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The search for quality (a tale of recalls and safety concerns)

Well, it’s happened again.  Another range of pet treats is the subject of a recall.  This time it’s Dogswell treats by Arthur Dogswell LLC.

Chicken Breast and Duck Breast jerky under the Breathies, Happy Heart, Happy Hips, Mellow Mut, Shape Up, Veggie Life, Vitality and Vitakitty brands with a best before date of Jan 28, 2015 are affected

Chicken Breast and Duck Breast jerky under the Breathies, Happy Heart, Happy Hips, Mellow Mut, Shape Up, Veggie Life, Vitality and Vitakitty brands with a best before date of Jan 28, 2015 are affected

These treats are being recalled because product testing by the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets found traces of an antibiotic that is not approved for use in the United States.

The company says that since January of this year, they have new testing procedures in-house to ensure that their chicken and duck ingredients don’t contain antibiotics – so clearly there was a risk identified which motivated them to make a business decision to invest in the new testing!

Because animal feed products are going to ‘just animals’ there’s a real tendency of the markets and businesses involved to buy sub-standard and cheap ingredients.  (Don’t forget the melamine scandal of 2007 and how many brands were involved.)

Supply chain management is so important.  That’s about businesses knowing the source of each and every ingredient in their product – with contractual obligations on those suppliers to meet quality standards.  My advice is if you are considering a food product for your dog, you should enquire with the manufacturer about the source of their ingredients before buying.  If the information isn’t on the label, you need to contact the manufacturer through their website.

If the manufacturer doesn’t have a website or another avenue for customer enquiries – AVOID, AVOID, AVOID their product.  Always get the information on the ingredients of their product in writing (usually via email).

One of the reasons I started Canine Catering was to have greater control over the ingredients in dog treats.  These products tend to remain on shelves for much longer than other foods and their countries of origin often have dubious reputations for supply chain management.  The amount of preservatives is often staggering.

I like to use human grade ingredients in the first instance, as a major step for quality control.   I still read labels even on human grade food.

Accidents happen.  But haven’t we had enough accidents in the pet food industry?  Consumer choice drives change.  Make sure you exercise your power as a consumer by buying quality products for your dog.

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Here we go again – pet food recalls in USA

This time, the cause of concern is salmonella contamination.   Salmonella is a zoonotic infection, meaning it can be transferred to humans too.

Salmonella infection in dogs causes gastroenteritis, septicemia, and spontaneous abortions.  Humans usually experience vomiting, diarrhea and fevers.  It’s not pleasant.

The best prevention is to wash surfaces in the kitchen after feeding your dog and to ensure you wash your hands after handling pet foods.

The brands currently under recall are:

Solid Gold Health Products for Pets, Inc.

  • Solid Gold WolfCub Large Breed Puppy Food
  • Solid Gold WolfKing Large Breed Adult Dog Food

Wellpet LLC

  • Wellness Complete Health Super5mix Large Breed Puppy

Canidae Pet Foods

  • Canidae Dog, All Life Stages
  • Canidae Dog, Chicken Meal & Rice
  • Canidae Dog, Lamb Meal & Rice
  • Canidae Dog, Platinum

Apex Pet Foods

  • Apex Chicken and Rice Dog, 20lb and 40lb bags

Natural Balance Pet Foods

  • Natural Balance Sweet Potato & Venison Dog
  • Natural Balance Lamb Meal & Brown Rice Dog
  • Natural Balance Sweet Potato & Bison Dog
  • Natural Balance Vegetarian Dog
  • Natural Balance Lamb Meal & Brown Rice Dog Large Breed Bites
  • Natural Balance Lamb Meal & Brown Rice Dog Small Breed Bites
  • Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover’s Soul
  • Country Value
  • Diamond
  • Diamond Naturals
  • Premium Edge
  • Professional
  • 4Health
  • Taste of the Wild

The Kirkland Signature products included in the recall are:

  • Kirkland Signature Super Premium Adult Dog Lamb, Rice & Vegetable Formula
  • Kirkland Signature Super Premium Adult Dog Chicken, Rice & Vegetable Formula
  • Kirkland Signature Super Premium Mature Dog Chicken, Rice & Egg Formula
  • Kirkland Signature Super Premium Healthy Weight Dog Formulated with Chicken & Vegetables
  • Kirkland Signature Super Premium Maintenance Cat Chicken & Rice Formula
  • Kirkland Signature Super Premium Healthy Weight Cat Formula
  • Kirkland Signature Nature’s Domain Salmon Meal & Sweet Potato Formula for Dogs

It’s hard to know if some of these foods are available in New Zealand (Canidae definitely is) because some foods are imported in smaller quantities.  If you are feeding one of these foods, stop immediately and check with your supplier for more details on the recall.

This website from the FDA gives all the latest information on pet food recalls.

Warning – chicken jerky treats from China

The AVMA and the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association have issued a warning about a possible link between consumption of chicken jerky treats made in China and the incidence of kidney problems in dogs. A pattern started to develop in July when dogs in Canada presented with kidney problems resembling Fanconi syndome.

This syndrome is hereditary in some breeds of dogs such as Basenjis resulting in abnormal levels of sodium, glucose, calcium, phosphate and amino acids.  It can be fatal.  The symptoms of the disorder also present when toxins have been ingested.

This is yet another example of needing good supply chain management and ensuring you are buying foods with quality ingredients.  China is a country with a checkered reputation of managing supply chains and quality of ingredients.

In 2007, melamine was found to contaminate a wide range of pet foods resulting in major recalls and many deaths.  In 2008, the melamine contamination problem escalated to humans when the poison was found in milk powder fed to infants.  Many Chinese babies were affected and some died.