Health Risks at Pet Food Plant – for humans!

Health Risks at Pet Food Plant – for humans!

The Centers for Disease Control recently released a shocking report of the health risks to employees at a pet food plant in Missouri. Mention of dangers in grains (aflatoxins), flavor additives (diacetyl and 2,3-pentanedion), and pesticides (phosphine) to employees working in the plant.  I am echoing the question…if the manufacturing of pet food is dangerous to employees, what does eating of  the pet food they manufacture do to the pets?

Here are some quotes from the CDC report:

“In September 2012, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health received a confidential health hazard evaluation request from employees of a pet food manufacturing plant in Missouri. The requesters expressed concerns about vomiting, seizures, and breathing difficulties, as well as problems with their kidneys and livers, possibly related to substances used in the manufacture of pet food and dog biscuits and/or possible phosphine exposure, which is a fumigant applied to bulk materials prior to arriving at the facility.

In December 2012, we conducted a walk-through site visit. We planned a return medical survey for August 2013 to assess the respiratory health of workers because of our concerns for possible occupational lung disease. The survey was cancelled due to plant closure.”

“In the first half of 2012, this worker was evaluated seven times for chest pain or shortness of breath, with no cause identified. At the last of these evaluations, the chest x-ray showed abnormal thickening of the lining of the lungs, and a possible nodule, so the employee was referred for further evaluation, including a computed tomography (CT) scan of the chest. At this time, the employee was told to use a respirator at work but reported that the request was denied by the company.”

“The breathing tests indicated asthma or an asthma-like condition, and bronchodilators were recommended. On December 24, 2013, the physician indicated there was reasonable medical probability that the worker’s respiratory condition was due to his workplace exposures at the pet food manufacturing facility.”

“Approximately two-thirds of the workers interviewed reported symptoms they felt were work-related. Some reported respiratory symptoms (cough, sneezing) around mill room dust or ingredients (such as flour, potassium, sodium metabisulfate, Cat Trace, or gravy powder). Some workers reported that ingredients irritated their eyes or nose, worsened their allergies, or that they coughed up colored sputum or had nasal secretions that appeared to have dye colors used in manufacturing. We also heard the term “bag house flu,” described as a flu-like illness with achiness and sore throat, which some workers experienced when working in the bag house, and for which they occasionally pretreated themselves with over-the-counter medicine such as Advil® or Nyquil®.”

“A few workers mentioned work-related symptoms of fatigue, tiredness, light-headedness, dizziness, headache, stomach ache, nausea, and/or vomiting associated with being in the mill room or in the railcar/truck unloading area. The majority of the workers attributed these symptoms to phosphine, as workers felt symptoms were more common in the summer months and after the opening of railcars that had been fumigated. “

Read the entire report >> HERE

So again,  the question I ask along others is what about the animals?  The cherished pets still eating processed pet food?

I am praying this report and information are a wake up call to those of you dear readers that are still feeding a man-made, processed pet food to the pets you claim to love so much?   Are you still feeding kibble or canned food for your own convenience and based on lies that it is actually good for your pet?

Please ponder all of this and do some homework.   Ask yourself what about feeding dead, void of nutrition pet food is about the love and health of your dog?   What’s in it for the dog?

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