Cancer Causing Carrageenan In Pet Food

Dog canned food with Carrageenan

Do you feed your pet canned pet food?

Well, if the answer is yes, a word of caution before your next purchase, if I may.

Before you select a canned pet food product, you’ll want to search through the ingredient panel for a deadly and commonly used additive called “carrageenan”. If mentioned in the list of ingredients, research says to leave that can on the shelf right where you found it!

Carrageenan is a highly effective thickener and stabilizer found in processed pet foods. These pet foods can be found anywhere from your local grocery store, pet shop or even your veterinary clinic!

The Report

A new report sheds light on serious problems in pet food that could negatively impact companion animal health. Issued by The Cornucopia Institute, a non-profit food/farm policy research group, the report found that more than 70 percent of canned pet foods contain carrageenan, a non-nutritive food stabilizer extracted from red seaweed.

Peer-reviewed, published research indicates that food-grade carrageenan is known to cause intestinal inflammation and serious related diseases, with the potential to lead to cancer, even in small doses. (

Animal studies have repeatedly shown that food-grade carrageenan causes gastrointestinal inflammation and cancer at lower doses than the average daily intake. Given the high rates of colon cancer in both dogs and cats, I highly recommend removing carrageenan from your pet’s diet.

The Cornucopia report concludes that the pet food industry overall is failing its customers as a provider of safe and nutritious food for our cats and dogs.

To add to this:

“Numerous studies find that food-grade carrageenan does contain the cancer-causing low-molecular-weight form, referred to as poligeenan. This is particularly troubling because the industry continues to assert that food-grade carrageenan is different from poligeenan, while research clearly indicates that all carrageenan contains varying quantities of poligeenan.” – Linley Dixon PhD, lead author of the report and a policy analyst at The Cornucopia Institute.

Moral of the story: pet parents of the planet, always do your research and always read the labels before purchasing anything you’re thinking of feeding your pet!

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