Despite some recent headlines, most pet food bags are not hazardous to your furry friends

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Is your pet food safe? In November 2022, the Environmental Working Group reported that their testing revealed potentially dangerous levels of toxins on a small sampling of paper pet food bags. This research was also reported by Petfood Industry, an industry trade publication.

The organization reported that the chemicals — known as PFAS — were found on seven brands of pet food bags that were made of paper.

We think it’s important to repeat this: the PFAS was found on paper pet food bags

Toxic PFAS are found on paper pet food bags, not woven plastic pet food bags

Anduro’s bags are made using polypropylene and polyethylene, not paper. Not only do Anduro-produced bags not have any presence of PFAS, such chemicals are not used at all at any stage in the company’s manufacturing process.

To understand why only paper bags are at risk for PFAS contamination, we spoke with Marc Datelle, Anduro Manufacturing CEO. He said, “PFAS are used in completely different packaging areas and have nothing to do with processing Polypropylene. That’s why we can say with absolute certainty that our bags will not carry PFAS to pets and other animals.”

“There’s currently a unified approach by the entire packaging industry to use only materials that follow FDA direct food contact regulations.  Had the bags in this particular field-test followed common sense food-contact regulations and recommendations, there would have been no story to report,” said Datelle.

Plastic pet food bags are not a source of concern

“There is zero chance of PFAS being introduced in the Anduro process. Our customers, their customers and their pets need not worry at all about a bag manufactured by Anduro,” said Datelle.

“Our focus every day as a manufacturer of woven polypropylene bags is safety,” said CEO Datelle. “Woven PP is an environmentally material  that is safer because it’s less likely to burst, safer because it’s less likely to be infiltrated by pests, safer because it keeps moisture out and, in this case, safer because PFAS are not introduced in the manufacturing process thanks to the plastic materials we use.