Well, seems not a day goes by with another addition or two to the dog food and cat food recall list. Today we have two… so far; we have Diamond Pet Foods’ ‘Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover’s Soul’

From their website

Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover's Soul LogoDiamond Pet Foods has announced it is withdrawing a limited number of canned products manufactured by American Nutrition. This action is limited to three specific canned products: Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover’s Soul Kitten Formula 5.5 oz. cans, and Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover’s Soul Puppy Formula 13 oz. cans, and Diamond Lamb & Rice Formula for Dogs 13 oz. cans.

Diamond Pet Foods has not received any indication of quality or safety issues, including pet illness, with the three withdrawn products. However, because American Nutrition informed the company that these three specific products may include rice protein concentrate, Diamond Pet Foods felt this action was necessary for the protection of its customers and their pets.

Customers with these products should stop feeding them immediately and return them to their retailer for a full refund.

Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover’s Soul dry pet food and dog treats ARE NOT part of any pet food or treat recall.

 

And it looks like Natural Balance is making some additions to their recall list.

From the Natural Balance website

Natural Balance LogoBreaking Voluntary Recall News: Thursday, April 26th, 2007

Our canned food manufacturer, American Nutrition, from Ogden Utah, just informed us that they are recalling all canned products made in their plant that contain rice protein concentrate. American Nutrition continued by telling us that they added this ingredient to four of our canned products without our knowledge or consent. The four products involved are:

Chicken Formula Canned Dog Food 13 oz
Lamb Formula Canned Dog Food 13 oz
Beef Formula Canned Dog Food 13 oz
Ocean Fish Formula Canned Cat Food 3 oz & 6 oz

There have been no illnesses reported related to feeding these formulas, however, to comply with the American Nutrition recall of the four products, we are pulling all dates and batches of these four formulas. We also ask that our customers return unused product for a full credit to their store.

To make sure that this does not happen in the future, we are demanding from each of our co-manufacturers daily production record of all of our formulas before they are shipped to us and written certification of NO rice protein or any deviation of our formulas. We have reviewed all of our other products and determined that they are free of rice protein concentrate and that all of our other product labels are accurate.

And I just had to pass along this comment by Joy on the Dogster Blog and thanks Joy for this heads up on these additional recalls!

Hold onto your pet food bowls; it looks like we may be entering another round of recalls. Several pet food companies are accusing American Nutrition, a packager like Menu Pet, of adding rice protein concentrate to their products without telling them. This may be another long recall day.

Here’s a novel idea. What if so-called pet food companies actually produced their own food? You know, as in had a factory, oversaw the quality, that sort of thing? Otherwise, how can ANY of us trust the food they brand and sell? We can’t. Heck, according to this and the other recent recalls, the people who pay to have this stuff canned or packaged can’t trust the people they pay to produce it. So how can we trust Natural Balance or any other company that has no real control over their packaging process?

As for me, if I find out that a company is not the packager of its own food or treats, I am making a point of avoiding those products, no matter who says they are okay. The bottom line to pet food companies — make it yourself or I cross you off the list of what I give my furbabies.

Joy, I have to second these sentiments! We don’t know who we can trust anymore or what’s safe to feed our babies. Personally I am sticking with a homemade diet for my ‘kids’ for now but I have a feeling in the near future I’m going to be finding a high quality, natural organic brand, that’s makes their own food in their own production facility.

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