Do You Know the Source of Your Pet's Treats?

Date Posted: 07/17/2015
Posted in: Scout & Zoe's Doggie News   Tags: dog treats, treats, USA Made

There has been a lot of news in the past two weeks about the meat industry. And most of it is troubling to me as a consumer and a pet parent.


First of all, the United States government has decided that they are no longer requiring meat producers to label their products with the country of origin. Apparently, this is because Mexico and Canada felt they were being discriminated against.


Don't know about you, but I am a HUGE fan of knowing where my food comes from. I want to know the country, the state and the name of the farmer, if at all possible. Buying local makes me really happy because I know the food is fresher and was able to grow at a more natural speed rather than being hurried along by chemicals or other things I shudder to think about.


The other newsworthy item regarding food is that chicken processors are now choosing to send the chicken they have raised and sent to chicken heaven in the USA to China for further processing. Apparently, the cost of paying a person who lives, works and EATS here in the USA a few cents per pound more to debone or do whatever they need to have completed is too much for companies like Tyson. 


They would rather send their chicken on a 7,000 mile one way journey to China to have the processing completed. Then the chicken has to return to the USA to be placed in grocery stores so you, the unaware public, can purchase and consume it. That makes no sense to me. 


Does the plant in China have USDA oversite? Probably not.


Does it meet USDA standards? Most likley, no. 


Let's not forget all of the news about Chinese chicken jerky killing 300 dogs in 2013 and the uncounted number of dogs and cats who fell ill eating this product. Do you really want your children or your pet eating chicken that has been processed in China? 

Don't take this the wrong way. I am not China-bashing. I am a consumer just like you. I want the best products, including food, for my family. And that includes my furry kids. I choose to buy USA sourced and produced products.


To be more granular about this, I prefer to buy from local companines. I want to know the name and face of the people who make the products I purchase. In some instances, I pay more for that designation because I know it is safe for me and my family to consume. 


I have tried to obtain more information on both of these subjects...the China trip our chicken is taking as well as the roster of our legislators and how they voted on the country of origin issue. I'm not having much luck. These very important details are buried. Deeply. Time to begin writing letters to those who represent me in Washington, DC.


How about you? What do you think? Is this acceptable for your children and the pets you have brought into your family?


Chicken Jerky Sourced and Produced in the USA