Drs. Fosters & Smith Products Recalled Due to Rice Protein

Another pet food maker — Drs. Fosters & Smith — is issuing a recall due to the use of Wilbur-Ellis rice protein (scroll down their page to view the notice).

The recalled products are:

  • Drs. Foster & Smith Adult Dry Lite Dog Food
  • Drs. Foster & Smith Adult Dry Lite Cat Food

Oddly, the manufacturer says they received the recall advice today from Wilbur-Ellis, not last week as we have heard.

Rice protein concentrate has been indicated as a possible source of melamine recently found in pet food products. As a precautionary measure Wilbur-Ellis company, the supplier of rice protein concentrate, is voluntarily recalling all lots of rice protein concentrate. We received notification from the manufacturer today, April 25, 2007, suggesting we issue a precautionary recall.

Full recall notice after the jump.

(Thanks Patti)

Precautionary Rice Protein Recall: Drs. Foster & Smith Adult Dry Lite Dog and Adult Dry Lite Cat Food

Rice protein concentrate has been indicated as a possible source of melamine recently found in pet food products. As a precautionary measure Wilbur-Ellis company, the supplier of rice protein concentrate, is voluntarily recalling all lots of rice protein concentrate. We received notification from the manufacturer today, April 25, 2007, suggesting we issue a precautionary recall.

Two of our products: Adult Lite Dry Dog (Item #’s 14178, 14179, 14180, 14262, 14263) and Adult Lite Dry Cat foods (Item #’s 12855, 12856, 13864, 13865) contain rice protein concentrate. Only the Adult Lite Dry Dog and Adult Lite Dry Cat foods contain rice protein concentrate.

Preliminary test results for melamine contamination have been negative. Final test results from the FDA are expected within two weeks. Please check the Adult Lite Dry Dog food or the Adult Lite Dry Cat food product pages on the DrsFosterSmith.com website for any updates.

If your pet has consumed either the Adult Lite Dry Dog food or the Adult Lite Dry Cat food and shows signs of illness (such as loss of appetite, lethargy and vomiting), you should consult with your veterinarian immediately.

As part of this precautionary recall Drs. Foster & Smith requests that customers discontinue feeding the following products purchased during the periods listed, until all FDA testing is complete:

  • Adult Lite Dry Dog food item numbers 14180, 14262, 14263, or Adult Lite Dry Cat food item numbers 12855, 12856, 13864, 13865 purchased between January 22, 2007 and April 19th
  • Adult Lite Dry Dog food item numbers 14178 and 14179 purchased between February 2, 2007 and April 19, 2007
  • Only Adult Lite Dry Dog (Item #’s 14178, 14179, 14180, 14262, 14263) and Adult Dry Lite Cat foods (Item #’s 12855, 12856, 13864, 13865) are included in this precautionary recall.

The health and well being of your pet is always important to us, so as part of this precautionary recall:

  • Drs. Foster & Smith is contacting all customers who have purchased these items during this period.
  • These products are being reformulated to eliminate rice protein concentrate. The new formulation should be available by mid-May.
  • Please call Customer Service at 1-800-239-7121 between 9:00 am and 7:00 pm CST or email CustomerService@DrsFosterSmith.com if you have questions.
  • None of our other Drs. Foster & Smith foods contain the ingredients in question.

255 Responses to “Drs. Fosters & Smith Products Recalled Due to Rice Protein”

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  1. Cat Lady says:

    Don’t believe any pet food company who tells you all ingredients are from the US. I’ve yet to find one US manufacturer of taurine, vitamin c, inositol, or quite a few other common ingredients. It’s hard to know if the companies don’t know, or are flat out lying.

  2. Confused says:

    I don’ t think that “human grade” meat can include 4D animals… Kiki where did you get that information?

    From the Natura/Innova website:

    “Our dog food and cat food ingredients are all human grade, and fit for human consumption. In fact, our pet foods go above and beyond human grade. Many things qualify as human grade but wouldn’t be considered as an ingredient in our foods because of their poor nutritional value.”

    I am wondering… do the folks who do raw, organic diets for their pets also personally only eat organic, unprocessed whole foods as well?

  3. Peter Atkins says:

    I saw Kiki’s recent posting on April 25, 2007 about Natura Pet Products (Innova and California Natural). I am the President of Natura and can assure you, as would anyone here you spoke to, that we do not use 4D or rendered animal parts (by-products) in any of our products. Our meats are from muscle/flesh protein exclusively.

    A list of ingredients in our products can be found at www.naturapet.com.

    In the future, we trust that you will take more care to ensure your facts are accurate since false information you provide online could create unwarranted fear in our customers and harm our reputation. We at Natura believe that our products are the healthiest pet foods available anywhere.

    If you would like me to send you some free samples please let me know.

    Best regards,
    Peter Atkins
    patkins@naturapet.com

  4. Confused says:

    Well the President of Natura just confirmed what I thought. So my follow up post is unnecesary, but when I called Natura to ask about the 4d issue they said that they do not use 4d protein sources.

  5. zal says:

    people, dog lovers…

    how can’t you all understand, that ANY dog food which is not ORGANIC or at least part of it, is GARBAGE ???
    If you buy any non-organic dog food, it means it has BY-PRODUCTS or Chicken with HORMONES, STEROIDS…and other poisons.
    If you eat non-organic chicken, you put in your body STEROIDS, HORMONES.

    The food industry is based on GREED, nothing else. 95% of it.
    We ALL MUST STOP consuming traditional food manufacturers’ products, because they contribute 90% of all deseases, especially CANCER.
    BUY ORGANIC, or free grown and raised food.
    WE MUST BRING the FOOD INDUSTRY CRIMINALS down, like AIG, LEHMANS….etc.

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