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Eliminate food dyes from your "Hazel Hamster food"

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Although Hazel Hamster food contains optimal percentages of macronutrients and is an otherwise very high quality hamster food, the artificial color additives are both unnecessary and potentially harmful to our small pets. We therefore feel that they should be eliminated.
Because you proudly boast on your website that your passions are to create quality food and have an overall positive effect on the small animals you say you are passionate about, and because you have directly stated on your website "..when you buy Supreme Petfoods, you can be sure that every possible effort has been made to ensure the food you feed your pet is excellent in every way.", we feel that it is your duty to eliminate these petroleum-derived, potentially harmful and purposeless substances from your Hazel Hamster food, and opt instead for either natural dyes, or no dyes at all.
Doing this could also not only attract more customers with an earned "all natural" label (directly giving you more revenue), but improve the health and longevity prospects of tens of thousands of hamsters in numerous nations. There are no downsides to eliminating these dyes.
In The Center for Science in the Public Interest's scientific evaluation entitled "Food Dyes, A Rainbow of Risks", the following information was presented in regards to the three food dyes you use in Hazel Hamster food- Blue 1, Yellow 5, and Yellow 6.

Regarding Blue 1, The Center for Science in the Public Interest has given the following information:

- “Dyes conceivably could have synergistic (or, indeed, antagonistic) effects with one another or with other food additives or ingredients” (page 10)

- “Levels of bound benzidine, a carcinogenic contaminant in at least Yellow 5 and Yellow 6 dyes, far exceeded levels of free dyes” (Peiperl, Prival et al. 1995; Lancaster and Lawrence 1999)”

- “Blue 1 caused chromosomal aberrations in two studies (Ishidate, Senoo et al. 1974; Hayashi, Matsui et al. 2000)”

- “A review by the IARC of a study (published only in abstract form) states that male mice had a statistically significant increased incidence of kidney tumors in the mid-dose group. Also, in an in vitro test, Blue 1 inhibited neurite growth” (page 20)

- “Further research needs to be conducted before this dye can be considered safe” (page 20)

Regarding Yellow 5, The Center for Science in the Public Interest has given the following information:

- “Yellow 5 caused genotoxic effects in six out of 11 studies” (page 42

- “Sasaki et al. demonstrated that Yellow 5 does induce DNA damage in vivo in the comet assay (Sasaki, Kawaguchi et al. 2002) (page 42)

- Yellow 5 poses a danger to anyone with a sensitive body. Some documented incidences included reactions such as “nasal blockage, loss of sense of smell and taste, athsma, coughing wheezing, dizziness, weak carotid pulses, red skin, nausea, shortness of breath, purple spots, swelling of the legs, purpuric lesions, and thrombophlebitis. (page 44)

- “In 1986, the Joint Council of Allergy and Immunology told the FDA that reactions from Yellow 5 could be life-threatening... many reactions are sudden and occur without warning” (page 45)

- “Yellow 5 may be contaminated with significant levels of carcinogens” (page 45)

- Yellow 5 is a “..a cosmetic ingredient that serves no nutritional or safety purpose, it should not be allowed in the food supply”

Regarding Yellow 6, The Center for Science in the Public Interest has given the following information:

- “it [yellow 6] did induce forward mutations and chromosome aberrations in two assays (McGregor, Brown et al. 1988; Hayashi, Matsui et al. 2000)” (page 47)

- “In 1982, Bio/dynamics Inc conducted two multi-generation long-term feeding studies in rats." The results were increased kidney weights, increased thyroid weights, increased incidences of adrenal medullary adenomas, and increased incidence of testicular intersitial cell adenomas” (adenomas being benign tumors) (page 47)

- “Yellow 6 may be contaminated with several carcinogens, including benzidine and 4-aminobiphenyl” (page 48)

- Cases of hypersensitive reactions to Yellow 6 included: stomach cramps, skin lesions, anaphylactic shock, indigestion, retching, belching, severe abdominal pain, and vomiting. (page 49)

- “Yellow 6 may be contaminated with significant levels of recognized carcinogens” (page 50)

- “ Because it provides no health benefit whatsoever, Yellow 6 should be removed from the food supply.” (page 50)

Although this petition is specifically geared towards your Hazel Hamster food, we also encourage you to consider eliminating dyes from all of your pet foods.

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