Pet food recall expanded due to cross-contamination : The Morni...

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Pet food manufacturer Menu Foods expanded its recall Thursday because of possible cross-contamination between melamine-tainted products and other foods made in the same period.
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kelly7

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#1 May 3, 2007
Somebody at this company screwed up big-time. My heart goes out to all pet owners affected. Thank God for Purina!

“Fight bigotry.”

Since: Feb 07

Toms River, NJ

#2 May 3, 2007
Tell me why we're importing foodstuffs from China when they have exceptionally loose standards (even looser than Bush's FDA)
Jess

AOL

#3 May 3, 2007
It comes from China and is also in human food. the only difference is, it takes longer to kill us because of our bodies absorbtion rate.

“Ahhhh....”

Since: Feb 07

United States

#4 May 3, 2007
Because we have built malls and houses on much of our farmland.
ACLU-Tom wrote:
Tell me why we're importing foodstuffs from China when they have exceptionally loose standards (even looser than Bush's FDA)

Since: Apr 07

Fox Hollow, Whitehall, PA

#5 May 3, 2007
Kelly, Purina makes Alpo and Mighty Dog which both were recalled.

My dog and cat were both eating the recalled food but they are fine thank god. I switched them to a much better food. Costs nearly twice as much as the Nutro and it's hard to find but it's worth it!

This website is very helpful:
www.dogfoodanalysis.com
royalarrival

Sussex, NJ

#6 May 3, 2007
Purina makes more than just Alpo and Mighty Dog. Compared to other companies, Purina is a save choice. There are two Purina companies. One is Nestle Purina and the other is Purina Mills. PMI and PMI Exclusive is a purina product. They are a subsidary company of Purina Mills. There products are made in their plant and products are purchased within the North American region. They do not use wheat gluten or rice protein concentrate in their products. Nestle Purina makes most of their products in their plant. They do use other manufactures to produce products if they do not have the means for packaging. Mighty Dog can food is made in their building. The Mighty Dog Pouch was made by another manufacture. The reason is because Purina was not able to package the product. They don't have the space or equipment to package it in a pouch. They mostly buy their products locally, but at times have to look for other sources if demand is high. That is what happened with the Alpo can food.

Regardless what you feed make sure to do your homework. Research the company. Find out where they buy their products. Find out where they make their products. Look at the ingredience for the product. Not every food will work for every animal. Pick one you feel comfortable with. Don't be afraid to contact the food company with questions. Talk to your vet if you have concerns.

Quality does not always mean you have to pay more.

Since: Apr 07

Fox Hollow, Whitehall, PA

#7 May 3, 2007
I'm aware that Purina makes many other foods. Purina is a safe choice out of the poor quality food, sure. The ProPlan Turkey and Barley seems to be a safe bet but it's $40.00 a bag (33 lbs) as compared to $30.00 for Purina One (37 lbs). You do have to spend more to get a better food.
I did the research for my dog and cat. Their food gets 6/6 stars on dog food analysis. It gets an A+. They only use human grade ingredients. It has no grains.
Sure, some dogs can do good on the poor quality food but my pets deserve better.

Since: Apr 07

Fox Hollow, Whitehall, PA

#8 May 3, 2007
Here's how to grade your dog food.
Start with a grade of 100:
1) For every listing of "by-product", subtract 10 points
2) For every non-specific animal source ("meat" or "poultry", meat, meal or fat) reference, subtract 10 points
3) If the food contains BHA, BHT, or ethoxyquin, subtract 10 points
4) For every grain "mill run" or non-specific grain source,subtract 5 points
5) If the same grain ingredient is used 2 or more times in the first five ingredients (i.e. "ground brown rice", "brewer's rice", "rice flour" are all the same grain), subtract 5 points
6) If the protein sources are not meat meal and there are less than 2 meats in the top 3 ingredients, subtract 3 points
7) If it contains any artificial colorants, subtract 3 points
8 ) If it contains ground corn or whole grain corn, subtract 3points
9) If corn is listed in the top 5 ingredients, subtract 2 morepoints
10) If the food contains any animal fat other than fish oil,subtract 2 points
11) If lamb is the only animal protein source (unless your dog is allergic to other protein sources), subtract 2 points
12) If it contains soy or soybeans, subtract 2 points
13) If it contains wheat (unless you know that your dog isnâ?Tt allergic to wheat), subtract 2 points
14) If it contains beef (unless you know that your dog isn't allergic to beef), subtract 1 point
15) If it contains salt, subtract 1 point
Extra Credit:
1) If any of the meat sources are organic, add 5 points
2) If the food is endorsed by any major breed group or
nutritionist, add 5 points
3) If the food is baked not extruded, add 5 points
4) If the food contains probiotics, add 3 points
5) If the food contains fruit, add 3 points
6) If the food contains vegetables (NOT corn or other grains), add 3 points
7) If the animal sources are hormone-free and antibiotic-free, add 2 points
8 ) If the food contains barley, add 2 points
9) If the food contains flax seed oil (not just the seeds), add 2 points
10) If the food contains oats or oatmeal, add 1 point
11) If the food contains sunflower oil, add 1 point
12) For every different specific animal protein source (other than
the first one; count "chicken" and "chicken meal" as only one protein source, but "chicken" and "" as 2 different sources), add 1 point
13) If it contains glucosamine and chondroitin, add 1 point
14) If the vegetables have been tested for pesticides and are pesticide-free, add 1 point
94-100+= A
86-93 = B
78-85 = C
70-77 = D
69 = F
Here are some foods that have already been scored. If you don't
see your dog's food here, ask and someone will score it for you.
Dog Food scores:
Authority Harvest Baked / Score 116 A+
Bil-Jac Select / Score 68 F
Canidae / Score 112 A+
Chicken Soup Senior / Score 115 A+
Diamond Maintenance / Score 64 F
Diamond Lamb Meal & Rice / Score 92 B
Diamond Large Breed 60+ Formula / Score 99 A
Dick Van Patten's Natural Balance Ultra Premium / Score 122 A+
Dick Van Patten's Duck and Potato / Score 106 A+
Foundations / Score 106 A+
Hund-n-Flocken Adult Dog (lamb) by Solid Gold / Score 93 D
Iams Lamb Meal & Rice Formula Premium / Score 73 D
Innova Dog / Score 114 A+
Innova Evo / Score 114 A+
Kirkland Signature Chicken, Rice, and Vegetables / Score 110 A+
Nutrisource Lamb and Rice / Score 87 B
Nutro Natural Choice Large Breed Puppy / Score 87 B
Pet Gold Adult with Lamb & Rice / Score 23 F
ProPlan Natural Turkey & Barley / Score 103 A+
Purina Benful / Score 17 F
Purina Dog / Score 62 F
Purina Come-n-Get It / Score 16 F
Royal Canin Bulldog / Score 100 A+
Royal Canin Natural Blend Adult / Score 106 A+
Sensible Choice Chicken and Rice / Score 97 A
Science Diet Advanced Protein Senior 7+/ Score 63 F
Science Diet for Large Breed Puppies / Score 69 F
Wellness Super5 Mix Chicken / Score 110 A+
Wolfking Adult Dog (bison) by Solid Gold / Score 97 A
royalarrival

Sussex, NJ

#9 May 3, 2007
Based off your previous post. The food I feed scored a 97. It is a PMI (Purnina) food.
I do recall Royal Canin on the recall list. Again, you have to do your own research (each pet owner in general) and pick a food you feel comfortable with. Pet owners are scared to feed pet food due to contamination. One thing positive out of this is more owners are more informed on what they feed. You don't have to spend a lot of money to get a quality food. I don't. I pay less for PMI than I did for Eukanuba. PMI doesn't advertise like Eukanuba. PMI only sell their products at dealers and not retailers. The only advertisement I have seen is at my local dealer.
royalarrival

Sussex, NJ

#10 May 3, 2007
I just realized ProPlan is on your list and scored a 103. That is a Nestle Purina food.

Since: Feb 07

AOL

#11 May 4, 2007
Brenda - Thanks for the link and info.
Royalarrival - Thanks for sticking up for Purina. I don't consider it a poor quality food or feel that I'm doing my fur-family a disservice for feeding it to them. Mostly, I feel more confident with a brand that's been around for so long and is so well known. Couple that with how well our family's pets have done on Purina for decades, and also the realization that anything other than Purina seems to have negative consequences on my German Shepherd's digestive system... I'll stick to Purina!
User 123

Grand Rapids, MI

#12 May 4, 2007
According to the FDA website there is one item made by Purina that is now part of the recall I beleave it is "cut and gravy" canned not the dry food with the same name.

Since: Apr 07

Fox Hollow, Whitehall, PA

#13 May 4, 2007
If you read my post I already mentioned that the Turkey and Barley ProPlan is an okay food, but like I said, it is more expensive than their other lines.

If you are talking about PMI Nutrition made by Purina Mills, Land O'Lakes owns them.

I also found this: "Purina Mills ( www.purinamills.com ), based in St. Louis, Missouri, has 48 plants and approximately 2,300 employees nationwide. Purina Mills is permitted, under a perpetual, royalty-free license agreement from Ralston Purina Company, to use the trademarks “Purina” and the nine-square Checkerboard logo. Purina Mills is not affiliated with Ralston Purina Company, which distributes Purina Dog Chow and Purina Cat Chow brand pet foods."

Is that the PMI you were talking about?

Anyway, I just could never feed my animals the grocery store crap filled with grains and fillers. They deserve better than that. An animal may do alright on Ol'Roy (Wal-Mart brand) but does that mean it's a good food? No.

Royal, you bring up another good point. Your food is only sold at dealers not big retail stores. That insures that your food hasn't been sitting around in a Petco warehouse waiting to be shipped out to a store. That's another reason I don't buy their food from grocery stores or big pet super stores.

I was skeptical about switching my dog's food at first. I didn't think that there could be that much of a difference. After a week his coat looked better, his BM's were more regular and didn't stink, he has more energy and was just all around a happier dog.

Since: Feb 07

AOL

#14 May 7, 2007
Someday, I too will make sure my shepherd doesn't get any "crap" food....He's really going to miss the Burger King chicken nuggets!(They make him a REALLY happy dog)
royalarrival

Sussex, NJ

#15 May 9, 2007
PMI Nutrition is a subsidary to Purina Mills. If you got to Purina Mills Incorp website for the incorp info they give you the history of Purina mills as well as the subsidary companies it owns. The dealer I deal with in a Purina dealer only. That is it. They offer Nestle Purina as well as other Purina Mills and subsidary company products. PMI is a Purina company!

“Can you hear me now?”

Since: Mar 07

Bethlehem

#16 May 9, 2007
royalarrival wrote:
PMI Nutrition is a subsidary to Purina Mills. If you got to Purina Mills Incorp website for the incorp info they give you the history of Purina mills as well as the subsidary companies it owns. The dealer I deal with in a Purina dealer only. That is it. They offer Nestle Purina as well as other Purina Mills and subsidary company products. PMI is a Purina company!
PMI is Purina Mills and not affilated with Neslte at all...
royalarrival

Sussex, NJ

#17 May 9, 2007
Yes I know that. There is Purina Mills Inc and there is Neslte Purina. Ok....Company was found in 1800. It was given the name Raston Purina Mills. Throught the companies growth it had some back times. Dr Raston sold off parts of company to regroup. The french co. (Nestle) bought part of Purina. They were given access to logo in US only. Not in foreign countries. Raston Purina continued to grow and expand. Somewhere only the way the Co. name Raston Purina Mills was changed to Purina Mills Inc. I know this co. changed hands a couple of times. Nestle kept their piece they bought. in 1999 Purina Mills Inc filled bankruptcy. 2000 Land o Lakes started the process to acquire Purina Mills Inc.. 2004 Land o Lakes took over Purina Mills Inc.. Purina Mills Inc has existed through different hands since the 1800's. I
royalarrival

Sussex, NJ

#18 May 9, 2007
Sorry for any misspelled words...in a hurry.
royalarrival

Sussex, NJ

#19 May 9, 2007
My info is from my Purina dealer through conversations. Due to controversy of Purina co. I did some research on the puter. In 1894 the company was founded by 3 guys. Danforth was one of them. They sold mule and horse feed. Tornado destroyed the mill. Danforth took out loan to rebuild. He soon became leader of company. He was a health fanatic. He traveled and met a miller that developed a way to prevent rancidity in whole wheat. Danforth packaged the product for the miller as well as created the name Purina whole wheat cereal. Danforth met Dr Ralston who became spokesperson/investor under aggreament to have product named after him. Purina and Ralston became well known names that in 1902 Danforth changed companies name to Ralston Purina Mills. Danforth's son (Donald) lead Ralston Purina Mills until he retired. The CEO position changed hands a couple of time (filled by those w/long careers in company. One of them was careless and purchased companies that had nothing to do with existing company. He retired and the new CEO had to clean house. He sold all the extra companies as well as the Agriculture feed part (which was the basis of the company) to Nestle. (This is when to Purina companies existed) Nestle Purina and Purina Mills (Purina Mills was the name change from Ralston Purina Co.) Due to selling the feed part of business to Nestle, it was agreed to use same logo of checkerboard (but the Purina Mills Co. could not use in in foreign countries). Ralston Purina Co. now called Purina Mills Co. regrouped and grew into Purina Mills Incorporated. They had many subsidiaries to the company. PMI Nutrition is one of them. They hit bad times again and in 1999 they filed bancrupted. 2000 Land o Lakes acquired Purina Mills Inc.. In 2004 Land 0 Lakes officially took over Purina Mills Inc and it's subsidiaries.
Marianne

Brooksville, FL

#20 Jun 29, 2009
We have been feeding our maltipoo Eukanuba adult maintenance and this weekend we opened a freshly bought bag and our dog became very ill. She threw up more than 10 times and was drooling really bad. We rushed her to the vet and 400.00 later they tell us she ingested something that made her ill. Prior to opening that food we had brought home a playmate, a chihuhua,name Tacobaby for Mushu and she shared the food with mushu. They both were vomiting all weeknd long. We know that food is poisonous. I did not see Eukanuba on your rating list.

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