This is not an accurate statement ot the current recalls nor is it from an authorized source. Please do the responsible thing and go to the individual manufacturor's site for accurate recall information.
What part of the article do you find inaccurate, Freebyrd? You should go to each brand's individual website. But if the brand you are using is not listed in the first article, then there is no need. This is a general announcement with a disclaimer (you got to the bottom of the letter). The Press Releases had not been released as of yesterday. But for example. If you go to the Canidae website it does indeed mention voluntary recall of some of the foods mentioned in the article and included the May 5th Press Release. http://www.canidae.com/info/
freebyrd, I assume that it is and will be safe to buy Taste of the Wild and that store owners will be the first to pull any offending product should it appear? I still believe it is a wonderful food and my two rescues have done amazingly on it since I changed them over.
I got an email from wellness about a voluntary recall. I personally run far away from any food that uses diamond manufacturing facilities. I used to feed wellness, Canidae, and natural balance but not anymore.
I read about a recall for Diamond, the facility was in one of the Carolinas & it named the states it distributed to & they were all on the East Coast. This facility doesn't deliver to Texas. It also said this facility has had this problem before. About a week ago I was going to buy diamond & I ended up buying something else.
I've been feeding Acana for over a year now with fantastic results. My 3 eat much less of it than any other brand I've been through and the champion company is pretty reputable. I rotate through their different formulas so my dogs always get a variety of proteins. So far I haven't needed to change foods again. I know a lot of people who feed TOTW and their dogs do well on it, but personally I wouldn't touch it with a 10 ft pole due to who the company chooses to do business with(diamond).
I liked wellness but they were bought out by a big corporation that makes products like glue and then diamond got a hold of them too. Sucky.
Btw I have a Siberian husky, Doberman, and a German shepherd.
FDA Home - Refusal Details as Recorded in OASIS by FDA for Refusal 144-4376281-3/1/5 Manufacturer FEI 3002523618 Manufacturer Name Champion Petfoods Manufacturer Address line 1 9503 90th Ave Manufacturer Address line 2 Manufacturer's City Morinville Manufacturer Province/State AB Manufacturer Country/Area Canada Product Code 72BFT05 Importer's Product Description ACANA GRASSLANDS DOG Refusal Date 31-Jan-2011 FDA District SEA-DO Entry/doc/line/sfx 144-4376281-3/1/5 FDA Sample Analysis Yes FDA Record of Private Lab Sample Analysis No Charge(s) Violation Code Section Charge Statement SALMONELLA 402(a)(1), 801(a)(3); Sorry if this has already been posted, but I couldn't find anything on it in the search. After reading positive things about Acana, I decided to buy a bag of it last night for my pup. Doing some searching on the web today, I came across this mentioning salmonella found in their Acana Grasslands product:
Import Refusal Report
Looking on Champion Petfood's website, I this referenced this in their FAQ halfway down the page. FDA says there was salmonella found. Champion Petfoods says it was tested prior to leaving their facility. Who am I to believe, FDA or Champion Petfoods?
I'm concerned why did they did not perform a recall as a precaution. The import refusal was four months ago and from what I can tell, this has not been resolved. Forgive my ignorance on this, but my first impression is not a positive one regarding Champion Petfoods.
Read more: http://www.pitbull-chat.com/showthread.php?88952-Acana-FDA-Import-Refusal#ixzz1u6BaoNMRADULTERATION The article appears to contain Salmonella, a poisonous and deleterious substance which may render it injurious to health.
Champion did not have a recall in 2011. What did happen: On Jan. 31st, 2011 the FDA tested a sample form Acana Grasslands prior to letting the shipment cross the border. The results said that it "appeared" to have salmonella; and an "import alert" was put on Acana Grassland. Additional samples were sent to an FDA approved 3rd party independent lab for further testing - which all came back negative. The FDA requires somewhere around a couple month's passing before an import alert is lifted.
You can find Champion's official response to the matter imbedded about half way down the page of Frequently Asked Questions on their web site.
Also, salmonella is a risk with ANY pet food company because of processing. No one is immune from it. There is also no comparison to the quality of champion and those that use diamond manufacturing. Just look at diamond's track record with recalls. Terrible. Now with so many salmonella recalls, I would be greatly concerned. So far, champion hasn't given me any cause for concern to switch foods.
In my mind..... They are all subject to problems and the resulting media fallout......
The question is..... How transparent is each manufacturer with regards to their individual issues? I fully understand frequency as being one gauge by which one can rate the safety of a food, however "precautionary" recalls are a hallmark of the integrity of a manufacturer. I don't appreciate finding out about what "could have been" a problem after the fact.
The thing is though champion tested the bags multiple times after the alert and there were no problems. I'm not saying Champion is perfect and I'm not a whore for any dog food, if they start having problems and become untrustworthy then I will switch foods again. If I had my way at the moment I would be feeding raw(and not pre made) so I could have complete control over what is going into my dogs. Acana is one of the highest quality kibbles I have found on the market right now that is producing great results for all 3 of my different dogs.
Testing with negative findings is a good thing...... The same findings were true for many of the other afforementioned brands.
Sailor Tatoos, I greatly respect your advocacy for our "friends in fur"...... The world needs lots more people like you! My ONLY point here is to make sure all pet owners are given a 360 degree view of all pet related issues at hand.