Pet Food Politics (Paperback)

The Chihuahua in the Coal Mine

By Marion Nestle

University of California Press, 9780520265899, 232pp.

Publication Date: August 4, 2010

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Hardcover (9/15/2008)

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Description

Marion Nestle, acclaimed author of Food Politics, now tells the gripping story of how, in early 2007, a few telephone calls about sick cats set off the largest recall of consumer products in U.S. history and an international crisis over the safety of imported goods ranging from food to toothpaste, tires, and toys. Nestle follows the trail of tainted pet food ingredients back to their source in China and along the supply chain to their introduction into feed for pigs, chickens, and fish in the United States, Canada, and other countries throughout the world. What begins as a problem "merely" for cats and dogs soon becomes an issue of tremendous concern to everyone. Nestle uncovers unexpected connections among the food supplies for pets, farm animals, and people and identifies glaring gaps in the global oversight of food safety.


About the Author

Marion Nestle is Paulette Goddard Professor of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health and Professor of Sociology at New York University. She is author of the award-winning Food Politics: How the Food Industry Influences Nutrition and Health (revised and expanded edition, UC Press), Safe Food: Bacteria, Biotechnology, and Bioterrorism (UC Press), and What to Eat, among other books. She serves as nutrition coeditor of The Bark magazine.


Praise For Pet Food Politics: The Chihuahua in the Coal Mine

“A detective story that identifies plenty of perpetrators as well as victims. . . .[Warns] that the problems wouldn't stop with animals”

— Atlantic

“Informative. . . Begging comparison with Sinclair’s The Jungle.”

— Publishers Weekly

“Fantastically readable.”

— Food & Wine

“Iluminate(s) the connections between the food supplies of humans, farm animals and pets. . . . Highlight(s) the broader failings of food regulation.”

— The Economist

“A serious investigative tome.”

— Financial Times

“Reads like a gripping murder mystery.”

— Alternet.org

“A call to action that we can all hope the new Obama administration hears before there's a repeat of the tragedy.”

— Casper Star Tribune Sunday

“A call to action that we can all hope the new Obama administration hears before there's a repeat of the tragedy.”

— Sacramento Bee

“Like a good novel, the book is a quick, even entertaining read. The message, however, is one that demands paying attention.”

— San Francisco Chronicle

“Nestle is one of the best writers on the general subject of the food industry. . .. Guaranteed to get you thinking.”

— Booklist

“The information and its implications are eye-opening. It’s a call to action that we can all hope the new Obama administration hears.”

— Gina Spadafori