NEW RECALL: Nutra Nuggets Lamb Meal and Rice Dry Formula for Dogs Recalled

We have been able to confirm that Nutra Nuggets (made by Diamond Pet Foods) is recalling their 40 pound Lamb Meal and Rice Dry Formula for Dogs. The contaminated batch’s product code is #NLR0404 and the Best Buy dates are October 9-10, 2008. We spoke with a vet at the Nutra Nuggets recall line and he said that so far, they had only heard of 2 cases in which the dogs had renal diseases (confirming the news report from yesterday).

He said that it was due to cross-contamination due to food being produced for Natural Balance (Natural Balance had recalls in mid-April). At this time, he said that no other food produced by Nutra Nuggets was being recalled.

(Updated) Itchmo readers and PetsitUSA found out that the contaminated Nutra Nuggets were sold at Costco locations in CA, WA, OR, AZ, and NV.

272 Responses to “NEW RECALL: Nutra Nuggets Lamb Meal and Rice Dry Formula for Dogs Recalled”

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  1. furmom says:

    For Becky,
    I’ll see your teenager and raise you two. I am not buying commercial pet food, but I have all day and enough money to throw at my pets to shop for human quality food, and have fed raw and human food to my pets for years. Lots of people are unsure of how to do it, can’t afford it, or don’t have a lot of time to prepare or figure out how to feed home made. If it weren’t for itchmo alerting people, more pets would get sick and die, more vet bills would be piling up, and the pet food manufacturers would be sweeping this completely under the carpet, and the FDA wouldn’t be exposed for the sham it is. I believe that you don’t work for a pet food co. because they at least are smart enough to realize that people are using the only weapons they have, sharing information, contacting vets, and in some cases joining class action lawsuits. It’s great you are so concerned about itchmo going out on a limb, but they will not be intimidated, nor will pet owners, whose only motivation is guarding the welfare of their pets. Making your own pet’s food is a fine idea, but as long as manufacturers promote their product as so wonderful and healthful, and as long as they are happy to take our money without doing due diligence, people are going to be pissed.

  2. Phoebe says:

    Ah, the pet food companies’ apologists/reps have reappeared. What a surprise. And they’ve raised teenagers. How unique.

    If any pet food company or supplier sues a blogger, reporter, consumer, or anyone other than their own suppliers over these recalls, that would be the end of that company. Even the mainstream media would cover that appalling decision to file suit. Pictures and video of ill pets along with interviews of heartbroken families would be all over the media, both print and TV. Word would spread exponentially.

    “I’m not going to say your reporting is inaccurate, but it does appear suspect. Further, if your going to continue to present yourself as a news source you should be advised that you could be personally liable for claims you make.”

    Oh, hello? Pot? Kettle. Guess what? You’re black. Nice attempt at a CYA, though. You won’t “say” it, but yet you do type it. No contradiction there.

    Say, Becky, since you and Dave are so offended by what you read here, do yourselves a favor and don’t bother. But do advise your companies to file suit. The resulting publicity would do wonders for getting the word out about the toxicity of both the pet food and the companies’ callous indifference to anything but profit.

  3. LorieVA says:


    Whose side are you on here………………..if a vet had the food tested after seeing teh connecton fo same food in 4 different sick dogs. I say BRAVO to him and to ITCHMO for letting us know.

    I have to sick cats and 2k in vet bills from a food that is not yet on the so called recall list so waht does that make me…………….A LAIR. Or just liable to be sued by the manufacture. You know what I would tell them to bring it on and so would a lot of other people on here who got screwed by a company that the FDA is protecting.

    Why do not you go nibble on some of those NUTRA NUGGETS and get back to me in a week.

  4. betty says:

    I just read an article that indicates that even if we get country of origin labeling, it won’t help much. Food is being grown and harvested here and shipped to places like China to be processed, then shipped back here. Same with fish and shrimp. Shrimp are being shipped to other countries to be shelled, then sent back. Our food system is seriosly broken. This is even being done with Organics.

    Every town should start a comunity garden where people can work for food and buy food, so there would at least be locally grown fruits and vegetables.

    This would also help Global warming, since all that shipping requires fuel.

  5. DMS says:

    to homegrown from yesterdays recalls:
    Homegrown, when reporters asked the fda if they tested flour, Acheson said, “there is no indication wheat flour is contaminated.” They did not answer the question about whether or not it was tested or what was found. Unfortunately as usual, the reporter did not use his or her follow-up question to reiterate. I suspect it is contaminated, maybe by a gmo or the melamine scrap, and am only buying organic. Everything. If wheat flour is contaminated or has been at different times, most of the basic food we eat would be likewise contaminated. Who doesn’t eat bread every day? Animal feed and wheat flour….See the transcripts on the USDA website, I am not sure about the dates. They are all pretty much the same, and the no indication applies to milk, eggs, etc. You know they must have tested these things. Why they will not tell us is the real indicator of a problem. The only thing diluted is their answers.
    Is anyone considering having human foodstuffs tested?

  6. Sorrel says:

    I’ve had a lot of luck contacting the FDA Ombudsman about these issues. Last week, I indicated that there was no “ferret food” category, and they promptly updated the list to include a “ferret food” section. If you would like to contact the ombudsman, here is the FDA Ombudsman home page:

  7. Barbara says:

    Why bother to get human food tested. We already know were’re in deep trouble! It comes from the same place, right? This gets more & more depressing. I can’t even think straight anymore.

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  9. Karen V says:

    Well - the stories seem to change:

    I just got off the phone with the Vet for NutraNuggets (even though I use Chicken Soup).

    A - they claim all products are from the US (including Wheat Flour).

    B. - There is NO RECALL YET (He was adamant). They have sent the food to an independent lab to try to figure out what the heck happened (I told him we were worried because report of Cross-Contamination with Natural Balance - so what about the other foods, and the Wash Out Procedures?)

    C. Somewhere - what he (The Vet? - he did call himself Dr. - not the same Vet as Chicken Soup - guess everyone gets their own Vet) says, is that the story got misconstrued. They actually don’t know what’s going on.

    D. They will post a message once they do (either tomorrow or the next day), and he said I can call him also (guess you all can too) - apparently, he is answering the phones until 7:00 pm Central time.

    E. Interesting tidbit - he said don’t believe everything you read/hear (Hhhmmmm).

    ITCHMO ADMIN: We just called Nutra Nuggets and spoke to the vet on the recall line and wanted to confirm the recall and she said that they got their results in from their testing and said they are recalling the product in question. They are recalling the 40 pound Nutra Nuggets Lamb Meal and Rice Dry Formula for dogs with the product code of #NLR0404 with the Best Buy date of October 9, 2008. There is a recall notice on the Nutra Nuggets website now.

  10. furmom says:

    “he said don’t believe everything you read/hear”

    so he has a sense of humor? I don’t think by now I believe even nearly everything of what I read/hear. I mostly believe there is a group of dogs in California sick , were eating the same foods, and the food was tested positive for melamine, and a vet did his best to follow up in case there could be a trend. I do believe the food manufacturer has sent the food to be tested. I do think the nutra nugget website should be clarifying what they found out from the vet, and what they are doing right now on their website so smucks like me aren’t possibly feeding melanuggets to our pets.
    If they think I’m going to just trustingly feed something that could even remotely be contaminated in order to provide their in vivo tests for them, No , I don’t think so.

  11. furmom says:

    Well look at that, the website suddenly posted the recall info! While I’m reading it though, I’m not sure if I should believe what I’m reading.

  12. Rhonda says:

    Just got off the phone with the Costco here in Oregon. The Nutra Nuggets Lamb and Rice recall was for 40 pound bags of dry NLR 0404 best used before Oct. 08. Check you bags, and return to Costco used or not!

  13. Barbara says:

    Your NOT a smuck. Your doing your best just like the rest of us. Your doing fine.

  14. Jan says:

    with all the recall info about cross contamination. My interest was chenengo valley. Back to Basics is made there. I called them and their reply was our food is not recalled . I had to tell them about the 5 foods recalled from the same plant where their food is made due to cross contamination. ( They didn’t even know about them)I can’t believe a company has no idea the plant that is making their food for them just had a recall of 5 foods and you do not know about it?? Are you serious? excuse me but if I were a manufacturer and had a plant making my food my livelyhood ya would think you would be up on the information!I wanted some reassurance about Back to Basics they told me their food would never be recalled because its human grade and those foods were not human grade. When I informed the person at Back to Basics that one of the foods lick your chops was indeed human grade as well and how could they be sure their food wouldn’t be next, their reply was…( I hope you are all sitting for this answer) Back to Basics has its own machine to make only its food so there could never be a cross contamination problem…yeah right The plant sets aside one extruder just for your food! They run nothing else on it. it sits idle just waiting to produce your one food. I told them Yeah right like I believe that and that they might want to think up a better story to tell for the next person who calls and asks the same question as I did. Am I feeling warm and fuzzy about their food…nope I was given a lame story that I was suppose to believe. Sorry but no plant whatever or wherever it is sets aside a machine for one food only, it would be nothing but a money loser and thats not what a business is all about. The avacodo blog the pit of the avacado is poisionous not the fruit, avacados are healthy and a safe fruit to eat both for animals and humans (as long as its grown in the states, other countries your guess is as good as mine). The PIT will kill you.

  15. Kim says:

    Ann/Stephanie - just in case you see this…. I’m keeping track of all the vegetable protein stuff in one document on my blog, it’s in a pdf file and downloadable/printable. It’s right at the top of the page and I just updated it tonight.

    As far as I can tell we’re still missing two companies that got RPC from Cereal Byproducts.

  16. Carey says:

    Thank you all for the info found here. I’m freaking out like everyone else and trying to figure out what’s safe, what’s not. I’ve concluded that I don’t have the time to sort out the few honest companies that really, truly, care more about the integrity and safety of their pet products then the bottom line.

    Looks like it’s back to a homecooked diet for my dog. I fed him that way for the first 7 years and he loved it. Then I got *too busy* and started adding dry food to reduce my prep time. I’ve been using Trader Joe’s kibble. I emailed them about their food’s safety a couple of weeks ago and the response was that the food hadn’t been tested because their vendor wasn’t implicated and the ingredients were all sourced in the US.

    At the time I was relieved. Now, with the latest recall, I feel it’s not so simple. I’ve written them again, asking for the name of their vendor. We’ll see what kind of response I get this time.
    Good luck to all of you…

  17. paul says:
    P.O.Box 204, St.Thomas, Mo. 65076

  18. SCOTT says:

    I live in washington and feed this to my dog. I have noticed increased water intaks and will take my pet to the vet to check the liver and kidney values. Does any one know where the two cases they mentioned were located? Did they actually eat this food? I have a big concern on this. Has anyone else noticed anything feeding this to their pet?

  19. ILUVMYPets says:

    Thanks itchmo for everything you do for all of us…As I watched my precious cat living not his last days out, but his last minute..we have done everything we could do, so with heartbreak we decided he will lose his precious life tommorrow..(if he doesnt lose it tonite) .We cant see him suffer any more…We will remember him as his crazy, lovable, smart and wonderful pet that has been part of our family…..but most of all I want these money hungry pet food companies to have some compassion on the pain and suffering they have caused for us and all of our pet families…I sure hope they sleep well on their money filled pillows, while we cry silent tears on ours

  20. Wendy Lew Weldon says:

    Due to the recent report on my local news regarding the Nutro 40 lb Lamb & Rice recall (which I use) , I stopped the store where I buy it to check… and the store people had heard nothing about it. I even called them later to talk about what I have pulled up on the internet, and they were still adamant that they have heard nothing. I want assurances that the food I have just purchased is safe, and they don’t know anything about the recall. That doesn’t make me feel good at all! I guess since mine says it is best used by Sept. 2008 it’s Ok? Still the store should know what’s goin on.

  21. Wendy Lew Weldon says:

    ahhhh… 2 different things - I use Nutro, not Nutra Lamb & Rice formula.

  22. Brenton Morgan says:

    Throughout my extensive research, I have concluded and currently using Evangers dog food, canned and dry. My dogs do more than love this and I must say that they seem healthier, more alive, better coat and everything in between. They are a private label cannery that has been making their own dog food since 1935. I called the company and talked to the owner who gave me vary helpful information and i must say very knowledgeable. Evanger’s is NOT part of any recall and has never been and has no affiliation with menu foods. I think I just found the dimond in the rough.

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