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Q: I am writing you today about your Hermit Crab Diet and its
ingredients. Within the last year there has been a move away
from foods which contain Ethoxyquin (preservative and antioxidant)
in hermit crab foods and I noticed that on some labels EQ is
present and others it isn't.
A: Based on all of the current findings and opinion of the FDA
ethoxyguin is still safe and approved for use in this application
(i.e. pet food for the purposes of preventing vitamin oxidation).
We are not aware of any request by the FDA to pet food manufacturers
to reduce amounts of ethoxyquin nor did we find any such request/info
on the FDA website. To our knowledge there is no solid, peer
reviewed scientific data or literature to support the current
claims of toxicity. If the alternatives to ethoxyguin were equally
effective we would just go ahead and change to err on the side
of the caution. Unfortunately, the alternatives are not as effective
at preventing oxidation. So, we must weigh the real, known negatives
of using other preservatives (shorter shelf life and usage life)
with the suspected, but still unconfirmed potential risks of
ethoxyquin. So until we have more definitive data the best choice
is still ethoxyquin.
Q: Could you please tell me how much of the preservative Ethoxyquin is in your 2.1oz containers of Hermit Crab Food?
A: The amount of this preservative is negligible (no more than 1%). There is only enough to ensure the food does not mold or go bad.