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TBHQ is an acronym for the word tertiary butylhydroquinone… a fat preservative added to a dog food to increase its shelf life.
TBHQ has been found to produce pre-cancerous stomach tumors in laboratory animals… and it can cause damage to a cell’s DNA.
What’s more, further studies have found that prolonged exposure to TBHQ may lead to other types of cancer, too.
Well, feeding any dog the same artificial preservative on a daily basis certainly qualifies for what could be called long term exposure.
And that begs the question…
With so many safe “natural” preservatives out there, why take risks feeding a questionable ingredient like TBHQ over a lifetime?
That’s why I refuse to feed our dog, Bailey, any product containing TBHQ. And until there’s conclusive proof that TBHQ is completely safe, I’d suggest favoring dog foods that do not contain this controversial chemical.
Tertiary Butyl Hydroquinone(TBHQ) is a Synthetic food grade antioxidant used to stabilize foods, fats and vegetable oils aganist deterioration, thus extending their storage life.
• Vegetable oils
• Baked and confectionary Products
• Edible Fats
• Flavoring and spices
• Snack foods like Fried Potato chips, Instant Noodles
• Citrus oils
• Butter Fats
• Fried Nuts
• Pat Foods
• Cereal and Grains
• Essential oils like Peppermint oil, Orange oil etc.
Itself , Hydroquinone
Harmful in contact with skin and if swallowed. Irritating to eyes & skin
First aid measures:
Eye Contact - Flush eyes with water for 20 mins. Get medical attention immd.
Skin Contact - Wash with water for 20 mins and remove contaminated clothing immd. Get Medical attention.
Inhalation - Move to fresh air. Give artificial respiration if required. Get immediate medical attention
Ingestion - Do not induce vomiting unless instructed by medical personnel. Get medical attention immediately.
If the patient stops breathing apply artificial respiration and administer oxygen. Give nothing by mouth to an unconscious patient. Maintain body temperature and transfer the casualty to hospital.
Goggles / face shield PVC /synthetic rubber gloves, overalls and protective footwear
Environmental Precautions Sweep Up, Place In A Bag And Hold For Waste Disposal.
Avoid Raising Dust.
Methods for cleaning up:
Use mechanical means. Ventilate Area And Wash Spill Site After Material Pickup Is Complete.
Persistence & Bio-degradability:
Expected to be slowly but ultimately bio-degradable
HARMFUL IF SWALLOWED.