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Consumers in California, Minnesota, and Florida are suing Champion Pet Food for “False Advertising”, violations of “feed law”, and numerous other charges. The lawsuit includes results of heavy metal testing and includes results that this dry dog food contains BPA – a chemical typically not associated with dry/kibble pet foods. You can read the lawsuit here - https://www.locklaw.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/2018-03-01-Acana-and-Orijen-Complaint-Concerning-Heavy-Metals-and-BPA-Contaminants-Reitman-v-Champion-PetFoods-USA.pdf Read more →


Great News! For all of you who were Flint River Ranch customers and/or reps, Life's Abundance has acquired the Flint River Ranch Company. We'd like to offer you wholesale pricing on any Life's Abundance products so give us a try. If you'd like to become a distributor, please contact us and we will work with you personally. We've been with Life's Abundance for 14 years and are one of the top 9 Star Distributors so let's work together. We were on the Life's Abundance cruise last month with Dr Jane... Read more →


The odor from a Royal Canin pet food facility in Sioux City, Iowa, has decreased enough to please local officials, reported Siouxland Matters, an ABC affiliate. The city council had set a mid-December deadline for the facility to reduce the smell that was bothering residents. The deadline was met, and the pet food facility committed to regularly cleaning its lines and tanks. Odor detection companies will continue working with Royal Canin to ensure the odor stays low. Watch the video at - http://www.siouxlandmatters.com/news/local-news/royal-canin-pet-food-plant-resolves-odor-issue-in-north-sioux-city/621323033 Read more →


Consumers cheated in prescription pet food scam Prescription pet food sounds like a vital part of keeping our pets healthy and happy. Unfortunately, it is often no different from non-prescription pet food except in one important respect: Cost. At Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Shoenberger, we are working to protect consumers cheated by pet food manufacturers and retailers. Misrepresentation and collusion What is the point of a prescription? In theory, prescriptions allow consumers access to restricted drugs based on a specific health need. A group of pet food manufacturers and retailers... Read more →


Thought you would find this interesting. Beneful likes to glitz up their bags so people feel the food is healthy. They now have REAL meat (Is it really necessary to put the word REAL in front of chicken, beef, etc?). Here is what happened with the recent lawsuit - Purina Beneful sick dog lawsuit lacked proof said judge A federal judge in California ruled that the lawsuit failed to prove the product was unsafe. Nestle Purina PetCare will not face a class action lawsuit over allegations that the company’s Beneful... Read more →


Over 26 years, scientists observed as the sperm quality of stud dogs decreased significantly. Certain chemicals found in commercial dog foods may be partly responsible for the decline, suggested the researchers in the journal Nature’s Scientific Reports. Declining sperm movement Every year from 1988 to 2014, sperm was collected from five breeds, Labrador retriever, golden retriever, curly coat retriever, border collie and German shepherd, as part of an assistance dog breeding program. The number of studs varied between 42 and 97 per year. Between 1988 and 1998, sperm motility dropped... Read more →


Company’s Ads Claimed the Brand Could Increase Dogs’ Lifespan by 30 Percent or More... Mars Petcare U.S., Inc., has agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that it falsely advertised the health benefits of its Eukanuba brand dog food. Specifically, the FTC alleges that the company claimed, but could not prove, that a 10-year study found that dogs fed Eukanuba could extend their expected lifespan by 30 percent or more. “Two-thirds of all Americans have pets at home, and they spend billions of dollars to ensure that their pets are... Read more →


FDA Provides Update On Jerky Pet Treat Investigation

These numbers are staggering. Thankfully we've fed our dogs treats that have never been recalled and are formulated by a holistic vet. During the countless dog food recalls, dog treat recalls and other issues we've never once doubted our choice to feed the dogs Life's Abundance dog food or any of their dog treats. They get a Gourmet Dental Treat each day and then we alternate between the Grain Free Turkey & Berry Chewies and Tasty Rewards Training Treats for Dogs. May 16, 2016 The U.S. Food and Drug Administration... Read more →


Diamond Pet Food and Costco have begun paying settlements to Canadian pet owners who say their pets required screening and/or treatment, or the pets died, after they were exposed to Salmonella in 2011 and 2012, according to a report from Food Safety News. A class action lawsuit was filed against Diamond Pet Foods and its distributor, Costco, after pet illnesses and some deaths occurred. While admitting no liability, the companies agreed to settle the lawsuit to avoid lengthy litigation. The settlement was announced in March 2016. Attorney Jeff Ornstein, who... Read more →


Flint River Ranch announced today that as of December 31st, 2015, they will no longer be following the mlm structure to sell it's dog and cat food. We understand that as loyal and long term distributors you are hurt by this announcement. Some of you may be wondering what to tell your customers and distributors that you have in your organization. We want to let you know that there is a home available for you. We know this isn't easy for you and understand. Flint River Ranch was the first... Read more →


Dear Pet Lovers, We write to inform you about counterfeit ORIJEN dog and cat foods in China. We recently received inquiries from concerned pet lovers in China questioning the authenticity of their ORIJEN food. While our investigation is ongoing, we can confirm counterfeit ORIJEN dog and cat food is being sold in China. OUR FIRST PRIORITY IS FOR THE SAFETY OF DOGS, CATS AND THE PEOPLE WHO LOVE THEM. We believe that fraudulent ORIJEN food is only in Mainland China. We are in the process of determining who is responsible... Read more →


This article is from http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/27/world/outlaw-ocean-thailand-fishing-sea-slaves-pets.html and is quite disturbing. The Mars, Inc. company has plans to use only non-threatened fish caught legally or raised on farms and certified by third-party auditors as not being linked to forced labor by 2020. Hmmm...plans by 2020? It's 2015 and why can't you stop now? With all the takeovers from large pet food companies you might be shocked to find out what dog and cat food brands are under the Mars, Inc. umbrella. You can find them at http://www.mars.com/global/brands/petcare.aspx Nestle is another mentioned in... Read more →


Purina is buying Merrick Dog Food - http://www.petfoodindustry.com/articles/5286-nestle-purina-petcare-to-purchase-merrick People that feed Merrick and ORGANIX will most likely never know the change and that Purina is now behind their food. Merrick has also had a number of recalls and now those all go under away because of new owners. It's a great "fresh start." Interesting :) Merrick Pet Care has signed an agreement for Nestle Purina PetCare Co to purchase the company from its private equity owner, Swander Pace Capital. Terms were not disclosed. With SuperZoo as the back drop, Merrick... Read more →


Original Article From http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/normerica-repackaged-re-dated-stale-dog-treats-say-ex-employees-1.2670465 Two former Normerica Inc. warehouse workers claim the Ontario-based pet product company had employees routinely switch pet treats between different brand name packages and re-date them after they were imported from China and Thailand. They claim mouldy and stale pet treats were sent out to stores for sale. Duck, sweet potato and chicken jerky treats imported by the company and sold by Loblaw, Costco and other retailers are among brands suspected of making dogs ill. The former Normerica employee said warehouse staff used heat guns to... Read more →


Article From http://www.petfoodindustry.com/50743.html Pet jerky treats, mostly imported from China, are now linked to three human illnesses in addition to the more than 1,000 dog deaths and 4,800 dog illnesses reported, according to reports. test Unfortunately, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said it still can't identify a specific cause for the illnesses and deaths, in spite of seven years of testing and investigation. “The agency continues to caution pet owners that jerky treats are not required for a balanced diet and encourage them to consult with their veterinarians,... Read more →


It really is all about the money but finally the large pet food chain, PetCo will stop selling treats from China. It's only taken over 1,000 pet deaths but it's a start. They state by the end of the year so we'll watch and see. PetsMart hasn't responded and probably is figuring this will all die down in a month so they can continue selling their Chinese dog treats. Of course you know Walmart - aka ChinaMart will not stop selling them but you get what you pay for and... Read more →


Do you know who owns your pet food? DelMonte bought Dick Van Patten's Natural Balance Dog and Cat food. DelMonte now changed it's name to Big Heart Pet Brands. Big Heart Pet Brands also owns Milo's Kitchen which was part of the huge 2012 chicken jerky from China recall. It's back on the shelves and still made in China. Now Mars bought P&G's pet food brands. A few years ago P&G bought the Natural pet food line including Innova, California Natural, EVO, Healthwise and Mother Hubbards. All of those brands... Read more →


Disturbing articles out of Hong Kong and South China today. If you are feeding one of the brands listed, will you be contating the manufacturer to ask them what tests in the US they've done? The first one: Cancer-causing toxin found in Hong Kong pet food sparks alarm: The U.S. manufactured pet foods the Consumer Council found to contain aflatoxin B1 are: Purina One Smart Blend Chicken & Rice Formula Adult Dog Food Hill’s Science Diet Adult Optimal Care Cat Food AvoDerm Natural Chicken & Herring Meal Formula Adult Cat... Read more →


The white, trumpet-shaped Easter lily symbolizes Easter and spring for many people, and is a popular decoration in homes at this time of year. If you have cats, however, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) wants to remind you that these particular flowers, as well as Tiger, Asiatic, Day, and Japanese Show lilies, are a safety threat to your feline friends. Eating small amounts of plants or grass may be normal for cats. But the entire lily plant (leaf, pollen, and flower) is poisonous to them, according to Melanie McLean,... Read more →


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - April 8, 2014 - The Robert Abady Dog Food Co., LLC of Poughkeepsie, NY, is recalling its 2 lb, 5 lb & 15 lb boxes of "Abady Highest Quality Maintenance & Growth Formula for Cats" because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain.... Read more →


Med-Vet International Issues Nationwide Recall of Veterinary 1/2cc U-40 Insulin Syringes Due to Mismarked Syringe Barrels Contact Consumer: 800-544-7521 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - February 20, 2014 - On Feb. 14, 2014 , Med-Vet International initiated a nationwide recall of 140 boxes of 1/2cc U-40 insulin syringes. The syringes have been found to be labeled with 40 units per 1/2cc syringe and they should be marked with only 20 units per 1/2cc, which potentially could result in lower than prescribed doses of insulin. Animals receiving subtherapeutic doses of insulin may exhibit... Read more →


FDA Releases Progress Report on Jerky Pet Treat Investigation

October 22, 2013 The U.S. Food and Drug Administration released today an update on its investigation into pet illnesses and deaths associated with jerky pet treats from China. The update includes a description of the extent of the agency’s testing and current findings, as well as a “Dear Veterinarian” letter and Fact Sheet for pet owners. The “Dear Veterinarian” letter to veterinary professionals explains how they can provide valuable assistance to the agency’s investigation, requests that veterinarians report to FDA any cases of jerky pet treat-related illness that come to... Read more →


The Loss Of A Pet

Part of the privilege of sharing our lives with a pet kid is the emotional bond we share with them. Even among these relationships, often there is one very special companion animal, whether a dog, cat, bird or even a reptile, who makes an indelible mark on our lives. When we are faced with the loss of any pet kid, much less a truly exceptional companion, we may be surprised to find ourselves suffering from agonizing grief. Some people worry over the intensity of their feeling, doubting their right to... Read more →


Four Paws: Pet Food Maker Royal Canin Sponsoring Bear-Baiti​ng

I am not a fan of Royal Canin and this is absolutely terrible! As you may have heard Royal Canin is now putting by-products in their foods and feather meal. Here they are sponsoring Bear-Baiting! Animal welfare organisation Four Paws is charging popular French manufacturer of dog and cat food, Royal Canin, with sponsoring brutal and illegal bear-baiting in the Ukraine. The organization explained that it obtained video of one bear-baiting contest that took place in April 2013 near Vinnytsia, Ukraine. The video shows a chained brown bear unable to... Read more →


Homemade Dog Food May Not Meet Dogs’ Nutrient Needs, Study Finds

Researchers find many dog food recipes lack important nutrients and are too vague Release Date: Friday, July 19, 2013 - Pet Food Industry Most homemade dog food recipes do not meet all of a pet's nutritional requirements, according to a new study by researchers at the University of California, Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine. Researchers caution that, unlike commercial petfood, homemade petfood is not usually nutritionally complete. The study, published in the June issue of the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, analyzed 200 homemade dog food recipes, but... Read more →


Del Monte Foods and Natural Balance Pet Foods(R) , Inc. Announce Merger Agreement Merger to expand Del Monte’s presence in fast-growing pet specialty channel; sets the stage for Natural Balance’s continued growth SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–May 22, 2013– Del Monte Foods and Natural Balance Pet Foods(R) , Inc. announced today that the companies have signed a merger agreement. Natural Balance Pet Foods(R) , makers of super-premium pet food for dogs and cats sold throughout North America and also in Europe and Asia, will join Del Monte’s robust pet products portfolio. “Natural... Read more →