Friday, April 27, 2007

Harmony Farms recalling canned Dog and Cat food and biscuits

An alert reader (thanks Cynthia!) let me know that her local store was pulling Harmony Farms canned dog food off the shelves this morning.

After some digging, Therese (over at www.thepetfoodlist.com) and I discovered that Harmony Farms is made by American Nutrition, who confirmed that some Harmony Farms products are being recalled, and that more information will be available later today. (We also discovered they're a subsidiary of Blue Buffalo)

Harmony Farms now has a recall announcement on their website (it's a popup so you may need to disable your popup blocker) http://harmonypetproducts.com/index.html
http://www.harmonypetproducts.com/recall_popup.html


IMPORTANT NEWS

April 26, 2007

Harmony Farms Cans And Biscuits Recalled Due To Product Tampering

We regret to inform you that Sierra Pet Products has announced a voluntary recall of its Harmony Farms canned foods and dog biscuits due to product tampering.

Sierra Pet Products was made aware of the product tampering when American Nutrition, Inc. (ANI), the manufacturer of all Harmony Farms cans and biscuits, informed the Company that they had been adding rice protein concentrate to Harmony Farms canned dog and cat foods without the Company’s approval.

It appears that ANI had been adding the unauthorized rice protein concentrate to Harmony Farms products for some time and only told the Company when the FDA was about to conclude that some of ANI’s rice protein concentrate (Supplied by Wilber-Ellis) was contaminated with Melamine.

Important Facts about the recall:

• Sierra Pet Products has elected to cease doing business with ANI effective immediately and remove all its cans and biscuits from retailer’s shelves.

• Products recalled include all Harmony Farms canned dog and cat foods, and all Harmony Farms Health Bar biscuits.

• No Harmony Farms product has tested positive for melamine.

• There have been no reported illness of any dog or cat as a result of consuming either our food or biscuits

• All Harmony Farms dry dog and cat foods are safe for consumption

• Consumers who have unused or partially used packages of any Harmony Farms recalled products should return them to their place of purchase for a complete refund.

We have informed our retail partners and the FDA about this action, and will be cooperating with them to complete this recall quickly.

As a relatively new brand, Harmony Farms is in the process of building trust with pet parents and this cannot be accomplished if we are unable to trust our manufacturer.

We intend to re-introduce our canned products and dog biscuits as soon as we can obtain a manufacturing partner who shares our values of honesty and integrity.

Sincerely,

Sierra Pet Products



(Note: The American Nutrition website is not updated, and these companies are trashing them, but I still want to give kudos to the folks answering the phones there for being concerned - and nice - and for sharing as much information as they have.)

4 comments:

Cynthia said...

Thanks so much for helping me get this info!! I'm adding your link to my blog today!

Anonymous said...

I am surprised by your footnote commenting on the Harmony Farms press release calling it "trashing them".

If the company actually put in an unauthorized ingredient, it is important for everyone to know that they can't be trusted. If this is not a true statement, Harmony is opening themselves up to legal problems. Unless they are complete idiots, they wouldn't make an accusation like this if it were not true. If it is true, ANI deserves to be more than "trashed".

Anonymous said...

I can't seem to find two dog food products on either list (recalled/non-recalled)....Cesar (canned for small dogs sold at major retailers) and Pet Botanics Lamb and Brown rice (comes in roll, sold at Petsmart).... can anyone help with information on add them to the list?

Anonymous said...

Another canned dog food that there is no word on ... Nutro Healthy Desserts

Need info

Volunteers Needed! Get food off shelves...

howl911.com, itchmo.com, thepetfoodlist.com, petconnection.com, petfoodtracker.com and spockosbrain.com have joined together to ask for your help.
Update 6-10: Recalled food was purchased from a
California store on 5-29th – this stuff is still out there!
We need Volunteers to help get recalled food off store shelves. Read this post at Spocko’s Brain for instructions. Print a list (or two) on this site. Visit stores, then report safe stores here at Itchmo.com.

Printing Information:
1. Print the main FDA Pet Food Recall page http://www.fda.gov/oc/opacom/hottopics/petfood.html – this will be handy to show retailers who haven’t heard anything about the recall. (3 pages)

2. Print the list of 14 Major National Brands - it includes flavors and date information where applicable so you can tell if specific products for these brands have been recalled. The brands are: Alpo Prime Cuts, Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover’s Soul, Doctors Foster and Smith, Eukanuba, Gravy Train, Hill’s Science Diet, Iams, Jerky Treats, Lick Your Chops, Mighty Dog Pouches, Natural Balance, Nutro, Pounce, Royal Canin. (It’s 7 pages and includes FDA contact information.)

3. Print the List of All Brands – it will remind you what products have been recalled - but it does not give you date and flavor information, there is just too much to put in one document. (7 pages, but the 7th page is links to more detailed information so you don’t need to print it)

If you want, and are going to a store that you know has store brands that have been recalled (such as Walmart), go to that recall information at the links on the summary or at the FDA site and print it out. Some of the information is formatted in ways that make it difficult to read (one of the main reasons for this site), but it’s better than nothing.

Note: The FDA is the official source for all recall information and recalled products. This is an unofficial volunteer effort to help get the word out and get recalled foods off of shelves. We’re doing the best we can but can’t guarantee these lists are completely accurate. Again, here is the official recall site: http://www.fda.gov/oc/opacom/hottopics/petfood.html