Drs. Fosters and Smith Recall Expanded

Due to possible cross contamination with other foods, Drs. Fosters and Smith is recalling three additional formulas: (2 dry for dogs, 1 wet for cats)

  • Drs. Foster & Smith Dry Adult Dog Food Lamb & Brown Rice FormulaTM
    6lb (#12965), 15lb (#12966)
    with a “BEST BY” date of FEB 09 09
  • Drs. Foster & Smith Dry Adult Dog Food Lamb & Brown Rice FormulaTM
    6lb (#12965), 15lb (#12966), 30lb (#12967),
    30lb Case Pack 2-bag (#13870), 30lb Case Pack 4-bag (#13871)
    with a “BEST BY” date of FEB 26 09
  • #27046-CKN Country Classic Dinnersâ„¢ - Chicken Stew (canned cat food) — This was covered in the Menu Foods recall on Wednesday.

Full releases after the jump.

(Thanks PetSitUSA)

For Immediate Release: 05/04/07
Drs. Foster & Smith Press Release

DRY DOG FOOD RECALL EXPANDED
Only 1,174 customers affected - all contacted immediately by email, phone, or USPS

In a precautionary measure, Chenango Valley has expanded its recall list to include additional foods - even formulas with no wheat gluten or rice protein concentrate - that may have been processed utilizing the same equipment as previously-recalled products.

We have been informed today by Chenango Valley that two production lots of Drs. Foster & Smith Dry Adult Dog Food Lamb & Brown Rice FormulaTM (see below) may have been processed sequentially after another product that has since tested positive for Melamine. Even though manufacturing equipment is thoroughly cleaned between production runs, and Drs. Foster & Smith Dry Adult Dog Foods do NOT contain ANY wheat gluten or rice protein concentrate, we are participating in this precautionary recall with your dog’s best health at heart.

We know these are upsetting times for pet owners. Please rest assured that no confirmed illness or death has been reported from feeding Drs. Foster & Smith brand foods during any precautionary recall to date.

The products affected by this expanded precautionary recall are:

  • Drs. Foster & Smith Dry Adult Dog Food Lamb & Brown Rice FormulaTM
    6lb (#12965), 15lb (#12966)
    with a “BEST BY” date of FEB 09 09
  • Drs. Foster & Smith Dry Adult Dog Food Lamb & Brown Rice FormulaTM
    6lb (#12965), 15lb (#12966), 30lb (#12967),
    30lb Case Pack 2-bag (#13870), 30lb Case Pack 4-bag (#13871)
    with a “BEST BY” date of FEB 26 09

If any of your bags of Lamb & Brown Rice Formula match the descriptions above, please discontinue feeding and contact us for a replacement bag at no charge for product or shipping. (To identify the “BEST BY” expiration date, please inspect the top right of the back label.)

Please call our Customer Care Team between 9am - 7pm CST at 1-800-239-7121 or email us at CustomerService@DrsFosterSmtih.com if you have any questions.

We are directly contacting all 1174 customers affected by this precautionary recall by email, phone or USPS. If your pet has consumed any of the recalled food listed above and shows signs of illness (such as loss of appetite, lethargy and vomiting), you should consult with your veterinarian immediately.

While the levels of contact with melamine may be low, or non-existent, we will err on the side of caution and recall Drs. Foster & Smith Dry Adult Dog Food Lamb & Brown Rice FormulaTM as the amount and mechanism of melamine - and the health risk associated with melamine - is not known.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~END RELEASE~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

For Immediate Release: 05/02/07
Drs. Foster & Smith Press Release
CANNED FOOD RECALL EXPANDED
Less than 700 customers affected - all contacted immediately by email, phone, or USPS

In a precautionary measure, Menu Foods has expanded its recall list to include any foods - even formulas with no wheat gluten or rice protein concentrate - that may have been processed utilizing the same equipment as previously-recalled products.

We have been informed today by Menu Foods that a batch of Drs. Foster & Smith Country Classic Dinnersâ„¢ Chicken Stew canned cat foods (#27046) may have been processed sequentially before or after a product that is currently recalled.

Even though manufacturing equipment is thoroughly cleaned between production runs, and Country Classic Dinnersâ„¢ do not contain ANY wheat gluten or rice protein concentrate, we are participating in this precautionary recall with your cat’s best health at heart.

We know these are upsetting times for pet owners. Please rest assured that no confirmed illness or death has been reported from feeding Drs. Foster & Smith brand foods during any precautionary recall to date.

As part of this precautionary recall, we encourage you to please discontinue feeding your pet the following food:

    #27046-CKN Country Classic Dinnersâ„¢ - Chicken Stew (canned cat food)

Any customer who purchased the above item between Jan 1, 2007 - May 2, 2007 will be contacted directly with further details. If you have any questions, please call our Customer Care Team between 9am - 7pm CST at 1-800-239-7121 or email us at CustomerService@DrsFosterSmtih.com

Fortunately, less than 700 customers are affected by this precautionary recall, a new production batch of Chicken Stew canned cat foods will be available again after June 1st, 2007. In the meanwhile, you may consider trying Country Classic Dinnersâ„¢ Trout & Brown Rice or Savory Salmon flavors, which are currently available.

While the levels of contact with melamine may be low, or non-existent, we will err on the side of caution and recall Country Classic Dinnerâ„¢ Chicken Stew as the amount and mechanism of melamine - and the health risk associated with melamine - is not known.

63 Responses to “Drs. Fosters and Smith Recall Expanded”

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  1. Patricia says:

    does anyone know anything about Pedigree. Their product also contains wheat gluten but i haven’t heard anything about them being recalled for anything. Does anyone know who their manufacturer is?

  2. betty gossett says:

    Lifes Abundance dry is made by a plant in Ohio. BUT, the canned is made by MENU Foods. I am using the dry and so far no problems. I will NOT use the canned. I am using caned (for humans) chicken with no salt added for wet food.
    Not that I am recommending it, but, for someone on a tight budget, I fed Nine lives canned prior to the recalls. It has never been on the recall list and is not made by menu foods.
    Flint River says they DO use GMO ingredients. I had considered them, but that was enough to remove them as a choice for me.

  3. betty gossett says:

    AS far as the FDA (or any government dept) they look more at how trade agreements, & big corporations will be affected than the harm that may be done to humans or pets. It takes something like this to bring some attention to it. And from what I see, they are still trying to keep it as quiet as possible and only do enough to “look like” they are doing something about it. Homeland Security appears to be a joke.

  4. TEALCSMOMMY says:

    I noticed some kind of menadione (supplemental vitamin K) is used in the Petguard dry dog food. A similar menadione was used in Life’s Abundance and it has been removed from Life’s Abundance because it can be toxic to your dog. I wouldn’t take a chance with this Petguard.

  5. Jo says:

    It makes one wonder if we are the Lab Rats to see how quick things are taken care of and the impact on our population. I have always told my husband, everything starts with the animals, mainly the cats and dogs before the humans get it. Research on meds and such. When this first started, I told him, this is going to get bad, very bad. That gut feeling and I had that gut feeling from the first recall. Working for a Vet, I have seen some really strange things going on with all the animals and watched him scratch his head and research over the strange things that were happening and I only answer the phones and take care of the ones that have to spend a night or two. So, I don’t even see the Clinic Days when it hits hard. It makes one thing very very hard about what is going on…..

  6. jean says:

    To Mary Sue and Dianne–

    Thanks! Well, this is bad news. Your post says “Ohio Pet Foods” but their materials say a human-grade food plant and that theirs (dry, I guess) is the only pet food produced there: do you think they’re lying?

    I fed the sample can and my cat loved it. She wouldn’t touch Evangers tonight. Trying Merricks tomorrow. But I guess I’ll buy the dry at this point: I just don’t want to buy another bag of Hills.

  7. Mary Sue says:

    To those above interested in Life’s Abundance and PetGuard:

    I spoke with someone at Trilogy/Life’s Abundance yesterday. Their canned cat food is made by Menu. I haven’t used the sample can so it’s going in the trash and won’t use any of their products in light of that.

    I actually got PetGuard to call me back. It only took 6 weeks. They are no longer adding menadione to any of their products, as of about a month ago. They will continue to use the old packaging until they use it up, just as Evanger’s is doing.

    We actually had quite a long conversation. Here’s the gist of it. I told her there was great concern re: their refusal to say who manufactures their foods. She said it is in the contract with their manufacturers (note more than one) that they can’t. She said that any distributor who told any retailer where their food is made (Pied Piper) was just speculating and that she, a customer service rep, doesn’t even know. (Believe that?) She said that if they say where they make it then information will get out about proportions of ingredients, processes, etc. (That doesn’t make sense to me. Saying where you’re made doesn’t tell your secret proportions or processes.) She said we shouldn’t rely on the blogs and that we should put our efforts toward calling our representative to get laws changed. I said we are doing that too, but that blogs are an important way to share information and place to air our feelings. She said that Pet Guard is focusing on the animals, as they have always done, and that is their first and formost goal so they will just have to deal with people’s mistrust over their non-discloure. They use organic ingresients, all from the USA, were the first to add ester-c to their products, etc. etc. She was defensive, I was not satisfied, but it was an interesting and informative conversation.

  8. Mary Sue says:

    Jean,

    My cats won’t touch the Merrick or even get close enough to lick it. I’ve tried 2 kinds, so that’s it for Merrick.

    They love the Evanger’s organic turkey with butternut squash - go figure. They like the organic chicken. The holistic pheasant is a no go. You might try adding a little water and warming it up a bit at first. That got mine going on the two that they like.

  9. Mary Sue says:

    Patricia, I think Pedigree is a Purina product, but I’m not sure. You can just do a search for the website. Wheat gluten is added to raise the protein content and act as a binding agent. t’s not in and of itself toxic, but it’s not a particulary good food for dogs and cats.

    And the news just out is that the contaminated product was not wheat gluten afterall, but wheat flour (labeled as gluten) to which melamine had been added to raise the protein content rather than going through the more costly process of producing the gluten!

  10. Mary Sue says:

    Nancy,

    I think some people’s concerns about Pedigree, Meow Mix, Fancy Feast, and many others are the fillers, by-products, and additives that are in the ingredients.

  11. Mary Sue says:

    CORRECTION TO MY 9:35 POST - sorry I didn’t mean to put Pied Piper in the 9:35 message above. Too much information running around in my head and I’m confusing companies.

  12. Patricia says:

    Thanks Mary Sue for the info on Pedigree. Do you happen to know about EVO dog food. I’ve been reading about it on their website. This is a grain free dog food with no gluten at all or flour.

    My only concern is that comment from Tealscmommy about - menadione (supplemental vitamin K).

    Is this the same as just plain Vitamin K1 - which is a nutritional fact listed in the EVO Reduced Fat dry dog food. Also I spoke with a rep. and they make their own dry food/ biscuits. BUT menu food does their canned food but in a different Menu food plant (don’t recall where).

  13. Mary Sue says:

    Patricia,
    I don’t know about Evo. Check http://www.naturapet.com/.

    Regarding the menadione and other ingredients that shouldn’t be in pet foods. See
    http://www.dogfoodproject.com/.....gredients.

    And be aware that what is on the label is not necessarily what is in the can or bag. Formulas change, but companies use up their old labels. Evanger’s is a case in point. They haven’t been putting menadione in food since September 2006, yet it is still on labels. My understanding about menadione is that it is a less expensive source of vitamin k than vitamin k itself (not sure of the difference), but that it is not a necessary nutrient in pet food unless the food is more than 25% fish (as stated by Evy of Kumpi earlier in this blog or maybe a different one). Now that I am getting more educated on these issues I am not buying any foods with menadione. And none of my animals eat much fish.

    I’m pretty well settled (for now) on Felidae dry and Evanger’s organic canned for the cats, and home cooked (and Canidae dry for one) for the dogs. I and they are getting pretty tired of changing. Good luck with your search.

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