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Author Topic: Canine Carry Outs Dog Treats  (Read 26841 times)
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« on: September 14, 2007, 09:11:24 PM »

Hi all,
I just wanted to pass on some information I received from Del Monte when I contacted them about where their "Canine Carry Outs" Dog Treats are made. The back of the bag says
"Manufactured by Del Monte Pet Products" Pittsburgh, PA, USA"

Response from Del Monte per e-mail:
Thank you for your e-mail about Canine Carry Outs Gourmet Dog Treats. We're glad you took the time to contact us and appreciate the opportunity to respond. These treats are made in the United States.
Thanks again for contacting us. If we can be of more help, please call us at 1-800-252-7022, Monday through Friday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Eastern Time, or visit our website anytime at www.delmonte.com.
Jeff, Del Monte Foods Consumer Affairs
consumeraffairs@delmonte.com


That was a little short on info for my taste so I send them a second e-mail asking if they contained any ingredients from China and here is the second response:

Thank you for your e-mail about Canine Carry Outs Gourmet Dog Treats. We're glad you took the time to contact us and appreciate the opportunity to respond.
While the vast majority of our ingredients are sourced from the United States, we do source a limited amount of ingredients from China. These ingredients - primarily important nutritional supplements - are not commonly available from other countries in the quantities we need.
Del Monte has always had strong quality control programs designed to protect the integrity and safety of our products. Since the issue regarding the nationwide pet food recall, we have worked closely with the industry and the FDA to strengthen these already strict quality control programs. Additionally, we are re-emphasizing to all of our suppliers the importance of following Good Manufacturing Practices and the necessity of identifying and controlling risks to the safety and quality of the ingredients they supply to Del Monte Pet Products.
Thanks again for contacting us. If we can be of more help, please call us at 1-800-252-7022, Monday through Friday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Eastern Time, or visit our website anytime at www.delmonte.com.
Susan, Del Monte Foods Consumer Affairs
consumeraffairs@delmonte.com



While a little more enlightening, it still seems like you have to pull the answers out of their noses. "Vast majority" of ingredients comes from US, "limited amount" of ingredients from China, "primarily"  (which to me means... but not limited to....!) nutritional supplements.

Anyways... I read some other threads on here where people were commenting on how happy they are that they found products "Made in the USA" and now deem them safe. Canine Carry Outs are MADE in the USA... but not from all US ingredients! So please, please be wary and remain vigilant.

I had been feeding my dogs the Bestro's Roasted Chicken Jerky Strips, figuring what can be wrong when the ONLY ingredient is 100% chicken breast, with no artificial colors or preservatives. Sure sounded like a good thing! And the dogs went nuts over it. So now this is off their treat list and I guess I will be baking some treats for them.... or just chopping up some meat as treats.

Food for thought:  IF a US company would buy chinese chicken strips and then bag them in their US company, it would make the product say "made in the USA" wouldn't it? Because that statement only means that it was bagged (made) in the USA.
WE would have to contact the company and request information regarding if it is US chicken or Chinese chicken that was processed and where it was processed.

LOL, I better sign off now, before I get too far off the subject. I was just going to post the info on the Canine Carry Outs in case anybody was interested.
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« Reply #1 on: September 15, 2007, 08:07:18 PM »

Such a shame you had to ask them twice about their 'ingredients' coming from where? And at least they were up front enough to tell you that some (wonder what percent that would be) do come from China. I still find it hard to believe only 'certain' things can be found in China and no place else. Seems kinda like they are not (the corporations making this food/treats etc.) are not trying very hard to find it someplace else then. But we are free not to buy their products knowing the source of some of whats in it. Thanks for the effort you took in finding this out. Welcome to the forums!
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« Reply #2 on: September 16, 2007, 08:45:52 AM »

JJ,

these are the key words:

"are not commonly available from other countries in the quantities we need."

same words they want to use and lower organic standards. the list is pretty long of ingredients they would like to be able to swap out and say they can't the quantities they need otherwise. *funny* that Del Monte would use that language   Tongue

seems to me, if there is a market for large quantities, some one would make them if they had the (Del Monte) contract/business. but they (Del Monte) shopped the contract/business out to the lowest bidder. i'm pretty sure Japan could up their production of Vitamin C if there was a need . . . or a contract/business.
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« Reply #3 on: September 17, 2007, 07:11:52 AM »

What I'd like to know is if they are still doing business with ChemNutra: Huh

http://www.fda.gov/oc/po/firmrecalls/chemnutra04_07.html

April 3, 2007

"ChemNutra Inc., of Las Vegas, Nevada, yesterday recalled all wheat gluten it had imported from one of its three Chinese wheat gluten suppliers – Xuzhou Anying Biologic Technology Development Co. Ltd.

"ChemNutra shipped from its Kansas City warehouse to three pet food manufacturers and one distributor who supplies wheat gluten only to the pet food industry.

"On Friday, March 30, the FDA announced they had found melamine in samples of the wheat gluten ChemNutra had imported from Xuzhou Anying.

"Yesterday ChemNutra sent recall notices to all four of its direct customers."

http://www.fda.gov/oc/po/firmrecalls/delmonte03_07.html

March 31, 2007

"As a precautionary measure, Del Monte Pet Products is voluntarily recalling select product codes of its pet treat products sold under the Jerky Treats®, Gravy Train® Beef Sticks and Pounce Meaty Morsels® brands as well as select dog snack and wet dog food products sold under private label brands.

"The Company took this voluntary recall action immediately after learning this morning from the FDA that wheat gluten supplied to Del Monte Pet Products from a specific manufacturing facility in China contained melamine."

http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/s_510610.html

June 1, 2007

"Many tons of contaminated wheat gluten sit untouched in an Allegheny County warehouse, too dangerous for pet food, too valuable to throw out.

"The wheat gluten being held in an Allegheny County warehouse was destined for Pittsburgh-based Del Monte Pet Products, but that company never bought or received any of that shipment, Gardine said.

"Del Monte previously recalled some dog food and cat and dog treats that had been made with some of the contaminated ingredients.

"The supplier holding the contaminated product wants to find an industrial use for it to avoid having to trash it, Gardine said."

http://www.lvrj.com/news/7590507.html

May 19, 2007

"Miller started ChemNutra in Pasadena, Calif., three years ago and moved to Las Vegas 18 months ago. He RENTS space in five warehouses around the country and provides a variety of pet food ingredients to manufacturers and pet food ingredient distributors.

"Menu Foods is the only customer ChemNutra has lost, leaving 17 others."

If this is so, that means Del Monte REMAINS a client of C-N for at least some products. Angry

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