Recall Update: Friday

Exclusive: Lab report says cyanuric acid found in unrecalled dry food.

To verify the lab’s report, Itchmo is asking you to find an unopened 20 lb. bag of Iams Large Breed dry dog food that matches the lot number: 260608 70574173 F4 US30940 with the expiration date of 6/26/08.

If you find this unopened bag, please email us at tips@itchmo.com and we will provide further instructions. If it’s the right bag, we will pay for the cost of the bag of food, shipping and testing. There will be no cost to you.

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Have a great Memorial Day weekend!

(Thansk to many reader tips)

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  1. ann says:

    chuck Candidae and felidae are canned by evangers. Cooked potatoes are good for dogs. Check out the abouve link. I agree that the primary ingredient should not be corn in any pet food

  2. mittens says:

    yeah i know mars bad but my girls gotta eat and i had one have a reaction to her heart meds wherein she was dehydrated and anoerexic( the meds stripped the potassium from her system. she’s a real chow hound so it was a shock when she wouldn’t eat. the meds were changed and she’s fine now)-and she;s hyperthyroid skinny-eats like a pig doesn’t gain an ounce. so i have to make sure she eats every day as much as she can stand. like many i have made compromises to ensure they eat and maintain there weight. i wish it were not so but it’s the best i can do for now.

    ive used canned sardines in water and mackrel too as well as the tuna and there mad for it. the wiskas had no grain in it which is why i opted to put aside my problems with the company and try to get these calico fiends to eat.i have a bag of the primal raw food in the freezer which i have yet to try.

    i think the key to all this is in the grain based products-whether its GMO or not. it seems to be the most likely culprit . i have this horrible feeling that someone is doing a massive snow job to ensure that somehow it all remains an alleged mystery so grain nazis like monsanto can foist their frankengrains off on the world. theyre the ones who started an investigative trial of their modified wheat in china years ago because no other country would let them do it. i have a feeling this is the offspring of that trial and if people knew that perhaps this is what exactly killed their pets there’s no way they’d be allowed to continue what theyre doing at least not without massive popular outrage.

  3. Lorie says:

    Purina Puke

    what are you feeding a lot of people have issues with Purina?

  4. ally says:

    Chuck,

    I did LOTS of research for several weeks before making my choice to try Canidae. I believe their dry is made by Pied Piper (divulged through various sources). I did NOT make my decision over night. As I also said, I’m mixing in home cooking in the event I decide to completely switch to home cooked, something I’m learning and leaning toward. I have a close friend with the same breed as mine who’s fed Canidae to her dog her entire life. She’s one year old and healthy as can be. Both my dogs recently had lab/blood work done and came back with flying colors. So I don’t think I made my decision lightly. I may not yet have all the answers but I DO feel 100% better getting both my dogs off Hill’s prescription diets. At least I no longer have to worry about cancer causing preservatives like BHA and ethoxyquin (sp/).

    I watch my dogs like a hawk. They are the light of my life. If I suspect ANYTHING, off the Canidae they go. As for the Evanger’s wet I’ve been adding a little of to their kibble, I’ve been using that for well over a year. The type I buy is made from kosher meat, water and that’s it.

    As I’ve posted in various places for several weeks now, I encourage everyone to do their own research and make their own decisions. After all, you are the one who has to live with your choices. Being as informed as possible will undoubtedly help.

  5. menusux says:

    Katie Says:

    May 25th, 2007 at 4:13 pm
    menusux,

    that is interesting about the recall in 2000 - reason being.. the old formulation of Eukanuba Sr Maint contained dl-methione and the new formulation contains; dl-methionine. I wonder why they changed back? I wonder what the symptoms were….

    Katie

    Katie,

    The best URL I have right now for them both comes from a cats’ urinary health page. Know you’ve heard of people who tend toward having UTI problems drinking cranberry juice to prevent them.

    http://www.allthebestpetcare.c.....urine.html

    “Some dry foods especially designed for FUS prevention are Pinnacle Feline, Wellness Feline, and Innova Feline Light, all containing cranberries, which have been found to protect the bladder and urethral linings, and Wysong Uretic, containing DL-methione, an acidifying amino acid.

    “Use a supplement that promotes good urinary health. Both Vitamin C and the amino acid DLmethionine are natural urinary acidifiers. Cranberry extract can prevent harmful bacteria from attaching to the bladder wall to cause infection.”

  6. Sandy says:

    I looked at KMART…..My grocery store and a feed store still no bag like ya need…We are unpacking all the junk we DID buy lol for us….soon we are off to a nearby city to look at…..Walmart….Petco and 2 small petstores…we do not live my any big cities so this is the best we can do

    ANYONE IN CO lookm for the bag of IAMS please I Iam not in CO but still looking

    ALSO ON CA Natual…..Innova and EVO..I just got an email back…they are testing too for the cyanuric acid…..I am looking on there site late tonight for an update but I got it confirmed in email; THEY CARE AND ARE TESTING ..WHEW

  7. Lorie says:

    Sandy,

    Look at the US***** number if it is not the same as the US# listed your state doesn’t get it from the same plant as CO. My state is US 61591 they need US30940 which I am guess is a west coast plant I am on the east coast. I have been to 3 stores all have thas same US #.

  8. Evy says:

    To All ~

    Kumpi Pet Foods are manufactured by Crosswind Pet Foods. None of the ingredients are sourced from China - not even the vitamins by second generation. The lamb meal is from New Zealand. My nutritionist has been doing multi-species work for over 35 years and works for zoos like The San Diego Zoo (on contract) and has successfully formulated feed for zebras, giraffes, elephants, etc; he has formulated the most widely used feed for rattites (the large birds that cannot fly, like emus, etc.)

    If you would be sweet enough to take the time to visit my website, you would find that we have tested all finished dry products manufactured this year for melamine, cyanuric acid, amoriline, amorilide and aminopterin. This protocol will continue.

    I can certify that none of the chickens used in Kumpi products were ever fed tainted pet food. I could certify all kinds of things and to a certain degree, that isn’t the entire point. It is the integrity, reputation and motivation of a company that needs to be examined these days as well. Again, please consider reading the history at kumpi.com.

    I will take umbrance that corn is a ‘cheap filler’……that has been parroted so many times, but now, when safety is so important, it grieves me to read those words. IF there was a better grain to use than corn for the dog food (it isn’t in the cat food) believe me, it would be used. The fact is that corn brings a lot to the table nutritionally. Over 60% of the naturally occurring fat is Linoleic Acid aka Omega 6, a powerful anti-oxidant. Now, there are different grades of corn and a cheap filler corn may be used by other companies. But I pay dear money for a grade one, non-GMO corn and it’s part of the reason people’s dogs get such beautiful coats on Kumpi Dog Food.

    For over five years I have been trusted by The New York State K9 Handling Unit, MTA/NYC and The United Nations Ambassador Security K9 Unit. I watch over the integrity of my product and have developed a strong relationship with my manufacturer and the people who provide the dries to them. They themselves have many self imposed safeguards they don’t need to. But they are small and they aren’t into the ‘big bucks’ like some other companies.

    While I would never suggest Kumpi dog food is for every dog, there are these and many other law enforcement agencies who have seen incredible results from my ‘corny’ dog food.

    Ok, I’m typing too long lol. It just hurts me to be one of the safest foods out there (and yep, my manufacturer has been nowhere the recalls) only to read someone saying something about corn that isn’t true. But, I understand why you feel that way, since it’s been said so often by so many. Nutrition is an extreme science and if there was a way to get that ingredient off of the label AND keep the food as awesome as it is, don’t you think I’d do it in a hearbeat?

    Warm hugs to everyone’s FurAngels and mucho grande thanks to Itchmo, Therese and the whole gang who keep working on making this a story that won’t go away as long as we have their havens to gather in, share information and have direction on what senators/representatives to contact about legislation, etc. This is all so serious and sad.

  9. Evy says:

    ps I am the President/Owner of Kumpi Pet Foods, should have said that lol

    I do want you to know that I agree with you that there is such a thing as corn that is a cheap filler - grade five cwap. But please know that I wish as much as ANY consumer that I COULD indicate that on my ingredient label. However, doing so is considered an illegal label claim by the FDA. So much is so screwed up, that the good guys can’t say what we wish we could clarify and the bigger companies with deep pockets seems to be able to buy their way through illegal label claims.

    Take my word for it, I am just as frustrated, if not more!!!! than you are, since I’ve seen the deceptions and games of this industry firsthand for over nine years. I could take you to websites and ingredient labels for SO many companies and show you illegal claims. Those of us who value integrity and following the ‘law’ in what we say - well, don’t even get me started on the claims about ‘human grade ingredients’ !!

    Thanks for listening :)

  10. HomeGrown says:

    Wow Evy! Thanks for your post. I will be visiting your website and if I can find your food here I would not mind trying it. (Not much into ordering online).

    As I stated before re: the IAMS food. I have an unopened bag of Lamb and Rice food w/expiration date 6/19/08. The numbers are:
    190608 70504173 F5 US30940. Pretty close but not quite. Plus different type. If Itchmo wants it I will send it. I want nothing to do with it and will dispose of it when this is over anyway.

  11. Helen says:

    mittens, if Mars is all they are willing to eat and they have been ill, feed it, feed it! I have yet to see a pile of complaints about any of their products causing toxic illness. Many of their ingredients are low-grade junk, but they do not seem to be poisoning. (unless you count all the complaints about Nutro-including my own complaints) since Mars just purchased Nutro. Many of us have cats who will not cooperate. First order of business is keep them alive. If they remain alive, you can work on persuading them to eat better food. :)

  12. HomeGrown says:

    This WILL eventually be over won’t it? Not that it seems it will be any time too soon.

    Another thing I learned today and wasn’t real happy about was that I went to look at food processors for making my homemade pet food. While I was looking for place of origin what did I see? Okay, Made In China and then in small letters on the back of the box was a warning about the cord containing lead! I can’t remember the exact wording, but basically warned pregnant women about it and said to wash your hands after touching to cord! OMG!

  13. Lorie says:

    Evy,

    Hello, Just finished my 4lbs bag getting ready to open the 20 lbs one tomorrow. My tortie has stopped shedding so much and has no more dandruff AMAZING. At first they were drinking a ton lik eyou said but now everything is routine as usual thank you so much for caring. Geisha is still a shedding full all that long hair would be impossible not to shed but appears not as oily at roots. : ) After 9 weeks both seem to be acting very playful and back to normal. Lorie

    Lorie

  14. mittens says:

    my ‘purina puke’(Pukrina?) has been the canned friskies and 9 lives ground ONLY-NO cuts or flaps( my cats would never eat that shee-ite. and it seems the cuts and gravies styles were the main but not only of course wet food problem. my cats always hated it.)they like the ocean whitefish best and the salmon. ive always had 5-6 cats at a time .those those tiny Fatal Feasts were never an option. i have a herd o’ cats. they would never eat ‘iain’ts( alive) ‘or ‘puk-e-nubia’-ever dating back years.

    ive been loathe to switch them out because, well, who knows what’s next on the chopping block and ,again, some of my cats are tested every few months for kidney probs-sort of a built in monitor.

    i just got two feral torties from a rescue and they were giving them dry pukrina ‘kitten chow’ so i continued doing so as they didn’t seem to know what to do with wet food.ive been replacing it with evo slowly. my older cats are freakin addicted to the baby cats’ kitten chow though-they won’t stop stealing it.

  15. Evy says:

    Lorie ~

    I can’t resist responding. lol Remember when you were afraid to open that four pound bag of KumpiKat?? I don’t blame you after what you’d been through, but ain’t no recalls happening in my product lines. How can I be so confident? Cuz I know my manufacturer has actually fired supply sources!! They are a small company too in a small town whose economy relies on their success. If anyone knew how tenuous this industry is, they did and took many safeguards to protect a good thing.

    Whenever I have asked to review certifications they have never flinched a moment. When I asked to see their reviews from the American Institute of Bakers (they hold their plant to human bakery standards) they were proud to display their ‘excellent’ rating year after year.

    Again, I don’t claim that they or I are the only ones out there who see all types of animal food as sacred, but it is so sad that the pickins’ are so slim. And to answer publically an email I got that brought up a good question - yes, the law enforcement agencies buy Kumpi at market price, they aren’t getting it for free.

  16. HomeGrown says:

    You know Evy, I am impressed with the way you speak “human”. For being the President/Owner of a company you sure are down to earth. Not at all like the Stepford-CEO PR talk we have grown to dispise.

  17. Helen says:

    Homegrown, there is a post in the forum at thepetfoodlist titled “Kumpi saved my cat from a burning building”, which was a joke made because there were so many threads in the forum shouting Kumpi praises. Those posts are a great read. :)

  18. HomeGrown says:

    Thanks Helen, I will have to go look. I was looking at the Kumpi site and it isn’t available in my area. Wondering if I might be able to convince a store to order it in.

  19. Lorna says:

    From the beginning of this tragic mess I have thought that all major companies’ foods would be implicated.To me it is clear that they are all competing for market share,and the cheap/poisonous protein-boosters would be known by everyone,and used in order to remain competitive.

    So even now,I find it hard to believe that only 20 - pound bags of the alleged Iams Large Breeds , with specific numerology/dates, should be subjected,allegedly,to testing for CYA.
    Am I just over-the-top cynical ,or do others have the same thoughts?

  20. Evy says:

    Have mercy, I am literally laughing out loud. Thanks HomeGrown and Helen. It’s easy for me to be down to earth, because I am no different from anyone else here at Itchmo (except for the goons from corporate pet food companies that lurk) - my trade is dog behavior and I enjoyed it so much. My style was getting the owner to do more work on *their* behavior than their dog’s lol. I loved when people asked me what I thought the most difficult breed of dog was and I’d tell them, wrong question LOL.

    I just got freaked out when my dog died less than two months after his fifth birthday. I am in my 50’s and back in the day, it wasn’t a thing to worry about a large breed dog until they were 15 years old or so. I was still teaching for the first six years of this company and thought I was some freak of nature when I kept telling my students NO eight years is NOT senior!!! Mike P. has been buying Kumpi for five years and he has three St. Bernards and one is over ten now and kicking St. Butt :)

    But my vet said.

    But I read online.

    Argh.

    I have frustrated some people who have contacted me about becoming a distributor. It takes way more than money. I won’t connect with a store that I can’t get direct reference to from someone I know and trust. Plus, they can’t sell any pets in their stores. I’ve got a list so long and I’ve been accused of being a bad business woman :) Well, got news for ya folks, the business part of it is secondary.

    The minute that food leaves my watchful eyes (haha ask my two employees about heat compromising the food - Kelly actually called today while bringing me some in her car and asked if it’s ok for her to stop and get a soda on the way here - yes I am freaky careful about the product) I’ve GOT to know it will be cared for and not sitting in glare sunshine at 3 pm or torn (oxidation begins) and retaped for ’sale’, etc. Man, it’s like this company is like my baby. I wasn’t trying to start a pet food company, but now that grass roots has kicked in, I’ve become even more paranoid about who distributes it. I’ve said no to Petsmart, Petco, Costco. Well to brokers for them. Too close to corporate for me.

    I know each of my retailers personally - a few are ex-students of mine lol. I just don’t want to be naive and ship off a ton of food for sale to someone who doesn’t care about it the way I do. I’ve been told THAT is naive, but sobeit. At least I know wherever a bag of Kumpi product is bought, it’s safe, it’s good and just what I would sell myself.

    Ok, I type too fast lol.

    Question to y’all. My webmaster brought up a good point today. He suggested that I offer to IM with folks - I have an msn account, but haven’t used it in years. I type so fast it wouldn’t be a problem. He was thinking to post my msn handle on the sites under ‘contact us’ and offer that as a way of ‘talking’ with folks. Are there folks who’d be more comfortable doing the IM thing vs. a phone call??

    Just wondering :)

    Gonna go git some dinner - working on my Kumpi Burger recipe LOL. j/k (maybe)

    Evy

  21. HomeGrown says:

    Evy I think that would be a great idea if you can handle the volume.I am guessing people will flood you. You care and that is what people need to know from the ones who make the food for their pets, now more than ever.

  22. Evy says:

    Thanks for the feedback. On the same token, now is when people are needing answers more than ever and I am trying to consider all avenues possible. My home phone number is posted, my email address lol but I want to consider all options. I’ll be thinking on it :)

  23. Lorie says:

    OkaY

    I typed in IAMS plant code 4173 and this document came up if you scroll down it has all the people who run the plant and their desk phone numbers

    http://oaspub.epa.gov/enviro/f.....rnm_in=PCS

  24. JJ says:

    Chuck regarding your post at 11:47 am. I just read a couple days ago about potatoes and feeding them to dogs. According to what the site said if the potatoes are cooked e.g. mashed they are safe. It is the raw potato I believe you are talking about right? I will call Evangers as I feed my dog the duck with sweet potato in it and if it were not cooked there would be lumps in the food from the raw potato. She has been eating that and other Evangers canned (no fish though, fraid of mercury in fish) for over 5 months now and there is nothing wrong with her. Let me know what you think. Thx.
    JJ

  25. mittens says:

    it’s the potato eyes( those white growths that look like roots springing out) and leaves that are poisonous to cats and dogs. the meat of the potato is fine.

  26. kb says:

    cross posted at petconnection
    While we’re fighting to make our food safe, our frenemies in DC are weakening a bill.

    House Subcommittee Today Approves Language Slipped into Farm Bill that Prevents States from Protecting their Citizens

    Center for Food Safety Recognizes that Proposal Ties States’ Hands, Weakening Food Safety Protections at a Time When they Need to be Strengthened

    Washington May 24, 2007 – Earlier today, the House Subcommittee on Livestock, Dairy and Poultry approved new language slipped into the 2007 Farm Bill that pre-empts any state prohibitions against any foods or agricultural goods that have been deregulated by the USDA. The passage appears to be aimed at several recently enacted state laws that restrict the planting of genetically engineered (GE) crops, but could also prohibit states from taking action when food contamination cases occur.

    “Given the recent spate of food scares, it’s shocking to see this attempt to derail safeguards for our food and farms,” said Joseph Mendelson, Legal Director of the Center for Food Safety. “We need a Farm Bill that will promote stronger food safety standards, not one that attacks these vital state-level protections.”

    Full article here.
    http://tinyurl.com/2w5ts2

    What is it, one step forward, two steps back?

  27. menusux says:

    Canada is also looking for “monkfish”:

    http://www.canada.com/vancouve.....amp;k=2581

    CFIA on lookout for contaminated monkfish
    Vancouver Sun May 25, 2007

    “The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is trying to trace two shipments of frozen monkfish from China that may contain a potentially deadly toxin.

    “Mary Ann Green, CFIA’s director of the fish, seafood and production division, said in an e-mail today the shipments had arrived at the same time as those sent to California seafood importer Hong Chang Corp. It’s not known which provinces received the shipments.”

  28. DMS says:

    kb, i wonde what it would take to boycott monsanto or whoever the gmo lobbyists are who are diluting this legislation. i will research, but we probably would not be able to eat anything ever again. It’s all cross-pollinated now or soon will be.

  29. kb says:

    DMS,
    I’d love to know which lobbyists were behind that. Why does our food have to be GMO or irradiated or cloned? Arrgh.

  30. Purina Puke says:

    Lorie Says:

    May 25th, 2007 at 6:07 pm
    Purina Puke

    what are you feeding a lot of people have issues with Purina?

    Oh don’t worry I don’t feed them Purina anymore. I’ve been on this site for awhile under a different name but several people were giving me trouble so I changed it. I feed my cats something else now. Don’t want to say what I’m feeding now so people can give me a hard time about that too. Don’t get me wrong most people here have been wonderful but a few people DID give me a hard time. Not trying to offend anyone, sorry if I have.

    I was just wondering if anyone else had trouble with Purina products. I used to feed them Cat Chow and Purina One.

  31. Zoe says:

    The Chinese and just about everyone else knows that pufferfish is poisonous, yet they send it disguised as monkfish and evidently it is being sold as monkfish. Now why would they do that?

  32. Purina Puke says:

    I never realized before that just changing what food you feed an animal can cause such a huge difference!

    Their energy level is higher. Their coats look better. They’re more playful. They overall seem happier and more content.

    I just want to thank Itchmo and the people here for going out of their way to educate people.

  33. Purina Puke says:

    P.S. I have to wonder if some of the people giving others a hard time on this site are really people from those pet food companies. If they can drive people away from itchmo, it’s better for them you know. *Shifty eyes.* Maybe more of us need more *under cover* names. LOL If we keep changing the names on them maybe we can confuse them. Hee hee hee.

  34. Anonymous says:

    I

  35. Anonymous says:

    I saw on this form where the President of Kumpi pet foon was on here hawking her Co’ pet food. Is this where all the pet food co come to sell? What better place than where we are looking for food? All say theirs is the best, who next? Menu? Free advertising? If this is a manufacturs blog, then
    I B Gone

  36. Evy says:

    Anonymous ~

    Wow, you sound like a competitor. False claims. Taking things of out context.

    Purina Puke, these companies do thing you wouldn’t believe; far worse than trying to make someone look bad online. Pretty sad.

    It won’t drive people away from Itchmo - that’s only in their dreams!

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