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Ethoxyquin in cat food - info please

April 13th, 2007, 08:11 AM
Title says it all... this was brought to my attention on another post, and I know nothing about it (and no real time to search!)

Can anyone enlighten me? Do high quality foods like Orijen or ??? use ethoxyquin as a preservative (I think) and is it proven to be harmful?

Thanks in advance to the most educated pet-group I've met! :highfive:


April 13th, 2007, 06:12 PM
It's used as a preservative, and I think it's used a lot in fish. You can always email the company and ask. I know there are a few threads around here discussing foods that do/do not have ethoxyquin, you could try doing a search. The thing is you have to check to make sure the company's suppliers don't use it. Just cause the pet food company doesn't add it, doesn't mean it's not already in there. I know, it's frustrating.

April 13th, 2007, 06:29 PM
I feed Orijen to my two dogs and asked that very question:

Hello - we feed ORIJEN to our dogs and cats - it's all they eat (besides the occasional treat). Absolutely no ethoxyquin in ORIJEN, not a trace!

Best Regards,

April 13th, 2007, 10:20 PM
This was taken from

6-ethoxy-1,2-dihydro-2,2,4-trimethylquinoline. Antioxidant; also a post-harvest dip to prevent scald on apples and pears.

Originally developed by Monsanto as a stabilizer for rubber, Ethoxyquin has also been used as a pesticide for fruit and a color preservative for spices, and later for animal feed. The original FDA permit for use as stabilizer in animal feed limited use to two years and did not include pet food, but it falls under the same legal category. It has never been proven to be safe for the lifespan of a companion animal.It has been linked to thyroid, kidney, reproductive and immune related illnesses as well as cancer, but so far no conclusive, reliable research results either for the safety of this product or against it have not been obtained. Monsanto conducted research years ago, but results were so inconclusive due to unprofessional conduct and documentation that the FDA demanded another study. There are currently several studies underway to determine whether Ethoxyquin is safe or not, and until those studies are completed, pet food suppliers may continue to use Ethoxyquin. This is how things stand after about 6 years, and no new details have emerged so far.

April 13th, 2007, 10:56 PM
Pet food companies do not have to list it as an ingredient if they didn't add it themselves. Some of them state on their websites/bags that it isn't in their products, but if not, you need to email/phone to ask them if it is used by any of their suppliers.

April 16th, 2007, 09:33 AM
Thanks for the info!

Stacer - yikes, that doesn't sound good....

Superwanda - if that came from an Orijen rep then that's good enough for me. I'll start trying Luna on Orijen later this week... we're trying new wet foods today/tomorrow, so don't want to do both at once of course. ;)

I bought a 400gm bag for $2 at Ren's - just enough to try her for a few days, and it comes with a $2 off coupon for buying a bigger bag later. Smart marketing! :D

April 16th, 2007, 05:37 PM
Superwanda - if that came from an Orijen rep then that's good enough for me.

Peter is better than a rep.....he's the owner. :D

I hope Luna likes the Orijen. :fingerscr

April 17th, 2007, 09:13 AM
Peter is better than a rep.....he's the owner. :D

I hope Luna likes the Orijen. :fingerscr

Well then, that's double-y good! :D And yes, I'll update you when I switch her. Rainbow, weren't you feeding the DVP Nature (something), some of which is newly recalled? How are you doing? :pray:

April 17th, 2007, 02:40 PM
Yes, I'm feeding my cats DVP's Natural Balance. I thought it was the venison and green pea but that must have been the previous bag as the current one is the chicken formula. It's almost finished and I'm going to switch back to the Innova again until the Natural Balance probelm is resolved. Once we get Orijen here I'm going to try that.