by Marion Nestle
Apr 11 2008

Pet Food Politics: It’s on the web (but not in print yet)

University of California Press has just put up the web page for my forthcoming book, Pet Food Politics: The Chihuahua in the Coal Mine. It’s official publication date is September 15 but UC Press says it expects to start shipping copies out in mid-July. The page went up on Amazon last week. I’m expect the page proofs with revised figures next week, so it’s really on its way. And I only have one thing to add since the last revision: the announcement of the April 1 settlement of the class action suit against Menu Foods and the other companies involved in the recalls last year. Stay tuned!


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  • Karen
  • June 14, 2008
  • 11:03 am

Was wondering where the subtitle for your book came from?

I am delighted you have written a book on pet food politics. I wonder if you have mentioned in it how the pet food companies are funding the veterinary schools and how they have contracts with pet food companies which let pet food companies like Hills and Royal Canin teach nutrition to veterinary students. I have proof of this because under the Freedom of Information Act the veterinary schools in Britain have send me copies of the contracts which show a huge pet food scandal is going on since no pet food company should ever have been allowed to teach veterinary students nutrition and the pet food companies have “brainwashed” the Vets at veterinary schools in return for funding them. Hills have begun a nutrition course for Vets in Britain and arrogantly but the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons should not allow any Vet to attend it since it is the equivalent of letting MacDonalds teach medical students or leaving Dracula in charge of the blood bank.

  • Marion
  • August 7, 2008
  • 3:17 pm

Pet Food Politics is about last year’s recalls and their implications for food safety and international trade policy. But: Mal Nesheim and I are discussing this very issue in our forthcoming book with Harcourt, What Pets Eat (which won’t be out until late 2009). Relations of pet food companies with U.S. veterinary schools are no secret and there is plenty of information about them online. It’s an important issue and I’m glad you are interested.

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