound batches of pet food is a small batch of pet food.

I am not saying bulk pet food manufacturing is bad – I am saying these are the hard facts.

This is not what consumers think about, but it should be.  It is the reality of mass produced food (human or pet).

Many thanks to the friend that sent this image.


Wishing you and your pet(s) the best,

Susan Thixton
Association for Truth in Pet Food
Pet Food Safety Advocate
Author Buyer Beware, Co-Author Dinner PAWsible

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  1. Yuk. How Awful. I refuse to feed my babies that crap.

  2. We continue to post these findings on our pet wash bulletin board and work to educate our clients. Thanks for all the great info. It really helps us target and blog about these things. Hooray for you to report all this.

  3. This is such a disgrace. I feed my little dog only food you approve of. Your “LIST” is a blessing and well worth the $10.00. Thank you for all you do for the welfare of our pets

  4. that is why i feed and have fed raw for 10+ years..

    • Good for YOU!!!
      As a breeder in Canada, of the Spinone Italiano, I can ONLY say positive things about the raw diet!! With what I have seen before when using bagged dog food to now the raw diet, it has made a tremendous different to my dogs and LITTERS!
      I hear it all the time when I talk to people about them just losing their companion, crying because their dog just died of cancer and other ailments, When will they realize it is because of the crap they put inside the dogs body that THE ARE NOT MEANT TO EAT!!

  5. Cooked. Then dried & ground into a powder. Then cooked again. No, I am comfortable with taking the position that much “bulk pet food manufacturing” is bad.

  6. Food should not come in a dump truck, that seems pretty obvious! Wonder how many bugs and such are included as it looks pretty open to the world…

    Many thanks to whoever provided this photo — seeing is believing.

  7. I have already shared this information with readers of As Dr.Laurie Coger states, any foodstuff or ingredient should not be treated in this way, I mean under unsanitary conditions. Many pet owners in our country will be shocked by this unquestionable evidence. Let’s work together to expose misdeeds in pet food industry. Beloved pets in our country are for the remarkable work of Susan and her supporters.

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