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February 2017

Life's Abundance Acquires Flint River Ranch Dog And Cat Food

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 Bicks, the product formulator. This company is amazing and it's love for our furbabies warms my heart. Please email us (azjungle@gmail.com) your name, address and phone and we will set you up as a wholesale member. You can also fill out the form at http://www.azjungle.com/wholesalelifesabundance.html and again, please include your name, address, phone and email. We look forward to hearing from you.

Here is the letter the owner of Flint River Ranch is sending out:

We launched Flint River Ranch baked foods for dogs and cats back in 1993. Since that time, thousands of pet parents have purchased these products and we remain very grateful for their support.

Although we are no longer in business, we’re excited to announce that Flint River Ranch was acquired by Life’s Abundance.

What does this mean for you? To start, you’re in good hands with Life’s Abundance. Their pet products, customer service and speedy shipping are all top notch. In addition, you may be pleased to know that they are planning to develop a line of Flint River Ranch inspired baked dog and cat foods. Soon, you will receive an email from them and we hope you give their products a try.

Since 1999, Life’s Abundance has been a pioneer in the premium pet product business. They were one of the first companies to feature antioxidants, prebiotic fiber and probiotics in their foods and they never included artificial colors and preservatives as well as other unsavory ingredients. To this day, they continue to innovate in the pet product market.

On behalf of the Flint River Ranch founder, Jim Flint and myself, we want to thank you for your patronage over the years and we feel confident you will be very satisfied with the quality and service you receive at Life’s Abundance.

Thank you,
Jay P.

Lifes Abundance Acquires Flint River Ranch www.AZJungle.com


FDA Cautions Pet Owners And Caretakers Not to Feed Certain Evanger’s Or Against The Grain Canned Pet Foods Due To Adulteration With Pentobarbital

The FDA is now cautioning pet owners not to feed certain Evanger's or Against The Grain Canned Dog Foods. If you click on the links for Wheeling, IL and Markham, IL, you will see the violations in each of their facilities. Evanger's had been claiming "All Evanger's foods are made with completely human grade" but they recently changed their website to reflect "utilizes human grade USDA inspected meats"

I don't have the first screen shot where it was changed but you will see that Google hasn't changed the original wording of the 2nd 2 links yet. 

Evangers

You will also see at the bottom of this article where Evanger's has been in the news previously. 

Here is the info from the FDA.gov site:

February 17, 2017

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is advising pet owners and caretakers not to feed their pets certain lots of Evanger’s canned Hunk of Beef or Against the Grain Grain Free Pulled Beef with Gravy canned dog food after unopened cans from both brands were found to contain pentobarbital, a barbiturate.

Pentobarbital is a drug that is used in animal euthanasia. It should not be in pet food and its presence as detected by the FDA in these products renders them adulterated.

The FDA was unable to determine from available records whether any other Evanger’s or Against the Grain products made with beef contain any of the beef that went into the recalled products. Additionally, the agency concluded an inspection of the manufacturing facilities on February 14, 2017, and noted numerous significant concerns with conditions found at both the Wheeling, IL and Markham, IL plants. These are initial observations and do not represent a final agency determination regarding the firm.

Following discussions with the FDA, Evanger’s initiated a voluntary recall on February 3, 2017, of certain lots of its 12-ounce Hunk of Beef canned dog food: 1816E03HB, 1816E04HB, 1816E06HB, 1816E07HB, and 1816E13HB, all with an expiration date of June 2020.

In the course of the investigation, the FDA tested two cans of Against the Grain brand canned Grain Free Pulled Beef with Gravy dog food manufactured in the same facilities as Evanger’s products and using beef from the same supplier: these samples also tested positive for pentobarbital. On February 9, 2017, after conversations with the FDA, Against the Grain voluntarily recalled lot 2415E01ATB12 BEST DEC 2019 of this product. The company issued a public notice about its recall on February 13, 2017. To date, the FDA is not aware of any pet illnesses associated with the Against the Grain product.

The FDA began investigating Evanger’s Dog & Cat Food Company Inc. when it learned about five dogs in a single household that suffered acute neurological symptoms shortly after eating the product. One dog was euthanized after secondary complications, and three others recovered after receiving veterinary care. One of the dogs treated remains on seizure medication, and the fifth dog that ate the least amount of food recovered with time.

The stomach contents of the deceased dog and an open can of the product were tested by an FDA Veterinary Laboratory Investigation and Response Network lab, and unopened cans of the product from the pet owner and retailer that sold the products (from the same production lot), were tested by FDA’s lab. All of the samples tested positive for pentobarbital.

In its recent press release announcing a limited product recall, Evanger’s Dog & Cat Food Company, Inc. stated that the beef for its Hunk of Beef product came from a “USDA approved” supplier. However, the FDA reviewed a bill of lading from Evanger’s supplier of “Inedible Hand Deboned Beef - For Pet Food Use Only. Not Fit For Human Consumption" and determined that the supplier’s facility does not have a grant of inspection from the United States Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service. The meat products from this supplier do not bear the USDA inspection mark and would not be considered human grade. USDA-FSIS regulates slaughter of animals for human consumption only. Testing by USDA-FSIS of Evanger’s Hunk of Beef confirmed that the meat used in the product was bovine (beef).

The investigation by the FDA is ongoing and includes examination of the suppliers of beef to Evanger’s and Against the Grain to determine a possible cause for the presence of pentobarbital. The FDA is also coordinating with the USDA to address any possible areas of shared jurisdiction at the suppliers.

Oral exposure to pentobarbital can cause drowsiness, dizziness, excitement, loss of balance, nausea, nystagmus (eyes moving back and forth in a jerky manner), inability to stand, coma and death. Consumers who notice these symptoms in their pets should consult their veterinarian.

Consumers with cans of product subject to the facilities' voluntary recalls should refer to the firms’ respective press releases for information about returning the product.

Evanger's has not had a recall previously, but here is other news related to the company:

Evangers Receives FDA Warning Letter - A Lamb Dog Food Did Not Contain Lamb & A Grain Free Duck Pet Food Did Not Contain Duck

FDA Suspends Temporary Emergency Permit of Pet Food Maker Evanger's Dog & Cat Food Co., Inc.

Evangers Dog & Cat Food Owners Accused Of Stealing $2M In Electric & Gas

FDA Orders Evanger's Dog & Cat Food to Obtain Emergency Operating Permit

Evangers Pet Food Owner, Joel Sher, In The News AGAIN

3CannedDogFoods www.AZJungle.com


Is Whey Protein Overrated?

Is Whey Protein Overrated www.AZJungle.com

Whey is a very popular ingredient in protein powders, especially in bodybuilding formulas. But is this commonly used ingredient all that it’s cracked up to be? In this post, we’ll look at the conventional wisdom and why whey might not be the best option for health-conscious consumers.

Let’s Talk Protein

It’s hard to understate the importance of consuming sufficient amounts of nourishing proteins. Your body needs quality protein to function properly, to build and repair tissues and to make enzymes, hormones and other key bodily chemicals. The amino acids in protein are the building blocks of bones, cartilage, muscles, hair and blood. So, there’s no controversy here … protein does a body good!

What Makes Whey Popular?

In the last decade or so, the media began educating consumers about the importance of getting an adequate amount of protein in their diet on a daily basis. That created a demand for a convenient and inexpensive source of protein. That’s when whey protein powders started on their journey to popularity.

Whey-t a Minute!

Unfortunately, whey protein has significant shortcomings, especially for those with sensitive stomachs. First, it’s derived from cow’s milk. Specifically, it is the liquid left over once milk has been curdled and strained. Moreover, it’s a by-product of the cheese-making process. It’s precisely due to its dairy origins that many people experience digestive issues consuming whey, such as bloating, gas, cramps, fatigue and/or loose stools. Formulators in-the-know attribute these reactions to whey’s lactose content, and many adults have some degree of lactose sensitivity.

Plant Power

Here’s our take. Animal-derived proteins are good, but they also may carry the dubious additions of saturated fat, cholesterol, added hormones and antibiotics. However, you can source excellent protein directly from plants without any of those nutritional drawbacks! For example, pea protein contains all nine essential amino acids and therefore is considered an excellent source of protein. Since it contains no dairy or soy, it’s regarded as a “clean source” of protein with zero gluten content. Hooray for plant power!

So, if you’re up for supplementing your diet with a protein powder, but you’re not interested in dealing with the possible digestive distress commonly associated with whey, try a plant protein powder instead!

 


It's Here! It's Scrumptious! Your Dogs Will Go Bananas For The New Grain Free Pork And Vension Canned Dog Food!

It's Here!! The Life's Abundance Grain Free Pork and Venison Canned Dog Food!! We met this beauty a few weeks ago during the Life's Abundance Convention at Sea and it's now ready for you to purchase!! We just ordered a case tonight and I can't wait for Rio and Thor to try it.
 
This is how it was "served" on the cruise - lol...
Lifes Abundance Pork and Venison Canned Dog Food www.AZJungle
 
Did you know that Life's Abundance has been serving the pet community since 1999 with NO Recalls? If you've watched the news, you know that during the past 2 weeks, there has been 6 recalls (5 dog food and 1 cat food). If you're looking for a healthy alternative and purchase from a company who cares...you've found it!
 
 
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Against The Grain Pet Food Voluntarily Recalls One Lot of Pulled Beef Due To Potential Adulteration With Pentobarbital - Dog Food Recall

FDA.gov - Markham, IL – (February 14, 2017) Out of an abundance of caution, Against the Grain Pet Food is voluntarily recalling one lot of Against the Grain Pulled Beef with Gravy Dinner for Dogs that was manufactured and distributed in 2015 (bold added).

Against The Grain Dog Food Recall www.AZJungleThe 12 oz. Against the Grain Pulled Beef with Gravy Dinner for Dogs that is being voluntarily recalled, due to the potential presence of pentobarbital, has an expiration date of December 2019, a lot number of 2415E01ATB12, and the second half of the UPC code is 80001 (which can be found on the back of the product label).

Oral exposure to pentobarbital can cause side effects such as drowsiness, dizziness, excitement, loss of balance, nausea nystagmus (eyes moving back and forth in a jerky manner), in ability to stand and coma.

Note: To-date, no complaints have been reported to Against the Grain for this single lot number nor any of Against the Grain’s pet foods, since the company was founded.

In 2015, this one lot of product was distributed to independent pet retail stores in Washington and Maryland, though it has been verified that this lot is no longer on any store shelves. This voluntary recall only affects one specific lot of food.

Consumers may return any can with the aforementioned lot number, to their place of purchase and receive a full case of Against the Grain food for the inconvenience. For any questions, customers may contact the company at 1-800-288-6796 between 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM Central Time, MondayFriday.

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WOW! This is the 2nd Pentobarbital Recall!! If you are looking for a dog or cat food that has never been recalled and is holistically formulated, please SHOP HERE. This company has been serving the pet community since 1999!!

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Blue Buffalo Recalls Homestyle Recipe Healthy Weight, Chicken Dinner with Garden Vegetables Canned Dog Food

Recall

February 13, 2017 - Blue Buffalo recalled cans of their Homestyle Recipe Healthy Weight, Chicken Dinner with Garden Vegetables dog food. A single production run of the 12.5 ounce cans may have been contaminated with aluminum.

Recalled dog food UPC: 8-40243-10017-0

Recalled dog food Best by Date: August 3, 2019

Customers can return recalled cans for a full refund at their local retailer. For more information, please call 866-800-2917.

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How To Make A Delicious Peanut Butter Cup Protein Smoothie

Peanut Butter Cup Smoothie

Really, do we need to provide any explanation for the taste sensation of combining chocolate and peanut butter? Even vanilla lovers look to this yummy combo when they want to be a bit naughty.

Now we’ve turned this world-famous flavor into a healthy and satisfying shake that you can enjoy as often as you like!

So, go ahead and treat yourself to this super simple, incredibly delicious and oh so healthy temptation.

Peanut Butter Cup Protein Smoothie

1 cup milk of choice (Almond Milk, Coconut Milk, etc) - We use Almond Milk
1 tbsp. creamy peanut butter
1/2 ripe frozen banana
1 scoop Life's Abundance Chocolate Plant Protein
5-10 ice cubes (fewer cubes for thickness)

Blend for 10-15 seconds and serve in your favorite glass. What could be easier!


Cat Food Recall - Wellness Canned Cat Food Recall

Recall

Our Quality team learned that a foreign material was found in non-WellPet products made in the same facility, and so we are taking this conservative step to ensure the well-being of cats and to put our consumers’ minds at ease.

From the Wellness website:

Keeping your trust in our brand is so important to us, and so we wanted to let you and our retailers know right away. Since the products may not have been made consistent with our quality assurance guidelines, we want to replace them. Our Quality team learned that a foreign material was found in non-WellPet products made in the same facility, and so we are taking this conservative step to ensure the well-being of cats and to put our consumers’ minds at ease.

The recipes are in 12.5 oz. cans with the following best buy dates:

  RECIPE BEST BY DATE
Wellness Canned Cat 12.5 oz Chicken & Herring 08/04/2019
Wellness Canned Cat 12.5 oz Chicken 08/03/2019 & 08/04/2019
Wellness Canned Cat 12.5 oz Chicken & Lobster 08/04/2019
Wellness Canned Cat 12.5 oz Turkey & Salmon 08/05/2019
Wellness Canned Cat 12.5 oz Turkey 08/04/2019 & 08/05/2019
Wellness Canned Cat 12.5 oz Beef & Chicken 08/05/2019
Wellness Canned Cat 12.5 oz Beef & Salmon 08/05/2019

Please click here for how the best by date appears on your can.

Wellness Chicken Formula Recall

If you have any of the 12.5 oz recipes with these best buy dates, you may email us at info@wellpet.com or call us at 1-877-227-9587 and we’ll replace your product.


Great News! Life's Abundance Nutritional Supplement Bundles Are Here To Stay!

Great News! In December, the Life's Abundance nutritional supplement bundle was introduced as a special promo. Due to it's popularity, this will remain as a new product to purchase!! It's a great way to get all the products at a discounted price. 
 
There is now an overall $5.00 discount off the Vanilla and Chocolate bundles on all price levels (including Retail and Autoship.)
 
Each bundle includes the following full-size products: Plant Protein (Vanilla or Chocolate), Minerals & Antioxidants (Cherry or Tropical Fruit), Greens Blend, Probiotics, Multivitamin, Fish Oil (120 capsules).
 
Chocolatebundle Vanillabundle



Cancer Drug For Dogs (Paccal Vet-CA1 ) No Longer Conditionally Approved

February 9, 2017, FDA.gov

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is giving notice that the agency is withdrawing the conditional approval for Paccal Vet-CA1 (paclitaxel for injection) at the request of the drug’s manufacturer, Oasmia Pharmaceutical AB. Paccal Vet-CA1 was intended to treat certain mammary and squamous cell carcinomas in dogs that have not received previous chemotherapy or radiation therapy. The conditional approval for Paccal Vet-CA1 is no longer in effect as of February 8, 2017. Paccal Vet-CA1 is now an unapproved animal drug with no legal marketing status and further sales of the drug are illegal.

Oasmia Pharmaceutical AB must stop marketing and distributors must stop distributing the drug to veterinary clinics. Veterinarians should stop using Paccal Vet-CA1, and pet owners whose dogs are on the drug should discuss other treatments with their veterinarians.

Only animal drugs intended for minor species, such as ferrets or fish, or for minor uses in a major species, such as to treat certain types of cancer in dogs, may be eligible for conditional approval. To receive a conditional approval, a drug company must prove, among other things, that the animal drug is safe and has a “reasonable expectation of effectiveness” when used according to the label for the proposed conditionally-approved use. Conditional approval allows the drug company to legally market the animal drug for up to five years. During this period, the company develops and submits to the FDA—and the agency reviews—the necessary data to prove that the drug meets the “substantial evidence” standard of effectiveness for full approval.


Companion Canned Dog Food Recall From Giant Food Stores

Recall

PRODUCT RECALL: Companion Canned Dog Food 13.2 oz (3 UPC's)

Recall Date: Feb 08, 2017, issued from Giant Food Stores

Companion Dog Food with Chicken and Rice - 13.2 OZ
UPC: 68826707501
Codes: Best By 08/05/2019

Companion Dog Food with Chicken, Lamb and Rice - 13.2 OZ
UPC: 68826700360
Codes: Best By 08/05/2019

Companion Dog Food with Turkey and Bacon - 13.2 OZ
UPC: 68826700356
Codes: Best By 08/05/2019

Customers may return impacted product for a full refund. For additional information call 479-935-6145.

Recall information: This product with being recalled because it may contain for foreign material. To date, there have been no complaints associated with the product. This product is located in the Pet Aisle.

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PetSmart Voluntarily Recalls Grreat Choice Adult Dog Food With Chicken And Rice Classic Ground Cans

Voluntary Recall of Grreat Choice Adult Canned Dog Food (13.2 oz. Chicken & Rice Classic Ground) – Feb. 8, 2017

Dear Valued PetSmart® Customer,

PetSmart has issued a voluntary recall of one production lot of Grreat Choice Adult Dog Food- with Chicken and Rice Classic Ground 13.2 oz. cans.

The voluntary recall is a precautionary action due to metal contamination found in the single lot identified below. No other Grreat Choice products are impacted by this issue and we are not aware of any dogs becoming ill or injured from this product.

Product Name

UPC

Best By Date or Lot Code

Grreat Choice Adult Dog Food- With Chicken and Rice Classic Ground

7-3725726116-7

Best By
8/5/19
Lot 1759338

Grreat Choice Canned Dog Food Recall www.AZJungle

The Best By date is found on the bottom of the can.

Please stop feeding this product to your pet and bring any remaining cans affected by this recall to your nearest PetSmart for a full refund. We recommend the other varieties of Grreat Choice canned dog foods as alternate options until this product is once again available.

If you have questions about this voluntary recall, please contact PetSmart Customer Service at 1-888-839-9638.

This was just released today, February 10, 2017, from FDA.Gov - http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm541182.htm?source=govdelivery&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery

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Evanger’s Voluntarily Recalls Hunk Of Beef Because Of Pentobarbital Exposure In One Batch Of Food

February 3, 2017 from FDA.gov

Out of an abundance of caution, Evanger’s Dog & Cat Food of Wheeling, IL is voluntarily recalling specific lots of its Hunk of Beef product because of a potential contaminant Pentobarbital, which was detected in one lot of Hunk of Beef Au Jus. Pentobarbital can affect animals that ingest it, and possibly cause side effects such as drowsiness, dizziness, excitement, loss of balance, or nausea, or in extreme cases, possibly death.

The specifically-identified lot numbers (as detailed below) of cans of 12-oz Hunk of Beef being voluntarily recalled were distributed to retail locations and sold online in the following States: Washington, California, Minnesota, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Massachusetts, Maryland, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida, and were manufactured the week of June 6 – June 13, 2016.

Although pentobarbital was detected in a single lot, Evangers is voluntarily recalling Hunk of Beef products that were manufactured the same week, with lot numbers that start with 1816E03HB, 1816E04HB, 1816E06HB, 1816E07HB, and 1816E13HB, and have an expiration date of June 2020. The second half of the barcode reads 20109, which can be found on the back of the product label.

The subject recall affects 5 lots of food that were produced from its supplier’s lot of beef, which is specifically used for the Hunk of Beef product and no other products. To date, it has been reported that five dogs became ill and 1 of the five dogs passed away after consuming the product with lot number 1816E06HB13. Evanger’s is proactively issuing a recall voluntarily so as not to risk potential exposure to pentobarbital in the product.

Evangers Dog Food Recall www.AZJungle

All Evanger’s suppliers of meat products are USDA approved. This beef supplier provides us with beef chunks from cows that are slaughtered in a USDA facility. We continue to investigate how this substance entered our raw material supply.

Because we source from suppliers of meat products that are USDA approved, and no other products have had any reported problems, we are not extending the recall to other supplier lots. This is the first recall for Evanger’s in its 82 years of manufacturing. Although it has been verified that little or no product remains on store shelves, if consumers still have cans with the aforementioned lot numbers, he or she should return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-847-537-0102 between 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM Central Time, Monday - Friday.

Evanger's has not had a recall previously, but here is other news related to the company:

Evangers Receives FDA Warning Letter - A Lamb Dog Food Did Not Contain Lamb & A Grain Free Duck Pet Food Did Not Contain Duck

FDA Suspends Temporary Emergency Permit of Pet Food Maker Evanger's Dog & Cat Food Co., Inc.

Evangers Dog & Cat Food Owners Accused Of Stealing $2M In Electric & Gas

FDA Orders Evanger's Dog & Cat Food to Obtain Emergency Operating Permit

Evangers Pet Food Owner, Joel Sher, In The News AGAIN

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Blue Ridge Beef Recalls Product Because Of Possible Health Risk

January 13, 2017

Eatonton, GA - Blue Ridge Beef is voluntarily recalling one (1) of its frozen products due to their potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. Listeria can affect animals eating the product. There is a risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the products or any surface exposed to these products.

Healthy people infected with Listeria monocytogenes should monitor themselves for some or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting,diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever.

The affected products are sold in 2 lb chubs and can be identified with the following manufacturing codes:

Lot #103 mfd12716
Turkey with bone
UPC code 854298001887 
 

The affected Products were distributed to retail stores in the following states:

NC  SC   GA   FL

About Listeria

Listeria can affect animals eating the product and there is a risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the products or any surface exposed to these products.

Healthy people infected with Listeria monocytogenes should monitor themselves for some or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever.

Consumers exhibiting these signs after having contact with this product should contact their healthcare provider. Consumers should also follow the simple handling tips on the package.

What caused the RECALL

This recall was initiated with FDA inspection and sampling of the product. This recall is being made with the knowledge of the US Food and Drug Administration.

What to do

Consumers who have purchased the above lot of turkey for dogs are urged to stop feeding them and return products to the place of purchase for a full refund. Or dispose of them immediately. Those with questions can email the company at blueridgebeefga@yahoo.com.

Blue Ridge Beef Recall www.AZJungle

Blue Ridge Beef Recall Dog www.AZJungle

Blue Ridge Beef Recall Cat www.AZJungle

 

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