From what I understand, the problem wasn't with the wheat, or with the quality of the wheat. It has to do with the fact that apparently rat poison got into the food manufacturing process. I got my information from here
I have yet to hear from any official source that any dry food has been recalled, just canned food and the pouches. If anyone has an official link from Menu foods or a manufacturer announcement saying otherwise (and not some opinionated drivel like what was linked above), please link us asap.
Never trust a tall dwarf... he's lying about something.
Rox, there have been many reports from all different websites about the dry food recall...most of us have yet to know the actual truth of it. As for Purina, the canned/pouched food is recalled (I'm almost certain), but the dry remains to be seen...just so you know, Purina is not considered a very good dog food and I'd think about switching to something better.
He's your friend,your partner,your defender,your dog.You're his life,his love,his leader. He will be faithful and true to the last beat of his heart.You owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion
rescuepups - thanks for the info. At this time, I feed the Nutro lamb and rice puppy food - dry. The bag says "wheat free". My niece is feeding her dog Purina Puppy Chow. We were just discussing the recall and she suggested switching since she didn't think Purina was being recalled.
Regardless it seems to me very unlikely that the aminopterin would have been introduced in the USA during manufacturing, because aminopterin is not legal to use here as a pesticide. It is used here only as a drug, and anything that toxic used as a human drug would be expensive and possibly difficult to obtain in the United States. Just to be sure I checked the price on Sigma-Aldrich, which is probably the single largest supplier of specialty chemicals in the USA. Aminopterin is $1200-1300 for ONE GRAM, and it took a lot more than that to taint millions of cans of pet food. If it was a disgruntled employee that did this on purpose, then that employee is in China.
I just spent half an hour today reassuring my mother that Nutro's Lamb Meal and Rice senior dry food is safe. Obviously it's a dry food and contains _no wheat_. She just changed her dogs to that last week. They were on Nutro's lite formula before, also lamb/rice/no wheat, but one dog is 9 and the other is 13 so when she was at PetSmart a Nutro rep recommended it to her. I don't trust that site but I e-mailed Nutro anyhow. GRRRRRR!!!!!! >:-(
illini - thanks. i've read yes its the wheat and no its not the wheat, yes its dry food and no its not dry food, everybody is just so confused, aren't they? i read the article on the site you posted. who do you believe? my mom is also panicking. She has cats and one little dog that are her "kids" now. She is so worried.
in any case, i've since switched kuma over to raw, cold turkey (no pun intended) probably until the whole thing blows over.
i just fed him 2 chicken winglets at night, but am thinking about going shopping tomorrow to see if i can get some premade raw food. the painstaking procedure of raw feeding is what turned me off it about a year ago, but i think i'd be able to handle it better with the premade.
seems like the recall has reached Sweden too :S Luke & misha eat lone star from Texas farm.. but they're not on the list are they? It was only menu foods.. we're getting little to none info over here....
"Don't treat your dog human, it will only treat you like a dog."
aleczandra, I would check the website for your pet food, purina was not on the list that I saw, so I looked at their website, and sure enough mighty dog pouches were affected. I don't feed that to my dogs, but the cats are on purina one at the moment, and I was worried, so I will be switching them to wellness to be safe.
Just wondering why on Earth you guys thing Purina is effected by this? THEY ARE NOT. I know you all hate the food, but it CLEARLY says on their website that they are not effected. I really hope no one from Purina Company looks at this website.
It is doubtful that every dog food company in the USA purchased wheat from the same tainted source.
You guys are basically spreading rumors/lies against their product and making people not want to purchase it. How is that not liable?
Just because ONE mighty dog 'Pouch' was effected does not mean that the DOZENS of other products are bad. IT does not mean that the dry food is bad. That sounds like the pouch was the only thing that MENU foods made for them. IT IS NOT PURINA COMPANY THAT IS TAINTED, IT IS MENU FOODS.
Boxers are like cookies you can't have just one :)
People see what they want to see. Got to blame their sick pets on something.
Anyway, this is not the only food that get in to the USA from other countries that had unapproved pesticides, insecticides, drugs and other chemicals used on it. A lot of the fruits, vegetables and beef we eat come from Mexico and other South American countries. Those countries still using chemicals and drugs that were band in the USA long ago. With little to no supervision in foreign countries and their low standards, a lot of the food we eat everyday is loaded with crap that could potentially kill you.
Ain't NAFTA great?
My theory about the Chinese wheat is that it was discovered that it was contaminated and was not fit for human food in their country. The supplier did not want to absorb the loss so he unloaded it on an unsuspecting greedy US pet food company looking for a good deal for a fraction of the price. Given the high regard Chinese have for pets. They probably figured that no one would notice or care. After all, it is only a pet.
If I seem to have a superiority complex, it is because you make it so easy.
Another bit of info for those of you who do feed Purina. There are two Purina's. Purina Mills is the maker of the food you purchase widely in supermarkets, discount stores and some feed stores. Those drys include Dog Chow, Puppy Chow,Beneful and Exculsive(sold through livestock feed stores). The other Purina is owned by Nestle foods(yes the chocolate people) They make the Purina Pro Plan, Pro Plan Selects, and Purina One. They are manufacutured in different plants and are not related in anyway. You will find that majority of Professional dog handlers feed ProPlan. Most of use pet owners do not like the food due to the corn content. But a show dog has a demanding life, and this food is a great one to keep a dog in good weight. Is is my food of choice, NO. But it is what my dog was feed when he was showing every weekend. He ate it with no resistance and was in excellent condition in regards to weight, coat and overall health. Although I do plan to be switching over to Premium Edge, with the only grain as brown rice.
***Edited By: Windy Valley on 3/24/2007 2:13:06 PM*** Reason: typo
He's your friend,your partner,your defender your dog.You are his life,his love,his leader. He will be yours faithful and true to the last beat of his heart.You owe it to him to worthy of such devotion
Alicat, we are not spreading lies. Why on earth do you think you have all the answers. It says right on purina's site that MIGHTY DOG POUCH FOOD IS AFFECTED BY THE RECALL. http://www.purina.com/
Just because you love purina doesn't mean the rest of us have to.
I'm not a fan of purina, and never was, I'm switching my cats so that all the petfood is from the same company, that way I don't have to drive all over for cat food. Who cares if purina reads this, I could give a rats behind what they think.
***Edited By: Hailey on 3/24/2007 4:24:44 PM*** Reason: **
This is an e-mail I rcvd from P&g Eukanuba P&G Pet Care Update March 22, 2007
We want to provide an update on the recent recall of “wet” pet foods produced by Menu Foods, Inc.
We are deeply saddened by this situation. We know it has caused a lot of concern and has touched pet lovers throughout North America, including our own employees. We’ve received a lot of questions, so we want to give you the latest information.
First, we want to assure you that this recall affects only a small portion of our “wet” pet food products manufactured at the Menu Foods plant in Emporia, Kansas. We have a variety of canned wet food products that are currently available on store shelves that are not affected in any way by this recall.
We also want to assure you that our Iams and Eukanuba dry foods are not affected by the recall, and are readily available in stores. These foods are not part of the recall – there are no concerns at all about dry food. P&G manufactures Iams and Eukanuba dry foods at our own plants, not at Menu Foods.
You may wonder why some “wet” food was produced at Menu Foods. In fact, virtually every pet food company commonly uses outside partners for special or small volume items. Nonetheless, the different branded products made by Menu are not “the same”. Our Iams and Eukanuba pet foods have unique recipes and important ingredient differences that distinguish them from other pet food brands.
Because of our concern for pets and their well-being, we took immediate action to voluntarily participate in Menu Foods’ “wet” food product recall and to work with retailers to get the small portion of our “wet” products affected by the recall off all store shelves in the U.S. and Canada.
Until the root cause of this pet health issue is found, we will not produce any more of these products at the Emporia plant. We’ll keep you updated when we have more information.
Pets are an important part of all of our families. P&G Pet Care employees share your concerns and are firmly committed to you and the health of your pet. We are working hard to respond to your questions, and provide the information and help you need. We value your trust and confidence during this extremely difficult time.
This is a list of web sites and phone numbers that I got in an e-mail from Petsmart