Tuesday, April 10, 2007

NUTRO Recalls all Wet Food Products with Wheat Gluten

Nutro Products Orders Removal of All Wet Pet Food Products Made by Menu Foods with Wheat Gluten

It's about time.

Added: And as if this weren't enough... I'm not a huge PETA fan, but at this point I'm much more likely to believe them than Nutro. http://www.peta.org/feat/contract/o-other15.html
For years, Nutro representatives have been telling consumers that the company does not use animals in laboratories to test its pet foods. Now, we know differently.


cherbitrary said...

It absolutely is about time. The Royal Canin response yesterday set me off a little...the "Menu assured us we didn't have bad wheat gluten thing". I think these companies need to take some responsibility here. If your food is made by Menu OR you got wheat gluten from ChemNutra you should know it and you should just pull the food regardless of what those companies are telling you. Pull the food and make sure it is safe before you sell it. Don't sit there waiting for someone to come tell you to pull it. Be proactive. So, I applaud Nutro's action now, although I would have applauded it even more had it happened sooner.

Anonymous said...

What gets me about Nutro is that they claimed to be different than the big dog slop manufacturers. The fact that most of them get it from the same source shows there's is no point in paying a premium for Nutro. As if I needed a reminder, but here again it's all about brand image and positioning. A giant waste of time and money.

Anonymous said...

While I don't like the fact that it took this long to issue a full recall on all the wet foods, I look at it this way. Their supplier told them that only XYZ needed to be pulled, and barring any reason to distrust what they said initially, I can understand the decision not to pull everything at that time. Now that more has come out, and more needed to be recalled, I think that the proper solution would be to pull all of the products, and it appears that is what they've done.

In regards to the animal testing, note that the specific wording of the PETA was that Iams and Menu Foods did this, and that because of this, Nutro and the others on the list were to blame. Is it not possible that Nutro simply didn't know about this? I find it hard, especially after this whole fiasco, to believe that any company, Nutro included, would do business with Menu Foods, and the problems that Menu Foods has with PETA is only icing on the cake.

I know it's easy to make rush judgements and condemn, but a bit of reservation and condemnation without proper proof (Did Nutro say "Hey, test the products you'll be making for us in this manner so that we can fulfill our evil company reputation out" or was it more of "We're buying XYZ from Menu Foods and we didn't know they'd screw up this way") is the main thing that marginalizes the good that an organization like PETA does.

Just my own, humble opinion, as a human living in a two dog and two cat household.

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