Recall! Shmeecall!

Recently Jen wrote that our food had been recalled.

Does it matter what you feed your companion animals?
Does it matter what you feed your companion animals?

Several days after the initial recall notice, the Natura Company emailed that the recall had been increased to include more of the product. Jen was worried, and she called the company’s recall hotline and was told that since neither of us appeared to be sick, our food would be fine. The company sent her two coupons for $2 off future purchases.

But Jen didn’t feel comfortable, so she decided that with her next purchase she would change our food. And she’s glad she made that decision, because last night she got yet another email from the company saying Natura has again expanded the recall. Β While we still have some Evo, she’s throwing it out and changing our food today.

I am taste testing a new food from Petbrosia. I’ll tell you more about that after I’ve eaten it for awhile. DeDe is now eating Nutrisca. Petbrosia also sent food for June Buggie to try. Wow…. pretty daring!

What we eat is important to Jen.... and to us!
What we eat is important to Jen…. and to us!

Now I don’t know why the company chose to handle the recall the way they have, and there may still be nothing wrong with our food, but the way the company has handled this recall has left a bad taste in Jen’s mouth. If the concern was this great, why didn’t the original recall cover all products at risk?

Of course, if you do change your dog or cat’s food, you may want to carefully read the label. You may be feeding dog meat to your animal. WHAT??? Yes, check out this editorial from Slate.

I know. It’s all so difficult to navigate the food maze.

But it’s only difficult if you care what you feed.

56 thoughts on “Recall! Shmeecall!

    1. You may want to take Gypsy to the vet just to be sure! I understand the problem with Morgan since it’s difficult to find foods DeDe can eat. At least there are more options for special diet for dogs. Hopefully there will be more options for cats soon.

  1. We humans can’t trust our own food, so imagine the shortcuts pet food manufacturers may take when their subjects can’t even tell you they think something is wrong. When big money and big business are involved, it’s all about money, and that’s not good enough for me.

    1. I am particularly sad about this recall because Natura flew Jen out to their plant and showed her all the steps they take to keep their product contaminant free, and now this.

  2. Oh poor sweetie. I try to keep up with the pet food recalls to share with others. So far iams hasn’t had a recall but I keep an eye out. Good luck on the new food.

  3. We haven’t heard any recalled pet food here…but we worry only if we don’t know it or our companies don’t say anything and don’t do recall….weird…There are many pet foods imported from USA and if those products are announced the recall, we surly should hear the same….but we wonder why we never heard the recall?

  4. I recently had a much better experience with IAMS…I was given one container of their new Shakeables Treats at Global Pet Expo…turns out the ones I had were from the batch that was recalled…When I contacted them it didn’t matter that I hadn’t even purchased the product. They immediately sent me a coupon for a free container of Shakeables no questions asked…I’d be feeling pretty unfriendly to Natura now too Rumpy

  5. We are in the same boat here, Rumpy. And Mom is not too happy because she just ordered and received three big bags of our CA Natural from Mr. Chewy. Mr. Chewy said they will honor the vouchers we get from Natura, but what are we going to eat in the meantime? Mom worries because Ciara and Lightning don’t do well with food changes – it usually takes a few weeks to make very slow change:(

    Woos – Phantom, Thunder, Ciara, and Lightning

    1. I’m the same way guys. Fortunately there are now more choices. I suggest a trip to a boutique pet shop and ask for samples to see what you tolerate.

  6. Ever since Charlie got sick because of dried pet food I have been wary…especially after reading this article on what goes in to pet food. Almost all pet food comes from the same sources, only people don’t realise it.

    http://www.bornfreeusa.org/facts.php?p=359&more=1

    Dried food is now believed to be one of the reasons our pets now get diabetes, and why cancer rates have risen so dramatically since dried food became such a favourite with pet owners. Mine are now all on raw food diets and the change is great.

  7. Ugh…. and that first recall post of Jen’s was how I found your blog Rumpy…

    I was so happy and relieved when my girl’s food was not on that original list. Now I am just as dismayed as Jen.

    We supplement a homemade anti-cancer diet with Evo Grain-Free Turkey and Chicken Small Bites because it is the lowest carbohydrate and highest fat kibble on the market–perfect for her special cancer-fighting diet. Many owners of cancer-dogs do the same.

    This makes me sick, but better to know than not. Thanks for the information Rumpy and Jen–I may not have learned of it otherwise–I’ll be sure to pass it along.

    1. My girl Sasha was diagnosed with Cancer last year in March and we switched her to Orijen. She loves that food! Its a great quality and I would highly recommend it.

  8. Thanks for your post. Jen was right to through out your food. Getting sick is not good. Besides the vet is more expensive than the food. I hope mom throws out my food if she’s suspicious.
    Hugs and licks, BJ.

  9. Thanks for always letting us know about the recalls! I am always worried about the stuff I’m eating because I feel like I have not found an awesome brand to stick to yet.

  10. Crikey Rumpydog…it’s so hard to navigate the world of petfood..Forrest T.S.Green and Doc get a good reputable dry food and we mix it with fresh vegetables and fresh meat…we are so fussy about their diet that when we moved nearly two years ago and could not find a good fresh meat supplier we made the decision to travel the 4 hour return trip by car back to our old supplier.We portion it and freeze it and have a good months supply.Dinnermintz our Ginger tabby can only have restricted food due to getting urinary tract issues poor girl so she’s on a special diet different to the other three girls..it’s like a three ring circus twice a day at meal times!! but their health is paramount..i even make my own bone shaped doggie treats..the boys lie in the kitchen and wait for them to bake lol πŸ™‚ hope your food issues get sorted out,it is frustrating to say the least !

  11. Regardless of who the food is eaten by, there should be transparency and integrity. Consumers should not have to be scientifc detectives consumer investigator advocates, we shew just be able to hand over cash with confidence, surely a fair trade.

  12. Awww, we love to share our food, well actually I (me, Max) like to share Bella’s food with her (after finishing mine) and wish my biped would leave us along when we’re eating so I could get there more often. Wag wag and me here, Bella, thankfully we’re not on that brand food but will get our biped to reblog to help others out and we give you a big tail wagging salute for helping to keep us and our other fury cousins out there safe. Max & Bella (& concerned biped)

  13. So sorry about your food sweet Rumpy. Hope the new food works out for you and you like it. Thank you for letting us know about the recall. We don’t use that food but we are still glad to know. Hugs and nose kisses

  14. Seriously? All they gave you was some coupons for $2 off? I realize this recall is costing them money, but if they don’t make their customers happy, they will lose all those customers (and their income) in the long run. Sorry to hear about the food.They probably expanded the recall after doing more testing. They were reported about one batch, tested it, found it was bad, and recalled it. Then started testing other batches, found they were bad too, then recalled even more.

  15. There is so much information out there (both accurate and incorrect) that people really need to make sure they are getting reliable information. That article by Slate is just plain wrong and the myth about euthanized pets in food is that of urban legend status by now. I work at a vet and there just isn’t such a thing! Read some of the comments to Slate and you’ll see the uproar. But, always better safe than sorry in respecting a recall, even though all of our dogs probably have or have had salmonella at one point just from eating bird poop thats in the yard! πŸ™‚

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