A major new four-year research study has been completed which determines the effects of ethoxyquin on dogs and their puppies. The study was started in 1991, and results were expected to be released to the Food and Drug Administration during the summer of 1995.
The study used a protocol approved by the Food and Drug Administration. Our research scientist looked at the protocol, and she said the study design meets all current scientific standards.
Monsanto, maker of Santoquin® ethoxyquin, sponsored the study. The research was conducted by an independent testing laboratory.
This expensive piece of research should provide a basis to judge the safety of ethoxyquin in dog food. Another study, part of the National Toxicology Program, is in line for government funding. This study will look at ethoxyquin’s safety for pets and people. No timetable has been set for the start of the study.
But it may be a moot point by the time the FDA releases the study or the National Toxicology Program acts: marketing pressures (not scientific research) has deemed ethoxyquin as ‘”bad,” and nearly all major manufacturers of pet food have switched from ethoxyquin to alternative preservatives.
Ross Becker, 1997