“Paws” for a moment and consider these current statistics: A whopping 65 percent of U.S. households own a pet, which equates to 79.7 million homes, according to the 2015-2016 American Pet Products Association National Pet Owners Survey.
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Some 54.4 million U.S. households own at least one dog, while 42.9 million households own at least one cat. About 77.8 million dogs and about 85.8 million cats are owned in the U.S.
For those whose lives are enhanced and enriched by pets, animals are beloved members of the family. Pet owners are devoted to their care and well-being. In 2015, an estimated
$60.59 billion was spent on pets in the U.S. and $23.04 billion of that was estimated for food.
Pet food and its ingredients are susceptible to all of the same biological, chemical, and physical contaminants that can threaten human consumables. The death of any pets due to contaminated food is devastating to the people that love them. Contaminated pet food also poses a health risk to people that handle it, or may even eat it, for whatever reason.
The deadly 2007 melamine contamination resulted in the biggest pet food recall in history and a $24 million class-action court settlement.
Since 2007, FDA has received approximately 5,000 reports of pet illnesses which may be related to consumption of jerky treats, as reported on the FDA website.
About Linda L. Leake, MS
Linda L. Leake, doing business as Food Safety Ink, is a food safety consultant, registered SQF contract auditor, and award-winning freelance journalist based in Wilmington, N.C. Specializing in agriculture, food, food safety, and travel, her articles have appeared in some 89 print and online publications. Along with garnering awards for her articles and photographs, she holds the prestigious Master Writer status with American Agricultural Editors’ Association. Majoring in Dairy Science, she completed a BS in Agriculture at the University of Wisconsin and an MS in Food Safety at Michigan State University. She’s an active member of IAFP, Toxicologists Without Borders, Inc., and the National Dairy Shrine. She’s currently enrolled in the International Development Doctoral Program at the University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast. Reach her at Llleake@aol.com.