Dear Hills Science Diet and Iams Food companies,
I find myself asking a few questions about your products due to the Menu Foods Recall.
There was a poison that has been used to kill rats found in the wheat gluten of some of your food products. I want to know a couple of things.
First, my human was a veterinary receptionist for years back in the day. When clients asked why they should eat Hills or Iams (which the clinic sold) when their pet loved Purina (which was claiming to be a superior product), the techs and receptionists were told to tell them “Because Hills and/or Iams has better quality control.”
Where was your quality control when the poisonous substance was introduced into the foods? The first suspicion of a problem was in early February. The recall made headlines at the end of March. If your quality control is so good, why did it take 6 weeks and the deaths of at least 17 pets before you recalled contaminated food–never mind that with your superior quality control the food should not have been contaminated in the first place and if it was, it should never have made it to the shelf.
My second question is that the contamination was in wheat gluten. I don’t know as much about dogs, but cats are true carnivores. Wheat is not a meat. Wheat gluten is a plant based protein. Plant based proteins have a different structure and offer a different nutritional value than meat. True carnivores get their essential nutrients from the flesh of other creatures. We need fats and we need proteins. We do not need wheat. Why is wheat in cat food?
If the excuse for having wheat in the food is that food needs bulk and filler, then may I ask why wheat gluten is the filler of choice? Wheat is one of the most highly allergenic substances out there. The more processed it is the more likely it is to cause an allergic reaction. As the more highly processed form of the gluten is typically less expensive, need I ask what exactly you used in the food? Perhaps those itchy cats will stop itching now that their owners are afraid of feeding your foods.
In the last 20 years, Hills Science Diet and Iams have been hearlded as the gold standard of pet food by most veterinarians in the United States. Only the naturopathic veterinarians seem to dislike it. Hills has done a job any good pharmaceutical company would be proud of. All the docs love it, except the naturopaths, but they’re all a little weird anyway aren’t they?
The foods recommended by naturopathic vets have several things in common. Their companies claim a high level of quality control. They are typically smaller companies as this is currently a niche industry. This allows them more space to actually have quality control. Companies like Solid Gold were founded by people who loved their pets and wanted a quality of pet food not otherwise found in the United States. These companies require that their food be fit for humans. They minimize preservatives. They try to find organic ingredients whenever possible. They avoid known allergens like wheat.
Why don’t Hills and Iams try doing those things? The quality of the ingredients might cost a bit more, but there would be less need for lots of representatives to go out to veterinarians to try and sell the product, so in long run you’d save money. Clients would like the product so much it would sell itself. Consider it. After all, if one of those fit for human consumption foods gets contaminated, chances are it will reach the human population first and you wouldn’t be in this mess.
Presidential Candidate Cheysuli
and her human.