Texas Dog Owner Finds Piece Of Plastic In Beef N’ More Dog Food

Beef N MoreAn East Texas dog owner found a piece of plastic in a can of Beef N’ More dog food. And he wants to warn other pet owners to be cautious of what is in your pet’s food.

Last month, William Sikorski opened up a can of Beef N’ More dog food and found the foreign object. He said he normally mixes canned dog food with dry dog food and found it by accident.

Sikorski contacted Beef N’ More, which is based in Texas, and they sent him a refund check in the mail. But Sikorski said that a check is simply not enough.

He stated, “It’s more than a check, it’s the point that something that was foreign was found in the dog food which, doesn’t need to be there. I want to be sure that the company is doing their part so it won’t happen again.”

Sikorski warned other pet owners to always check pet food before giving it to pets.

Beef ‘N More products are available at Sam’s Clubs, Wal-Marts, and certain supermarkets in Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Mississippi, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

The company claims to be manufacturing their own wet and dry pet food.

Source: KLTV

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26 Responses to “Texas Dog Owner Finds Piece Of Plastic In Beef N’ More Dog Food”

  1. Carol says:

    Thanks to Mr Sikorsky for making this public. One would hope that after the debacle of 2007 that the pet food companies would realize when we complain about something in our pet’s food or health issues we don’t want a refund of the can or bag or pouch that we bought—-we want a gurantee of safe healthy food and for complaints like these to be taken seriously, examined and reported back to the pet parent. Do they not get it???
    Until there are harsh penalties for ANY food company to have problems like this, I doubt much will change.

  2. janet says:

    Not only in dog food. I recently found a piece of black plastic in a Stauffer’s frozen dinner. I also got a refund.

  3. shibadiva says:

    Beef n’ More is Merrick’s low end offering. Their Wingalings were recalled in 2006 with metal tags in them, treats with salmonella were recalled in 2002, etc. Merrick also owns Hereford By-Products and rendering facilities. More in the forums.

  4. fgfgfgf says:

    “N’More,” alright, eh?

  5. sara says:

    “N’More,” alright, eh?

  6. mittens says:

    yes,it doesn’t say specifically what the ” N’more” is so what’s the …er … beef?

    i know sometimes finances are an issue but if at all possible you can’t buy these cut rate brands . not that there should be alien crap in them but as someone in the food industry i am aware that a ‘ piece of plastic’ isn’t painkillers or poison or ground glass but a common packaging component that can easily get into food. products can be easily scanned with machinery for metal( as nuts and raisins often are)but not for something like a plastic hunk off a lip of a bucket( and some of those lids are very hard to get off- you have to hack them off with a knife even though they have a rip ring on them- they rarely work). but with this sort of cheap -o-pet food i dont think it’s beyond reason that weird gross crud from rendering plants gets through even though they claim to ‘ render’ the stuff into a fine powder. there have to be more stringent laws surrounding the use of rendering plants and what goes in them in order to get a hold on this whole pet food issue and it’s a subject that is rarely broached in any official discussions.

    soylent green is the euthanized pets from what some claim is the non-over population of unwanted animals, road kill and lord knows what else…

  7. leigh says:

    Sadly in the usa they make pet food with lower standards than in Europe. Tests were shown that if you eat pet food here you can get sick off it yourself while in Europe a human can eat pet food and not get sick.
    I wish that someone would jump in and stop things like this. Of course plastic is often said to be found in pet foods out here however, to find a piece of it as you did is even more scary. I try to give my cat the best foods and cook for her also. I am starting to think until i get her safe out of the usa that is the best option.
    Thanks for the alert. I put it on my beefrecalls page. I hope people become more aware of the way pet food companies are in the usa. I thought last events would make them finally fda regulate and check it but, who knows really.

  8. leigh says:

    Sadly in the usa they make pet food with lower standards than in Europe. Tests were shown that if you eat pet food here you can get sick off it yourself while in Europe a human can eat pet food and not get sick.
    I wish that someone would jump in and stop things like this. Of course plastic is often said to be found in pet foods out here however, to find a piece of it as you did is even more scary. I try to give my cat the best foods and cook for her also. I am starting to think until i get her safe out of the usa that is the best option.
    Thanks for the alert. I put it on my www.beefrecalls.com page. I hope people become more aware of the way pet food companies are in the usa. I thought last events would make them finally fda regulate and check it but, who knows really.

  9. Jane Anderson says:

    shibadiva you seem to be up on who makes what. Do you know how and where the various meals in Wellness are made? They used to use actual chicken and actual turkey, now a large percentage is meal. Which would be ok, except I asked them where it is made and they refused to answer. I wanted to know if all this meal is made on the same machinery or the same place that grinds cats and dogs, 4d, etc. into meal. They refused to say and this got my suspicions up. If this were NOT being done then a company would be very eager to say so. The silence of Wellness is deafening.

  10. Samantha says:

    I also use Wellness. How do you know that “a large percentage is now meal?” (I am not disagreeing with you, just wondering how you were able to find that out!)

  11. Penny says:

    For info on Wellness, go to the forums and read the last few pages of “What’s Killing Our Pets?” It’s on the Recall board.

    Wellness took on an investment partner, closed their plants, and have 11 “manufacturing partners”. Their brown rice comes from China, and they’re about to go global.

    When you call them, they’ll tell you nothing. I no longer trust them, so I no longer use their food.

  12. shibadiva says:

    Jane, I wish I knew what was in Wellness. I try to home-cook for my guys, but occasionally there will be a can of Wellness in the house. Of course, the vet and the petfood store people have nothing but praises for it.

    The plastic in the petfood is the part you know about…

  13. Kevin says:

    Boy am I glad I make my own pet food for my cats. I have seen and read enough about what goes into commercial pet food to make me want to vomit.

    Also, of course Walmart carries this brand.

    My beasts eat nothing but raw food with supplements from Celestial Pets. Not to sound like a commercial but 10 generations of cats and counting can’t be wrong.


  14. Kevin says:

    Also, the can should have give you a clue of the contents. Beef N’ MORE. You may not want the more.

  15. Sandy says:

    I am going to have my husband read the label to our Wellness. Ugh soon it WILL be home cooked for my dog. I found a thin thing of plastic in dry CA NATURAL lamb and rice. I sill have it and am waiting for a call from the dept of agriculture here but so far……nobody cares

  16. Denise says:

    I know this could happen to any kind of food but this is a very bad idea feeding this lower end food. we have got to try and be cautious. I am cooking for my dog and have her on Eagle pack hollistic. half my cooking and half eagle pack hollistic but i am still very worried. I am thinking of using Honest kichen www.honestkitchen.com with the meat I buy. anyone have any ideas. I just don’t trust the pet food industry.

  17. Kevin says:


    Celestial Pets has solutions and recipes for dogs as well as cats.

    I hope this helps.


  18. Jane Anderson says:

    Samantha, it is on the Old Mother Website, and also on the packaging that they now use much more meals. The thing is, OMH has had this big todo about their food being human grade. And the canned is - those cans that do not have fish meal. Or any meals. The dry does have meals, and is getting more and more. But those online stores that carry OMH continue to state that Wellness foods are human grade when they no longer are. OMH likes to say that their food is 80% human grade with only 20% being not. Well that not is the poultry and fish meals. That is what we WANT to be human grade!

    I do like the results of Wellness. One of my dogs was sick and temporarily had to be on one of the Hills Science Diet. Her coat started to get rough pretty fast. After she recovered I put her back on the Wellness and her coat got very silky soft again. The coat is the first to go. If there is proper nutrition then the dog, after taking care of the inside, will be able to form a smooth shiny coat on the outside. But I am afraid of Wellness, and am also afraid that my dogs are not getting the proper nutrients if I fed exclusively home cooked. I am now cutting the amount of Wellness in half and cooking chicken and green beans plux vitamins and minerals for them. It’s actually cheaper than feeding the Wellness! I use only Smart Chix as the chickens are raised without bad stuff and also killed much more humanely.

  19. Peace2us says:

    Folks please please please read your labels. Here is the scoring sheet on how to rate the pet food you are using:

    How to grade your dog’s food: Start with a grade of 100:
    1) For every listing of “by-product” , subtract 10 points
    2) For every non-specific animal source (”meat” or “poultry”, meat, meal
    fat) reference, subtract 10 points
    3) If the food contains BHA, BHT, or ethoxyquin, subtract 10 points
    4) For every grain “mill run” or non-specific grain source, subtract 5
    5) If the same grain ingredient is used 2 or more times in the first
    ingredients (I.e. “ground brown rice”, “brewers rice”, “rice flour” are
    the same grain), subtract 5 points
    6) If the protein sources are not meat meal and there are less than 2
    in the top 3 ingredients, subtract 3 points
    7) If it contains any artificial colorants, subtract 3 points
    8 ) If it contains ground corn or whole grain corn, subtract 3points
    9) If corn is listed in the top 5 ingredients, subtract 2 more points
    10) If the food contains any animal fat other than fish oil, subtract 2
    11) If lamb is the only animal protein source (unless your dog is
    to other protein sources), subtract 2 points
    12) If it contains soy or soybeans, subtract 2 points
    13) If it contains wheat (unless you know that your dog is not allergic
    wheat), subtract 2 points
    14) If it contains beef (unless you know that your dog is not allergic
    beef), subtract 1 point
    15) If it contains salt, subtract 1 point

    Extra Credit:
    1) If any of the meat sources are organic, add 5 points
    2) If the food is endorsed by any major breed group or nutritionist, add
    3) If the food is baked not extruded, add 5 points
    4) If the food contains probiotics, add 3 points
    5) If the food contains fruit, add 3 points
    6) If the food contains vegetables (NOT corn or other grains), add 3
    7) If the animal sources are hormone-free and antibiotic-free, add 2
    8 ) If the food contains barley, add 2 points
    9) If the food contains flax seed oil (not just the seeds), add 2 points
    10) If the food contains oats or oatmeal, add 1 point
    11) If the food contains sunflower oil, add 1 point
    12) For every different specific animal protein source (other than the
    first one; count “chicken” and “chicken meal” as only one protein
    source, but “chicken” and “” as 2 different sources), add 1 point
    13) If it contains glucosamine and chondroitin, add 1 point
    14) If the vegetables have been tested for pesticides and are
    pesticide-free, add 1 point

    94-100+ = A 86-93 = B 78-85 = C 70-77 = D 69 and below = F

  20. Peace2us says:


    Dog Food scores:
    Authority Harvest Baked / Score 116 A+
    Bil-Jac Select / Score 68 F
    Canidae / Score 112 A+
    Chicken Soup Senior / Score 115 A+
    Diamond Maintenance / Score 64 F
    Diamond Lamb Meal & Rice / Score 92 B
    Diamond Large Breed 60+ Formula / Score 99 A
    Van Patten’s Natural Balance Ultra Premium / Score 122 A+
    Van Patten’s Duck and Potato / Score 106 A+
    Foundations / Score 106 A+
    Hund-n-Flocken Adult Dog (lamb) by Solid Gold / Score 93 B
    Iams Lamb Meal & Rice Formula Premium / Score 73 D
    Innova Dog / Score 114 A+
    Innova Evo / Score 114 A+
    Kirkland Signature Chicken, Rice, and Vegetables / Score 110 A+
    Nutrisource Lamb and Rice / Score 87 B
    Nutro Natural Choice Large Breed Puppy / Score 87 B
    Pet Gold Adult with Lamb & Rice / Score 23 F
    ProPlan Natural Turkey & Barley / Score 103 A+
    Purina Beneful / Score 17 F
    Purina Dog / Score 62 F
    Purina Come-n-Get It / Score 16 F
    Royal Canin Bulldog / Score 100 A+
    Royal Canin Natural Blend Adult / Score 106 A+
    Sensible Choice Chicken and Rice / Score 97 A
    Science Diet Advanced Protein Senior 7+ / Score 63 F
    Science Diet for Large Breed Puppies / Score 69 F
    Wellness Super5 Mix Chicken / Score 110 A+
    Wolfking Adult Dog (bison) by Solid Gold / Score 97 A


    Learn what each ingredient is and what it is good or bad for your pet. Don’t be fooled by pretty packaging.

  21. Peace2us says:

    Ingredient label for one of the beef n more products:


    Fresh beef, GROUND YELLOW CORN, SOYBEAN MEAL, CORN GLUTEN MEAL, WHEAT MIDDLINGS, GROUND WHEAT, beef tallow, cooked bone meal, beef trachea, flaxseed, natural flavor, calcium carbonate, salt, yeast culture, dicalcium phosphate, fish meal, distillers dried grains, dried whey, choline chloride, zinc proteinate, dl-alpha tocopherol (vitamin E), manganese proteinate, iron proteinate, copper proteinate, vitamin B12 supplement, calcium pantothenate, vitamin A supplement, niacin, lecithin, d-activated animal sterol (source of vitamin D3), riboflavin, biotin, ethylenediamine dihydriodide, cobalt proteinate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, folic acid, thiamine mononitrate, cobalt carbonate, sodium selenite.

    Many dogs have allergies to wheat, note this food is full of wheat fillers. Wow. This is not a food I would recommend for pets.

  22. Louie W. says:

    The label only tells you what the company wants you to believe.

    So the label is only marketing hype.

    Call the company and ask for an ingredient analysis test report. Ask them to prove what’s in the food. Ask them if they test for toxins. What toxins? Ask for a copy of their last test report.

    They don’t test the food, so they don’t know.

    Make your own food. At least you’ll know what’s in it.

  23. Sharon says:

    This kind of food is sold at Walmart. When will y’all get yer head out of where the sun don’t shine and quit buying pet food there? You are supporting a company that doesn’t care and putting your pet’s life in danger. How stupid is that?

  24. Nora and Rufus says:

    Beef and MORE. Yea, alot more of the crap and scrapings off the slaughter house floors and also lots of poison fillers and GOD only knows what else!!!!!

  25. SMITH111 says:

    After almost a year (really longer than that) I am still so disgusted with the pet food industry. I lost two of my best friends to tainted pet foods and my new cat throws up dry food all the time. I’ve tried numerous both better and lower quality brand pet foods. I believe this situation has not gotten much better than a year ago. Sad to say. I am completely disgusted with our legislators.

  26. Sandra -Jordie's Mommy says:

    I’m disgusted as well. I thought I was being a good mom, feeding my girls Merrick Holistic Food. I too, mix can with dry food.
    In ONE week, I found a bug in one can of Thanksgiving Day Dinner - and 5 days later, I found a large blue piece of plastic in the Turducken can.

    I called the company and told them about what happened. They wanted to send me a coupon for a free case of dog food, and I explained to them that I wasn’t trying to get “something for nothing” but to be ASSURED that my dog’s food is SAFE. I’m paying ALOT of money for food for my girls - which I don’t mind - if it’s good for them and safe for them.

    I hate when a company thinks they can shut you up just by giving you something for free…….NO MORE MERRICK.

    Now I feed them Blue (Buffalo) and they’re even happier!

    -Sandra, NJ

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