Target: Paul S. Michaels, President of Mars Incorporated
Goal: Keep metal fragments out of commercial dog food brands
The pet food brand Pedigree, which is owned by Mars Incorporated, recently issued a voluntary recall of dry dog food that was believed to contain metal fragments in the bag. The recall affected bags of Pedigree Adult Complete Nutrition dry dog food that were distributed by Dollar General stores located in Tennessee, Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi. The recall was later expanded to include 55-pound bags of Pedigree Adult Complete Nutrition dry dog food products sold in Sam’s Club in Indiana, Michigan and Ohio. Although the recall claimed that no metal fragments were found in actual pieces of food, their presence in the bags still pose a risk to pets.
Fortunately, no pets have been injured because of this particular recall, but this isn’t the first time that foreign objects have been discovered in the trusted foods we feed our pets. According to the American Veterinary Medicine Association, there have been at least 50 pet food recalls since the beginning of 2014. It is time that pet food companies started putting a higher priority on the quality of products they produce.
Sign the petition below to urge Pedigree and all pet food brands to ensure that metal fragments and other foreign objects do not find their way into pet food bags. Pet food should not put our pets at risk, and this gross negligence is unacceptable.
Dear Mr. Michaels,
Pedigree recently issued a voluntary recall of dry dog food products sold in Tennessee, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio. Pet food has been a constant source of worry for pet owners, who have been faced with dozens of new pet food recalls just this year. Pet owners have also reported instances of salmonella contamination, not only to animals, but also to the humans handling it.
I am urging you to work with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to comply with safety requirements and exceed quality standards for pet food in your company. Far too often, pet owners don’t realize that pet food is to blame for an animal’s illness until it’s too late. Thank you for promptly notifying consumers about this particular recall so that the effects were not devastating. In the future, however, please be an example to other pet food manufacturers and always put quality first.
[Your Name Here]
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