Lortscher Agri Service, Inc. in Bern, Kansas, says they purchased Chinese rice protein concentrate from Wilbur-Ellis to create dry pet food for another company. In fact, they issued a recall on April 20. Who in turn, sold it as Blue Buffalo food.
Company spokesman Tim Krehbiel declined to name the pet food maker or confirm them on a list provided by Itchmo. PetFoodTracker found this release that links C.J. Foods with LASI. C.J. Foods was sold (and recalled) as Blue Buffalo’s Spa Select Kitten Dry Food.
LASI produces dry food for cats and dogs. Only Blue Buffalo’s cat food was recalled.
Their full release after the jump.
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20 April 2007
Lortscher Agri Service is supporting a voluntary recall of a single pet food diet.
LASI provided a flour mixture to a single batch of a single line of pet food.
The pet food contained a contaminated rice protein concentrate. That contaminated rice protein concentrate was an ingredient provided to LASI.
Testing was initiated by Lortscher Agri Service (Lortscher) and its pet food production customers when it was revealed that a respected supplier of ingredients
had found melamine in a common pet food ingredient. Lortscher first contacted the supplier who expressed that they did not anticipate any problems with the lot purchased by Lortscher. Lortscher began testing samples of raw ingredient as well as blended pet food to verify. Initial testing indicates contamination is limited to a single tote bag of rice protein used in a single production run of a single diet.
FDA and the pet food companies involved were immediately notified. The pet food companies responded quickly and appropriately to limit consumer exposure.
Lortscher Agri Service and their pet food production customers have expanded the testing process to verify and to assure customers that no other diet made by Lortscher Agri Service has been affected.
Lortscher Agri Service is a family business in rural Kansas. They have been
Producing high quality pet food for nearly 30 years and together with their
customers have chosen to implement standards of quality that are among the
highest in the industry. Rand Schafer, General Manager of Lortscher Agri Service
takes pride in these standards stating, â€œI firmly believe that our pro-active stance and our dedication to a safe, high quality pet food supply has paid off today as we, along with our customers, were able to help protect the pet food supply from a majority of the tainted product. We are upset that any tainted pet food was released and are taking steps to further tighten the security net for all ingredients.â€
Lortscher Agri Service is taking the following steps:
1) Expanding sampling and testing procedures.
2) Have joined a task force working for better origin labeling.
3) Working to make supply chain for ingredients used by Lortscher more transparent.
4) Working to make sure supply chain has appropriate systems and controls in place to assure Quality and Safety from source to shelf.
If you have questions you may contact Tim Krehbiel at 785-336-6171