Recall Update: Long Weekened Edition

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  1. ann says:

    I bet this year’s figures will look alot different, if these companies do what they say they are going to do

  2. menusux says:

    petslave Says:
    May 28th, 2007 at 11:45 am

    I have a cabinet stocked full of canned organic soups & veggies, lots of soy/oat/rice milk cartons, packaged organic mac & cheese. Not a single one has PRODUCT OF THE US on it–all are certified by QAI, an international certification group. Wanna bet there’s a good percent of ‘organic’ produce from China in there?

    Yep, and the definition of “organic” depends on who’s talking about it there:

    Food scares help China’s nascent organic market
    Monday, May 28, 2007 Reuters

    “China has 2.3 million ha (5.7 million acres) of certified organic farmland, according to the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements, although that is less than one percent of the country’s total farmed land.

    “Sales grew an estimated 50 percent last year, but a lot of China’s organic produce is actually exported.

    “”Domestic consumption of organic food is growing, partly attributed to worries over food safety, but exports are the major reason for growth,” said Luo Min, an official with the China Organic Food Development Centre, which helps with certification.

    “Those exports were worth some $300 million last year, according to the centre’s figures.

    “Yet China’s promotion of organic food has run into problems, not least from a confusion of names, including “non-pollution” food and “green food”, which would not be considered truly organic in the West.

    “”There are different standards and various organisations which conduct the certification. Some of the standards can only be applied to the domestic market,” said Luo.”

  3. ann says:

    I took a closer look at the list. A lot of recalled products had a 100% pass rate…So did non recalled products that have been making our animals sick…..
    I would like to see a current report.

  4. ann says:

    I looked back over the past three year, and the number change from year to year. I wish the search function was working

  5. petslave says:

    straybaby–I thought so too, but for some reason they can use the name & not put any organic ingredients in it. The other organics state which ingredients are organic. Here’s the take on the name & a link & summary of the organic labeling rules from The Dog Food Project:

    “The most important factor to consider is whether the contents of that bag of food is organic at all and if yes, how much of it. Just because the manufacturer or trademarked product name includes the word “organic” or variations on it, or alternative spellings does not mean the food is organic too!……

    …..Timberwolf Organics
    With this product, it’s all in the name but not in the ingredients. Between the currently available kibble varieties I have found only one that actually has even just one organic ingredient - the “Southwest Chicken and Herbs” formula contains a small amount of “organic blue corn” somewhere between ground ginger and dried cranberries as ingredient number 30.

    If you are looking for an organic food specifically, you will not find it in the program of this manufacturer.”

  6. ann says:

    Petslave- were you able to access the University of KY list?

  7. petslave says:

    Ann–I tried to open the KY files, looks like a good site, but I’m on dial-up & even small pdf’s often get hung up. I’ll download at work tomorrow, maybe also look at the other years.

    Even if the rusults are not related to the poisoned pet food recalls, it still matters what the overall quality of the product is. Our main concern here right now is safe food, but I think all of us are learning much more about food quality as a result! Did you see Felidae/Canidae line on there?

  8. ann says:

    No- I have to go back and look. I wonder why the results vary so much from year to year….

  9. ann says:

    I just looked…It has candidae dry only, and only for 2005 - 100%

  10. ann says:

    Petslave - The biggest inconsistency accross the board seems to be protein. If our imported protein sources have been tampered with for years, its no surprise that this inconsistency would show up…..

  11. Ann H says:


    It’s good to check to see if they are consistent or not. What I was looking for was nutrition and that’s what that file is about (labeling & adequate nutrition). Per Kentucky “At this time we are not changing our analysis schedule or intend to make recommendations to AFSS regarding melamine.”

    I have written asking about the 2006 report and have not yet received an answer. I am concerned about the crude/npn protein testing instead of “true” natural protein, too. In the bulletin/KY standards page they give the order of protein listings. We’ve learned the hard way about boosting the nitrogen for false protein levels.

    Samples 2 Passed 2 Percent Passed: 100%
    Tests 23 Passed 23 Violations: None
    Sampling Emphasis: Dry Dog Food
    - 2005 (none listed in 2004/2003)

  12. ann says:

    Ann H Can you provide the direct link to this file? I can’t find it. Thanks

  13. Ann H says:

    This is the list of the bulletins by year. Click on the .pdf on the right beside of the year you want.

  14. ann says:

    Thanks! How do you do the item search with the binoculars?

  15. petslave says:

    Wow, at least the Canidae dry passed the tests! That’s a great resource for checking to see if protein has boosted. Can’t wait to look at it tomorrow.

    Maybe the differences between years has to do with supply & costs–when true meat protein ingredients get scarce &/or expensive, maybe that’s when they up the total protein content with the ‘fake meat’ proteins - ie the glutens. Boca burgers for pets, but sold as real hamburger!

  16. petslave says:

    And the protein boosting has probably been done in every step of the process, known & unknown to the pet food companies:

    1. boost the glutens in China with fillers so they can get more money for less true product

    2. boost the meat protein with gluten at the mfr plant to stretch meat supply, unknown to the pet food co.

    3. the pet food company saying “hey, boost the protein with gluten this month, money is tight, don’t bother to change the label we have 6 months & we will go back to the old formula next month”

    scary stuff. New motto–Take Back Control of Your Food Supply–Home Cook for your family & pets!!

  17. petslave says:

    Ann & Ann H - I just realized both of you are on tonight–I’ll try to be more careful to use the H or not! Sorry for any confusion in the KY posts!

  18. Moony says:

    You know, just at a time when I could really use a lot of chocolate, I read this: [url=]Animal Rumen to be Added to Chocolate [/url].

    Now I cannot even think about a Snickers without getting as green as their nougat currently is.

  19. Steve says:

    One thing is certain. Our grandparents, parents, sons, and daughters didn’t give their lives so Corporations could blow off America and move to China.

  20. Anonymous says:

    Ann H

    Thanks for the link–but I noticed, as did you, with just a quick glance that Menu Foods NJ passed 100% and so did Royal Canin ( and others). Isn’t all of this state govt info tied to the fda somehow? If so, is it really useful at all?

  21. Joan says:

    Report: China to put first recall system in place for unapproved food products

    Cancer is China’s number one reason for lifes lost there. I want labels all products coming from China! - NOT their recall system.

  22. petslave says:

    Agreed, Joan. Like we’re really going to belive in a recall system that they put into effect (or pretend to put into effect).

    Moony–I can’t access that chocolate article you posted. It’s asking for me to register. Can you post a little of the most important part? That sounds TOTALLY GROSS!! Do you think they will put that little ingredient on the label–milk chocolate, almonds, sugar, & animal rumen, yummm.

    menusux - good find on that China organic produce article. Just as I suspected. I guess we can trust their organic certification the day we trust their recall system.

  23. JJ says:

    menusux - this is what I just read about organic food in China -
    Just Imagine What’s In China’s ‘Organic’ Foods by Patricia Doyle, PhD 5-28-07 link

    It just gets worse. Americans just don’t get it. China can label any exported food ‘organic’ but who know what is really in it?

    Would I want to eat veggies fertilized with Chinese human waste? Or, pig or chicken waste in the country that has bird flu and deadly pig disease?

    We know that Chinese companies have mislabeled with intent in the past so what is to say that an ‘organic’ label outside is true for the product inside? NOTHING.

  24. JJ says:

    in addition:

    And does China follow California Organic Foods Standards? Not a chance. (Nor do Mexicans, who commonly use raw human sewage on their ‘Organic” crops because it is ‘organic.’)

    The object is to stop importing or consuming any foods from China, period.

    It’s clear we will only have more obfuscation. I was so angry when I read the article below. Looks like the same old, same old from China, all dressed up in a new label: ‘organic.’ What a joke.

    for the rest of story link is:

  25. Moony says:

    Sure, here’s the article:

    Source: The Stress Institute
    ‘Heart-Wrenching’ — The Shocking Truth About Chocolate
    Traditionally Used as a Stress Reducer, Chocolate Now Causes a Global Moral Dilemma

    ATLANTA, May 15, 2007 (PRIME NEWSWIRE) — Chocolate is the number one food craved by women and is a proven stress reducer. Chocolate causes the brain to release endorphins, chemicals that make us feel good, and it is a natural analgesic or pain killer. Unfortunately, Masterfoods has decided, as of May 1, 2007, to use rennet, which is made from the stomach lining of slaughtered, newborn calves, instead of a vegetarian alternative, in the their chocolate products — a decision based on finances, not ethics.

    “I am appalled, as should be the global consumers of chocolate,” said Dr. Kathleen Hall, international stress expert, founder and CEO of The Stress Institute. “I tell my patients and radio listeners to eat three M&Ms a day to help reduce stress without packing on weight, or to eat Masterfoods’ branded, low calorie ice cream treats. No more!”

    Danielle Piomelli, a researcher at the Neurosciences Institute of San Diego, reported that chocolate contains anandamide, a chemical produced naturally in the brain that activates the same target as marijuana. And, because chocolate is legal, no wonder it is one of the world’s most popular “guilty pleasures.”

    Masterfoods’ new additive, rennet, is used in the production of whey and the most common source for animal-based rennet is the inner mucosa (fourth stomach) of slaughtered, milk-fed, new-born cow calves. Interestingly, there are a number of readily available non-animal rennet alternatives including, vegetable, microbial, genetically-engineered, or acid-based coagulation — but they cost more to produce.

    Rennet will now be found in Snickers, M&M, Twix, Milky Way, Bounty, Mars, Dove Chocolate and Malteasers products, as well as the ice cream versions of all Masterfoods’ bars. Paul Goalby, corporate affairs manager for Masterfoods, said, “If the customer is an extremely strict vegetarian, then we are sorry the products are no longer suitable, but a less strict vegetarian should enjoy our chocolate.”

    According to a recent BBC News article, the Vegetarian Society said it was “extremely disappointed.”

    “Mars products are very popular with young people and many will be shocked to discover that their manufacture now relies on the extraction of rennet from the stomach lining of young calves,” it added.

    “On the heels of a national pet food recall, causing the deaths of numerous canine and feline companions, this comes as a complete shock that Masterfoods would consider using a product like this,” stated Dr. Hall. “It is a moral issue for me,” she continued. “More humane alternatives are available and the fact that they have decided to take such an inhumane approach to their products outrages me as a consumer and disgusts me as a human being.”

    Dr. Hall is available to speak to the media openly about this situation, as well as discuss the stress-based, scientific research behind chocolate.

    For more information visit her blog:

    About Dr. Kathleen Hall

    Dr. Kathleen Hall, internationally recognized stress and work-life balance expert, is the founder and C.E.O. of The Stress Institute (, located in Atlanta, GA. Her advice has been featured on major media including The Today Show, CNN, FOX, ABC News, CBS, NBC, Good Morning America Radio, Martha Stewart Radio, Fortune, Forbes, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, Money Magazine, Business Week, Parents, Cosmopolitan, Real Simple, and Woman’s Day. Dr. Hall is a renowned speaker and author of A Life in Balance, winner of the prestigious 2007 Nautilus Book Award, and Alter Your Life.

    CONTACT: The Stress Institute
    Cheryl Monkhouse, Director of Communications

  26. e wem says:

    Mooney thanks for the tip about Masterfoods adding animal rumen to M&M’s, Dove Bars etc. The company response when asked about this change was cold to say the least.

    It reminded me of the response I got from Bank of America (which is openly seeking illegal alien clients and has tv ads obviously targeting them). I wrote I would not keep money in a Bank that was openly flouting the law and encouraging a trend that is stealing jobs from Americans. Their reply was, to paraphrase: don’t let the door hit your A__ on the way out.

    Thanks again because my Dove bar days are now ended. Although I did not use to have reasons to avoid beef rennet (which was the traditional ingredient for most cheese making) I had decided to avoid it because of uncertainties over mad-cow. I have stopped eating veal any way because of the cruel short life of the veal calf

    But Masterfoods response to the complaints of vegetarians bodes not well for the rapid sudden morph of Mars, the family owned candy co, to Master Foods the global monster. Especially because Mars-ter-foods has aggressively moved into pet foods, buying into Doanes and cranking out multiple new labels faster than I can keep up.

    Is a Chinese factory far behind, or do they already have them.

    Ibe thing about the globals, they don’t like to brag about their Chinese operations.

  27. Chuck says:

    A Sledge / Nutro

    A Sledge 5-27-07 @ 11:43p About your Nutro rep encounter, curious, just because the store manage came over, why did you run?
    You had every right to ask those questions that should have been answered reputedably.
    Our group was on Nutro, I called the company, asked questions, and got answers from a customer service rep who didn’t know much of anything. Well, duhhhhh! So convenient not to know anything.
    Seems both of our encounters is saying Nutro is hiding things, otherwise your questions and mine should have been clearly answered by knowlegable reps who tell the truth. Nutro is the one who is on the hot seat and this is no time for them to be playing duhhhh! games.

    1. We didn’t have any pet deaths but some vomiting over the years that we didn’t think Nutro was the cause. They stopped vomiting when we didn’t give them Nutro anymore.
    2. We signed up for the Nutro class-action lawsuit, not for any money, but for support for those who did lose their pets. The lawyers did accept our support and are including our names just for the those tw reasons.

    To sign up for the Nutro class-action lawsuit, it can be found on the web.

    But I’m finding out, that grocery store managers or food companies on the whole get annoyed when consumers ask conscientious questions. I was told once, you can’t live in a bubble. Bubble? Uh, excuse me, but I don’t feel like having our pet group and ourselves posioned now or in the future.

  28. Debbie4747 says:

    Calf rennet in candy? What are they thinking? I don’t eat meat to begin with, stay away from jello and puddings, now I get to avoid candy. Candy! Candy shouldn’t have animal stuff in it. Geez I “used” to like M&Ms alot.
    What next? I really don’t understand why food can’t contain just what food should contain. Thanks so much for the tip on that one.

    And as for China saying we’re all looking for the bargains, they are partially correct. But not when it means we or our pets are being poisoned. And not everyone was looking for the bargain. There were those spending premium money on premium pet food only to have it be the same crap in the store labeled food. Where’s the bargain there?

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