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Pet food companies are allowed six months to change their labeling (food ingredient list) apparently. So in other words (and if I'm understanding this correctly) they could introduce or take away an ingredient and wouldn't have to reflect that on their packaging for six months. I found this incredibly surprising. I'm not sure if this is the case in both the US and Canada. The recalls have certainly brought to light some things I didn't previously know. I thought I was fairly informed and spent a lot of time researching foods, but this is another thing I never would have thought of. :-\
 

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Frustrating isnt it? And also, don't think that raw feeders have any easier of a time! We too have to understand what we feed our dogs and part of that means knowing what the meat we feed to our dogs was fed. Its a frustrating situation for pet owners, no matter what you choose to feed. With kibble you would think you could trust the company, but thats not the only labeling thing they are allowed to do. Oftentimes the listed percentages of protein etc is incorrect, or the order of ingredients can be fiddled with to make it look like there is less grain in a product. And with raw, you would think your pet would be safe because you are feeding 'human food', but even then you have no control over what the meat was fed. Its a scary feeling to feel so helpless.
 
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FWIW, the June, 2007 issue of WDJ says that that's a persistent myth and is not true.

Unfortunately, they don't give a reference but in reading through Title 21, Part 501 of the CFR (the section pertaining to pet food labels) I sure can't find anything about a grace period.

Of course what companies actually do is another story altogether...
 
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