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« Reply #15 on: March 01, 2011, 08:11:38 AM »

These are the products and dates being recalled, does anyone know when these would have been produced?

That was the question I had too. This is also being discussed over on this thread.

http://itchmoforums.com/news-recall-related/wellness-cat-food-recall-t12641.0.html

I have three cans left, and they all fall into the recall category. I'll be checking with our local pet store at lunch today to see if they are aware of this info yet.
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« Reply #16 on: March 01, 2011, 08:28:10 AM »

I saw this post too and am so worried about this.  Here is my post from the other thread...
I don't know if anyone has seen my post in porblems with pet food but I just sent a bag of wellness's complete health dry food to get tested last week because of a stange smell.  I purchased 6 different bags at 6 different stores and they all smelled the same.  My cat has many allergies and after trying 6 different foods this is the only one that has helped calm down his allegies so I would hate to change it.  Does anyone know how long it will take for the testing of this food to come back?  Please help if you can.  Thanks so much!
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« Reply #17 on: March 01, 2011, 08:34:58 AM »

I feed 3 different brands of canned food and one of dry (my cats get very, very little dry), but the Wellness is the one that I use most often for their afternoon meal.  Last week, I took one of my cats in to the vet because she was walking away from food that she normally eats with gusto.  I told the vet I could not put my finger on it, but that something was off.  They did blood work and everything came back normal, but when I saw this recall information this morning and that one of the symptoms was "decreased appetite", I immediately called the vet to see if thiamine levels were included in the blood panel they had done last week on my cat.  It is not, and is a pretty specific test.  I just got back from the vet and she said that she is going to do more research, but she thinks the thiamine test needs to be done after the cat has not eaten anything for at least 12 hours.  Since my girls had already eaten breakfast, the test could not be done, but I will need to bring them back in the morning for the test. 

I am a little concerned, but not frantic since they eat other foods besides the Wellness, but I am getting really tired of not ever knowing what to feed them for fear that the next recall will again be something they are eating.
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« Reply #18 on: March 01, 2011, 08:35:26 AM »

I feed 3 different brands of canned food and one of dry (my cats get very, very little dry), but the Wellness is the one that I use most often for their afternoon meal.  Last week, I took one of my cats in to the vet because she was walking away from food that she normally eats with gusto.  I told the vet I could not put my finger on it, but that something was off.  They did blood work and everything came back normal, but when I saw this recall information this morning and that one of the symptoms was "decreased appetite", I immediately called the vet to see if thiamine levels were included in the blood panel they had done last week on my cat.  It is not, and is a pretty specific test.  I just got back from the vet and she said that she is going to do more research, but she thinks the thiamine test needs to be done after the cat has not eaten anything for at least 12 hours.  Since my girls had already eaten breakfast, the test could not be done, but I will need to bring them back in the morning for the test. 

I am a little concerned, but not frantic since they eat other foods besides the Wellness, but I am getting really tired of not ever knowing what to feed them for fear that the next recall will again be something they are eating.
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« Reply #19 on: March 01, 2011, 08:46:03 AM »

I am so sorry alclubb.  Please let us know when you get the blood test results bad.  I hope everything is ok with your kitties. 
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« Reply #20 on: March 01, 2011, 08:47:11 AM »

I am so sorry to hear about this.  I am so concerned about feeding wellness now too.  Please let us know when your get the blood test results back.  I hope everything is ok. 
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« Reply #21 on: March 01, 2011, 08:50:15 AM »

Well, mine have been eating a lot of the stuff without any clinical signs. So, like Mandycat, I wish they would have specified which were the problematic flavors and manufacturer(s). Thankfully, mine eat about 3-4 different dry and 4 different wet and I give them a brewer's yeast tablet every few days. I could probably even continue feeding the recalled cans with no problems but I'd rather send them back so they can add that to their "cost of doing business."

What's with the thiamine deficiency epidemic, anyway? These folks are just dumb. If I saw several PFCs with this problem, I'd make dang sure mine didn't fall into that category.

I also wondered if this "discovery" was thanks to Peg. I bet it was. Many thanks for your persistence, Peg. I wish they'd do a full nutritional analysis more often and for @#&!'s sake, test the stinkin' premix rather than relying on the certificate that comes with it!!
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« Reply #22 on: March 01, 2011, 08:55:58 AM »

I am so sorry alclubb.  Please let us know when you get the blood test results bad.  I hope everything is ok with your kitties. 

Thank you.  I have been feeding Wellness since they were babies, and they will be two years old this month.  Hopefully, if there is a problem with the thiamine, it's not very bad and we caught it in plenty of time.

I still had a few cans in my pantry that fall within the recalled dates and some newer ones that don't.  I'm not sure I want to feed even the newer ones because the recalled dates go through Sept. 2013 and my new cans are Oct. 2013.  I may just take them back to the store and think about it. 
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« Reply #23 on: March 01, 2011, 08:58:10 AM »

I am so sorry to hear about this.  I am so concerned about feeding wellness now too.  Please let us know when your get the blood test results back.  I hope everything is ok. 

Thank you, I will let you know.  It will probably be a couple of days before I know anything because of the fasting before the test and then it has to be sent off.  But, the girls will not be getting any Wellness until I find out for sure. 
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« Reply #24 on: March 01, 2011, 08:59:10 AM »

Mods, maybe we should merge this thread with the other Wellness recall thread?
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« Reply #25 on: March 01, 2011, 09:06:29 AM »

I read these two responses on Facebook 
here is the link but for those that are not facebookers I have copied two public  comments from Wellness that I think need to be shared as I did not think kitten would be included or it would have been specified or the Core brand either so in case there was any others here not sure..I wanted to share....
http://www.facebook.com/#!/note.php?note_id=10150093171637606&comments

Wellness Natural Pet Food for Dogs and Cats Hello Mark, in an abundance of caution, we have decided to recall all canned cat products with the specific date codes noted on our site, this includes Wellness CORE cans for cats. Please feel free to call us with additional questions. We've set up a special hotline and the phone # is 1-877-227-9587.

Wellness Natural Pet Food for Dogs and Cats ?@Jennifer and @Alison – Out of caution, we are recalling all canned cat products with the BEST BUY dates as noted above and on our site, this includes kitten cans. Please feel free to call us with additional questions at 1-877-227-9587.
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« Reply #26 on: March 01, 2011, 09:18:09 AM »

Dear Mr. Callahan,

My name is 5CatMom, but I really have 7 cats whom I love very much.

Over the years since the Pet Food Recall of 2007, I have put much effort into researching pet food companies and pet food.  You see, I would like to identify a few safe, nutritious, and consistent commercial foods that I can feed with confidence.

I contacted most of the pet food companies (including Wellness), but the responses were very disappointing.  It seems that pet food companies (including Wellness) are not prepared to answer tough questions about their products.  For example, Wellness could not explain how they manage their large number of co-packers in order to produce a consistent product, and when I asked about their GMP's, QAP's, and statistical process control -- Well, forget it!

In my search for a safe commercial food, there was one word that pet food companies (including Wellness) repeated most often.  The word was PROPRIETARY.  I learned that "proprietary" is code for "we don't know, we don't want to know, and we don't want to answer your questions".

You claim that Wellpet /Wellness has worked hard to earn the reputation of being a company that does everything possible for the pets that depend on you.

There are a few facts you should consider before making such a claim:

1)  Your company threw it's independent retailers under the bus, and instead decided to work with big box stores.  The indie retailers built Wellness' reputation, but apparently volume is more important than loyalty to your company.

2)  My friends routinely compare date codes to see which ones are causing problems such as vomiting and food refusal.  This is a huge red flag which we brought to your attention, but we were ignored and told that "no problems have been reported".

3)  Your company deals with an equity partner and many co-packers.  That makes for a complicated and hard to manage operation.

4)  Your company produces waaaaay too many products.  A visit to the big box store reveals that Wellpet/Wellness produces many dozens of different products - canned food, dry food, treats.  It's really overwhelming and reminds me of Nutro's shelves - just too much of too much.

Contrary to what you write, it is clear that product quality and safety ARE NOT your highest priority.  Otherwise, you would have TESTED your products for adequate thiamine levels, before they were sold to pet owners.  After all, thiamine deficiency is not a new issue.  Diamond recalled food in 2010 for the same problem.  Did you miss that?    

IMO, Wellpet/Wellness has serious problems as a company, and has become just another high volume producer of low quality food.

Sincerely,

5CatMom
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« Reply #27 on: March 01, 2011, 09:22:22 AM »

I'm glad you found the additional information on the CORE and kitten products too.  The press release should have been more specific because it did not mention CORE at all.
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« Reply #28 on: March 01, 2011, 09:52:16 AM »

Hi all I just got an email from The Pet Food list forum.
I just found it and joined it recently.

Anyway they sent me an email saying that Wellness has recalled some of their canned cat foods.
Wanted to pass it on since I know alot of you use it.
I had been til a while back when all my cats got diarrhea from it so I stopped. I still have several cans I haven't used need to check their codes to see if they are some or not.
Plan to take them back anyway.

Heres what they said

While recent laboratory testing found that most lots of Wellness canned cat food that were tested contain sufficient amounts of thiamine (also known as Vitamin B1), some of the lots listed below might contain less than adequate levels of thiamine. However, out of an abundance of caution, WellPet has decided to recall all of the lots listed below.

The lots involved in this voluntary recall are:
Wellness Canned Cat (all flavors and sizes) with best by dates from 14APR 13 through 30SEP13;
Wellness Canned Cat Chicken & Herring (all sizes) with 10NOV13 or 17NOV13 best buy dates.

You can also find the info on The Pet Food List Forum.
Just wanted to share this with you guys in case you all hadn't hear.

Hope everyone has a nice day.
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« Reply #29 on: March 01, 2011, 09:55:43 AM »

These are the products and dates being recalled, does anyone know when these would have been produced?

That was the question I had too. This is also being discussed over on this thread.

http://itchmoforums.com/news-recall-related/wellness-cat-food-recall-t12641.0.html

I have three cans left, and they all fall into the recall category. I'll be checking with our local pet store at lunch today to see if they are aware of this info yet.

Wellness has 3-year best buy dates on their canned foods. Almost a whole year ago for some of them. 


So these were produced 14APR10 through 30SEP10.

Wellness Canned Cat (all flavors and sizes) with best by dates from 14APR 13 through 30SEP13;

C&H produced 10NOV10 and 17NOV10.
Wellness Canned Cat Chicken & Herring (all sizes) with best by date of 10NOV13 and 17NOV13.

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