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LadyHawke
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« on: May 04, 2007, 11:39:51 AM »

I've posted to the other OK ppl ...and I'm still trying to find out just how these retailers are guaranteeing that these products are safe to feed our beloved pets?  Are we supposed to just trust that their suppliers are saying they are ok?  Frustrating as heck to try and be sure that our babies are ok with what we are in good faith trying to feed them ...so how does this place prove this food is fine?
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« Reply #1 on: May 04, 2007, 02:11:42 PM »

I've posted to the other OK ppl ...and I'm still trying to find out just how these retailers are guaranteeing that these products are safe to feed our beloved pets?  Are we supposed to just trust that their suppliers are saying they are ok?  Frustrating as heck to try and be sure that our babies are ok with what we are in good faith trying to feed them ...so how does this place prove this food is fine?

In answer to your first question, "just how these retailers are guaranteeing that these products are safe to feed our beloved pets? ", the folks at Animal Health Supply haven't implied that they are guaranteeing anything. I believe they are at least as frustrated and upset as all of us pet guardians.  I do know that they have pulled all recalled products from their stock as soon as they receive the recall notices from the pet food companies.  I have gone in on numerous occassions, taking the most updated lists of of recalled pet foods/brands.  I have then checked their inventory against my list to make sure none of the recalled products are on their shelves.  This was easy, because this is a very small store that carries only a few brands. I also know that they are pulling all products from a single brand even if only ONE of the actual formulas appeared on a recall list.  For example, not all Natural Balance canned formulas are on the recall list, but they have pulled ALL Natural Balance canned formulas from their shelves.  Now, for a store as small as this one, you can imagine how little they have left to sell.  But it seems that they are putting safety first, and taking extra precautionary meaures. I was just there a few hours ago, and we were discussing the latest recall expansions. I gave one of the guys the itchmo.com info so he can get the latest recall news, in addition to the news he receives directly from pet food company representatives. Can they guarantee what is on their shelves is safe?  I'd say NO ONE can!  Heck, what's "safe" today may be on a recall list tomorrow.  But would I buy food for my four beloved furkids there?  Yes.  I would, and I do.  I believe they are making sure they are not selling recalled products - or brands!  - for that matter.  Due to the small size of the store and the limited number of brands they sell, it is easy for them to closely monitor recall lists against their stock.  By the way, when I told them I was doing voluntary audits, they welcomed and thanked me.  I certainly didn't get that reception at another store I audited recently....

As for another of your questions, "so how does this place prove this food is fine?
", They CAN'T PROVE it's fine.  They would probably be the first to admit it, too.  They are selling only brands that have not been involved in any of the recalls so far, which is saying a lot more than most retailers. Another store I audited last week was selling several formulas of Natual Balance, Chicken Soup and Diamond canned foods that weren't on the recall list.  O.K. - these formulas weren't on the recall list, but other formulas from the same company HAVE been recalled.  Nothing says the retailers have to pull every formula of a recalled brand.  But I know I personally won't feed ANY formula of a brand that has been involved in a recall.  Am I an extremist?  Maybe.  But, when my pets' life and health is involved, then it's better safe than sorry, as far as I'm concerned.

I have no connection with this store, other than the fact that I buy pet food, treats and supplies from them (and a few other local retailers), and that I have now audited them.  With the recalls that are now expanded on almost a daily basis, no one can be certain that ANY store has only safe food on their shelves.  Again, what's safe today may be recalled tomorrow.  However, I am confident that this store is doing their best to stay on top of recalls and currently have no recalled products on their shelves.
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