More Recalls from Chenango Valley Pet Foods

FARK.COM READERS: Please check out our latest coverage of the largest pet food recall in history. And take a look at the latest list of recalled foods.

ORIGINAL POST: Last night, there were recalls of Lick Your Chops and Evolve made by Chenango Valley Pet Foods, and there’s more to add to that list. According to a FDA press release dated 5/17/07, here is a list of recalls of dry pet food from Chenango Valley Pet Foods (this list even includes ferret food now):

  • DOCTORS FOSTER & SMITH LAMB & BROWN RICE FORMULA ADULT DOG FOOD, NET WT. 6 LBS. (UPC 25141 28244), 15 LBS. (25141 30074), and 30 LBS. (UPC 25141 06043); Date Codes: Best By Feb 09 09 and Best By Feb 26 09;
  • SHOP RITE REDI-MIXT DOG FOOD FOR DOGS, NET WT. 25 LB. (UPC 41190 00555), Date Code: Code C7107;
  • LICK YOUR CHOPS KITTEN & CAT FOOD, NET WEIGHT 4 LBS. (UPC 32976 25915), and 18 LBS. (UPC 32976 25925); Date Code: Best Used By April 29 08; [We posted this recall last night]
  • SHEP chunk style dog food, NET WT. 20 LBS. (UPC 41498 14142); Date Code: Best By March 14 08;
  • 8 in 1 Ferret ULTRA-BLEND ADVANCED NUTRITION DIET, NET WT. 20 LBS, UPC 26851 00413, Code: C7072;
  • Bulk Lamb & Brown Rice Formula Dog Food, Date Code: Feb 09, 08, sold to one consignee SmartPak.
  • Health Diet Cat Food Chicken & Rice Dinner NET WT. 1.81 kg/4 LB (UPC 78198 01594), 4 kg/8.8 LB (UPC 78198 01599), and 8 kg/17.6 LB (UPC 78198 01585); Code C7072;
  • EVOLVE KITTEN FORMULA, NET WT. 3 LBS. (UPC 73657 00250) and 7 LBS. (UPC 73657 00251); Date Code: Best Used By Sept 13 08. Evolve has recovered 99.5% of the product from its distributors and is working with dealers to recover the remaining inventory. [We posted this recall last night]

The full press release after the jump.

(Thanks to many readers)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — May 17, 2007 — Chenango Valley Pet Foods previously recalled dry pet foods manufactured with a shipment of rice protein concentrate supplied by Wilbur-Ellis that possibly contained melamine contamination. Chenango Valley Pet Foods is now expanding the recall action to include those pet foods that do not contain rice protein concentrate but were manufactured during periods when rice protein concentrate formulas were processed. The recall of these products is precautionary due to the possibility of cross-contamination.

The following dry pet foods are involved in this recall action:

* DOCTORS FOSTER & SMITH LAMB & BROWN RICE FORMULA ADULT DOG FOOD, NET WT. 6 LBS. (UPC 25141 28244), 15 LBS. (25141 30074), and 30 LBS. (UPC 25141 06043); Date Codes: Best By Feb 09 09 and Best By Feb 26 09;
* SHOP RITE REDI-MIXT DOG FOOD FOR DOGS, NET WT. 25 LB. (UPC 41190 00555), Date Code: Code C7107;
* LICK YOUR CHOPS KITTEN & CAT FOOD, NET WEIGHT 4 LBS. (UPC 32976 25915), and 18 LBS. (UPC 32976 25925); Date Code: Best Used By April 29 08;
* SHEP chunk style dog food, NET WT. 20 LBS. (UPC 41498 14142); Date Code: Best By March 14 08;
* 8 in 1 Ferret ULTRA-BLEND ADVANCED NUTRITION DIET, NET WT. 20 LBS, UPC 26851 00413, Code: C7072;
* Bulk Lamb & Brown Rice Formula Dog Food, Date Code: Feb 09, 08, sold to one consignee SmartPak.
* Health Diet Cat Food Chicken & Rice Dinner NET WT. 1.81 kg/4 LB (UPC 78198 01594), 4 kg/8.8 LB (UPC 78198 01599), and 8 kg/17.6 LB (UPC 78198 01585); Code C7072;
* EVOLVE KITTEN FORMULA, NET WT. 3 LBS. (UPC 73657 00250) and 7 LBS. (UPC 73657 00251); Date Code: Best Used By Sept 13 08. Evolve has recovered 99.5% of the product from its distributors and is working with dealers to recover the remaining inventory.

No illnesses or injuries related to these products have been reported to date.

Pet owners who have purchased the pet foods listed above should immediately discontinue using the products and return them to the place of purchase for full refund. Pet owners should consult with a veterinarian if they have any health concerns with their pet. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-610-821-0608.

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  1. Helen says:

    Sharon: It would be very cheap to get some sub q fluids from your vet. If the strays are cats you are able to handle, you could give them some fluids. If the they are sick from melamine from some other source, the crystals may be small enough to flush out.

  2. Susan says:

    I switched from Petguard wet to Innova’s Evo dry for my cat Simon who has megacolon.Everything I’ve read about it sounds good …so far and he really loves it, better than anything he has ever had before.
    I Soak the Evo in warm water and mash it up a little before giving it to him for his morning feeding and it makes it’s own gravy. So this can be a way to give them wet food.

  3. alek says:

    Thanks all for comments on Serengetti. I’ve sent them an e_mail too, to ask if they can’t/won’t confirm whether Chenango Valley makes their food, how is equipment cleaned between runs and what procedures they have in place to prevent cross-contamination.

    Frankly, if they have their own production line it won’t matter much where it is made, though I am definitely not comfortable with this secrecy. If I don;t get any response, than that’s a different issue. The only problem is what to feed then?

    I’m running out of grain free options I can get in HK. Can’t find Orijen in any place that would ship internationally, and I’ve heard some not that great stuff about EVO. Most people I know who feed EVO for cats older than 3-4 years usually mix it with something else because of its high protein content.

    Can’t feed raw, since Australian and New Zealand imports are fresh enough only 1-2 days per week when freshly defrosted, and I won;t feed meat from China. My cats won’t eat cooked, except ifmixed with canned fish or clams, and for that safe vitamin supplement is a problem. Haven;t found anything iwthout fillers like rice bran soy flour, etc. Canned is no problem, I feed japanese canned which is reasonably safe and good quality, but it has minimal vit/mineral additives (only vit. E), so I need to supplement it with something. Argh.

  4. Helen says:

    alek: www.kumpicat.com

  5. Helen says:

    alek: I misspelled that, it is www.kumpikat.com

  6. Helen says:

    alek: If you have any doubts, email Evy. She will answer your questions. Yes, it has some rice flour and oatmeal. If you want to see what people think of the food, go to www.thepetfoodlist.com and look in the forums for comments on Kumpi.

  7. alek says:

    Kumpi is not available in Hong Kong and not available for overseas shipping. Also, I definitely prefer grain free foods and with higher protein content than Kumpi. Even if it was avialble it wouldn;t be my first choice based on ingredients, although I really appreciate Evy’s willingness to answer questions.

  8. Helen says:

    Ah, Sorry alek. I didn’t realize you lived overseas. If you find a suitable food, please post it. I am sure other people have the same problem.

  9. Susan says:

    alek,

    ” I’ve heard some not that great stuff about EVO.
    Most people I know who feed EVO for cats older than 3-4 years usually mix it with something else because of its high protein content.
    at specifically have you heard about Evo?”

    What specifically not great stuff ,have you heard besides the high protein content?

  10. Tony says:

    Wow, so little science, so many recco’s.

  11. alek says:

    What I heard about EVO & older cats is weight loss and either diarrhea or constipation. Nothing really serious, just that some cats don’t adjust to EVO that well. In all cases I heard about, problems disappeared if fed 1/3 to 1/2 EVO in combination with regular Innova. Since one of my cats has a bit sensitive digestion, I tend to avoid things which might give them trouble in that department. That is also one reason why I feed grain free food.

    If I don’t have any grain free choices with protein content ~40%, I might give EVO a try. With three cats, dry consumption is under 1/2 cup per day since they get canned twice a day. So at that quantity, might not cause any problems I guess.

    I am really at loss what to feed now. Anyone has experience with Stella&Chewy or Nature’s Variety freeze dried? I would like to eventually phase out dry anyway.

  12. Hazel says:

    Any company that will not say where their product is made is hiding, like an admission of guilt by omission. I feed my cat Felidae and Merrick. Also, for dry she gets VeRUS Feline Advantage which is made in their own facility. I hate to cook but it may come to that!

  13. Moony says:

    alek,
    What about a freeze dried raw diet like from Honest Kitchen? Its light enough that I would think international shipping wouldn’t be a big deal…http://www.thehonestkitchen.com/index.shtml

  14. alek says:

    Thanks for suggestion, I tried Honest Kitchen, but none of the cats was interested in it, not even my little vacuum cleaner (9 month old) who normally eats everything.

    They are willing to eat freeze dried Nature’s variety, though. Has anyone heard anything bad about that one?

    I’m having difficulties to decide whether I am more afraid to keep them on Serengeti at least until my supply from the same batch lasts, or to introduce something new. Every time I start using food or treats from a new batch I am on the edge of a nervous breakdown. This has been going on for over two months now, not sure how much longer I can take this constant worrying. I love my cats so much, and it drives me crazy not to be able to find a safe solution.

  15. YaYa says:

    Alek, I’m not sure if you are in Hong Kong or New Zealand or OZ, but here are some suggestion on other types of meat off the top of my head {and Folks don’t go Uuuuugh!}

    Kangaroo meat is good, Ostrich, Emu, Duck, Turkey. In Hong Kong you might be able to get Shark easier or squid even octopus meat. I’d think the Fish markets would be fairly Fresh too. Try to get enough for a week. Make a 3day supply of Homemade. Freeze the rest until you need more.
    If you cold gentle cook the meats. Put some garlic and a bit of Sea salt in. Keep the stock and add some mild veggies. Potatoes, squash, pumpkin, sweet potatoes.
    Cook them in the meat broth till very soft.
    Take those veggies out f the broth.
    You could add some rice or barley to the broth and cook that.

    Cool all down a while. {whatever you’ve decided to try}
    If you’ve got a Food processor Or Mixer {like kitchen-aid or like} Mix it until it is as smooth as your cat would eat. Adding some of the broth too.
    You could add some very finely ground eggshells for Calcium.
    {use a coffee grinder for that}
    Put it in an air-tight bowl in the Frig for the next few days serving. Just scoop out what you want and heat a vey short time on low power setting in Microwave. Serve it up.

    We’ve got to find Meats right now out of the “main-stream” way of thinkng.

    When I was in Japan we had all sorts of meats, more unusual than USA at times. {I always ate Japanese, not MickyD’s like alot of Americans would :-D }
    {I also Trust Japanese food}

    I’d think as long as Foods are not from the Mainland {China} it should be Ok, even tho Hong Kong is an Island and very crowded :-D }

    If you were HERE in the USA I’d worry more. :-(

    If you’ve got a Cat with Kidney issue you will have to find a recipe and adapt it for the meats you might find and try. There are Recipes here I believe in the Forums and folks have recommend books with them too.

    Thing is that the recipes never took into account that, we would have to worry about So Many Contaminated Meats or other Ingredients! Not Ever.

    We have to think Out side of the Box right now.

    It’s all common sense nothing more.
    Danged Vets and Food companies have folks scared to death of doing it themselves.

    I have No idea if I’ve helped or not or even come close. It’s late but don’t want you or Anyone to worry so much about Homemade.

    Trudy bless your heart! The others have given you good advice and check the links the others posted. There has to be one you can afford and get where you are.

    Take Any food you pets will not Eat BACK TO THE STORE! Get your money back even if it is Opened!
    Your pets say No to it! That’s Reason Enough for them to take it back! Especially right Now!
    I Have take foods back open and unopened.

    This Anguish Is Awful!

    DAMN them ALL to Hɵµ for these!

    Maybe the Rest of the World is gonna Wake up Soon too.

    Well I can hope So anyway.

    I’m off to hit the Hay!
    {sorry bout those typo’s!}

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  17. Anonymous says:

    Alek I Dont Know If You Will See This But I Recently Found A Digestive Aid Thats All Natural Made With Cranberries And Papaya It Also Has Acidopholes In My Local Pet Food Store. I Have To Check If Its Also For Cats. But I Know Its Working For The Dogs With Sensitive Bellies And Ibs. Also The Cranberries Are Good For The Kidneys. The Couple That Own My Pet Food Store Are Continually Looking For Holistic All Natural Products And Foods. They Carry Minimal Foods From The Large Pet Food Companys Mostly Top Of The Line And They Now Are Letting Customers Know Which Companys Have Thr Own Kitchens.

  18. Zoe says:

    Alek

    I’ve been using Nature’s Variety raw organic chicken while transitioning my cats to homemade diet and have had no problems. Check out their web site. They finally updated their news and said that they have tested their stuff and it is melamine free. If you don’t like raw, I’m sure the freeze dried is just fine.

    I know that since I’ve been feeding mine some organic dry food and supplementing with the raw, there has been no vomiting at all, their fur is so soft and they have been playing like they did when they were kittens (they are 13 and 14). I’m looking forward to the day when they will eat only the homemade .

  19. Alex says:

    Zoe, thanks for the info. It isn’t that I don’t like nature’s variety raw, but raw cannot be shipped overseas. freeze dried is my only option.

    Anonymous, I use Animal essentials Plant enzyme and probiotics supplement when needed, ingredients look good and it works great. I’ve discovered it recently, and it has been great help with avoiding stomach upsets when switching foods. I would still prefer to avoid known irritants, i.e. feed grain free.

  20. Susan says:

    Anomyous,
    What is the name of the digestive aid please?

  21. Zoe says:

    Alek

    What about Evangers . I think their stuff is grain free isn’t it? Also I think they have their own canning facility.

  22. Barb, GSD MOM says:

    Mandy & Lori,

    I tell ya–I know Purina One is crap. They will not listen to me…but if they’re doing good on this food during the recall I better keep quiet for now. I’m the one who brought my GSD in for blood work and so forth. Me, the one who feed the expensive food. I tell ya–can’t win!

    Daniell–thanks for the info on canidae. I am going to switch to life stages instead of the lamb and rice formula. I may buy them some cans of evangers buffalo & pheasant. They LOVE it. My shep pup is very picky, so want to please her. Of course I make dinner for ALL of us. My husband finally is getting a home cooked meal. lol :o) (me bad)

  23. Barb, GSD MOM says:

    Alex,

    I have bought some 100% canned meat from Evangers. So far, so good. My german kids LOVE the meat. I mix it with the Canidae dry. But am a bit leery about the wet food–am waiting for more recalls. For now i make beef, beef anf more beef..beef stew, pot roast, potatoes, carrots, green beans…then mix it with the Canidae. My poor husband–he says “can we have some other kind of meat”? Heehehehehe Nope, no melachicken, no melapork…I may get some ground turkey. We’ll see when I go shopping today.

  24. Denise R says:

    I, like others, after reading some of the blogs was going to try by 14 year old kittly on Serengeti but am glad I didn’t get to it because of learning now about its origins & the recall. This has happened with other foods I was going to try. I used to feed her Meow Mix for years, with some supplimenting & she did well. Was throwing up every day on the Science Diet dry the vet insisted was better for her. I am feeding her home cooked right now with a little Meow Mix from an old bag because she is prone to constipation & the grains are all that help. This bag is running out & like the rest of you I am going crazy tring to figure out what to do next. She is very finicky, eats very little at a time so that is why I had her on dry–more practical, & needs small pieces. Help! Any suggestions on what dry you think is safe (& has enough fiber for a cat prone to constipation?) God Bless you all!

  25. Maria, Ontario says:

    Alex, have you checked out addiction petfoods? made in New zealand and Australia they have a website in Hongkong but it’s in chinese so using the Mayalsia page at top right you can change locations they only have canned versions in cat food the possum contains oats but the other 3 formulas are grain free

    http://www.addictionfoods.com/.....oducts.php

    For an idea on a dry food

    I was on another forum earlies and someone from germany was saying they were feeding Wellness Core Cat food, I was not aware the Wellness had a grainfree food I figure if it is available in Germany may very well be available in Hong Kong too
    http://www.oldmotherhubbard.co....._core.html

  26. Maria, Ontario says:

    Sorry, for prior message I meant Alek not Alex

  27. Alek says:

    Thanks for suggestions. I’ve tried Evangers and I’ve tried Addiction, and only one out of three was willing to eat that. Canned is actually no problem, I feed japanese brands like Aixia or Inaba, ingredients are good but no vitamin supplementation, so I have to supplement that canned with something, either dry or freeze-dried.

  28. justjeneric says:

    I, too, have emailed Timberwolf but no response yet. If anyone hears back from them, please post the information here. My sister has three cats on Serengeti, my father has his cat on it and I have recently fed my border the Ocean Blue and Wilderness Elk. Is it ever going to end?

  29. mittens says:

    for those we are having trouble getting your cats to eat the ‘ alleged’ good foods( yes that’s the pathetic level it is on), i took a tip from the feral cat NTR people- it seems no cat can resist the meat puree baby foods. just make sure it doesn’t have onions in it- cats are suppose to be allergic. they suggested chicken but mine hoover up the lamb, the turkey, the veal and the beef. i feel werid in the baby food aisle…but anything for my girls.

    ive been using artemis and merricks and frankly my cats do not like either. i plop a blob of baby food on top and they chow down. it’s also they only way i can get the tapezole in my hyperthyroid tortie. merricks is real inconsistant ans sometimes runny-i’ll probably not buy it again. artemis is more consistant and isn’t at all cat food stinky. they prefer the fish style artemis.putting smashed up sardines or tuna on top helps too.

    whiskas has a new all fish food in a packet- no whiskas products have been recalled and my cats love it. it seems a tad expensive but the poor things have to eat. i still mix 9 lives in and again- my hyperthyroid cat is tested regularly for kidney dysfunction and she’s been fine all through this. if this wasn’t so i wouldn’t continue to feed them it. only ground though- no meat flaps.

  30. Trudy Jackson says:

    I found an article on Iwon.com tonight. I haven’t been on the web until tonight, because i’m all messed up over all this food crap. Thought I might just loose it, still might. So I was just looking for some news to read and came across this article. I don’t know how to make it small. If you can get this then good. If not, go to IWON.com and look under health. It’s about china. http://apnews1.iwon.com/articl.....7gb80.html
    I hope You can read it- It’s very interesting.

  31. Trudy Jackson says:

    I don’t think it works. Just go to –IWON.Com
    Then go to the health section. Sorry

  32. Helen says:

    Denise R: I have the most stubborn finicky fuss budget of a cat I have ever met. I thought changing her dry would be a nightmare, and I didn’t feel safe feeding her the old one anymore. I tried Innova senior, which does have some extra fiber. She loved it immediately. No trouble switching that. The canned food is still a nightmare, but she is eating human food and Innova senior for dry. This food is US made with US ingredients and tested clear of melamine. Go to www.naturapet.com and check it out. My cat has dropped years off her age in a couple of months eating this.

  33. Helen says:

    Denise R: Innova Senior is small enough to swallow whole, has fiber, and tested clean of melamine. My cat is doing great with it.

  34. Denise R says:

    Helen, thank you for the suggestion of Innova senior dry. I thought I read at one time there was a problem with this brand but I have read so much over these weeks I could be wrong, or maybe this was a recent test that cleared them of melamine? Or maybe it was one of their other products that had a problem-my head has been spinning! Anyway, thank you again. I will look into it

  35. justjeneric says:

    Does anyone here know anything about Nature’s Logic canine or feline line? It’s distributed by Tejas Pet Products out of Lincoln, Nebraska?

  36. Joe says:

    Timberwolf and Back to Basics are in fact made at the same Chenango plant. I feed Back to Basics and my Dog os healthy. Actually, I had him tested to make sure, it was an easy test and I found out that day from my vet that his liver and kidneys are working fine. Before you get too crazy, have your pet checked out.

  37. Suzan R says:

    I only use Solid Gold pet food. My brand is Wofking and it is made from Salmon mill and Bison, No Wheat or other High Gluton foods. I trust them. My Golden is allergic to everything i seems. But he is doing great on this food.

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  39. justjeneric says:

    The following is excepted from Fox News this morning - can someone tell me why in the world anyone is doing business with China?

    “Chen Yaozu, general manager of Danyang Chengshi Household Chemical Co., said Tuesday his firm had exported toothpaste to Panama containing diethylene glycol, a chemical blamed for the deaths of at least 51 people in the Central American country after it was mixed into cough syrup.

    However, Chen said the chemical, a thickening agent often used as a low-cost substitute for glycerin, was permitted under Chinese rules and was safe in small amounts.

    “I can say I am very confident about our product’s quality,” Chen said in a telephone interview from his company’s headquarters in the eastern province of Jiangsu. He said company managers were cooperating with investigators.

    The safety of Chinese food and pharmaceutical exports has come into question in recent months amid allegations that tainted ingredients from local suppliers ended up in products blamed for the deaths in Panama and for killing pets in North America.”

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