Ethoxyquin, BHA & BHT in YOUR Pet’s Food?
Learning How to Read Pet Food Nutrition Labels – Ethoxyquin, BHA & BHT?
All commercial pet foods must be preserved so they stay fresh and appealing to our animal companions. Canning is a preserving process itself, so canned foods contain less preservatives than dry foods. Some preservatives are added to ingredients or raw materials by the suppliers, and others may be added by the manufacturer. Because manufacturers need to ensure that dry foods have a long shelf life to remain edible after shipping and prolonged storage, fats used in pet foods are preserved with either synthetic or natural preservatives. Synthetic preservatives include butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA) and butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT), propyl gallate, propylene glycol (also used as a less-toxic version of automotive antifreeze), and ethoxyquin.
Ethoxyquin was found to: pronounce kidney carcinogenesis; significantly increase the incidence of stomach tumors; enhance bladder carcinogenesis; and significantly increase number of colon tumors. The Department of Agriculture lists ethoxyquin as a pesticide.
BHA was found to: cause squamous-cell carcinomas in stomachs of rates and hamsters. (Cancers of this type are among the most lethal and fastest acting, the swiftest effects being seen among animals with light colored fur. (Many white cats die within months after getting squamous cell black tumor on their skin.); and enhance stomach and urinary bladder carcinogenesis.
BHT was found to: promote urinary bladder carcinogenesis; and could be a promoter of thyroid carcinogenesis.
A recent study done by the Department of Pathology, Nagoya City University Medical School, Japan, noted that BHA and other such antioxidants, particularly propyl gallate and ethoxyquin, showed addictive in inducing stomach hyperplasia and cytotoxicity.
Take a dog food preserved with ethoxyquin and feed the average dog (44 lbs) by the label instructions and that dog will consume 26 lbs of ethoxyquin in 1 years time. Is that what you want for your pet?! Does consuming 26 lbs of ethoxyquin (poison) sound like a “good” idea to you?
NOTE: The addition of Ethoxyquin, BHA and BHT in most popular commercial pet foods is standard and approved by the American Association of Feed Control Officials (AAFCO). We are pleased to announce that all Life’s Abundance and Flint River Ranch dog and cat food formulas, including treats and other products, do NOT contain any of these toxic chemical preservatives.