It has been almost four months since the first pet food recalls were announced. As pet owners, we will never forget how this has affected us and our pets. We continue to fight for stricter regulations and answers to our questions. We hope that our pets did not die or get sick in vain.
Meanwhile, the pet food industry says that they are still feeling the effects of the pet food recall. Petco says that only about 15% of the pet foods that were recalled are back onto the shelves. Dave Bolen, chief merchandising officer of Petco, says that half is expected to be stocked back in stores by July 31. Sales are below pre-recall levels but ahead of last year.
At PetSmart, the biggest pet food chain, only a few recalled cat and dog foods have made it back to the shelves as of now. A spokesperson says that the most of the recalled pet food products will be returning to shelves in the next few months. Some products will take longer to return and some products will be discontinued. Also, some Iams products aren’t expected to come back until next year.
From LA Times:
Pre-recall, pet-food sales were growing about 5%, says Terry Block, president of NestlÃ© Purina PetCare’s North America division. For the 12 weeks from Feb. 25 through May 19, sales were up 4% year-over-year, he says. NestlÃ© says it’s gained share since the recall.
Friedman says Menu’s products are taking time to return because Menu is crafting and applying new safeguards to prevent problems, including more testing of raw ingredients. Petco also says some brands reformulated products and packaging.
Some pet food brands are “reformulating” products and packaging. So, by “reformulating”, they mean trying to make pet owners forget that their pet food was recalled. Yes, we pet owners are so wowed by new colors and spiffy designs.