does vitakraft contain it?
I did a quick search and this is what I foundhttp://www.petsmart.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2754961&utm_source=googleproduct&utm_campaign=5056840&utm_medium=cse&mr:trackingCode=FFDD2C64-C881-DE11-B712-001422107090&mr:referralID=NA#prodTab1
Vitakraft® Menu for Hamsters is a premium, enriched daily diet that is specially formulated to meet the nutritional needs of hamsters. Nutrition that your hamster would find in his natural environment, Vitakraft Menu Includes a blend of vegetables, nuts, sunflower seeds and wholesome grains along with appropriate levels of vitamins. Also contains valuable vegetable protein and important nutrients and vitamins to protect your pet's health.
Ingredients: Alfalfa meal, oats, oat bran, oat flakes, coarse sunflower seed meal, wheat bran, corn, corn gluten, sugar beet molasses, pea flakes, corn flakes, wheat, diced dehydrated carrots, calcium carbonate, coarse rape seed meal, coarse soybean meal, corn bran, lecithin, artificial and natural coloring, vitamin A acetate, cholecalciferole, a-tocopherol acetate, ascorbic acid, thiamine mononitrate, riboflavin-5-phosphate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, vitamin B12, menadione sodium bisulfite complex, folic acid, d-calcium pantothenate, choline chloride, d-biotin, niacin, iron oxide, manganous oxide, zinc sulfate, copper sulfate, calcium iodate, sodium selenite, cobalt sulfate.
Crude protein (min.) 13.6%
Crude fat (min.) 2.8%
Crude fiber (max.) 13.0%
Moisture (max.) 11.0%
Copper (min.) 7ppm
Vitamin A 2,830 IU/lb
Vitamin D (min) 322 IU/lb
Vitamin E (min) 11 IU/lb
Ascorbic Acid (min) 20.7 mg/lb
Vitamin B1 (min) 1.7 mg/lb
Vitamin B2 (min) 2.1 mg/b
Vitamin B6 (min) 1.2 mg/lb
Vitamin B12 (min) 3.7 mg/lb
Size: 2.2lb bag.
I did not see it anywhere in there unless it goes by another name.
I just discovered something by clicking into the website that the OP provides..I think perchance they have the numbers mixed around? ( and info as well?)
"Ethoxyquin is an antioxidant. Antioxidants interfere with the process known as "spoilage." Antioxidants also interfere with the process known as "mutation," as used when speaking of cancer.
Ethoxyquin is used as a preservative in both human- and animal-grade foods. The FDA allows ethoxyquin levels of up to 100ppm in human-grade foods and up to 150ppm in animal-grade foods. In human foods, ethoxyquin is most often found on fresh fruits, in spices, and in eggs and meat.
Ethoxyquin is currently being investigated for its cancer fighting properties. In particular, ethoxyquin in the rat diet has been found to prevent liver cancer caused by aflatoxin
. Aflatoxin is a common, naturally occurring carcinogen found in foods, most notably in corn, but also in many other grains, nuts, and seeds. Rats are the species most vulnerable to the cancer causing effects of aflatoxin. Ethoxyquin in the rat diet also prevents chemically initiated mammary tumors.At FDA-allowable levels of 150ppm, ethoxyquin in the rat diet does not cause disease, cancers, or tumors.
These results, originally published in a study done in 1955, have been repeatedly verified in many subsequent studies. Ethoxyquin at FDA-allowable levels of 150ppm does not cause disease, cancers or tumors in rats.
At experimental levels of 5000ppm, ethoxyquin in the rat diet prevents liver cancer caused by aflatoxin and mammary tumors caused by chemicals. At levels of 5000ppm, ethoxyquin in the rat diet also causes kidney damage in males, but not in females. Below levels of 5000ppm, ethoxyquin in the rat diet does not induce any change in histopathology and does not cause cancers or tumors. Ethoxyquin at FDA-allowable levels of 150ppm does not cause disease, cancers, or tumors in rats.
At low levels, alcohol in the human diet may protect against heart disease and cancer. At high levels, alcohol in the human diet may result in pancreatitis, cardiomyopathy, neuropathy, bleeding esophageal varices, cerebellar degeneration, and cirrhosis. One man has never had a drop of alcohol in his life, while another man of the same age, ever since he was young, has had one glass of red wine with dinner every night of his life. So who is healthier?
Lab blocks remain, far and away, the best staple diet for rats because they are nutritionally complete and rats cannot pick out only what they like. Not all rat caretakers, however, have access to lab blocks, and they use pet store rat foods, many of which do contain ethoxyquin. Ethoxyquin at FDA-allowable levels of 150ppm does not cause disease, cancers or tumors in rats
. Rat caretakers should not feel they are negligent if they choose commercially packaged rat mixes or use foods which contain ethoxyquin."
It even talks about 5500 and below and whatnot
and that it prevents cancer and tumors..so now I am confused on this whole topic seeing as this is the source of the OP..but it does not say what they had quoted.
The only place it mentions any damage at all is when it says that and i quote(again):
"At levels of 5000ppm, ethoxyquin in the rat diet also causes kidney damage in males, but not in females. Below levels of 5000ppm, ethoxyquin in the rat diet does not induce any change in histopathology and does not cause cancers or tumors."http://www.spoiledratten.com/ethoxyquin.html
The fact that it is also used as a pesticide though it worrysome..but then again we also ingest this :/
but yeah it defiantly is a controversial thing for sure. Good or bad? Well look how many years it took them to figure out if eggs and milk are good or bad for us?? Lol it happens with alot of things, truthfully I am starting to believe we try and take care of our pets better than ourselves..remember to try and keep the balance folks. Without us..they (our pets) would not have owners :p
Edited by Darkally, 07 February 2011 - 01:42 PM.