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Paraphrased from a phone conversation.

The customer is concerned about the fish in the Chicken Gourmet being contaminated with chemicals, toxins etc.. She wants to know what kind of fish. Also concerned about soybeans; are they tested for pesticides and round up. She also wanted to know what extruded means, and she thinks that black pepper and garlic are toxic.

The fish in the Gourmet Diets™ are mackerel and trout.

it is important to understand that there are no foods, natural or otherwise, that are free from any potential toxicity. Even water and oxygen are toxic at high enough doses. So the issue with regard to food safety is dosage, not presence or absence of potential toxins.

There are risks associated with any processed foods, and even unprocessed foods, if fed exclusively. If foods are given to animals on a rotational basis as part of an IV (intermittent and varied) diet with fresh fruits and vegetables and raw meats as we recommend (see Optimal Health Program™), any possible toxins from food ingredients won't have the chance to accumulate.

Also be aware that Wysong products have been formulated by Dr. Wysong who has researched health, nutrition, and food processing for over 35 years and written 13 books on such matters. Wysong also has over 250 veterinary Clinical Consultants. We are not just a marketing firm, but a scientific and educational organization serious about health and with our own manufacturing facilities.

Nothing is in the products by accident. Everything is designed with health as the objective. Wysong foods have been fed for 35 years to tens of thousands of animals through multiple generations. Quite simply, the products work! They, and the method of feeding Dr. Wysong advocates, create dramatic health results. (http://www.wysong.net/testimonials.php)

Thus whatever you have heard about this or that ingredient as used by Wysong causing harm simply cannot be true. A belief can never defeat actual results. Also keep in mind that such rumors are often perpetuated by pet food marketers who attempt to make demons out of competing products.

To better understand pet food and the safety and toxicity of ingredients, please review the links below.

Garlic: http://www.wysong.net/pet-health-and-nutrition/garlic.php

Soy: http://www.wysong.net/pet-health-and-nutrition/soy-myth.php

Black Pepper: http://www.wysong.net/pet-health-and-nutrition/black-pepper.php

Digests: http://www.wysong.net/pet-health-and-nutrition/digests.php

Toxin Paranoia: http://www.wysong.net/pet-health-and-nutrition/toxin-paranoia.php

100 Pet Health Truths Newsletter: http://www.wysongpethealth.net/

Truth About Pet Foods: http://www.wysong.net/products/cat-dog-health-nutrition-truth-about-pet-foods.php

Wysong Processing methods (explains extrusion): http://www.wysong.net/pet-health-and-nutrition/wysong-processing-methods.php

Thanks for the load of information, however none of it answered the questions I asked. I need straight forward real answers.
The questions you ask cannot be properly addressed with simple answers. Also, assuming health is your goal. the answers you seek, if given simply, would perpetuate the misunderstandings you have. All answers that will help you achieve health are contained in the links sent to you.

Does Wysong check for the level of toxicity of the fish they are using in the cat food?
The fish are tested, but not for the thousands of potential toxins that could be present.

Where does Wysong get the supply of fish, fish farms, wild caught, etc.?
A mix depending upon availability and cost.

Is the pet food checked for a level of pesticides to be sure contamination is kept low as possible.
Testing for all potential toxins would be cost prohibitive. Most ingredients are tested for some of the more common toxins.

Wysong should be able to give honest straight forward answers to these questions.
We have, but as the information sent to you explains, focusing on a "toxin free" food will make no difference in your pet's health unless you follow the princples in the optimal health program™. There are tens of thousands of natural and synthetic toxins. Recognizing this reality and feeding as in the optimal health program is the key to health.

What are your thoughts on feeding a cat fish or seafood as they don't naturally eat these creatures?

Fish are a natural prey item for many cats around the world, depending upon what the local food sources are.