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Author Topic: Has there ever been a problem with Champion Foods?  (Read 5188 times)
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Snake_Lady
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« on: August 21, 2009, 04:16:28 AM »

I'm not sure where to put this....but as more and more foods seem to have problems, I posed a question on another board: Is there any food company that has never had any problems (recalls/etc.) and someone responded with Champion Foods ( aside from the irradiation issue in Australia).

I'm wondering if that is true?

Has Champion Foods ever had a problem?

Thanks.
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« Reply #1 on: August 21, 2009, 04:26:14 AM »

They did have a problem with fish bones in their fish-based kibble, something about the salmon they were using coming in without the bones being screened out.  Wellness had the same problem not much long after.

I think there was something about BSE meat ending up in one of their foods long ago, but tney haven't been using beef in the Orijen/Acana lines.  Maybe someone else can fill in those details.  Someone mentioned a new red meat kibble by them.  I haven't seen it on the market in the US yet.
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« Reply #2 on: August 21, 2009, 05:55:32 AM »

Petslave is correct in that they did have an instance where it was discovered, after the rendered meat was used in Champion's dog food, that a cow with BSE was included in the meal made from the rendering company Champion used. I think this was prior to all of the legislation that came down from the CDN government regarding BSE. They haven't manufactured foods with beef since. Their new Regional Red (dogs) includes wild boar and lamb, not beef.

They did also have one issue where the salmon bones weren't crushed finely enough by their supplier. It wasn't caught by QC and were incorporated into both dog and cat food (Orijen 6 fish). Some of these shards were quite large. There wasn't an actual recall on the product.

The Australian recall is the latest issue. Plenty of info here on that.
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« Reply #3 on: August 21, 2009, 06:14:21 AM »

Here's our Itchmo thread about the bones; the "Charlie" letter is no longer on their website, but you can read the copy of it at the thread:

http://itchmoforums.com/news-recall-related/orijen-dog-foodwow-t311.240.html

The BSE issue goes back to 2003:

http://www.fda.gov/ICECI/EnforcementActions/EnforcementStory/EnforcementStoryArchive/ucm096238.htm

FDA Enforcement Actions-CVM

On May 26, 2003, the FDA learned from the government of Canada that rendered material from a Canadian cow that tested positive for bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) also known as “mad cow disease” may have been used to manufacture pet food, specifically dry dog food, some of which was reported to have been shipped to the United States. The Canadian government prevented the BSE positive cow from being processed for human food. Therefore, consumers can be assured that their food does not contain any remnants of the BSE positive cow. There is no scientific evidence to date that dogs can contract BSE or any similar disease. In addition, there is no evidence that dogs can transmit the disease to humans.

FDA notified the U.S.pet food firm, The Pet Pantry International, of Carson City, Nevada, when FDA learned that the pet food that the firm received may have included rendered material from the BSE positive cow. The manufacturer of the pet food was Champion Pet Food, Morinville, Alberta. Even though there is no known risk to dogs from eating this dog food, as a prudent measure to help assure that the U.S. stays BSE free, The Pet Pantry International asked its customers who may have purchased the suspect product to hold it for pickup by the distributor so that the dog food would not mistakenly be mixed into cattle or other feeds if any of the dog food was discarded or otherwise not used to feed dogs.

The suspect dog food was produced by Champion Pet Food between February 4, 2003, and March 12, 2003. The Pet Pantry products were packaged in 50 pound bags, distributed to franchises around the country, and sold by home delivery only. There was no retail distribution of the product. Consumers purchase Pet Pantry products by phone or email orders. The product is then delivered by the nearest franchisee directly to the consumer’s home.

The product subject to this notification included “Maintenance Diet” labeled with a use by date of “17FEB04” and “Beef with Barley” with a use by date of “05MAR04”. Consumers who had purchased dog food from The Pet Pantry since February of this year were asked to check their present supplies and see if any match the description of the product being removed.

If so, consumers were asked to contact The Pet Pantry at 1-800-381-7387 for further information on how to return the product to The Pet Pantry for proper disposal. Consumers were asked not to destroy or discard the product themselves. The Pet Pantry also used its sales records to contact consumers who purchased the affected product. FDA worked closely with the Pet Pantry International to assure for proper disposal of the recovered product.

It looks as if Champion was the co-packer for the Pet Pantry's line of foods at the time.
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« Reply #4 on: August 21, 2009, 07:33:53 AM »

Thanks guys Smiley

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« Reply #5 on: August 25, 2009, 01:39:42 AM »

Is there any food company that has never had any problems (recalls/etc.) and someone responded with Champion Foods ( aside from the irradiation issue in Australia).

I'm wondering if that is true?

Has Champion Foods ever had a problem?




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"aside from the irradiation issue in Australia" - oh we'll just dismiss that shall we? Just a little blip on the radar?

Their problem isn't their product. Their problem goes far deeper than that.Their problem is either gross naivete or supreme arrogance coupled with an astonishing ability to bend the facts and put a positive spin on their own failures and threaten anyone who speaks out.

Facebook member, anyone? Just "Search" Champion Pet Foods leaving the space between Pet and Foods and see what some of their current and ex-employees have to say about them.

Their product is fine as kibbles go, if you want to feed your animals highly processed, dried, compressed residuals of food matter and by-products as the main part of their diet. I only fed small amounts as an after dinner crunch treat and look where that got us after it had been nuked with, if their importer is to be believed, their blessing in August 2007. Oh, wait a minute, they didn't know about the irradiation until August 2008 - or are they living in a time-warp?

Time warp? They have no sense of time. June was to be the case by case review. I emailed and called end June. I was told it would start "in a few weeks" Mid July I was fed a load of spin. I cross-checked it with the Government, asked more questions, no answers. Phoned again end July. Still no answers. Wrote a letter, would have arrived mid-August, outlining the Government's position vis a vis their spin. Still waiting. It's September soon, three months since the case by case review was supposed to occur.

Feed their food to your loved ones, as kibbles go, it might be the one of the best you can feed. But when something else goes wrong, they most likely will not respond quickly, they will likely threaten you if you speak out or write about it publicly, and they will likely be suddenly hard to get a hold of.

Are they any worse than other pet food companies?

No.

Are any pet food companies really any good?

You decide.



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« Reply #6 on: August 25, 2009, 06:12:18 PM »

Their new Regional Red (dogs) includes wild boar and lamb, not beef.


Anyone know if this lamb has been tested for Prions? Just read that it was found in lamb, cant remember what country though.
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