My dog, Maddie, is precious to me and I always turn to my veterinarian for trusted, expert advice on what to feed her and how to keep her healthy. So after I talked with Marion Nestle, a professor of nutrition and public health at New York University and best-selling author of What to Eat, for an article in the October issue of EatingWell Magazine, I found I had a lot more questions for my vet.
Even if you don't own a pet, you should still be concerned about pet food, Nestle told me, because contaminated pet foods are early warnings of the safety hazards of globalization. Case in point: consider recent food news-from the current melamine contamination of milk products made in China to the salmonella contamination of produce from jalapeno peppers to spinach.
In her recently published book Pet Food Politics, Nestle details the March 2007 recall of more than 100 brands of dog and cat food containing wheat gluten from China that was contaminated with the chemical melamine.Read More »from Is your pet’s food safe? Expert advice you need to know