Purina's website claims "At Purina, we're passionately committed to making pets' lives better". Recent news has cast doubt upon this statement.
The president of AAFCO (Association of American Feed Control Officials) recently admitted on camera that it is a commonly accepted practice for euthanized pets to be sent to rendering plants where their bodies are blended and cooked into a mixture known as "meat and bone meal" that is used in many dry pet foods.
Purina is the most commonly purchased low-cost brand of cat and dog food by low income pet owners who cannot afford to buy the more expensive high quality foods. It is also used in many rescues and shelters.
All of the following Purina dog foods contain meat and bone meal:
Purina Dog Chow, Alpo dry dog food, Purina Beneful, Purina Active Senior, Purina Fit & Trim, Purina Little Bites, Purina Healthy Morsels.
All of the following Purina cat foods contain meat and bone meal:
Purina Cat Chow, Friskies dry cat food.
Purina does not list the ingredients for its Deli-Cat and Kit & Kaboodle brand cat foods anywhere on the Internet.
Aside from the horror of your pet eating the processed remains of dead animals, there are more serious health risks. The phenobarbital used in euthanasia has been found to remain in significant amounts in meat processed from euthanized animals. Euthanized shelter pets are often sent to rendering plants with plastic flea collars and ID tags still attached, where they are shoved into the shredding machine and these chemicals and other items are processed into the resulting meat mixture that is used in pet food.
See this article and the attached articles for more detailed information:http://www.examiner.com/american-pit-bull-in-national/horror-story-what-s-really-your-dog-s-food
As the largest producer of low-cost pet food, we understand that Purina maintains its low prices by using lower grade quality meats and ingredients. However, including euthanized animals is simply inexcusable, nor are the resulting health problems that this creates in our own pets acceptable. Nestle Purina Petcare, you need to make a public statement that you are not using euthanized animals in any of your pet food products.