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« Reply #75 on: January 28, 2008, 09:57:38 AM »

re: Petslave:  Did all the Nutro problems start after the buy-out by Masterfoods, or did the problems start during the recall & are still ongoing?

Nutro was sold several years ago to some venture capitalists and I think that's when the problems started.  They had no interest in quality food.  They used cheaper ingredients to get a larger return,   then sold to Masterfoods in May.  Convenient and timely, huh?  Every time someone called to file a complaint, they told the caller that they hadn't had any other complaints and it must be something else that caused the pet's problem.   I found this the other day - it's dated March 2006.   

Here's how I got there:
There are more stories like this out there with pre-recall dates.

As for WDJ, I didn't renew my subscription, but they keep sending it.  The issue that come out after my dog died had an article about the dog food recall that I thought was totally inconsiderate.  Maybe I was being overly sensitive, but what I got from it was that if you hadn't been feeding raw, then it was your own fault your pet is sick/dead.  Now they are recommending foods based on the fact(?) that the company will tell them what they want to hear.  Silly me - I always thought they actually tested and analyzed the food they recommended.


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Rudyard Kipling
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« Reply #76 on: January 28, 2008, 12:18:41 PM »

Hm, maybe I can just not resubscribe & it will keep getting delivered to me!  So sounds like Nutro has been having trouble for awhile, even before the recalls.  And it seems like it keeps on happening.

That WDJ list has been criticized in past years for having poor picks.  I just don't think dry food is their forte since most of their other articles are good.  But it is bad that this list is published by what is thought of as a highly rated, cutting edge publication about dog care.  I now research just about everything extensively before making decisions to buy, but a lot of people don't have the time or skills to do so.  They depend on these kinds sources for their info.  Heck, I used to just go in & ask the pet store clerk what the best food was for my pets, so I know where they are coming from.

Please note that they don't just judge the food on whether the company will reveal their mfr--my post may have mislead you if you don't have the list.  Other than that new requirement this year they look for - high quality protein, no meat or poultry by-products, no fat/protein from unidentified animal sources, whole grains/vegs (though they are OK with 1 grain by-product or veg fragment), no artificial color/flavor/preservatives.  They did get samples but don't think they ran toxin testing on them--they donated the samples to a shelter afterwards.

I just read the list for info on companies I might consider, and ignore the other entries.  Good idea to write to them though, maybe they just are not aware of the problems that are out there.
Chef G
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« Reply #77 on: February 03, 2008, 06:42:20 PM »

I HATE this company.  Prior to the recall we were feeding Nutro Max Cat canned "chunky" food.  I questioned the retailer about this product and was assured it was fine.  She even called the area rep and was told not to worry the food was fine.  I contacted the company myself and was told the same thing.  About a week later the rep called and said to take the food off the shelves.  She made him call me directly...and boy did I give him a blast.  Mu boys will never have another Nutro product in their mouths ever.  For years we fed our previous cat Nutro Senior cat food....she died of kidney failure....wonder how she got that?Huh??

« Reply #78 on: February 04, 2008, 05:40:42 AM »

Chef G:

Hmmmmmmmmm, I wonder too............NOT......

We may be pet parents but we aren't stupid........ Tongue
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