Recall Update: Tuesday

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34 Responses to “Recall Update: Tuesday”

  1. Debbie says:

    ITCHMO, I take it that we are supposed to re-live the absurd panic about Natural Balance with the highlighted “Itchmo visitor reactions”???

    Look, this has taken away from the original intent of our priority which is for all of us to rally against the poison pet food companies, the FDA, and the AAFCO.
    Remember them?…the ones who have deceived us for years…the ones who were exposed by the Senate hearing for their incompetencies…the ones whose food products caused the illnesses and deaths with a count of over 3,000 animals and the true count that will never be determined…the ones who have caused great sorrows for pet parents….

    Natural Balance has been slammed so much for being honest about the problem, that I would be able to understand why other companies with the same integrity would be reluctant to make a squeak! They would know the lynch mob is waiting for them here at itchmo!

    BUT oh what joy and good news for the poison companies! Now they will come up with bigger and better deceptions…defaming the truly better brands, and people will buy their products once again!…thanks to itchmo pounding into everybody’s head, twice now, giving the impression that “NB” with honesty and integrity is the worst offender of the pet food companies that has ever existed!
    God forgive them for being honest ASAP!…instead of the poison companies who knowingly held back for YEARS!

    As I once sang the praises of this website and had planned on sending a donation for its up-keep, it has come to the point where it has obviously become absurd as it features more comments anymore from certain people who are self-serving, or have an ego problem, and have lost the main point of the whole issue: the poison companies and the affected animals. Remember them?????
    Oh, keep in mind about the animals who will still be affected…but after all, slamming a company for being honest surely seems to be a bigger priority here!

    I am out of here!…and will go back solely to my animal rights org. who really knows how to keep focused!…with members who have no self-serving motives, no self-righteousness, and who take action!!!!!!

    ITCHMO ADMIN: Debbie, our job here is to report the news. I’m not sure where you’re getting the impression that we’re bashing NB. The comments are an open forum — we won’t regulate them — with the exception of a few offensive cases. We highlight certain comments because they may have merit. The worst thing we could do is withhold information. Take the comments with a grain of salt — exercise your critical thinking. We’re pet parents too, and we’re certainly not panicking. If some people are highly concerned, that doesn’t mean you should be too. It’s up to you to make the judgment regarding your own reactions. We hope that you keep subscribed to our alerts and hopefully, you will continue to find things of value here.

  2. Vicki says:

    I just received this e-mail (2am 4-17-07) from my dear friend Chrissy-
    —-
    my 3 dogs are ALL at the emergency vet tonight on IV’s for kidney failure. The food I use Natural Balance (Cat & Dog venison) is now on the recall list (wasn’t last time I bought it a week ago). Please spread the warning. I have to get to sleep as i have to wake at 6am to pick them up and bring them to “day vet.” Possible 3-4 days of this if this even helps. They are in bad shape - you saw em…a bit lethargic but fine looking otherwise…they still looked that way today but vet did blood tests that show acute kidney failure….

    The Austin vet who performed the test might help if you need- I can be reached at castlechickatmsndotcom.

  3. 5CatMom says:

    Debbie,

    Thanks for your post, but much prefer that you stick around for a while.

    The knowledge and experience you share here is helpful in many ways, and your passion and energy is an inspiration.

    I’m feeding Natural Balance to my cats, and have talked with Jennifer several times.

    But I’m concerned that there’s a much larger problem going on here - I don’t believe this is about one shipment of wheat gluten to ChemNutra.

    Anyway, I contacted NB yesterday, asked to speak with someone in their Test Department, and was told that they didn’t have anyone.

    I didn’t pursue the matter, and I realize that their response could simply mean that the TEST SUPERVISOR is out to lunch. I’m not suggesting they don’t have a Test Supervisor, and I’m not suggesting they don’t test. I’m just saying that when I called, I wasn’t able to speak to anyone.

    I have contacted other pet food companies with questions about their testing and have received a similar responses.

    To me, the pet food recall amounts to a COMPLETE SYSTEM BREAKDOWN.

    The fact that one importer, ChemNutra, received a bad shipment, and now a plant is (or was) shut down and the Senate & House are holding hearings indicates that the pet food industry has HUGE ISSUES.

    Also, since FDA continues to lower standards for imported foodstuffs, it’s imperative for pet food companies to establish their own rigorous testing protocols. The FDA can’t do everything.

    If pet food companies would take a part of the resources they spend on advertising and pretty bags, and improve their QC departments, we could avoid such debacles.

    As we struggle to identify “safe foods” it’s important to question all companies. We need to know if quality is really in the bag or just on the label.

    If anyone has details regarding the testing done by any pet food company please post.

  4. catherine pierson says:

    did not itchmo’s reporting give a two day head’s up to people feeding natural balance? isn’t that what itchmo’s poll indicates people want–information on product recalls, etc. usa today has a headline today “natural balance recalls pet food after reports animals vomit”. are you upset about that, too? i had been feeding my siberian royal canin limited ingredients, prescription only, dry food. my dog became very, very sick. without information available from sources other than royal canin non-existant announcements, my dog might have died. what i did find out is royal canin does not do feeding trials on their prescription line of food, only on their maintenace line. how’s that for ethics!!!!!!

  5. Jenny says:

    I mostly read at this blog and don’t post often. However, I had to do a double take at the first post. I never thought itchmo was about spewing hatrid at evil pet food companies and the government. Their byline says: “Connect with your pet. News and fun for cats, dogs, and their parents.” Yes, there is certainly action to take and I have written and emailed by senators and congresswoman, sent emails to companies, done research about the food I’m feeing my three cats.

    I want to applaud itchmo’s actions. Because of them I received an email on Sunday alerting me to a new recall. I do not feed my cats NB but it is one of the foods I was reviewing. And, although I hope it isn’t the case, one of the recalls may be for a food I do use - and in that case I will be thankful for the many efforts of itchmo and those that post.

  6. catherine pierson says:

    further reply to debbie–is it too much to ask of these companies to make a safe, tested product. i think this is the real question, not how people react when pet food is recalled for little issues like vomiting and kidney problems. when i pay $43.60 plus tax for a 20 lb. bag of prescription food, is it reasonable to expect that every morning i google that company to see if their product has been recalled. if the food was tested thoroughly before being put on the market, we wouldn’t have this problem–would we. sorry, if i am not sympathetic to the companies, natural or otherwise. a dead animal is a dead animal no matter the “honorable” after response.

  7. e wem says:

    Lynch mob? I thank God I found itchmo just in time as the best clearinghouse for pet info.

    By my garbage can sits a bag of Natural Balance dry that I paid a lot of $$ for.I bought it with other brands to replace what I had been feeding my cats who were sickened by the recalled IAMS. These same cats had been refusing the canned NB venison so I had already stopped buying that product.

    Because I read about a connection between Natural Balance and Menu foods for some of their products I had decided to not open the bag until I was convinced the problems were fully identified and resolved.

    Thank God.

    My cats are already sick. This is not lynch mob. This is mother love. I love my dear pets. Many companies, including NB were disingenuous about their products. I once actually thought NB made their own food. I gave them preference because of the large Made in USA on their label.

    But I now find NB, like most of our pet food companies, did not make their own food, but sub contracted it out. That is OK, but it means I do not know who really makes that food.

    Even now most of the companies including NB are hedging on the details. These details are not top-secret product information for God’s sake! These details are simple truth that any consumer needs to know so they can decide if they want to stick that product down the gullet of their dear pets.

    Where does this information blackout leave me? Up a creek. I am trying to keep my cats alive. I don’t have the luxury of trust any more. I need facts. Trust almost got my cats killed.

    I am glad NB reported problems with their food. I am not glad they are still vague about the manufacture of their food.

    I am awfully glad I found itchmo just in time.

  8. 5CatMom says:

    To: Duane Ekedahl
    President
    Pet Food Industry

    Dear Mr. Ekedahl,

    Please read yesterday’s article re: the pitiful state of US import inspections. It’s at the end of this post.

    Did you know that only 1.3% of foodstufs are inspected, and that
    “FDA doesn’t have enough resources or control over this situation presently,” said Mike Doyle, director of the University of Georgia’s Center for Food Safety, which works with industry to improve safety.”

    Also, “according to Dr. Sundlof, top vet at FDA “it is largely the responsibility of the IMPORTER (ChemNutra?) to make sure those products are safe”

    Do you think ChemNutra thought FDA or MENU was inspecting?

    Here’s a thought: Since the PET FOOD INSTITUTE represents PET FOODS COMPANIES, why don’t you get the pet food companies together, and
    figure out what raw ingredients go into PET FOOD.

    Then you could guys could create some test protocols for PET FOOD. Yes, I know that you’ve been working on the problem since 2001, but maybe a bit of FOCUS would be helpful.

    I’m tired of hearing about how everyone is “working, evaluating, reconciling, determining, and all those other BS words that don’t mean a blasted thing. In the future, please avoid the use of ALL gerunds as such words “are a verbal noun that expresses generalized or uncompleted action.”

    We’re not interested in your uncompleted action. We want to know what HAS BEEN DONE. Yes, we know that you are FORMING a committee, but I don’t see anyone on it who represents PET owners.

    When your new committee fails, will you create another committee, and another one?

    I’d like to see a real PET FOOD CEO, a person of integrity, step forward and jump right in the middle of this issue. Maybe it would help FDA get back to the business of protecting the HUMAN food supply.

    If you need help, please post on ITCHMO. Some of us are working on this night and day as pets continue to die. You might want to read some of the recent posts. But, fair warning, some of them will break your heart.

    This is a serious problem. DO SOMETHING!

    HERE’S THE HEADLINE:
    “How safe are our imported foods? “Government inspects only a fraction, specialists say”

    http://www.sun-sentinel.com/fe.....ews-health

  9. menusux says:

    Have been doing a slow burn re: Royal Canin and their lack of information response in the South African crisis. Their “gateway” website is:

    http://www.royalcanin.com/

    From that point, you select the part of the world you’re in and the language you speak. Selecting Africa and English for language, I checked there beginning at the point the contamination story appeared here. Not ONE WORD on that website about their first recall–nor the huge subsequent one–see for yourself:

    http://www.royalcanin.com/accueil/gb_sommaire.asp

    Everything I’ve found (outside of here) on the toxic food has been through news/media stories–Google South Africa has the problem as one of its lead main news page stories.

    BUT–this all changes, for some strange reason, when looking at the Royal Canin Canada website at:

    http://www.royalcanin.ca/index_en.php

    April 10, 2007

    ROYAL CANIN CANADA PROACTIVELY RECALLS FELINE DISSOLUTION FORMULA (canned)

    And a check of their US site, shows them breaking their necks to let the US public know that none of their foods are part of the US recall. Nothing said re the Canadian MediCal recall as this product is made for them by Menu, and nowhere can I find a thing about the South Africa crisis.

    Here’s one of the links to a media story about it:

    http://www.sundaytimes.co.za/a.....?ID=437245

    South Africa 14 dogs die after eating posh food 15 April 2007

    “As worried dog-lovers have swamped Joburg veterinarians with their ill animals this week, Gregory Watine told Metro his company was taking “full responsibility” for the crisis.“We don’t know the reason [for the dog deaths] yet but we decided to stop selling the food as a precautionary measure,” he said.“Should there be proof that it is our food that is causing this, then we will take responsibility. There is no liability at the moment.”

    Vets Choice is eaten by pampered pooches across the US and Europe. Now, Joburg vets say, tests conducted on ill animals show they ate ethylene glycol, an anti-freeze preparation, which caused their kidneys to fail.However, Watine said there was no evidence that his dog food was contaminated with it.”

    Here’s another:

    http://www.sundaytimes.co.za/N.....?id=438846

    South Africa–ALL Royal Canin Dry Product Recalled 16 April 2007

    “”It appears from tests carried out since 10 April, both in South Africa and overseas, that a batch of raw material received by Royal Canin SA from a third party supplier may have been contaminated,” Royal Canin SA’s managing director Gregory Watine said in a statement.”Tests are continuing in order to determine the precise contaminant. The results are expected by the end of the week.”Only products manufactured between March 8 and April 11 would be recalled, said Watine.

    “He urged pet owners to check the date of manufacture and country of origin on all Royal Canin products and return the recalled products to the vet where it was bought.”"

    The old “third party supplier out of country” again–VERY familiar. Cannot understand why RC has ZERO on their South African website regarding the recall; they’ve taken the time to pull all pages with the recalled products on them but no word for those who may have bags of them.

    Seeing the lack of warning on the RC South African website gives me cause to wonder what RC’s response might be if the same problem happened in the US.

    This “third party-outside source supplier” business is not just a US problem–it’s global. Here’s a story about honey being recalled in South Africa because of antibiotic content. The antibiotic may cause a rare blood disorder called aplastic anemia–the contaminated honey came from China:

    http://www.iol.co.za/index.php.....399C995179

    The antibiotic was recently linked to tainted honey imported from China and distributed on the South African market.

    Peel’s owner, John Smith, said the company operated 4 000 hives, but that owing to to retail demands, it had bought honey in bulk from smaller beekeepers and farmers. It was possible that the contamination came from one of those sources. “My whole world crashed (when told about the contamination). My 47 years of producing a quality product and serving the public was swept away,” Smith said.

    For the record, I am feeding Flint River Ranch; this is what the shelter was feeding my guy when I adopted him. Have no ties to the company–am simply a consumer who buys FRR.

    Something has to give for all of us–pets and people both, as bad food is a global issue. We need a LOT more honesty all around and it’s insulting to think that manufacturers believe that by not posting necessary information on both their products and websites, they can make the problem disappear. Though I don’t use RC, they’ve insulted my intelligence by their lack of candor on their website and are possibly exposing more pets to the same toxin through their omission.

  10. Elderta says:

    Natural Balance is not made by Menu. American Nutrition and Diamond makes their food.

  11. 5CatMom says:

    Menusux,

    Your info is very helpful, and the links are great.

    I’m contacting lots of folks at FDA, EPA, Homeland Security, Pet Food Institute.

    Got a call back yesterday from EPA, got email address, and sent lots of great information. All very discretely, of course.

    We need improvements and we want them YESTERDAY.

  12. 5CatMom says:

    Hey FDA,

    How about giving us the PHONE NUMBER for your EMERGENCY OPERATIONS CENTER. Just called my Area Complaint Coordinator, and they NEVER HEARD about your EMERGENCY OPERATIONS CENTER.

    Are you sure that you really want to hear from PET OWNERS?

    Note to: FDA This is very, very POOR.

    http://www.fda.gov/consumer/up.....allup.html

    “activated its Emergency Operations Center, available on a 24-hour basis, to manage the incoming information from pet owners, veterinarians, and others, making sure it gets to FDA’s scientists and inspection teams”

  13. Monika says:

    On thepetfoodlist.com I have found someone who lost a dog from eating NB and said they just heard from NB and that the company confirmed melamine.
    !!!!! not sure if this is true but here’s the post and forum:
    http://thepetfoodlist.com/foru.....316#msg316

  14. 5CatMom says:

    Monika, Others

    Does the NB food use corn products? What other grain products are in NB?

  15. menusux says:

    The NB website is overwhelmed–got these via the “back door” Google cached pages). This will be longer than a freight train, but here’s the ingredient listings for all NB dry foods:

    http://www.naturalbalanceinc.c.....ngredients

    Natural Balance Venison & Brown Rice
    Venison, Venison Meal, Brown Rice, Ground Rice, Rice Bran, Peas, Tomato Pomace, Canola Oil,
    Flaxseed, Natural Flavor, Potassium Chloride, Choline Chloride, Inulin, Taurine, Natural Tocopherols,
    Vitamin E Supplement, Iron Proteinate, Zinc Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Sulfate,
    Copper Sulfate, Potassium Iodide, Thiamine Mononitrate (Vitamin B-i), Manganese Proteinate,
    Manganous Oxide, Ascorbic Acid, Vitamin A Supplement, Biotin, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Manganese
    Sulfate, Sodium Selenite, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B-6), Vitamin B-12 Supplement, Riboflavin
    (Vitamin B-2), Vitamin D Supplement, Folic Acid (Vitamin B).

    http://www.naturalbalanceinc.c.....ltDog.html

    Ultra Dry Dog
    Chicken, Brown Rice, Lamb Meal, Oatmeal, Barley, Duck Meal, Potatoes, Carrots, Chicken Fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), Tomato Pomace, Natural Flavor, Canola Oil, Brewers Yeast, Fish Meal, Salmon Oil, Lecithin, Whole Ground Flaxseed, Potassium Chloride, Choline Chloride, Inulin, Taurine, Spinach, Parsley Flakes, Cranberry, Lysine, L-Carnitine, Yucca, Kelp, Vitamin E Supplement, Iron Proteinate, Zinc Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Potassium Iodide, Thiamine Mononitrate (Vitamin B-1), Manganese Proteinate, Manganous Oxide, Ascorbic Acid, Vitamin A Supplement, Biotin, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Manganese Sulfate, Sodium Selenite, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B-6), Vitamin B-12 Supplement, Riboflavin (Vitamin B-2), Vitamin D Supplement, Folic Acid (Vitamin B).

    http://www.naturalbalanceinc.c.....PandD.html

    Potato & Duck Dry
    Potatoes, Duck Meal, Duck, Canola Oil (preserved with natural mixed tocopherols), Potato Fiber, Natural Flavor, Salmon Oil, Flaxseed, Lecithin, Potassium Chloride, Choline Chloride, Inulin, Taurine, Lysine, L-Carnitine, Yucca, Vitamin E Supplement, Iron Proteinate, Zinc Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Potassium Iodide, Thiamine Mononitrate (Vitamin B-1), Manganese Proteinate, Manganous Oxide, Ascorbic Acid, Vitamin A Supplement, Biotin, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Manganese Sulfate, Sodium Selenite, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B-6), Vitamin B-12 Supplement, Riboflavin (Vitamin B-2), Vitamin D Supplement, Folic Acid (Vitamin B).

    http://www.naturalbalanceinc.c.....alDog.html

    Reduced Calorie Dog Dry
    Brown Rice, Chicken, Duck Meal, Lamb Meal, Oatmeal, Barley, Potatoes, Carrots, Potato Fiber, Chicken Meal, Chicken Fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), Natural Flavor, Brewers Yeast, Fish Meal, Salmon Oil, Lecithin, Whole Ground Flaxseed, Potassium Chloride, Choline Chloride, Inulin, Taurine, Spinach, Parsley Flakes, Cranberry, Lysine, L-Carnitine, Yucca, Kelp, Vitamin E Supplement, Iron Proteinate, Zinc Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Potassium Iodide, Thiamine Mononitrate (Vitamin B-1), Manganese Proteinate, Manganous Oxide, Ascorbic Acid, Vitamin A Supplement, Biotin, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Manganese Sulfate, Sodium Selenite, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B-6), Vitamin B-12 Supplement, Riboflavin (Vitamin B-2), Vitamin D Supplement, Folic Acid (Vitamin B).

    http://www.naturalbalanceinc.c.....PFish.html

    Sweet Potato & Fish Dog Dry
    Sweet Potatoes, Potatoes, Salmon, Salmon Meal, Canola Oil (preserved with natural mixed tocopherols), Potato Fiber, Natural Flavor, Salmon Oil, Flaxseed, Potassium Chloride, Choline Chloride, Inulin, Taurine, L-Carnitine, Vitamin E Supplement, Iron Proteinate, Zinc Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Potassium Iodide, Thiamine Mononitrate (Vitamin B-1), Manganese Proteinate, Manganous Oxide, Ascorbic Acid, Vitamin A Supplement, Biotin, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Manganese Sulfate, Sodium Selenite, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B-6), Vitamin B-12 Supplement, Riboflavin (Vitamin B-2), Vitamin D Supplement, Folic Acid (Vitamin B).

    http://www.naturalbalanceinc.c.....arian.html

    Vegetarian Dog Dry
    Brown Rice, Oatmeal, Cracked Pearled Barley, Peas, Potato Protein, Canola Oil, Potatoes, Tomato Pomace, Vegetable Flavoring, Lecithin, Flaxseed, Potassium Chloride, Choline Chloride, Inulin, Taurine, Natural Tocopherols, Spinach, Parsley Flakes, Cranberry, Lysine, L-Carnitine, Yucca, Kelp, Vitamin E Supplement, Iron Proteinate, Zinc Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Potassium Iodide, Thiamine Mononitrate (Vitamin B-1), Manganese Proteinate, Manganous Oxide, Ascorbic Acid, Vitamin A Supplement, Biotin, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Manganese Sulfate, Sodium Selenite, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B-6), Vitamin B-12 Supplement, Riboflavin (Vitamin B-2), Vitamin D Supplement, Folic Acid (Vitamin B).

    http://naturalbalanceinc.com/c.....enCat.html

    Venison & Fresh Green Pea Dry-Cats
    Peas, Venison Meal, Venison, Canola Oil, Flaxseed, Natural Flavor, Methionine, Choline Chloride, Inulin,
    Taurine, Natural Tocopherols, Zinc Proteinate, Vitamin E Supplement, Niacin, Manganese Proteinate,
    Copper Proteinate, Zinc Sulfate, Manganese Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Thiamine Mononitrate (Vitamin B-i),
    Vitamin A Supplement, Biotin, Potassium Iodide, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Riboflavin (Vitamin B-2),
    Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B-6), Vitamin B-12 Supplement, Manganous Oxide, Sodium Selenite,
    Vitamin D Supplement, Folic Acid (Vitamin B).

    http://www.naturalbalanceinc.c.....alCat.html

    Reduced Calorie Cat Dry
    Chicken Meal, Brown Rice, Chicken, Potatoes, Carrots, Duck Meal, Lamb Meal, Oatmeal, Chicken Fat (Preserved With Mixed Tocopherols), Natural Flavor, Fish Meal, Dried Egg, Brewers Yeast, Lecithin, Whole Ground Flaxseed, Potassium Chloride, Choline Chloride, Inulin, Taurine, Spinach, Parsley Flakes, Cranberry, Lysine, L-Carnitine, Yucca, Kelp, Zinc Proteinate, Vitamin E Supplement, Niacin, Manganese Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Zinc Sulfate, Manganese Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Thiamine Mononitrate (Vitamin B-1), Vitamin A Supplement, Biotin, Potassium Iodide, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Riboflavin (Vitamin B-2), Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B-6), Vitamin B-12 Supplement, Manganous Oxide, Sodium Selenite, Vitamin D Supplement, Folic Acid (Vitamin B).

    http://www.naturalbalanceinc.c.....ltCat.html

    Ultra Cat Dry
    Chicken Meal, Chicken, Brown Rice, Duck Meal, Barley, Oatmeal, Chicken Fat (Preserved With Mixed Tocopherols), Potatoes, Carrots, Lamb Meal, Fish Meal, Canola Oil, Natural Flavor, Dried Egg, Brewers Yeast, Lecithin, Whole Ground Flaxseed, Potassium Chloride, Choline Chloride, Inulin, Taurine, Spinach, Parsley Flakes, Cranberry, Lysine, L-Carnitine, Yucca, Kelp, Zinc Proteinate, Vitamin E Supplement, Niacin, Manganese Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Zinc Sulfate, Manganese Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Thiamine Mononitrate (Vitamin B-1), Vitamin A Supplement, Biotin, Potassium Iodide, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Riboflavin (Vitamin B-2), Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B-6), Vitamin B-12 Supplement, Manganous Oxide, Sodium Selenite, Vitamin D Supplement, Folic Acid (Vitamin B).

  16. 5Cat Mom says:

    Monica, et al

    Just tried to post over there, but I’m no good with forums.

    The question is: With whom did JC speak at NB?

    I just called NB, and was told that FDA was running tests, and there was NO melamine found.

    I’m not saying there is or is not Melamine. Would be helpful to know JC’s source, especially since NB apparently called him.

    Have made a few contacts this week, so any additional info is GREATLY appreciated.

  17. Monika says:

    I was just reposting what I found - I made a note that I wasn’t sure if it was true. Perhaps I jumped the gun but the posting seemed to follow posts that sounded completely genuine and I had no reason to think this person was not telling the truth. I’m not sure how to reply on that forum but I also wanted to post a follow up (like you did 5Cat Mom) about WHO was the person that they spoke with and EXACTLY WHAT was said. I tried calling NB all day so far and it’s busy busy busy.

    But I am getting more and more convinced that there is indeed something wrong with the food. Upon my recommendation a co-worker started feeding her yorkie NB Venison/Brown Rice right after the Menu recall (she was feeding Nutro at that time) and almost immediately there was blood in the stool and vomitting. She assumed it might have been the Nutro or the cold turkey switch to new food. She took the dog to the vet and the dog has chronic kidney failure. She went home after 2 days on IV and continued to feed the dog the same food until her prescription diet arrived.
    The dog seemed a lot better on the rx food and levels went down after follow up bloodwork. Yesterday morning I told her what I learned from the alert and we connected the dots and it seems to be that the food is to blame. The dog just had bloodwork in January before a teeth cleaning and nothing was elevated - all of a sudden in March the dog has kidney failure after about a week on NB Venison!

    In any case, I would love a follow up from the person that posted at petfoodlist.com about hearing of the melamine confirmation as I haven’t been able to confirm this anywhere else.

  18. xyz says:

    Has anyone looked at the other recalled foods and the two NB products in relation to ingredients, other than supplements? Anything common there?

    The green pea cat doesn’t appear to contain grain, unless I missed something. If the NB has a marker common to other recalled then it’s not the grain, unless it’s coming from something the feed animals were fed. Aside from that supplements are something they all have in common.

  19. xyz says:

    .
    And *if* there’s melamine contamination in any food not containing wheat gluten, dollars to donuts melamine is a marker FOR whatever the real contamination is. If you were going to mess with anything wouldn’t you want to know YOU weren’t eating it?

  20. Joan Steik says:

    TAURINE - Guess who has this product available?

    by Nature Organic has a canned organic chicken & turkey with nothing else added. http://www.bynaturepetfoods.com/

    All good wishes,
    - Joan

  21. Joan Steik says:

    Should be…

    TAURINE is a common additive found in most pet food - Guess who has this product available?

    by Nature Organic has a canned organic chicken & turkey with nothing else added. http://www.bynaturepetfoods.com/

    All good wishes,
    - Joan

  22. Jan says:

    From petconnection.com & USA Today:

    “But Natural Balance doesn’t use wheat gluten, the ingredient contaminated with melamine in the Menu recall. Instead, it suspects that melamine was in a rice protein concentrate, a new ingredient used in the dry foods, said Natural Balance president Joey Herrick. “That was the only change in the product,” he says.”

    How many other dry foods contain this rice protein concentrate????????????

  23. Jan says:

    Forgot to mention one other thing: it’s probably related to the hike in prices so pet food manufacturers are changing their food but not changing the label (as we all NOW know, they have six months in which to note the change)…..soooooooo, when you buy a food that you know & love, you have no clue that they’ve been playing around with the ingredients & it may now be contaminated with who knows what. I’d say that’s mighty scary.

  24. Traci says:

    “Should be…

    TAURINE is a common additive found in most pet food - Guess who has this product available?”

    Yes, and it’s because taurine is necessary for feline health (and cats can’t make the necessary amount in their own bodies and must get it meat). It is destroyed when raw meat is heat processed. It then is re-added after the heat process.

  25. Traci says:

    And these are the ingredients for adult cat from the link on “By Nature”

    Ingredients: Chicken Meal, Ground Barley, Chicken Fat (Stabilized with Mixed Tocopherols), Chicken, Chicken Livers, Ground Brown Rice, Flaxseed Meal, Ground Oats, Fish Meal, Tomato Pomace, Natural Flavors, Alfalfa Meal, Yeast Culture, Salt, Taurine, Vitamin E Supplement, Choline Chloride, Zinc Sulfate, Zinc Proteinate, Vitamin A Supplement, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Sweet Potatoes, Carrots, Blueberries, Cranberries, Dried Chicory Root, Raspberries, Turmeric, Niacin Supplement, Ferrous Sulfate, Manganese Sulfate, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Manganese Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Thiamine Mononitrate, Copper Sulfate, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Riboflavin Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Calcium Iodate, Folic Acid, Biotin, Sodium Selenite, Rosemary Extract, Dried Yeast Fermentation Solubles.

    I see taurine listed.

  26. Johnny says:

    Uh oh, I think NB just got caught playing with this ingredients.

    “melamine found in the rice protein concentrate (described by the company as rice gluten) used by Natural Balance” and at the end they say in BOLD “Natural Balance recommends avoiding all rice protein in their products.”

    Oopsie, they got busted.

  27. David Phillips says:

    Two weeks ago I called Menu Foods to report a Older cats death due to kidney failure due to Kroger Brand cat food recalled. The said someone would call the next week (last week) and no call.

    Your report to the telephone number, they take your name and Number and nothing happens. It is time for some new laws

  28. Traci says:

    Remembered this company for venison:

    http://www.ziwipeak.com/Produc.....ne-Family/

    Hate to recommend anything but it isn’t a U.S. and it’s higher-end holistic food.

  29. Joan Steik says:

    I use the Ziwipeak “treats” for my Newfoundlands - grain free! - Joan

    Traci Says: April 17th, 2007 at 7:05 pm
    Remembered this company for venison:

    http://www.ziwipeak.com/Produc.....ine-Family

  30. Traci says:

    :)

    Well, I just posted additional info on Ziwi here:

    http://www.itchmo.com/read/nat.....mment-5405
    http://www.itchmo.com/read/nat.....mment-5407
    http://www.itchmo.com/read/nat.....mment-5423

  31. 5CatMom says:

    Monika,

    Your post was just fine, and you very clearly said that you weren’t sure if it was true.

    I appreciate you pointing it out, otherwise I would have missed it and would not have called the Pet Food Institute this afternoon.

  32. mal says:

    The worst part about the Natural Balance recall is that they changed the list of ingredients on their website.

    This is the list from a few days ago:

    http://tinyurl.com/2875ac

    There is no rice protein listed!!! Now all of a sudden they are listing it on their website:

    http://www.naturalbalanceinc.c.....enCat.html

    Did they SUDDENLY realize they were using this product. GIVE ME A BREAK!!!

    Can anyone say “COVER UP”

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