Kirkland, Washington-based dog food manufacturer Red Paw Foods announced that it will stop manufacturing dog food containing genetically modified ingredients and ingredients from a company known for using a synthetic pesticide called pyrethroid.
Red Paw, based in Kirkland Washington, will cease selling the products, which have been found to be toxic to humans and animals, after receiving complaints from customers.
“It’s not about money, it’s about the health of our dogs,” said Red Paw President and CEO, Jim Graziano.
“They are our family pets.
Our dogs are part of our family, and they are our most precious gift.”
According to Graziani, Red Paw was informed by consumers that some of the products had been tested on animals that showed symptoms of cancer, and the company took action immediately to address the concerns.
Graziano said that Red Paw will be removing products from its website and stores and will not be able to sell any products on its website or on its online store.
The company also said it is “actively investigating” a complaint filed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration regarding Red Paw products.
According to a press release, the company said it will review all product safety data to determine whether any of its products contain pyrethoid.
The announcement comes just one day after a group of veterinarians, scientists, consumer advocates and other health experts wrote a letter to the U, FDA and Congress calling for immediate changes to the regulatory framework for GMOs.
The group, called the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), said the regulations were “a disaster” that would harm consumers and the environment.
The Center for Food Safety has also filed a complaint with the U., FDA and the U of M about Red Paw’s product and has sent the company a letter asking it to provide details on the company’s GMO origins and the potential dangers posed by its products.
“We are outraged by the news that Red Puppets will no longer be making dog food that contains genetically modified materials, which is an alarming development for many,” said Alex Krieger, co-founder of the Center, in a press statement.
“While the company has been working with the FDA to make changes, we are concerned that Red Paws actions to address safety concerns will only worsen the problem and put consumers’ health at risk.”
The FDA has previously issued multiple warnings to companies that have developed genetically modified foods for human consumption, including a 2015 ruling that warned that the genetically modified corn in some dog food was potentially harmful to humans.
The agency also issued an advisory in 2013 warning that the use of genetically modified food could pose health risks.
According and a spokesperson for Red Paw, the American Kennel Club (AKC) did not respond to requests for comment on the issue.
Greensboro, North Carolina-based Red Paw has been criticized by animal welfare groups for its GMO-tainted dog food.
According for the American Humane Association, the majority of dogs in the U;s supply chain were purchased from dog breeders and feed mills, where the dog food is produced without any of the genetic modification necessary to create a purebred dog.
The group noted that most of the animals in the supply chain had been fed the tainted feed for years, and many have died from malnutrition and other diseases.
In a letter sent to the FDA last week, CSPI said that “we will continue to monitor and support the safety of our products.”