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Can COVID 19 be in pet food...?

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Can COVID 19 be in pet food...?

How can we prevent pets from getting the corona virus from their food supply...? I see no resources online addressing this, especially given a lot of the food comes from China...
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Please show me what cat food comes from China.
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The ingredients undoubtedly do
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If you are that concerned, go raw.
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WinterSleep wrote: How can we prevent pets from getting the corona virus from their food supply...? I see no resources online addressing this, especially given a lot of the food comes from China...
What makes you think that imported pet food/ingredients would put your pet at risk?
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The virus has no transmission to animals. Dogs and cats have their own types of Coronavirus that likewise are not transmissible to us.

If your concern was can it live on surfaces and be transmitted to you -- maybe. But the same would go for anything from China and as of now there are no reports of this being an issue. Remember food is processed under high tempuratures that kill viruses.

The far bigger concern to me would be pet food supply if this keeps up. Everything being sourced from China means there's going to be a shortage in the supply line soon...
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cristianosham wrote: Better be safe than sorry
Doing things to maintain safety should be based on actual risk though.
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Fromm Kibble. According to the manufacturer, it is made in the U.S. and none of the ingredients originate from China. I did ask if the food product itself was made in the U.S. from ingredients made in China and was told "no". I was very careful about that. But who knows?

A few of the companies I contacted about other foods told me that the ingredients were 50/50 as 50% being sourced from China (not just pet food), but they were very "careful". I would prefer that I not have to go through hoops to find this out - just state it under the FAQs.

I agree with Karala, that there will be shortages and not just of pet food - of everything. Human and pet meds as well as consumables and other non-consumable products. It has already started.
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WinterSleep wrote: How can we prevent pets from getting the corona virus from their food supply...? I see no resources online addressing this, especially given a lot of the food comes from China...
Think about canned food for a moment. It doesn't go bad for years because after the can is sealed, it is heated to kill any microorganisms in the food.

Related side note: Are you also afraid of catching influenza from canned cat food?
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retrothing wrote: Think about canned food for a moment. It doesn't go bad for years because after the can is sealed, it is heated to kill any microorganisms in the food.

Related side note: Are you also afraid of catching influenza from canned cat food?
Of course not, influenza isn't today's buzzword or boogie man...
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maybe its time to wake up and do some reading?
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You've got to be kidding me lmfao
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Blanche123 wrote: Fromm Kibble. According to the manufacturer, it is made in the U.S. and none of the ingredients originate from China. I did ask if the food product itself was made in the U.S. from ingredients made in China and was told "no". I was very careful about that. But who knows?

A few of the companies I contacted about other foods told me that the ingredients were 50/50 as 50% being sourced from China (not just pet food), but they were very "careful". I would prefer that I not have to go through hoops to find this out - just state it under the FAQs.

I agree with Karala, that there will be shortages and not just of pet food - of everything. Human and pet meds as well as consumables and other non-consumable products. It has already started.
Check to see if your pet food has ingredients coming from South Korea, Iran, Egypt, and Italy while you're at it.
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WinterSleep wrote: How can we prevent pets from getting the corona virus from their food supply...? I see no resources online addressing this, especially given a lot of the food comes from China...
You know the common cold is a coronavirus too right - it's droplet based.

Can it survive for a few hours on inanimate objects/surfaces? Yes

Can it survive for the duration of the transport across continents? ---> No.
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Ticco wrote: Can it survive for the duration of the transport across continents? ---> No.
https://dunyanews.tv/en/Health/532392-S ... -over-week

It seems not even the experts are sure, so I would say you cannot rule anything out at the moment. I imagine many things sent from China are on direct flights, which may arrive at your door pretty quickly.
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Karala wrote: https://dunyanews.tv/en/Health/532392-S ... -over-week

It seems not even the experts are sure, so I would say you cannot rule anything out at the moment. I imagine many things sent from China are on direct flights, which may arrive at your door pretty quickly.
I'd honestly be more concerned about handling things like cash, coins, etc in your own community and then touching your eyes, mouth, etc

"I imagine many things sent from China are on direct flights, which may arrive at your door pretty quickly" - are you being serious lolll
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Ticco wrote: I'd honestly be more concerned about handling things like cash, coins, etc in your own community and then touching your eyes, mouth, etc

"I imagine many things sent from China are on direct flights, which may arrive at your door pretty quickly" - are you being serious lolll
Absolutely that is more of a concern. China was quarantining money.

And yes I'm being serious. Sure the eBay sellers send stuff over in a few months but there are more expedient means of transport when needed, and I'm also thinking of things like cargo flights.
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No

Though oddly enough for my dog's vet food, Royal Canin UTI diet, the supply of the largest packaged bag is made in China but not the food. Royal Canin ran out of the packaged bag but the medium size packaged bag is manufactured in USA. We ended up buy 3 medium sized dog foods because my dog eats a lot and the vet offered us a discount.
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