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Author Topic: Companies With Proven Silent Pet Food Recalls  (Read 3156 times)
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« on: October 02, 2009, 04:31:12 AM »

Am hoping we can start this thread to make a list of pet food companies who have had silent recalls-those which were not reported to FDA.

September 30, 2009

Nutro


http://www.nutroproducts.com/press10-1-09.shtml

PRODUCT THAT MADE IT TO SELECT PETSMART STORES IN CA, AZ, CO, TX and NM ONLY

Product Name UPC Size Best by Date

NUTRO® ULTRA™ Puppy food for dogs 79105 51313 4.5 LB 09/10/10

NUTRO® NATURAL CHOICE® Chicken Meal, Rice and Oatmeal Formula Small Bites Puppy 79105 23050 5 LB 09/10/10

PRODUCT THAT MADE IT TO SELECT PETCO STORES IN CA, NV, HI and UT ONLY


Product Name UPC Size Best by Date

NUTRO® ULTRA™ Puppy food for dogs 79105 51315 30 LB 09/10/10

IMHO, a good policy would be not to buy the company's products because of their silent recall, to let everyone with pets know about the silent recall and why you will not purchase items from that company.
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« Reply #1 on: October 02, 2009, 05:10:44 AM »

Just to give a little definition here, here's another menusux quote:

http://itchmoforums.com/recall-nonpet-food/jan-2009-fda-summary-peanut-product-recall-for-salmonella-nonpet-t7481.0.html;msg111903;topicseen#msg111903

Since the only food item FDA has recall authority on its own over is baby formula, FDA has to wait until the manufacturer issues a recall for the public.  FDA can press the company to recall the products, but it has no real authority to order them removed from shelves or to tell the public product X has a problem and not to use it.

What I see when I do the recalls are that the companes involved have now sent out press releases recalling their items.  They send a copy to FDA and FDA posts it on the FDA site.

There doesn't seem to be much of a penalty, if any, for a company who takes their time issuing a recall.  What's known as a "silent recall" is when a company tells the stores it distributes its products to to remove them from their shelves and doesn't issue any formal statement to the public regarding the problem with the product.

Getting recalled products off shelves is important, but telling the public what's happening so they don't use the products they may have in their homes is just as important.

The last example I saw of this a while back came from Hartz, who eventually recalled some of their rawhide treats for possible salmonella contamination.

Hartz had determined that the lot numbers which may have had salmonella had all been shipped to one retailer--WalMart.  If you went into WM, you saw the empty shelf space with a note that these products were removed because of a recall; the note didn't say why.  It took weeks before Hartz notified FDA of this and the recall was seen in the weekly Enforcement Report.

So next would be it seems to me May 21, 2009 Nutro cat food recall

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« Reply #2 on: October 06, 2009, 08:02:13 AM »

Since I have yet to see the Diamond Premium Edge Cat Food at FDA, I think it's fair to add Diamond to this list.
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« Reply #3 on: October 06, 2009, 08:17:47 AM »

I am curious.  I get FDA alerts every day automatically, astounding how many there are, but never is there any mention at all about recalls of petfoods.

They include medical devices, and all manner of foods, but never anything about petfoods.  Why aren't petfoods included on the alert list??  Evidently they don't consider petfood worthy of any alert.  I know I certainly would appreciate it. 

Since I feel pretty darned certain that it was a can of Nutro that caused my Tommy's sudden onset of CRF, I will never buy that again.  He was fine till I tried to upgrade his food to a better quality and got that darned can of Nutro, which a week later was recalled, but too late for Tommy.
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« Reply #4 on: October 06, 2009, 08:36:14 AM »

BW, if there is a recalled food where the FDA is involved, it does come up for me, but I subscribe to the FDA enforcement reports which a month behind. I always find that the info comes out here, thanks to so many sleuths, before anywhere else. The recalls are under Veterinary at the end of the report.
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« Reply #5 on: October 06, 2009, 09:01:31 AM »

FDA issues a weekly Enforcement Report normally out on Tuesday or Wednesday of every week.  You can read the latest recalls reported right here:

http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/default.htm

The PFC's we've started this list about have decided to undertake their own, private recalls without informing the FDA.  My thought was that the new Food Safety laws means they're in violation when they don't inform FDA of the problem.  FDA lists the information that's been provided to them on their website.

You can view previous Enforcement Reports at this link:

http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/EnforcementReports/default.htm

Through the 2007 recalls, etc., we have seen FDA re-post some recalls which are termed as "ongoing"--this means all of the units of product involved in that particular recall have not been accounted for.  The Enforcement Report for September 30, 2009 re-lists the Mars/Nutro Dry Cat Food recalls originally from May of this year because all of the product hasn't been accounted for.

http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/EnforcementReports/ucm184650.htm

When you see something like this and initially think this is a brand new recall, read this section of the listing for the product:

RECALLING FIRM/MANUFACTURER
Recalling Firm: MARS Petcare US, Inc., Franklin, TN, by e-mail, telephone, and press release on May 21, 2009.
Manufacturer: 1) Nutro Inc., Lebanon, TN., and 2) Nutro Products, Inc., Victorville, CA.  Firm initiated recall is ongoing.


This tells you that the recall began on May 21, 2009 and is ongoing because all bags of the unfit food have not been accounted for.

This system only works when manufacturers notify FDA there's a problem with their product.  Roll Eyes
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« Reply #6 on: October 06, 2009, 01:40:54 PM »

Thank you very much, I will check out those links.  Thank goodness I haven't used any Nuto foods since tommy got sick. bw
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« Reply #7 on: November 21, 2009, 10:04:35 AM »

Just thought I'd bump this up as it seems to be going on more and more and now with people food trying it.
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