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P&G Voluntarily Recalls Limited Quantity of Dry Pet Food Due to Possible Health Risk
Procter & Gamble ^ | 8-14-2013 | Procter & Gamble

Posted on 08/16/2013 5:48:21 PM PDT by haffast

CINCINNATI--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Procter & Gamble Company (P&G) has voluntarily recalled specific lots of dry pet food because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. These lots were distributed in the United States and represent roughly one-tenth of one percent (0.1%) of annual production. No Salmonella-related illnesses have been reported to date in association with these product lots.

Salmonella can affect animals eating the products and there is risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the products or any surfaces exposed to these products.

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This issue is limited to the specific dry pet food lot codes listed below. This affects roughly one-tenth of one percent (0.1%) of total annual production. The affected product was distributed to select retailers across the United States. These products were made during a 10-day window at a single manufacturing site. P&G’s routine testing determined that some products made during this timeframe have the potential for Salmonella contamination. As a precautionary measure, P&G is recalling the potentially impacted products made during this timeframe. No other dry dog food, dry cat food, dog or cat canned wet food, biscuits/treats or supplements are affected by this announcement.

P&G is retrieving these products as a precautionary measure. Consumers who purchased a product listed below should stop using the product and discard it and contact P&G toll-free at 800-208-0172 (Monday – Friday, 9 AM to 6 PM ET), or via website at www.iams.com or www.eukanuba.com. Media Contact: Jason Taylor, 513-622-1111.

Products affected by this announcement:

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KEYWORDS: dogfood; eukanuba; iams; kittyping; recall
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To: who knows what evil?

Do you have proof my vet is being compensated? She might just being practical knowing we have and had rescues.


51 posted on 08/17/2013 4:43:39 AM PDT by Walmartian (I'm their leader. Which way did they go?)
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To: 21twelve
My English Shepherd, Gypsy, had a stubborn ear infection and we went through two tubes of some insanely expensive antibiotic that didn't touch it. In desperation I turned to a holistic cure as detailed in Dr. Khalsa's Natural Dog - A Holistic Guide for Healthier Dogs and it worked like a charm.

The solution, half hydrogen peroxide, half water, twice a week. Use about a teaspoon. Put in the affected ear and massage the base of the ear to work the liquid into the ear. Then let your dog shake his head to dislodge the debris, and a cotton ball to get the rest.

She has another solution using Gentian violet. but it is not to be used on dogs with inflamed or ulcerated ears, and since I didn't know what shape your dog's ears were in I didn't include it. Let me know if you are interested.

52 posted on 08/17/2013 5:12:35 AM PDT by LSAggie
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To: Salamander

I don’t know much about butterflies — except that they’re beautiful — but the fact that every insect I find in my home pretty much dies when it cannot find it’s way outside again tells me they wouldn’t do well inside. I just don’t think insects do well inside. They seem to need the outside, the special diet, the sun, the grass. Your butterfly will do find out there. The Lord gave her/him (?) the ability to know what to do in colder weather.


53 posted on 08/17/2013 6:38:27 AM PDT by JLLH
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To: Walmartian

Walmartian, please pardon my intrusion here but I think you should know that if your vet is traditional the chances are that everything your vet knows about nutrition came from the very few hours they get in vet school — and the materials used are sponsored by the pet food industry. If you want to know what to look for in a commercial food, or what food is best there are sources to go to for that, but your vet most likely isn’t one of them. If your vet is a holistic or integrative vet they usually HAVE gone beyond what they got in vet school. I don’t think it’s about compensation as much as it’s about just not knowing any better.
Here are some links you might find helpful — from a DVM who has studied nutrition beyond what she got in vet school:

http://healthypets.mercola.com/sites/healthypets/archive/2010/10/21/selecting-the-best-cat-pet-and-dog-pet-food.aspx

http://healthypets.mercola.com/sites/healthypets/archive/2011/05/17/the-quality-of-pet-food-ingredients-part-2.aspx

Sadly, it’s up to the pet parent to do the requisite research into what our babies should eat. If you want to have an interesting convo with your vet, ask him/her if they have looked at the ingredient list on what they’re recommending. Then ask if they can tell you the industry standard definition of what’s behind each ingredient. Take it from someone who’s done this: dollars to donuts he/she won’t have any idea. That should give you a huge green light to do your own research. Knowledge is power and your furbabies will benefit from it.


54 posted on 08/17/2013 6:50:34 AM PDT by JLLH
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To: Rembrandt

Just because it says its made in the US doesn’t mean some ingredients don’t come from China. That was the case in the massive 2007 pet food recall, which incidentally, included Iams and Eukanuba.


55 posted on 08/17/2013 7:06:55 AM PDT by jodster36
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To: jodster36

Most synthetic vitamins come from there as well....


56 posted on 08/17/2013 7:37:35 AM PDT by JLLH
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To: Walmartian

Nope and I don’t have to be a vet to know what dog food is garbage.

I wouldn’t feed anything less than ‘5 star’ and what I use now is ‘6 star’.

Purina dog foods ~do~ make wonderful food for chickens.

However, I could just go to WalMart and buy some “Ol’ Roy” [gag] and it would be much cheaper and the chickens would be just as happy.

At the very *minimum*, purchase a food with NO soy, no corn..in any form.

FWIW, “Beneful” is a great food for raising baby possums.

Chickens love it, too.

Wouldn’t feed it to a dog.


57 posted on 08/17/2013 9:33:13 AM PDT by Salamander (Can't sleep...the clowns will eat me.)
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To: who knows what evil?

A nice couple of sites every dog lover should bookmark:

http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/dog_food_reviews/index.php/cat/1

http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/

:)


58 posted on 08/17/2013 9:35:02 AM PDT by Salamander (Can't sleep...the clowns will eat me.)
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To: jodster36

Just because it says its made in the US doesn’t mean some ingredients don’t come from China.”

Disclosure of foreign origin (parts or manufacturing) is required by law. Procter & Gamble is serious in its efforts to avoid illegality.


59 posted on 08/17/2013 8:03:25 PM PDT by Rembrandt (Part of the 51% who pay Federal taxes)
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To: Rembrandt

Pet Food Manufacturers are not required to list the country source of separate ingredients.


60 posted on 08/19/2013 4:32:47 AM PDT by JLLH
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To: Salamander

I am a hobby breeder myself. I’m curious your reasoning for breeding a dog that has familial hypothyroidism? We test for it in German Shorthaired Pointers prior to breeding. My rule of thumb on deciding whether to exclude a dog from breeding is kind of a three strikes you’re out or one big strike (which for me would be a major medical issue like hypothyroidism) and you’re out. But I’m always curious what makes a breeder decide to use or exclude a dog. It’s always a learning process for me.

I’ve been feeding Orijen 6 Fish, which I’ve been very happy with. But it’s so dang expensive. Wish I could find something that I like as well that isn’t as expensive.


61 posted on 08/19/2013 7:14:20 PM PDT by Roos_Girl (The world is full of educated derelicts. - Calvin Coolidge)
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To: 21twelve

I had a bitch that was getting recurrent ear infections. We switched her to a fish based dry dog food and she never had another one. I’ve kept all my dogs on it since then. You have to really look closely at all the ingredients. Many “fish” recipes I’ve run across also include chicken fat or some other animal fat and/or protein.


62 posted on 08/19/2013 7:26:23 PM PDT by Roos_Girl (The world is full of educated derelicts. - Calvin Coolidge)
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To: Roos_Girl

*Familial* hypothyroidism is an effect, not a cause.

His dam was low thyroid due to poor pre-natal care and incredibly junky food all of her life.

It is not genetic, congenital, inherited or auto-immune.

Dr Dodds said there was no reason he could not be bred, if I ever chose to do so which is not highly likely.

Halla was raised on Orijen Puppy and did famously well on it.

However, her hydrocephalus killed her at just shy of 8 months.

If the dealer were closer to us, I’d have Seven eating, too.

I like Origen and it’s not really ~that~ much more than what I pay now.

I bet feeding more than 4 dogs with it could rack up the bills pretty fast, though.

Have you given Taste of The Wild “Pacific Stream” a shot?

It’s about $50 a bag.

My dogs liked it but I use High Prairie because Dobermanns just do better on a “beef” based food, in general.

The Ibizan and Portuguese Podengo Medio seem to do well on it too although I do supplement with salmon and sardines occasionally as they have a greater need for iodine.


63 posted on 08/19/2013 9:34:10 PM PDT by Salamander (Can't sleep...the clowns will eat me.)
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To: Salamander

Good info about the hypothyroid. Thanks!

I discovered that Diapers.com sells Orijen and will deliver for free and it’s about $5 less per 27 lb bag than what we would have to pay locally, and no sales tax. I’ve got 3 to feed now. I haven’t tried TOTW. I really want a food that is 20% fat content, the Orijen is 18%, TOTW is 15%. 20% is supposed to be optimal for keeping working dogs bodies able to cool as efficiently as possible. I guess I could always supplement some fish oil, but I don’t want to *have* to do it on a daily basis.

There’s another food I’ve found called Earthborn Holistic that I’m still trying to do some research on. The Whole Dog Journal seems to like it. Ever heard of it or tried it?


64 posted on 08/19/2013 9:48:03 PM PDT by Roos_Girl (The world is full of educated derelicts. - Calvin Coolidge)
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To: Roos_Girl

Innova is 18.9% which is *close* but it sure doesn’t address the price issue.

http://www.innovapet.com/products/1743

My dogs loved it.

http://www.petco.com/product/100593/Solid-Gold-Barking-at-the-Moon-Grain-Free-Adult-Dog-Food.aspx

Solid Gold is also a power house but it, too, is pricey.

I give my dogs coconut oil.

Have you tried that?

The health benefits are wonderful, especially with normalizing/optimizing thyroids.

I’ve never seen Earthborn so I just looked.

The protein sources jump to peas too soon for my comfort [second ingredient] and except for the slightly higher fat, it doesn’t seem as good as TOTW, from what I can see.

I guess it depends on what your dogs like and do well on.

Lots of Dobe owners have had issues with some foods being “too rich” and their dogs do better on cheaper stuff.

Every dog’s tummy is different.

Years ago I tried to get Odin on a super-premium food I’d found and it gave him terrible diarrhea.

Didn’t matter how gradually I switched over, his system just said no.

None of my dogs have *ever* been able to deal with Blue Buffalo and they’ve had too many recalls for me to be happy, anyway.


65 posted on 08/19/2013 10:26:13 PM PDT by Salamander (Can't sleep...the clowns will eat me.)
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To: Roos_Girl

I guess I should ask before I run off hunting stuff up for you...are you trying to stay grain free or are some grains acceptable and if, so which ones?

I don’t know if you’re old enough to remember good ol’ Yorco dog food.

It was basically powdered beef and blood meal with crushed whole yellow corn scattered throughout for “fiber” and vitamins.

ALL dogs loved it and thrived on it.

The stuff had to be mixed with water before use and at least doubled in volume so a 25 pound bag was actually at least 50 pounds of good food.

We kids fought over who got to ‘slop’ the dogs because it smelled *wonderful*, like roast beef.

My cousin said it tasted great...LOL

Sure wish they still made it.

It would be a grand kibble “topping” for picky eaters.

I forgot to mention that my dogs get cooked ground beef/venison/chicken/turkey and salmon as well.

I’m sure those are altering their overall nutritional status by some degree.


66 posted on 08/19/2013 10:33:27 PM PDT by Salamander (Can't sleep...the clowns will eat me.)
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To: Salamander

No need to hunt things down for me, but thank you. I would prefer to stay grain free. The grain free formula of Earthborn is slightly better, but yes the peas are a concern and one reason why I hadn’t switched already. But, at close to half the cost of Orijen it’s mighty tempting. The price of Orijen was tolerable when I was working, but I’m a stay at home mom now and with our income cut in almost half and 3 GSPs to feed, the Orijen is a big chunk of the monthly budget. I was feeding Innova, but switched to Orijen when I found out P & G was buying Natura.


67 posted on 08/20/2013 6:34:11 AM PDT by Roos_Girl (The world is full of educated derelicts. - Calvin Coolidge)
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To: Roos_Girl

If you have a PetSmart nearby, they have a ‘store brand’ that people seem to be happy with

http://www.petsmart.com/product/index.jsp?productId=13012594&lmdn=Nutrition+Option&f=PAD%2FpsNotAvailInUS%2FNo

The bags are small but 2 for a 30 pound total is about $38 which is $10 less than TOTW even if you factor in adding something to up the fat content.

I’m sorry I can’t tell you what I think of it as I’ve never used it but other people seem to be very happy with it.

Other than that, I would say that TOTW would be the most bang for your buck.

Tractor Supply sells it and sometimes they run $5 off a bag sales.


68 posted on 08/20/2013 7:46:38 AM PDT by Salamander (Can't sleep...the clowns will eat me.)
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To: JLLH

JLLH is right on the money. Most vets are actually trained by representatives from commercial dog food companies. Pet nutrition is often an ‘elective’ class so you can never know how much training in nutrition your vet actually has. When I move or change vets, that’s one of the first questions I ask.

I decided to get informed because my Lab is a part of my family. I’ve read a ton of articles on dog food and came to one conclusion. I needed to make my own dog food. I wasn’t going to risk giving ‘Jake’ cancer by feeding him commercial dog food.

I know making your own homemade dog food isn’t for everyone but if you’re willing to try I recommend this site:

http://secretsofdogfood.net/

I’ve given my overly energetic dog the chance at a full cancer free life. You can do the same


69 posted on 10/11/2013 1:52:39 PM PDT by MaximusJake
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To: MaximusJake

It’s always good to hear from those who are currently being “mavericks” in the care of their animals! :)))


70 posted on 10/11/2013 6:06:24 PM PDT by JLLH
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