Based on the ‘six degrees of separation’ theory, I propose a quest for all readers. The recent Centers for Disease Control report on a Mars Petcare pet food plant proves there are many concerns we are just beginning to learn about in pet food. Let’s put the ‘six degrees’ theory to work in our favor and get valuable inside information directly from employees of pet food manufacturing.
Wikipedia explains “Six degrees of separation is the theory that everyone and everything is six or fewer steps away, by way of introduction, from any other person in the world, so that a chain of a friend of a friend statements can be made to connect any two people in a maximum of six steps.”
Now…just imagine what we would learn and what we could do to hold pet food manufacturers accountable if we just learned more information from those who work in the pet food plants.
The perfect example (and perhaps a very good starting point for us) is the Mars Petcare plant that was located in Joplin, Missouri. If you recall (click here to read recent post) – the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) just released a startling report of employee health hazards in pet food manufacturing. This report titled “Evaluation of health concerns at a pet food manufacturing facility – Missouri” – looks at employee (bold added) “concerns about vomiting, seizures, and breathing difficulties, as well as problems with their kidneys and livers, possibly related to substances used in the manufacture of pet food and dog biscuits and/or possible phosphine exposure,…”
This report from CDC mentions aflatoxins, molds, and pesticides found at this plant – but focuses on employee health – not on the health of the pets consuming the foods produced at this plant. Certainly any employee of pet food should be provided with safe work conditions; at the same time – pet food consumers deserve to purchase safe pet food/treat products. If employees are at risk – as the CDC report appears to point out – wouldn’t the pets eating these products be at risk too?
I’ve asked for a statement from the Governor of Missouri, the Director of the Department of Agriculture of Missouri and the FDA regarding the safety of pet food – based on the CDC findings. As you can probably guess – no one has responded yet. So that got me to thinking…perhaps we need to take matters into our own hands.
Using the ‘six degrees’ theory – each of us are only six introductions away from knowing an employee of pet food manufacturing. Imagine if we could learn from an employee of pet food manufacturing that…
- A batch of pet food did not include the meat listed on the label;
- A batch of pet food contained high levels of aflatoxins;
- A batch of pet food was made using spoiled meats.
If we acquired quality information from an employee of pet food – our consumer association (Association for Truth in Pet Food) could test the pet food for verification of the problem and results would be made public (and handed over to regulatory authorities). Maybe, just maybe we can save some lives in the process.
This IS NOT a witch hunt. It is our goal to quickly find problems that could sicken or kill pets. The truth is our only goal.
There is whistle blower protection for employees under federal law – FDA Food Safety Modernization Act Section 402. But, even if an employee wishes to remain anonymous – please know our goal is only to protect pets from eating a tainted pet food – not to out you causing you to lose your job.
So…start asking your friends on Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus and everywhere else…do you know anyone that works for a pet food manufacturer?
We are going to compile a list of U.S. cities that pet food manufacturing plants are located in (coming soon) – so another six degrees question could be (as example)…do you know anyone in Joplin, Missouri? (Joplin was the location of the Mars plant in the CDC report, plus will soon be home to a new Blue Buffalo pet food plant.)
The point is for all of us to utilize the six degrees theory – so that we all can learn more truth about pet food! Start asking your friends – find those six introductions – and ask insiders to help us find the truth. Ask them to email me (Susan) or Mollie Morrissette via Association for Truth in Pet Food – Susan at AssociationforTruthinPetFood.com or Mollie at AssociationforTruthinPetFood.com.
Thanks to everyone in advance!
Wishing you and your pet(s) the best,
Pet Food Safety Advocate
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