NEW RECALL: Harmony Farms Recalls Cans and Biscuits

Harmony Farms food is made by American Nutrition. They are recalling cans and biscuits due to “tampering” by American Nutrition.

The recall covers the following products:

  • All Harmony Farms canned dog foods
  • All Harmony Farms canned cat foods
  • All Harmony Farms Health Bar biscuits

Full release after the jump. Visitors going to Harmony Farm’s Web site is unlikely to see this information since 1) it’s in a pop up window (likely blocked) and 2) the window is too small to see the full list of recalls  and 3) it’s buried in the text.

(Thanks PetFoodTracker)

IMPORTANT NEWS

April 26, 2007

Harmony Farms Cans And Biscuits Recalled Due To Product Tampering

We regret to inform you that Sierra Pet Products has announced a voluntary recall of its Harmony Farms canned foods and dog biscuits due to product tampering.

Sierra Pet Products was made aware of the product tampering when American Nutrition, Inc. (ANI), the manufacturer of all Harmony Farms cans and biscuits, informed the Company that they had been adding rice protein concentrate to Harmony Farms canned dog and cat foods without the Company’s approval.

It appears that ANI had been adding the unauthorized rice protein concentrate to Harmony Farms products for some time and only told the Company when the FDA was about to conclude that some of ANI’s rice protein concentrate (Supplied by Wilber-Ellis) was contaminated with Melamine.

Important Facts about the recall:

• Sierra Pet Products has elected to cease doing business with ANI effective immediately and remove all its cans and biscuits from retailer’s shelves.

• Products recalled include all Harmony Farms canned dog and cat foods, and all Harmony Farms Health Bar biscuits.

• No Harmony Farms product has tested positive for melamine.

• There have been no reported illness of any dog or cat as a result of consuming either our food or biscuits

• All Harmony Farms dry dog and cat foods are safe for consumption

• Consumers who have unused or partially used packages of any Harmony Farms recalled products should return them to their place of purchase for a complete refund.

We have informed our retail partners and the FDA about this action, and will be cooperating with them to complete this recall quickly.

As a relatively new brand, Harmony Farms is in the process of building trust with pet parents and this cannot be accomplished if we are unable to trust our manufacturer.

We intend to re-introduce our canned products and dog biscuits as soon as we can obtain a manufacturing partner who shares our values of honesty and integrity.

Sincerely,

Sierra Pet Products

29 Responses to “NEW RECALL: Harmony Farms Recalls Cans and Biscuits”

  1. Steve says:

    Honesty and Integrity? Good luck on that. If you smart you build your own facility.

  2. Jenny says:

    And will Breeder’s Choice be next since they are also made by American? Sounds a lot like Blue Buffalo’s - product tampering.

  3. purringfur says:

    Look at the ingredients list of the Harmony Farms Health Bars with Peanut Butter.

    Nothing suspect there. I’m sure the interchanging of ingredients goes on regularly at various plants.

    Now, I’m worried about BLUE DOG BAKERY COOKIES. I called once weeks ago!

    INGREDIENTS:
    Oat Flour, Pearl Barley, Rye Flour, Oatmeal, Peanut Butter, Molasses, Liver Meal, Dried Eggs, Ground Flax Seed, Poultry Fat (Preserved with Natural Mixed Tocopherols), Salt, Calcium Carbonate, Dicalcium
    Phosphate, Dehydrated Carrots, Lecithin, Apples, Natural Tocopherols, Garlic Powder, Sodium Metabisulfate.

  4. purringfur says:

    Harmony Farms is not answering its phones. All you get is a voice mail menu for leaving messages. I just called and left a message to get their recall on the site. It’s not there, and I unblocked the pop ups.

    Company mainly has outlets in New England & some Mid-Atlantic states.

  5. Steve says:

    On prime time crime the victim begs
    Money is the road to justice
    And power walks it on crooked legs
    Prime–Time–Crime
    Holy hope in the hands of
    Snakebite evangelists and racketeers
    And big wig financiers

    Where the wealth’s displayed
    Thieves and sycophants parade
    And where it’s made–
    the slaves will be taken
    Some are treated well
    In these games of buy and sell
    And some like poor beast
    Are burdened down to breaking

    Joni Mitchell

  6. Kim says:

    Itchmo - you have email.

    http://www.americannutritioninc.com/

    The good news, this is it from American Nutrition. The bad news, two flavors each of Mulligan Stew and Canine Caviar are on the list.

  7. Monika says:

    Speaking of press releases… wait for an announcement of two more
    recalls. Mulligan Stew and Canine Caviar. As of yet neither one has the info on their websites. I sent all the info and links to Itchmo.

    Funny how both companies claim to “detoxify” your pet of toxins. I really am starting to feel just a little bad for these companies. What if American Nutrition really did mess with their formulas? It’s terrible. But the companies have to be accountable for their own product - in light of what happened with Menu was no one taking EXTRA precautions of this not happening to them?

    http://www.pr.com/press-release/37232

  8. Monika says:

    Kim! ha ha.. Itchmo will indeed have a lot of email. I sent them 4 about the
    above.

  9. connie says:

    I sat down at my pc, saw 4, now 5 recalls. Ive said it before , I’ll say it again. I read the bag of food I have, I read thepetfoodlist.com but wanted verification from Dad’s. I called them. Here was my question & their reply:
    ARE ALL OF YOUR INGREDIENTS IN DRY CAT & DOG FOOD GROWN IN THE US? “YES”
    Its inexpensive, easily accessable & for those of us who cant afford premium priced food, ITS SAFE. I have bags for both the cats & the dogs! I will continue to cook wet food for them though. As well as make my own dog treats.
    not only do I smell lawsuits..I suspect at least one co. is going out of business!!!

  10. Gina says:

    Has anyone heard anything about Blue Dog Bakery Doggie Paws Peanut butter flavor? I also have Lambs ears bought from jbpets….. I am running out of safe foods for my Aussie pup!

  11. purringfur says:

    GINA:

    I had a gorgeous Aussie & Black Lab mix that died and now have two puppies that are a little bit Aussie, at least the spotting is - blue merle.

    I’ve been trying to find the manufacturer of Blue Dog Bakery for several minutes now. I hope it’s NOT American Nutrition.

    I’m feeding small cubes of cooked chicken and cooked liver with just little crumbs of Blue Dog Bakery cookies as treats. This switching of ingredients is nasty!

  12. connie says:

    Hey Gina,
    wanna treat recipe? A VERY pet approved biscuit?(cook some ckn or beef or liver or all in a quart -1/2 gallon of water till good & done) open your cookbook, any cookbook, to the biscuit recipe.
    use the broth instead of other liquid.
    dump in some dry milk(if you have some).
    dont use oil if your broth seems greasy enough(or add a little oil or even peanut butter if not very oily).
    mash up a handful of whatever meat you cooked, throw that in too.
    got any flax seeds in the house? add a handful
    roll the biscuits into a log, cut bit size pieces, or roll out & cut into shapes. overbake them so they dry out fairly well.
    youll be shocked at how well these go over.
    my dogs will do DISHES for these bones :)
    I stored mine in the freezer since I put liver in ours.

  13. connie says:

    DAD’s pet foods are all made with US grown ingredients

  14. connie says:

    heres your info:) & a phone number :) 1210 East Shelby St #D
    Seattle, WA 98102
    phone: 206-323-6958
    fax:206-666-3835
    toll free:888-749-7229
    bluedog@bluedogbakery.com

  15. purringfur says:

    BLUE DOG BAKERY is not answering phones.

    There is a recording and a chance to leave a message — no humans to talk to.

    They say they are not a part of any recalls and talk about the human grade ingredients they use, the recall concerning wheat gluten and Menu Foods and Sunshine Mills and for you to leave a message. It doesn’t sound as if the message is very current with all that’s occurred since based on the content of their message.

    I don’t like when companies avoid the public. Maybe they’re just busy. Gosh! Pay someone minimum wage a few hours a day to answer the phones!! Or buy an extra phone line for a couple of months! I believe I told this to Blue Seal!

  16. Karen V says:

    The print is not small on my screen, but all my family likes the old 800X600 resolution.

  17. Karen V says:

    Research Concluded (this probably applies to Blue Dog also).

    I had spoke with Eagle Pack, Fellidae, and Chicken Soup about canned food formulas last week prior to the Rice Protein addition of American Nutrition. This post pertains only to Canned Wet Products (and specifically Cat Food) - Since they all have their own plants for the dry.

    Just an FYI. Most, if not all Private companies are outsourcing their canned food production to another facility.

    The topic at Hand? Why didn’t you notice the Rice Protein Concentrate if your web site (and you on the phone last week) claimed that you test all your incoming batches? The truth is - the companies outsource the Ingredients - the Manufacturer buys the supplies.

    Some of the phone converstions revealed that they don’t test for incoming product integrity. The Vet at Chicken Soup was NOT HAPPY WITH ME (poor baby) - when I was done. Results below:

    Chicken Soup for Pet Lovers Soul: Canned Food Produced at Animal Nutrition. Vet Dr. Melissa Brookshire reports that because food is contracted out, they specify ingredients, but leave it to the plant to buy. Therfore, they have no control over the product (in essence - using the Adult Cat Formula - Chicken, chicken liver, salmon, turkey, duck, chicken broth, whole grain brown rice, white rice, oatmeal, potatoes, barley, egg product, guar gum, flaxseed meal, kelp, carrots, peas, apples, dried skim milk, cranberry powder, rosemary extract, parsley flake, taurine, dried chicory root, carrageenan gum, vitamin A acetate, vitamin D3 supplement, vitamin E supplement, niacin supplement D-calcium pantothenate, riboflavin supplement, thiamine mononitrate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, vitamin B12 supplement, biotin, folic acid, menadione sodium bisulfite (source of vitamin K), copper sulfate, calcium iodate and sodium selenite - they do not purchase these products, the contractor does). When asked about the End Product- they said the FDA just tested the food - so if there was anything wrong with the ingredient list - they would have told them???? HHHHHMMMM???? Yeah, right.

    Eagle Pack: Hollistic Select is manufactured at the Kansas facility of Menu Foods. Doesn’t test end products for integrity according to a Seminar, they just insure the sources for their Wet Food, Hollistic Select is all we discussed. Last week, claimed they test all outgoing and incoming batches (apparently its only for the toxins). John did state that they are being upfront about their suppliers - more than the rest of the Industry. The following are imported from China - taurine, Glucosamine, and Vitamin Sources. Menu Foods is given a list of ingredients and sources, and are required to conform. They do not test for product integrity (just for know comtaminants). Their meat is imported from the following sources: Duck Meal originates from Germany, Anchovy and Sardines Meals from Mexico, Salmon from the Pacific (they wouldn’t be more specific, because its International Waters - and who knows?) and Kelp from ocean waters off Nova Scotia. Other fish is imported from Argentina, Chile.

    Innova - While short and terse, does pay the facility Menu Foods to source the ingredients from their suppliers. They claim everything is from the US, including taurine and vitamins - doesn’t understand why Eagle would claim only sources are from China. But they do add a lot of ingredients which takes the place of the Vitamins. They do have an employee at the plant during production at all times. They claim to be looking at building their own plant (methinks this is a wait and hold pattern).

    Okay, done with the reporting/research. Since the feedstore down the street was out of 13.2 oz cans Hollistic Select (and my cats are being finicky about the Fellidae) - am thinking of picking up a can or 2 of Innova (1st taste test to see if they will eat it. 2nd - will mix with Fellidae for supplement, this seems to give them the best of 2 worlds).

  18. Karen V says:

    This probably also applies to Blue Dog (canned food).

    I had spoke with Eagle Pack, Fellidae, and Chicken Soup about canned food formulas last week prior to the Rice Protein addition of American Nutrition. This post pertains only to Canned Wet Products (and specifically Cat Food) - Since they all have their own plants for the dry.

    Just an FYI. Most, if not all Private companies are outsourcing their canned food production to another facility.

    The topic at Hand? Why didn’t you notice the Rice Protein Concentrate if your web site (and you on the phone last week) claimed that you test all your incoming batches? The truth is - the companies outsource the Ingredients - the Manufacturer buys the supplies.

    Some of the phone converstions revealed that they don’t test for incoming product integrity. The Vet at Chicken Soup was NOT HAPPY WITH ME (poor baby) - when I was done. Results below:

    Chicken Soup for Pet Lovers Soul: Canned Food Produced at Animal Nutrition. Vet Dr. Melissa Brookshire reports that because food is contracted out, they specify ingredients, but leave it to the plant to buy. Therfore, they have no control over the product (in essence - using the Adult Cat Formula - Chicken, chicken liver, salmon, turkey, duck, chicken broth, whole grain brown rice, white rice, oatmeal, potatoes, barley, egg product, guar gum, flaxseed meal, kelp, carrots, peas, apples, dried skim milk, cranberry powder, rosemary extract, parsley flake, taurine, dried chicory root, carrageenan gum, vitamin A acetate, vitamin D3 supplement, vitamin E supplement, niacin supplement D-calcium pantothenate, riboflavin supplement, thiamine mononitrate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, vitamin B12 supplement, biotin, folic acid, menadione sodium bisulfite (source of vitamin K), copper sulfate, calcium iodate and sodium selenite - they do not purchase these products, the contractor does). When asked about the End Product- they said the FDA just tested the food - so if there was anything wrong with the ingredient list - they would have told them???? HHHHHMMMM???? Yeah, right.

    Eagle Pack: Hollistic Select is manufactured at the Kansas facility of Menu Foods. Doesn’t test end products for integrity according to a Seminar, they just insure the sources for their Wet Food, Hollistic Select is all we discussed. Last week, claimed they test all outgoing and incoming batches (apparently its only for the toxins). John did state that they are being upfront about their suppliers - more than the rest of the Industry. The following are imported from China - taurine, Glucosamine, and Vitamin Sources. Menu Foods is given a list of ingredients and sources, and are required to conform. They do not test for product integrity (just for know comtaminants). Their meat is imported from the following sources: Duck Meal originates from Germany, Anchovy and Sardines Meals from Mexico, Salmon from the Pacific (they wouldn’t be more specific, because its International Waters - and who knows?) and Kelp from ocean waters off Nova Scotia. Other fish is imported from Argentina, Chile.

    Innova - While short and terse, does pay the facility Menu Foods to source the ingredients from their suppliers. They claim everything is from the US, including taurine and vitamins - doesn’t understand why Eagle would claim only sources are from China. But they do add a lot of ingredients which takes the place of the Vitamins. They do have an employee at the plant during production at all times. They claim to be looking at building their own plant (methinks this is a wait and hold pattern).

    Okay, done with the reporting/research. Since the feedstore down the street was out of 13.2 oz cans Hollistic Select (and my cats are being finicky about the Fellidae) - am thinking of picking up a can or 2 of Innova (1st taste test to see if they will eat it. 2nd - will mix with Fellidae for supplement, this seems to give them the best of 2 worlds).

  19. Karen V says:

    Oops, forgot - Innova does test the finished product for ingredient integrity.

  20. Mary says:

    Canidae is suppose to be all Natural TOO But they might be next

  21. Karen V says:

    Highly doubt it. The FDA announced 2 weeks ago that another manufacturer had acquired the Rice Protein - but would not give out any names.

  22. Donna says:

    Karen V…

    Your post above mentions in the opening lines Eagle Pack, Felidae and Chicken Soup, which caught my attention as I have recently switched to Felidae. But your results are for Eagle Pack, Chicken Soup, and Innova. Am I reading it wrong?

  23. Ruth says:

    American Nutrition Inc. needs to up date their website. Its says none of their products are affected by the recalls.

  24. connie says:

    Here for those as bad at taking notes as I have been:
    UT HOGS TESTED, FED RPC FROM AMERICAN NUTRITION 04/26/07
    The below article from today’s news pretty much confirms American Nutrition in Utah is the remaining unnamed “pet food maker” who purchased potentially tainted RPC from Wilbur-Ellis. The five pet food makers Wilbur-Ellis sold the melamine-laced Chinese RPC to are 1) Diamond Pet Foods, makers of Natural Balance dry foods (plant in MO), 2) Chenango Valley Pet Foods, makers of Drs. Foster & Smith and SmartPac/LiveSmart (plant in NY), 3) Royal Canin, plant in MO, 4) C.J. Foods, makers of Blue Buffalo dry foods (plant in KS) and 5) American Nutrition, makers of Blue Buffalo and Natural Balance wet foods. This story, however, is far from over, as Sen. Durbin contends there is a second supplier whom the FDA has yet to name which purportedly sold potentially adulterated Chinese RPC to several pet food makers, also as yet unnamed.

  25. Lee says:

    One company that has no chance of making it on the recall list is Merrick. They own their own can, dry and treat plants and say on their website that they get their protein in their formulas from MEAT, not smoke and mirror tricks with glutens or protein concentrates. Check it out www.merrickpetcare.com

  26. e wem says:

    Re Sierra Pet Products statement:
    We intend to re-introduce our canned products and dog biscuits as soon as we can obtain a manufacturing partner who shares our values of honesty and integrity

    My Reply:

    If you do not make your own product, why should I buy from you?

    What are you contributing besides the name on the label? You obviously do not have real oversight or the stuff wouldn’t have gotten into the product.

    If I had a food company, for pets or humans, first of all I would not allow a crumb of food, vitamins or supplements to come from China or any nation outside of Japan, Europe and the Scandanavian nations where we know they have accountability.

    That is why, fool that I am, I scupulously bought only Made in USA food for my household and pets. I avoided even Canadian product because of the mad cow situation being unresolved.

    That is why fool that I am, I ended up feeding my pets poison from China, canned by crooks from Canada, with labels from American resellers.

    Get a building. Buy some equipment. Buy your own ingredients.

    Only then I will trust you.

  27. Iluvmypets says:

    Does anyone know is the Bil-jac treats are safe?

  28. Bill says:

    I don’t want to hear “Our company didn’t know about it”. Don’t they employ chemists?

  29. ann says:

    Merrick owns the largest rendering plant in the US. It is on the same property ans their dog food facility. Dig a little deeper. Some interesting stuff on the itchmo blogs about them. Look under Merrick recall


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