Endangered shark meat found in some pet food, study finds

Are Fluffy and Fido wolfing down Jaws?

Could be.

Actually, it’s a one in three chance that the pet food you are giving to your dog or cat includes protein from endangered sharks, according to a new Yale study.

The study, published in February in Frontiers in Marine Science, used DNA barcoding to find that almost a third of pet food samples bought in Singapore contained shark meat.

Sharks are big business in Florida, whether its fishing for them or just spectating.

But the shark-in-pet-food problem bites way beyond Singapore. Similar studies in America show our pet food labels often deceive us.

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The most recent line of evidence, from a team at Yale-NUS College, found DNA in pet food had “a considerable prevalence of ingredient mislabeling.”






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