Food fraud—tampering, diluting, mislabeling, substituting, or misrepresenting food, ingredients, or packaging for the sole intent of financial gain—is pervasive and widespread. Remember when horse meat was detected a few years ago in what was thought to be hamburger in the UK and Ireland? This was not the first—nor the last—incident of food fraud. Fooling the consumer with a little bait and switch has been going on for thousands of years.
Have you ever tasted a dog cookie? Until recently, I could honestly say no. That is no longer the case.
I had the privilege of meeting Paul and Lynn Gallant, owners of Paul’s Custom Pet Food in New Milford. As a parting gift, I received a package of pumpkin dog cookies. With an ingredient list of organic brown rice flour, organic pumpkin, organic eggs, dried goat’s milk, organic parsley, and sea salt, I gave one a try.