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Some preservatives in dog food could be dangerous to pets: CF

The China Post news staff--In a sample checking, the Consumers' Foundation (CF) has found in some of the dog food sold in the country preservatives that could affect the health of dogs if too much is eaten.

However, the hands of the competent authorities are tied because laws governing such issues are non-existent.

Eight out of the 20 items of dog feed and canned dog food purchased from retailers last September were found to contain sorbic acid (己二烯酸). The concentration of the preservative in a beef dog food marketed by PetSeeds and another marketed by Royal Canin was found to be 0.5 to 1 gm per kg and 1.5 to 2.0 gm per kg, respectively, higher than that found in other brands.

These findings are for consumers' reference only, according to the foundation, which said that the country at present did not have a set of criteria according to which the amount of preservatives in pet food can be limited.

The country's "Animal Feeds Management Law" is applicable to livestock, domesticated birds, and aquatic products, said Consumers' Foundation chairperson Joann Su (蘇錦霞), who added that pet food businesses were not required to provide information about the amount of preservatives and antioxidants in their products under existing laws.

Su's organization recommends that the government push through a "pet food safety management law" to protect the interests of pet owners and their pets.

The manufacturer's address, however, was not found on the container or packaging of a kind of dog food marketed by "Organic Bio." Under the country's Commodity Labeling Act, the oversight is punishable by a fine anywhere between NT$20,000 and NT$200,000 if no correction is forthcoming by a deadline.

One of the two delinquent companies claimed it is difficult to avoid having a certain among of preservatives in its products because there are no standards to follow, while the other claimed its products are safe because it sticks t European standards.

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