Tuesday, June 15, 2010

AKC Lauds New Iams Junk Food, and Iams Recalls Bad Batches

The American Kennel Club, those self-proclaimed advocates for the welfare of purebred dogs and their owners, sent out this advertisement for Proctor & Gamble's Iams kibble and canned mush this morning.

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PreBiotics and ProBiotics are ingredients that are supposed to make digestion of the other stuff in the bag or can easier and more complete,  Even though your carnivorous dog or cat did not evolve to be fed primarily on cooked starches, Iams is now adding "nutrients" to the formulae to help your pet digest the inappropriate diet.  How nice!

In the same few minutes it took to read AKC's pandering notice, the following announcement of a pet-food recall arrived in my Inbox from Public Enemy Number One, the Pet Food Institute.  The Pet Food Institute is the lobbying arm of commercial pet-food companies.  They make sure Congress and regulatory agencies do not interfere with the huge profits to be made from junk pet foods.
Procter & Gamble recalls select Iams brand canned cat foods
Release Date: Thursday, June 10, 2010
Procter & Gamble voluntary recalled cans of its Iams ProActive Health cat and kitten foods due to concerns over low thiamine levels.
"Diagnostic testing indicated that the product may contain insufficient levels of thiamine (Vitamin B1), which is essential for cats," Procter & Gamble said. "Cats fed these canned products as their only food are at greater risk for developing signs of thiamine deficiency." 
The recalled products are the 3 ounce and 5.5 ounce cans, with dates between September 2011 and June 2012 printed on the bottom. The company advised cat owners who purchased the food to throw it out.
 No refunds?  No apologies from P & G for mis-formulating their Iams-brand, manufactured "food"?  Just another error in the pet-food chemistry lab, it seems.  Oh, well.... 

There are so many recalls of tainted and mis-formulated pet foods, it's impossible to keep up.  Please remember that these are the same people who promise your pet "100% compete and balanced" nutrition in every bag and can.  Too bad for pets and pet owners that they make so many mistakes.

That a nonprofit animal welfare organization, like the American Kennel Club, blatantly advertises commercial pet foods is shameful and should be illegal.  How can the AKC use their nonprofit lists of purebred dog owners and breeders to advertise the products of profit-making companies, such as P & G, and keep their nonprofit status?   Nonprofits are usually forbidden to engage in for-profit enterprise, or they have to keep the profit making at arms length.

The AKC has a profit-making affiliate (Dog.com) that sells canine products, such as leads, crates, shampoos, and the like.  They don't promote any one company's junk food.  It is quite legal for profits from Dog.com to support AKC's nonprofit mission, as long as Dog.com pays taxes on its profits.

I would consider filing a complaint with the IRS about AKC's blatant advertising of Iams products, but I am sure the Pet Food Institute has that angle covered, to protect the AKC and other nonprofit groups they co-opt with generous funding.   It's disheartening to know there are no independent groups one can trust to stand up for pets.  They've all been bought.