The FDA is working for the kibble manufacture agenda, this it TOTAL bullshit!
Almost a week after Bravo! a raw pet food diet producer, announces a
product recall, Melinda Miller, one of the principals of Bravo and a
co-founder of the North American Raw Petfood Association (NARPA)
writes a memo and sends the following email:
A Message From Bravo:
*ALL* raw meat carries pathogens. Whether you buy from the grocery
store, from wholesale meat suppliers, or from prepared raw diet
It is impossible to avoid. The USDA allows poultry producers to have
up to 23% Salmonella contamination on poultry. A good portion of
chickens are actually *born* with Salmonella. So the poultry products
that manufacturers must use are contaminated long before it ever gets
to us. Since these are *RAW* diets and we don't cook them, the
bacteria is left intact. This is true for *every* raw diet
manufacturer and for every person who feeds raw regardless of their
source. Raw meat has bacteria - that's why people are told to wash
their hands after handling raw meat. ANYONE who has fed raw has fed
pathogens such as Salmonella and Listeria.
Do Salmonella and Listeria pose a threat to our dogs and cats? Not
really. If you go to our website you'll find a recall FAQ that gives
citations about how Salmonella is a normal part of the intestinal
flora and how dogs apparently neutralize the bacteria. There's even a
quote from the FDA Consumer magazine that acknowledges that healthy
dogs and cats rarely become ill from Salmonella.
So why is the FDA involved and why did we do the recall? You can find
more information on that on our website also. But briefly you should
know some of this:
The FDA agents told us that we are just the first of the raw diet
companies to be visited, and that they hope to be able to shut down
the raw diet industry and stop raw feeding. So this is an industry
problem, not a Bravo problem.
The FDA has a very black eye due to the melamine recalls. So, they
want an easy win so they can prove they are safeguarding America's
pets. Raw diets are an easy target for them.
The FDA is holding raw diets to a *cooked* diet standard and has no
desire to be reasonable and acknowledge that you can't hold *RAW* meat
to the same regulation that governs *cooked* meat.
The FDA and USDA are currently in a bitter battle. The FDA is trying
to take control of USDA operations. We believe one of the reasons
Bravo was chosen was that we are a USDA facility. By bashing Bravo
they are able to bash the USDA.
This recall is the result of politics and unreasonable bureaucrats.
Bravo raw products carry the same risk - and BENEFITS - as any raw
product - whether home-prepared or manufactured.
We have been a company dedicated to high quality. That's why we use
antibiotic-free poultry, and grass-fed, hormone-free red meats. It's
why we manufacture in our own USDA plant under USDA human processing
standards. Other than the reality that all raw meat has some pathogen
presence, nothing has changed. You can still count on us to make a
high quality and beneficial products.
To those who have been sending notes of support, thank you very much.
We're caught in the midst of a political struggle and it helps to know
there are people who understand and appreciate the passion
and care we put into Bravo products.
Bravo Raw Diet