By Gary Bogue
Wednesday, April 11th, 2007 at 9:30 am in Pet food.
Is organic pet food the way to go?
RECALL UPDATE: Menu Foods has again expanded its recall of contaminated pet food by adding more kinds of cat food. You can find a list of ALL the recalled foods at www.menufoods.com/recall
LOOKING FOR SAFE PET FOODS?
Here are some interesting quotes relating to the pet food recall and organic pet foods, from a story by Katie Zezima from the New York Times News Service on Wednesday, April 11:
“For pet food to be labeled organic, at least 95 percent of the ingredients must be certified organic for human consumption, said Andrea Caroe, chairwoman of the National Organic Standards Board, which is part of the FDA.”
“Andi Brown, founder of Halo Pet Foods, which says it takes a holistic approach to pet care, selling food made from human-grade ingredients as well as herbal grooming aids and supplements, said sales of certain food products had increased more than 90 percent since mid-March. Internet orders have doubled, Brown said.” You can learn more about Halo at http://www.halopets.com
(Now Available: Andi Brown’s New Book: “The Whole Pet Diet; Eight Weeks to Great Health for Dogs & Cats,” forward by Richard Pitcairn, DVM. Published by Celestian Arts, an imprint of Ten Speed Press, Berkeley, CA … 510-559-1600 … http://www.tenspeed.com)
“Brad Weasner, who runs http://preciouspets.org, which sells natural pet products, says food sales had more than doubled. ‘I’ve always worked seven days a week, but since the pet food recalls I’ve never worked so many hours.’”
“John Gigliotti, owner of http://waggintails.com, which sells natural dog, cat and bird food, says business was up 30 percent to 40 percent, spurred mostly by word of mouth. Many customers he talks to are disturbed that officials still do not know whether the melamine made pets sick, he said, and Gigliotti said he thought the recall would lead to a long-term rise in organic pet food sales. ‘When the dust settles and we know what happened, it will simply reinforce what we’ve been talking about for years, which is economy-minded manufacturers use economy ingredients.’ Gigliotti said. “Now people want to know all the behind-the-scenes stuff.’”
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