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Pet Foods with Dangerously High Levels of Suphur Dioxide, Tests Reveal

Posted in Client Service @ Jul 18th 2011 11:08am - By Judy Gillespie reviewing article by David Murray in The Sunday Mail (QLD) July 17, 2011
Kitten & bulldog with food

We know that not all pet food is the same - but are all your clients also aware of this?

Tests have shown that some pet foods contain high levels of the preservative, sulphur dioxide which can trigger severe neurological conditions in cats and dogs.  There are currently no rules about labelling or how much can be added to pet food so companies can add as much as they want to pet meat products. One product had 435 times the suphur dioxide level claimed on the pack while other products contained the preservative without mentioning it on the packaging.

One of the biggest problem with this lack of regulation is that it is often the cheapest products that contain such dangerous levels - products purchased by pensioners & those that are not well informed.

The Sunday Mail recently bought 10 products, selected at random from Woolworths, Coles & a pet store chain & had them tested - some of the results listed:

  • VIP Pet Foods Supreme Steak Mince for Dogs - 1140mg/kg (published research - 1000mg/kg depletes thiamine levels in pets by 95%)
  • Paws Fresh Roo Mince for dogs & cats - 870mg/kg (despite website claiming  suphur dioxide kept at just 2mg/kg)
  • Pet Cafe Fresh Meal for cats - 715mg/kg

Read the complete article "Pet food laced with dangerously high levels of sulphar dioxode, tests reveal" including some interesting comments from readers.


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