Thank you for your inquiry,
Since the pet foods recalls, it has come to our attention that the taurine used in our products is sourced from China. We have made an exhaustive search for a source of taurine manufactured in the United States, but unfortunately, there is none. To our knowledge, all taurine used in pet products and most human products is manufactured in China. Each shipment of taurine used in our foods undergoes a battery of tests for toxins, including melamine and cyanuric acid. All samples have been completely negative. We will continue our search for taurine manufactured in another country.
Taurine is an essential amino acid for cats. It is necessary to add to cat food. Taurine is not considered an essential amino acid for dogs. However, recent research by UC Davis has shown that certain breeds of dogs, specifically certain large breeds, can develop dilated cardiomyopathy due to a lack of taurine. It is this research that prompted us to add taurine to our dry dog foods last year. Due to the extensive testing we perform, we feel the benefits of taurine far outweigh the risks of sourcing the ingredient from China.
The rest of the ingredients in our foods are sourced from the United States except for the three ingredients e, specifically lamb meal from New Zealand, potato protein from Europe, and our grain free Blended Tuna canned cat food, which is manufactured in Thailand.
We are confident that our foods and treats are 100% safe. To date all testing has shown that our foods are melamine free.
We continue to strive to produce the very best food for your pet. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any further questions.
Thanks for the post. My pup has been on Solid Gold since I got her.