WP on Why a Pet Food Recall Has Troubled So Many

One reporter for the Washington Post writes about the rising importance of pets in the American family and how a recall of 99-cent cans opened his eyes to the industry’s practices. A highlight below:

A 99-cent unit of “cuts and gravy” is the signal product of global industrialized food, where nothing is wasted, a brutal efficiency rules and ingredients are assembled from a relentlessly competitive international marketplace. There is no accident in a can of dog food. Just the opposite. The contents have been supplemented and fortified for nutritional, mineral and vitamin balance, the foods precisely engineered for smell, texture and palatability.

More highlights after the jump.
From The Washington Post:

In the weeks since March 16, more than 100 dog and cat foods have been yanked. The recalls center on an outfit called Menu Foods and its plant in Kansas, and trust me, consumers were very surprised when they learned that Menu Foods makes din-din sold under dozens of pet food names, from the cheap generic store labels to the fancy “premium” offerings.

The recalls are unprecedented. There never has been anything as extensive before for animal or human foods. While the volume — 60 million cans and counting — is sizable, what is remarkable is the number of pet food makers involved. It’s almost all of them.

I propose that this is a rather big deal. The blogosphere is howling, and at dog parks everywhere, the food recalls and the response of the industry and government is Topic A.

7 Responses to “WP on Why a Pet Food Recall Has Troubled So Many”

  1. Lynn says:

    Problem with the jump???

  2. Val says:

    The Washington Post article was good, guts indeed!
    For those that want to know what to make in place of canned food for their dogs. I use a recipe from a Greyhound rescue site. It’s been so long I can’t recall where I found it! I do not use canned for my dogs at all anymore. The smell of the canned is enough to gag ya’!
    Pretty simple though, take about 5lbs chicken whole or parts, skinned or not, put it in the crock pot cover with water and cook for 20 hours, add veggies and barley the last few hours. Stir and break up the chicken parts from time to time. No need to de-bone anything, the bones mush up in your fingers!
    Anyway my dogs love mom’s home made “canned” there are no guts, all human grade food and I feel good knowing exactly what is in it. I freeze containers with enough for 3 days in each. Thaw as needed.
    Feel free to post elsewhere, it’s no secret!

  3. Elaine Vigneault says:

    Indeed the blogosphere is howling. Let’s just make sure it stays that way. This CANNOT be swept under the rug.

  4. Sue says:

    Re: the canned food recipe posted: Make sure your dogs are getting more variety than just chicken. Also, keep the guts IN! dogs need the organ meat too, much more so than they need barley or veggies.

  5. Holistic Hounds says:

    More recipes for home cooked meals for dogs.

  6. Evy says:

    Itchmo ~

    Most excellent article that you found here and YES I hope the story stays alive.

    Today it was hard to believe how many retailers didn’t know about the recall/withdrawal of product.

    You are doing a great job journalistically about this all and your blogs are always insightful - even your silly pictures. Thanks for your excellence :)

  7. BW says:

    Val, Thanks so much for the recipe. This is something I think I could actually DO.
    And I have a crock pot. The WP article is great!

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