We journeyed to Washington D.C. recently to meet with Patricia F. Bak, the Acting Director of the Federal Trade Commission. Our query to her was simple and direct.
“With all of the complaints about deaths and illnesses due to dog foods and treats manufactured in China, why doesn’t the FTC intervene?”
Ms. Bak’s answer was revealing: “We simply do not have any evidence that dog foods or treats that are manufactured in China are unsafe. Our researchers have been unable to establish a direct link between foods manufactured in China and any dog deaths in the United States.”
Frankly, we were stunned. With all of the recalls and illnesses we are hearing about, and dog parents ending up paying thousands of dollars to care for their babies, we could not believe what we were hearing.
“Look, dog owners are listening to irresponsible people spreading rumors about the safety of these products. I want you to know, I personally feed my dog chicken jerky made in China.”
I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. This made no sense to me.
“If we can’t establish in a lab that every time we give these foods to a dog that it causes illness, we can not ban these products. They are perfectly safe and we are going to ask you to stop slandering these fine products.”
At that moment, Patricia’s dog wandered into the room. She reached into a bad of treats and gave her dog a piece of Chinese chicken jerky.
The dog grabbed the chicken jerky and began to nibble on it.
Suddenly, the dog spun around three times, began to whine, lay down on it’s stomach, vomited, and then rolled over on its back with its paws in the air.
“PATRICIA,” I shouted, “You’re dog is gravely ill! I can’t feel a heart beat!”
She looked at me and said, “That would make you very happy, wouldn’t it. You’d be able to say that my dog died because of the Chinese chicken jerky I just fed it. But it’s not the case. My dog always had a weak heart.”
I was stunned.
Here, this woman just fed her dog Chinese chicken jerky. It died right in front of her. And yet she denied the Chinese Jerky caused the problem.
“Do you expect us to take it seriously just because my dog died? That’s not the way we do business in Washington!”
I gathered my things to leave. Her dog was still laying there with its feet in the air.
Now, this story obviously never happened. But that is the attitude of the FTC. And if you want to do something about it, LIKE, SHARE, AND TWEET this message to get the story out.
Tell the FTC, we demand you stop the importation of dangerous Pet Foods and treats from China.