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God bless the Environmental Working Group (EWG). EWG Worldwide Headquarters announces that the pet food testing that voters contributed to resulted in a significant report: share the report.

EWG found fluoride above healthy levels in 8 national brands of dog food marketed for both puppies and adults. The amount of fluoride in the dog food was up to 2.5 times higher than what the EPA has deemed a safe amount in drinking water.

Why is excessive fluoride a problem?
Combined fluoride exposure from both food and water can easily range into unsafe territory. Routine exposure, like eating the same food every day, can predispose dogs to a variety of health problems: weakened bones, hormonal and behavior problems, and even bone cancer.

Where is the fluoride coming from?
Some of this extra fluoride comes from the fluoridated water used to manufacture dog food. Most, however, is from the "bone meal" and various meat byproducts that are added to dog food – anything from "chicken byproduct meal" to "beef and bone meal." These are basically ground bones, cooked with steam, dried, and mashed to make a cheap dog food filler. Since bones store fluoride, any product that includes bone meal is likely to be high in fluoride, too.

Click here to read the full report.

For your Fido look for and demand pet foods that do not include bone meal.

Thank you again for your very generous support of this one-of-a-kind testing. Through your suggestions of which brands to test and your financial support, you made it happen. EWG truly couldn’t have done it without you, and us dogs are the better for it.



  1. Gravatar for James Hovland

    Yes, bone meal is bad. Now check the fluoride levels on any machine processed meats compared to water at 1.2ppm. For your information, fluoride is used to clean equipment in the food industry. I believe the major contamination starts there, for both dog and people food. Potatoes byproduct is high in fluoride for the same reason, as is tomato paste, powdered eggs, etc. As long as fluoride residue is excused based on the claims of dentists rather than EPA scientists, we will continue to encounter these issues. 1.2 ppm in water sounds extremely low after you read the 2005 Dow AgroScience petition for fluoride in and on food. Not only did Dow ask for tolerances to be raised on powdered eggs to 850 ppm, but the EPA actually approved 900 ppm. Ditch the processed foods for now, and start asking questions. Like: Why did Dow ask the EPA to allow 200 ppm in animal feed? And: Why has the EPA administration acted against the will and advice of their own scientists?

  2. Thanks James. I would like to get the word out on Flouride in human food! Can you direct me to some resources on that subject?

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