Dog Food Recall or Not?
Breeders depend on TheDogPress to warn them of pet food recalls but when a company does a “press release” to cover up what should be a recall, we are being duped and our trust in FDA is stretched even thinner.
Sept. 4, 2012 | TheDogPress.com
Nel Liquorman, Health Editor
Shirley Lawler and I communicated on the confusion surrounding a dog food recall the end of July. I called the company PMI NUTRITION INTERNATIONAL on Friday and there was no dog food in their recall and no dog food recall showed up on the feed manufacturing locations. So I did some digging which revealed that Nature's Variety has a problem about which they issued news, referring to it as an "Important Quality Update." In fact, they were recalling some food that did not stay fresh.
If it is not fresh, (let's all say it!) it is not fit for consumption or it is rotten!!
Some people saw this company's news and made some incorrect assumptions and started adding input to some sites regarding the Nature's Variety food recall. The release is confusing but it appears it may have been meant to be misleading. The fact that so many pet food manufacturers have been bought out by big international conglomerates such as Nestles (Purina is now Nestles Purina) adds to the confusion about who actually makes what.
I decided to notify the FDA/CVM (Center For Veterinary Medicine) because I do not believe that the food is the only thing that stinks here. This is a copy of my August 2nd inquiry.
As a writer for a major dog web site, I have received many emails from readers who have seen the info that I copied from the Nature's Variety pet food website. All want to know why there has not been an official recall of these pet food products issued by the FDA. They also want to know why Natures Variety is referring to the recall as an Important Quality Update and not as a RECALL?
When a product is "not remaining fresh" (as the news states), wouldn't that mean that it is not fit for consumption? In that case it should be a recall. Just because it is voluntary should not mean that it does not have to be reported. We should not have to scour the internet every time we go to feed our pets in order to know that there has not been a recall or that the food is safe.
Here is a copy of the info (News) from the company's web site located at this link: http://www.naturesvariety.com/news/53
Important Quality Update - NATURE'S VARIETY NEWS - JULY 12, 2012
Nature's Variety has issued a nationwide voluntary recall on Prairie Beef Meal & Barley Medley Kibble for Dogs
Nature's Variety has initiated a voluntary recall of its Prairie Beef Meal & Barley Medley Kibble for Dogs due to an off-odor smell that may develop over time. This product is not contaminated in any way, but some products are not remaining fresh for the shelf life of the product.
Reed Howlett, Nature’s Variety CEO, stated, “At Nature’s Variety, we make every effort to ensure that all of our products meet the highest quality standards. We’ve found that some bags of Prairie Beef Meal & Barley Medley Kibble for Dogs have an off-odor smell. To be sure that our consumers only receive the freshest and highest quality product possible, we have decided to voluntarily recall all Prairie Beef Meal & Barley Medley Kibble for Dogs from the marketplace.”
The products impacted are listed below:
• UPC# 7 69949 60420 4 – Prairie Beef Meal & Barley Medley Kibble for Dogs 5 lb
• UPC# 7 69949 60425 9 – Prairie Beef Meal & Barley Medley Kibble for Dogs 15 lb
• UPC# 7 69949 60430 3 – Prairie Beef Meal & Barley Medley Kibble for Dogs 30 lb
• UPC# 7 69949 60432 7 – Prairie Beef Meal & Barley Medley Kibble for Dogs 3 oz sample
No other Nature's Variety products are affected. Consumers who have purchased one of the above products can obtain a full refund or exchange it for a different variety by either returning the product in its original packaging or bringing a proof of purchase back to their retailer. Consumers with additional questions can call our Consumer Relations team at at 888.519.7387. Or, consumers canclick here to email Nature's Variety directly.
I believe that this needs some investigation by the FDA.
Crystal Beach, FL
Nutrition Editor for TheDogPress.com
It has now been a full 30 days since this inquiry and there has been no response the FDA/CVM To me, that indicates a total disregard for the concerns of dog owners and the safety of our pets. I am told that the FDA has been remiss in other areas of concern in human foods, prescriptions, and nutritional supplements.
TheDogPress has agreed that I should do a follow-up on this matter. The health of our pets is at risk if the FDA and the Center For Veterinary Medicine can't be depended upon to keep animal owners informed of unfit ingredients and/or unsafe foods.