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Author Topic: Spain - problems with dog food.  (Read 2024 times)
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Spartycats
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« on: February 27, 2012, 05:35:47 AM »

It will be interesting to see if it's something about new packaging:

http://www.theolivepress.es/spain-news/2012/02/27/mercadona-dog-food-fears-escalate/

About who makes the food--

http://www.petfoodindustry.com/BYNSA_leads_private_label_petfood_in_Spain.html

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« Reply #1 on: February 27, 2012, 06:16:25 AM »

The packages look like the shelf-stable aseptic pack often used for single servings of children's juice, etc.

Before I read the part about the packaging, the first thing I thought of was melamine.  I wonder if there is any kind of gluten, powdered milk, or protein concentrate in this dog food, which appears to be a supermarket brand in Spain.
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« Reply #2 on: February 28, 2012, 07:42:05 AM »

This looks concerning, I hope they can figure out what it is soon in order to help the dogs who have become sick.  I see the pet food company has taken notes from other companies and learned well..."Following complaints from six customers, the supermarket removed the food from the shelves ‘as a precaution’ around the Almeria area."   Roll Eyes Tongue

catbird, I agree.  I wonder if they had to change an ingredient to get it to hold up better in the new packaging....so maybe its not the packaging but something they added to the food to be able to conform to the new packaging....maybe something to make it thicker....like a gluten of some sort. 
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« Reply #3 on: February 28, 2012, 11:50:16 PM »

Spartycats,
Thank you for posting this.  My daughter-in-law's parents live in Spain and have a dog.  I forwarded this to her so that she can pass it along to her mom just in case this food is sold in her area.  I didn't want to not do so just in case she hadn't heard about it.
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Spartycats
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« Reply #4 on: February 29, 2012, 05:22:48 AM »

Apparently, this is a case of excessive Vitamin D.  Company changed manufacturer (Tunaliment) when they changed the product packaging (So I guess BYNSA contracts manufacturing?)

http://www.simplynetworking.es/news_further.php?id=10825&top_id=31

An earlier article:

http://www.simplynetworking.es/news-10785-31-mercadona_withdraw_cat_and_dog_feed_from_sale.html

Also discussion on this forum:

http://www.arboleas.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=59420.105

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« Reply #5 on: February 29, 2012, 09:23:11 AM »

So, it appears the pet food manufacturers in Spain go by the same rule that the PFC's in the U.S. do....dont test your product before putting it out for sale.  Plus, the company apoligizes for the "inconvenience"?!  I would say "inconvenience" is a major understatement when their food and their lack of safety protocols has killed or sickened somone's pet.  Pfft on Comfy!   Tongue Huh Angry 
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