Usually I’m torn between slamming the FDA for their failure to protect consumers in favor of protecting corporations and decrying their inadequate resources to get the job done. Today though, I’m definitely on the former.
For one thing, I watched Food Inc on PBS last night. I actually only watched the first hour because I couldn’t take any more. I’ll go back for the second hour when I’ve gotten my strength back. Suffice to say the documentary is a graphic reminder that the government agencies mandated to keep our food supply safe are falling down on the job.
For another, FDA is using its scant resources to bring down the hammer on compounding pharmacies – which is an overreaction and a waste of taxpayer money in my view.
And finally, although the FDA did very little during the massive 2007 pet food recalls besides continually tell the public to buy corporate pet food because it’s perfectly safe and you can’t feed your pet on your own, they have now issued a consumer update warning dog owners not to feed bones:
The idea that it’s natural for dogs to chew on bones is a popular one. However, it’s a dangerous practice and can cause serious injury to your pet.
It continues on about how bones may puncture the stomach, get lodged in the intestines, break teeth, etc. A Veterinarian is quoted as follows:
“There are many bone-like products made with materials that are safe for dogs to chew on.”
Right. Probably ones that your Vet sells even. But that’s a total coincidence.
Shame on FDA for making no mention of the differences between raw and cooked bones. And shame on FDA for leading consumers to believe that the exact same warnings they give about feeding bones don’t also apply to dogs chewing “bone-like products”. And finally, shame on FDA for perpetuating their beloved myth that it takes a rocket scientist to know how to feed a dog and the general pet owning public is too dumb to ever figure it out.
Trust the professionals, do not try feeding your pet real food, you might kill him. Also, pay no attention to the man behind the curtain.