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Debbie Phillips-Donaldson

DCM and grain-free pet food:
What will 2020 bring?

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s the new year begins, what can we expect
with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's
(FDA) 18-month investigation into canine dilated
cardiomyopathy (DCM) and a possible link to grainfree pet food?
First: continued investigations, not only by
FDA. George Collings, Ph.D., president and
general manager of Collings Nutrition Solutions,
has been reviewing studies on genetic ties to
DCM going back several decades (see p. 16), in addition to the potential role of everything else dogs might be eating. Also, Joshua Stern, DVM, Ph.D., DACVIM, assistant
professor with the University of California-Davis Veterinary Medicine School, one of the
first veterinary cardiologists to alert FDA of new DCM cases, has indicated epidemiological studies are under way.
Regarding FDA's investigation, let's hope it expands beyond focusing only on dietary
links to DCM - because even if diet is eventually proven to be a contributor, the only
way to know that for sure is to rule out other modes of causality.
"The Pet Food Institute (PFI) has advised veterinarians that any reports to FDA regarding
diagnosed DCM cases should include a complete medical history, diet history and echocardiogram results," wrote Jacinthe Moreau, president of the World Pet Association, in Pet
Product News. "Dana Brooks, PFI president and CEO, has urged FDA to release public
messaging that reflects the science and facts, and doesn't contribute to pet owner confusion."
That's another wish for 2020. The three alerts FDA has issued to date have not only
confused but even frightened pet owners; many veterinarians and pet retailers seem in
the dark, too. Further, FDA officials seemingly had no comprehension of the impact their
alerts would have. "They admitted they were taken off guard by the huge reaction among
consumers, retailers, veterinarians and on social media," Brooks told me. "They even told
ingredient suppliers [of peas, lentils, potatoes and similar ingredients implicated] that pet
food companies would never stop using those ingredients!"
FDA's indiscreet, incomplete announcements have spurred a decline in grainfree pet food sales, which in turn is affecting the businesses of farmers, ingredient
suppliers, pet food companies and pet retailers. I've heard of layoffs happening -
meaning this is impacting the lives of multiple people, including pet owners. Let's
hope that changes soon. ■
Debbie Phillips-Donaldson is editor-in-chief of Petfood Industry magazine.
Email her at dphillips@wattglobal.com.

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Petfood Industry - January 2020
Contents
DCM and grain-free pet food: What will 2020 bring?
Speaking of…
News and Calendar
Smalls takes cat-first approach to customized pet food
Quality, sustainability to dominate 2020 pet food trends
Dissecting DCM: How genetics can impact canine nutrition
China’s 2019 urban pets consumer market hits 202.4B yuan
Combination feeding a popular option for pet parents
Petfood Forum Asia highlights pet food sustainability
CBD in pet foods: Has anything changed with legal status?
Onions and garlic offer flavor in the right amounts
Cat owners want first-class citizenship for their pets
New Products
Marketplace
Advertiser’s Index
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Petfood Industry - January 2020 - Contents
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Petfood Industry - January 2020 - DCM and grain-free pet food: What will 2020 bring?
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Petfood Industry - January 2020 - Speaking of…
Petfood Industry - January 2020 - CT3
Petfood Industry - January 2020 - CT4
Petfood Industry - January 2020 - News and Calendar
Petfood Industry - January 2020 - Smalls takes cat-first approach to customized pet food
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Petfood Industry - January 2020 - Quality, sustainability to dominate 2020 pet food trends
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Petfood Industry - January 2020 - Dissecting DCM: How genetics can impact canine nutrition
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Petfood Industry - January 2020 - China’s 2019 urban pets consumer market hits 202.4B yuan
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Petfood Industry - January 2020 - Petfood Forum Asia highlights pet food sustainability
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Petfood Industry - January 2020 - CBD in pet foods: Has anything changed with legal status?
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Petfood Industry - January 2020 - Onions and garlic offer flavor in the right amounts
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Petfood Industry - January 2020 - Cat owners want first-class citizenship for their pets
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