PETA’s chief executive officer, Annie Laurie Gaylor, said Tuesday that she is concerned that some pet food companies are making up the costs of raising their prices with new products.
“It’s a really scary situation,” she said.
“I think that pet food retailers and pet food wholesalers have a lot of confidence in the food they sell.
They feel that the quality of their product is there.”
She cited a new breed of dog food called the “honeybun,” which is manufactured in China.
The Honeybun is made from corn, soybeans, corn gluten, and a sugar and water mixture.
It’s formulated with no added ingredients, which are said to help reduce the risk of colorectal cancer.
Gaylor said that, as a pet food consumer, she was concerned about pet food being labeled as “natural.”
“If you see that there’s no health benefit to using the ingredients in the honeybun pet food,” she added.
“And, I think, we all want to be assured that we’re getting the products that we want.”
Gaylor also said that a new generation of dog foods, including “organic” and “natural,” have raised the price of pet food by 10 percent or more.
“The new generation products that are coming out now, it’s really challenging for pet food manufacturers,” she told The Huffington Post.
“They’re getting to the point where the products are cheaper than the old products, and there’s a lot more competition for pet owners.”
Gains from new products are expected to continue, Gaylor added.
The company has not yet released any new pet food prices, but a recent survey found that the average pet food retailer expects to sell about 1,500 more pet food products in the second quarter of this year than in the first quarter.
The pet food industry is struggling to compete with a growing number of other products that have been added to the market in recent years.
As of July, the average price of a pet meal was about $1.36, according to PetSmart, while the average cost of a cat meal was $3.70.
The rise in pet food costs has been especially noticeable among families, with many pet owners choosing to have their animals forgo meals or just stay home.
In June, for instance, a consumer survey conducted by Consumer Reports found that more than half of American households were spending more than $100 per month on pet food and more than 10 percent of them reported that they would be willing to switch to another pet food brand.
The report also found that many pet parents are also considering the cost of replacing or buying a pet when their pets die.
“Pet food prices are really out of whack,” Gaylor told HuffPost.
“There’s a huge amount of consumer backlash.”
The rise of the pet food market is expected to be a boon for many food companies as they continue to compete for pet-loving customers, Gannon said.
But the growing price of food has also put a strain on the pet-friendly retail industry, as pet food stores are struggling to attract the consumer base that the company said will likely remain loyal to the brands that they sell for the foreseeable future.
“As a consumer, it does take a toll,” Gannon added.
“[It] is a real strain on people who are just getting into the business of buying pets, or just are thinking about buying pets.”
In June of this, the Food and Drug Administration announced that it would take a closer look at the safety and efficacy of the ingredients used in pet foods, particularly the sugar and salt that pet owners are using.
According to the FDA, “The FDA is considering the potential for ingredients to affect animal welfare and consumer health in a manner that may pose a health risk.”
The FDA said it is currently evaluating ingredients used to formulate pet food.
The agency’s position on the matter has yet to be released.
Gannon noted that pet parents who buy pet food online are also finding that pet-specific ingredients can be cheaper than their store-bought counterparts.
“We know that pet foods are expensive,” Gann said.
For many pet food buyers, buying from online pet stores is not a viable option.
“People just don’t know what they’re getting,” Ganna said.
Gann also noted that some of the companies that are making the most money on pet foods may not be following through on their promises to improve animal welfare.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission said in August that the U.S. Food and Nutrition Board was reviewing its rules regarding the use of genetically engineered (GE) ingredients in pet and human food, and it is taking a close look at whether those rules are in line with FDA standards.
The FDA also recently announced a series of guidelines that will help consumers identify food safety issues with their pets.
The guidelines were announced by the agency last month and have already made it onto the agency’s website.
“These guidelines will help pet owners make