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Lawsuit Filed Against Orijen And Acana For False Advertising And Containing Arsenic, Mercury, Lead, Cadmium and/or Bisphenol A (“BPA”)

Orijen And Acana Lawsuit Filed

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.

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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 ( your name, address and phone and we will set you up as a wholesale member. You can also fill out the form at 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

Royal Canin Has Committed To Regularly Cleaning Its Lines And Tanks To Reduce The Smell That Was Bothering Residents

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.

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Lifes Abundance Grain Free All Stages Food For Dogs and Puppies

Is Your Dog Or Cat On A Prescription Food? If So, You Need To Check Out This Prescription Pet Food Lawsuit

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 are using "prescriptions" to justify overcharging consumers for food that contains no restricted ingredients. Neither the FDA nor any other government agency mandates the prescription.

Our firm, Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger, is partnering with Pope McGlamry and Ward and Smith in a class action suit on behalf of the consumers overcharged due to the misrepresentation and illegal collusion of pet food retailers and manufacturers. The four main pet food brands involved in the suit include:

  • Hill's Prescription Diet
  • Purina Pro Plan Veterinary Diets
  • Royal Canin Veterinary Diet
  • Iams Veterinary Formula

These foods contain no drugs, medicines or ingredients that would have a significant on a pet's health when compared to any other pet food. The only difference is in the price charged to consumers.

Our award-winning firm has experience spanning 6 decades of 7 and 8 figure results. Our attorneys have successfully represented countless clients harmed by the neglect, incompetence or misdeeds of corporations. If the following conditions apply, you should consider contacting one of our skilled lawyers:

  • Have you purchased any of the pet food brands listed above over the past 4 years?
  • Were you told that your pet needed a pet food available by prescription only?
  • Were you referred to an on-site veterinarian (Banfield or BluePearl, for example) to write the prescription, with or without the need to examine your pet?

Call 844-321-9425 to inquire about joining the class action suit. (Original article on Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Shoenberger)


Remember That Sick Dog Lawsuit Against Purina Beneful? Judge Said It Lacked Proof And Failed To Prove The Product Was Unsafe

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 dry food sickened dogs, reported Law 360. On November 10, a California federal judge ruled that the proposed lawsuit failed to prove the product was unsafe.
History of Beneful class action law suit
On February 4, 2015, a California man filed a class action lawsuit against Purina, reported Petfood Industry. The lawsuit alleged negligence, misrepresentation, product liability and unfair business practices. The plaintiff sought more than US$5 million in damages, plus costs and fees.
The plaintiff, Frank Lucido claimed that Purina’s Beneful dog food injured his three dogs. Lucido said two of his dogs suffered and one of his dogs died after ingesting Beneful beginning January 15, 2015.
However, the dog that passed away, Dozer, was later determined to have died from a heart tumor, according to Wendy Vlieks, director of corporate public relations for Purina. The dog's death was dropped from the allegations.
Lucido claimed Purina added propylene glycol to Beneful. Propylene glycol is used in non-toxic antifreeze, food, beverages, medicines, e-cigarettes and other consumer goods.
"It is important not to confuse propylene glycol with ethylene glycol, which is the toxic substance used in conventional antifreeze," said Vlieks.
The class action lawsuit against Purina claimed that the company had received more than 3,000 online complaints about their food making dogs sick throughout the past four years. In some cases, the dogs reportedly suffered internal bleeding, weight loss, dehydration and other symptoms.
Purina’s response to allegations
On their website, the company responded to the class action lawsuit against Purina. The company announced that they stand by their product, and said of the potential litigation:
“Unfortunately, class action suits are common these days. They are not indicative of a product issue. In fact, we've faced two such suits in the past with similar allegations. Both were found to be baseless and were subsequently dismissed by the courts.
“Adding to the confusion, social media outlets can be a source of false or incomplete information, as many other pet food brands have experienced themselves.”
Revamped Beneful recipe
In August 2016, Purina released a revamped recipe for their Beneful dry food. Meat now is the first ingredient in chicken and beef varieties. Added sugar has been removed from all recipes.
According to the company, the Beneful’s recipes now include 22 grams or more of protein per cup. The dog food also includes vegetables and fruits, like spinach, peas, carrots and apples.
I looked up their info and thought you would find this informative. I guess that is why they say GOOD ingredients because they certainly can't say EXCELLENT. What they really should be saying is POOR. It just makes me cringe and then to make sure you add all those nasty colors to top it off -
Good ingredients is what you'll find at the heart of our Originals With Real Chicken recipe. We take our #1 ingredient, real farm-raised chicken, and blend it to perfection with whole grains and accents of vegetables. It’s 100% nutrition with a taste your adult dog will love.
Chicken, whole grain corn, barley, rice, chicken by-product meal, whole grain wheat, corn gluten meal, beef tallow preserved with mixed-tocopherols, soybean meal, oat meal, poultry by-product meal, glycerin, egg and chicken flavor, mono and dicalcium phosphate, calcium carbonate, salt, potassium chloride, poultry and pork digest, avocado, dried carrots, dried tomatoes, MINERALS [zinc sulfate, ferrous sulfate, manganese sulfate, copper sulfate, calcium iodate, sodium selenite], VITAMINS [Vitamin E supplement, niacin, Vitamin A supplement, calcium pantothenate, pyridoxine hydrochloride (Vitamin B-6), Vitamin B-12 supplement, thiamine mononitrate (Vitamin B-1), Vitamin D-3 supplement, riboflavin supplement (Vitamin B-2), menadione sodium bisulfite (Vitamin K), folic acid, biotin], choline chloride, L-Lysine monohydrochloride, Red 40, Yellow 5, Blue 2, garlic oil, Yellow 6.

Chemicals In Dog Food May Decrease Fertility

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 2.5 percent per year. The dogs with the lowest semen quality then were removed from the program, yet average sperm motility still decreased by 1.2 percent per year from 2002 to 2014. What’s more, those dogs also had puppies with a higher rate of cryptorchidism, or the failure of the testicle to descend.

To try and understand what was happening fifteen commercially available dog foods were analyzed by a team of scientists led by Richard Lea, a reproductive biologist at the University of Nottingham’s School of Veterinary Medicine and Science.

Chemicals in dog food

The foods contained diethylhexyl phthalate (DEHP), seven types of polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) and four types of polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE).

Many of those same chemicals had been found in both the testis of neutered dogs and in sperm from 14 dogs in the breeding program.

Some dog foods contained more of the chemicals than others. One brand of puppy food had higher concentrations of PBDE and four types of PCB relative to the other pet foods tested. One wet dog food had higher concentrations of PBDE and all seven types of PCB than the rest of the brands tested.

Effects of chemicals on sperm

Further experiments with two of these chemicals, PCB153 and DEHP, found that the testicular concentration of the chemicals reduced sperm motility and viability. This effect may be responsible for the decreased quality of stud dogs’ sperm, according to the study’s authors.

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Mars Petcare Settles False Advertising Charges Related To Its Eukanuba Dog Food

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 healthy and well-fed,” said Jessica Rich, Director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection. “Pet owners count on ads to be truthful and not to misrepresent health-related benefits. In this case, Mars Petcare simply did not have the evidence to back up the life-extending claims it made about its Eukanuba dog food.”

According to the FTC’s complaint, in 2015, Mars Petcare ran ads for Eukanuba on television, in print, and on the Internet, claiming that the dog food could increase the longevity of dogs’, based on a 10-year study of dogs that were fed Eukanuba and implying that the increase in lifespan was 30 percent or more.

One TV ad stated, for example:

“10 years ago, we launched a long life study. What we observed was astonishing. With Eukanuba and proper care, dogs in the study were able to live beyond their typical lifespan.” The ad then showed a dog named “Iowa” who was 17 years old, while “the typical Labrador lifespan: [is] 12 years.” The implication was that Iowa had lived 30 percent longer than expected for her breed because she was fed Eukanuba.

The FTC alleges that the longevity claims are false or unsubstantiated and that the claim that longevity was proven through scientific evidence is false.

The proposed order settling the FTC’s charges prohibits Mars Petcare from engaging in similar deceptive acts or practices in the future. First, it prohibits the company from making any misleading or unsubstantiated claims that its Eukanuba-brand pet food or any other pet food will enable any dogs to extend their lifespan by 30 percent or more or live exceptionally long lives. It also prohibits the company from making misleading or unsubstantiated claims regarding the health benefits of any pet food, and requires the company to have competent and reliable scientific evidence to back up any such claims.

Finally, the proposed order prohibits Mars Petcare, when advertising any pet food, from misrepresenting the existence, results, conclusions, or interpretations of any study, or falsely stating that the health benefits claimed are scientifically proven. It also contains compliance and monitoring requirements to ensure the company abides by its terms.

The Commission vote to issue the administrative complaint and to accept the proposed consent agreement was 3-0. The FTC will publish a description of the consent agreement package in the Federal Register shortly.

The agreement will be subject to public comment for 30 days, beginning today and continuing through September 6, 2016, after which the Commission will decide whether to make the proposed consent order final. Interested parties can submit comments electronically by following the instructions in the “Invitation to Comment” part of the “Supplementary Information” section of the Federal Register notice.

NOTE: The Commission issues an administrative complaint when it has “reason to believe” that the law has been or is being violated, and it appears to the Commission that a proceeding is in the public interest. When the Commission issues a consent order on a final basis, it carries the force of law with respect to future actions. Each violation of such an order may result in a civil penalty of $40,000.

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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 today updated its ongoing investigation into pet illnesses and deaths in animals that ate jerky pet treats. This update includes the latest information about complaints of illnesses, test findings, and measures taken by the agency to identify the cause of the illnesses and deaths.

Reported cases have been on the decline in recent years. Since FDA’s last update in September 2014 and through the end of 2015, there have been 200 reports received. During the previous period (from the update in May 2014 to September 2014) 270 cases were reported to FDA.

Since the investigation began in 2007 through December 31, 2015, FDA has received approximately 5,200 complaints of illness associated with consumption of chicken, duck, or sweet potato jerky treats, most of which involve products imported from China. The reports involve more than 6,200 dogs, 26 cats, three people, and include more than 1,140 canine deaths. FDA continues to investigate the cause of these illnesses in conjunction with our partners in the Veterinary Laboratory Investigation and Response Network (Vet-LIRN), a network of animal health laboratories affiliated with FDA.

During the investigation, FDA detected antimicrobial and antiviral residues in an imported duck jerky product and added duck jerky products to the testing methodology in 2015. As a result of this testing, FDA revised its existing Import Alert in October 2015 to include certain poultry jerky-type pet treats.

The agency continues to caution pet owners that jerky pet treats are not required for a balanced diet, and encourage them to consult with their veterinarians if they notice symptoms in their pets, such as decreased appetite, decreased activity, vomiting, diarrhea (sometimes with blood or mucus), increased water consumption and/or increased urination. The majority of complaints involve chicken jerky (treats, tenders, and strips), but others include duck, sweet potato, and treats where chicken or duck jerky is wrapped around dried fruits, sweet potatoes, yams, or rawhide.

If you believe your pet has become ill from consuming a jerky pet treat, please report it electronically through FDA’s Safety Reporting Portal or by phone to your local FDA Consumer Complaint Coordinator. While FDA does not necessarily respond to every individual complaint submitted, each report is valuable and becomes part of the body of knowledge that helps to inform the investigation.

Diamond Pet Food And Costco Pay Settlement In Salmonella Cases

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 heads the class action firm, Consumer Law Group, said in a report from that Costco is notifying 115,000 customers who purchased the pet food by an automated phone call, announcing that the settlement is available.

In order to be eligible to receive payment, consumers must have purchased Diamond Pet Food, recalled on April 6, 26 or 30, 2012,  or on May 4-5, 2012, and did not return or exchange the product, and did not already sign a release with Diamond or Costco.

The amount of payment a consumer may receive depends on the damages sustained. Amounts vary from the cost of replacing the pet food to larger amounts, such as to cover the costs of veterinary care, or costs related to the death of the animal.

The class action filing says one consumer’s dog became extremely ill after eating Kirkland Signature Super Premium Adult Dog Lamb, Rice & Vegetable Formula – a Diamond Pet Food Brand made for Costco – and required treatment and lab tests by a veterinarian.

The companies told the consumer about the Salmonella contamination but would not compensate the consumer for the veterinary bills because the consumer did not have an empty bag or proof of purchase for the dog food, according to the Food Safety News report.

Consumers with pets that consumed the recalled Diamond Pet Food products and did not suffer health consequences are eligible for refunds with a sworn statement of claim available on the claims website, according to the report.

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Life's Abundance Is The Only Dog And Cat Food MLM Company After Flint River Ranch Announces Shutting Down Their MLM Pet Food Program

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 mlm pet food company we found back in 2002 when we were looking for natural solutions for our dogs and cats. We bought the food and became distributors for a short time until we found our forever home, Life's Abundance. It was our first look into marketing pet food and changing pets and pet lovers lives. This amazing opportunity opened the door for to see how many pet parents were looking to make a change too.
Life's Abundance follows the MLM model! Life's Abundance has been serving the furbaby community since 1999! Life's Abundance has a complete product line of dog and cat foods, treats, supplements and pet care products. Their products are also formulated by nationally recognized, holistic veterinarian, Dr. Jane Bicks. They have never had a recall on any of their products and their food is shipped directly to customers within 4-6 weeks of being made giving you and your customers the freshest food possible!
We invite you to take a look at Life's Abundance and join our team. We have been with the company since 2003 and are 9 Star Distributors (the highest rank you can reach in Life's Abundance). We have training and support and once you dive into the products, we know you'll love them and so will your dogs and cats and your customers dogs and cats! If you are looking for a new home, we'd love to get to know you and help you through this transition. 
The best part is that Life's Abundance is an employee-owned company. This means they can't make a decision like Flint River Ranch did and protects us all to offer the best products in the pet industry!
Please visit our website at or take a look directly at our Life's Abundance website -
If you have any questions, please send us an email and we can help you.
P.S. One feature we think you are going to love is the fact that you can actually speak with the product formulator! There are no other pet food companies that offer this. However, Dr Jane Bicks hosts a monthly conference call where she answers distributors and customers questions directly and talks to you about the products. There is nothing better in our industry than this kind of support!

Counterfeit Orijen Dog And Cat Food Found In China

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.


We believe that fraudulent ORIJEN food is only in Mainland China. We are in the process of determining who is responsible and will update you through our website and social media as we uncover more details.


Pet lovers, if you have friends or family in China, help us inform them that their ORIJEN food may be counterfeit and unsafe. Details on the differences between real ORIJEN and counterfeit bags can be found in the FAQ below.

Thank you for helping us to inform pet lovers in China of this urgent message and for your continued support. Our Customer Care Team is available to answer your questions.

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Do You Know What Iams, Meow Mix, Fancy Feast And Others Are Doing?


This article is from 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 Nestle is another mentioned in this article and the dog and cat food brands under their umbrella can be found at

Here are 2 excerpts from the article:

"In the past year, Thai Union has shipped more than 28 million pounds of seafood-based cat and dog food for some of the top brands sold in America including Iams, Meow Mix and Fancy Feast, according to United States Customs documents.

The United States is the biggest customer of Thai fish, and pet food is among the fastest growing exports from Thailand, more than doubling since 2009 and last year totaling more than $190 million. The average pet cat in the United States eats 30 pounds of fish per year, about double that of a typical American."


"Lisa K. Gibby, vice president of corporate communications for Nestlé, which makes pet food brands including Fancy Feast and Purina, said that the company is working hard to ensure that forced labor is not used to produce its pet food. “This is neither an easy nor a quick endeavor,” she added, because the fish it purchases comes from multiple ports and fishing vessels operating in international waters.

Some pet food companies are trying to move away from using fish. Mars Inc., for example, which sold more than $16 billion worth of pet food globally in 2012, roughly a quarter of the world’s market, has already replaced fishmeal in some of its pet food and will continue in that direction. By 2020, the company 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."

Makes you feel good about feeding these brands...doesn't it?

Nestle Purina PetCare To Purchase Merrick And Castor Pollux Pet Food

Purina is buying Merrick Dog Food -

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-LogoMerrick 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 Founder Garth Merrick said, “I believe Nestlé Purina is the right company to take what I, along with others, have built to the next level. I’m proud my name will continue to be on the door as we remain committed to making the best food for the best pets ever.”

Merrick is one of the fastest-growing natural and organic pet food companies in the industry, and will continue to operate as an independent business with no planned changes to its management or operations.

Merrick has more than 350 employees located primarily in Hereford, Texas, USA; Amarillo, Texas, USA; and Evanston, Illinois, USA.

With this agreement, which is expected to close over the next several months, Merrick will be able to further build upon its record of providing pets with industry leading nutrition, quality and food safety, while taking advantage of new global resources and innovations.

“The Merrick team has built an extremely strong portfolio of natural and organic pet food and treat brands that are helping millions of pets thrive,” said Joe Sivewright, CEO of Nestlé Purina PetCare. “We admire Merrick and what the team is doing to provide pets with nutritious, quality and safe food and are excited about how the Merrick brands will broaden the Purina portfolios.

Merrick offers a wide variety of USA-made dry and wet foods, as well as treats, that are available nationally at independent pet specialty stores, Petco, and online via select retailers. In April 2012, Merrick Pet Care Inc. acquired Castor & Pollux and its ORGANIX branded portfolio. These brands are available at PetSmart, natural grocery, and online via select retailers.



Life's Abundance is made in small batches and you receive the food fresh to your door. They have been in business since 1999 and have never been recalled!! Check them out at or

Normerica Repackaged And Re-Dated Stale Dog Treats Say Ex-Employees - Costco Still Carries This Brand

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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.

Dog treats warehouse

The former Normerica employee said warehouse staff used heat guns to remove old product labels, before repackaging old dog treats under a new label. (CBC)

The accusations from former employees came after CBC's Go Public revealed Costco is continuing to sell pet jerky treats from China, despite being warned by a pet owner whose veterinarian believes treats purchased there killed her puppy. The treats are imported into Canada by Normerica Inc.

The company has since had the Duck Tenders the dog consumed tested by the lab it uses.

"The results of the testing confirmed the absolute presence of poultry as a single ingredient, that being duck," said Mortec's report. "We concluded no untoward unwanted suspect substances were present in the finished product."

Numerous tests by the FDA on jerky treats also found no substance that would cause the illnesses, but it is still investigating.


The two former employees who said they worked in an Etobicoke warehouse for Normerica contacted Go Public to report concerns they had over how the products were stored and handled.

One sent pictures to back up their claims. They said they did not take the pictures to make them public, but decided to do so after reading Go Public's piece on the potential link between the treats and dog deaths.

Treats 'sitting there for years'

Both former employees spoke on the condition they would not be named. Go Public also agreed not to disclose the duration of their employment. Both worked for Normerica in recent years.

Dog treats warehouse

According to warehouse employees, these packages were cut open so the product could be put in new packages under different brand labels. (CBC)

One said a large part of their job was removing old product from packages that were stale or overstocked, then repackaging or relabelling it in different brand name bags — with a new date stamp.
"Some [of the jerky treats] had been sitting there for years. Dated back to 2008. We would use X-Acto knives to open the packages and then repackage them under new [product] labels and change the date on the new package [to 2011 for example]," said the former employee.
"It was disgusting ... the warehouse wasn't clean enough to have open food."

Company denial

Normerica president Colin Gleason denied packaging dates are changed, but didn't explain the photos of products being repackaged.


Two former Normerica Inc. employees say they repackaged and re-dated stale dog treats while working in an Ontario warehouse. (CBC)

"We do not repackage stale product and sell it with a new date code," said Gleason in a statement. "Our company policy on any product that is approaching the date code is to donate it locally to animal shelters."

"Some [treats] that were not packaged properly got mouldy," said the other former employee.

As a result of these allegations, Loblaw said it is removing all products from Normerica off its shelves.

"Thank you for bringing this matter to our attention. We are taking it very seriously," said a statement from Kevin Groh, vice-president, corporate affairs and communication.

"We have been in contact with the vendor and are in the process of removing the implicated products from our store shelves as a precaution until our investigation is complete."

Costco said none of the products imported by Normerica and sold at Costco are stored at the Ontario warehouse in question.

"We receive the treats directly from Asia to the Port of Vancouver where it is sent to our distribution centres," said Costco spokesman Ron Damiani.

"Random testing is also conducted on each container of product before it ships."

Customers shocked by mould 

Two customers also contacted Go Public to say they bought treats packaged under the Vitalife brand and were shocked when they opened the bags and found mouldy product.

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This bag of mouldy Vitalife Chicken Fingers was returned to the Costco in Nepean, Ont., by dog owner Andrea Challis. (CBC)

Andrea Challis said she bought Vitalife's chicken fingers in February at Costco in Nepean, Ont. Unlike its duck and sweet potato treats, that Normerica product is made in Canada.

"I bought the treats for my three-year-old mini golden doodle Avery, thinking they were a good alternative to the treats made in China," said Challis. 

"When I opened the bag, there was mould everywhere. The best-before date was November 2015. I wrote to Vitalife and never received a response. I returned the treats to Costco, filled out a report and was told that someone would follow up," said Challis.

"Costco's response was nonchalant ... like they'd heard it before. I never heard back."

Refunded after purchase

Cathi Iacuitto of Vancouver said her Havanese shih tzu Cooper has been chronically ill, with digestive problems, since eating Vitalife treats she purchased at Superstore and Costco.

She said she returned a bag of chicken jerky because it was mouldy.

"Under close examination of the treats using a magnifying glass there was a mould growing similar to a light Fusarium, which could be toxic," said Iacuitto, who inspects grain shipments for the federal government.

"I explained to Vitalife that their product made my dog sick and they should have to pay the vet bills. They took no responsibility and instead sent me a refund for the product I returned to them," said Iacuitto.

"Right now is the third time he has gone in [to the vet]. This bill so far is quoted at $711 and after the lab results may cost me more."

The former Normerica employees said the repackaging and re-dating of Vitalife and other products was done after shipments from overseas arrived in large containers. The treats had been irradiated and packaged already, in Asia, under various brand names.

They said some of the shipping containers arrived with bugs in them. They also said the warehouse was not air-conditioned or properly ventilated, so some of the products sat for months in overheated conditions. 

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Cooper's owner said she's taken him to the vet several times, suffering from digestive problems. She fed him Vitalife chicken, duck and sweet potato treats. (CBC)

"We have no record of “bugs” showing up in containers coming to that facility," said Gleason, the Normerica president.

"We do, however, have a policy in place … that should a container show up with “bugs” it would immediately be placed in quarantine and the pest control company would take the appropriate actions to deal with the issue. We have used the services of Abell Pest Control for the last five years."

'Nothing got thrown out'

"A bunch of times we would get product and there were bugs in the containers," the former employee said. "Nothing got thrown out."

They said all the repackaging happened long after samples were sent to a Canadian lab for testing. Most of the products

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Vancouver pet owner Cathi Iacuitto returned a bag of  Vitalife chicken jerky treats after seeing the mould. (CBC)

​were never tested, they said, and were then interchanged in packages under the Vitalife, Canyon Creek and President's Choice labels.


"There were multiple brands in each [shipping] container," the first source said.

"They would unpack and repackage the stuff in different brand name packages," said the other source. "I would repackage and then down the line they would be re-dated."

They said workers often didn't wear gloves and did the repackaging on cardboard surfaces that weren't clean. One of the ex-employees estimated they would repackage and re-date approximately 1,800 individual packages of dog treats every two weeks.
"If we needed to ship out an order of Vitalife treats and we didn't have enough, we would open up the President's Choice bags and put them in Vitalife bags."

"You could really notice the treats when they got old because they would crumble in your hands [when the package was opened for transfer to another package]."
Both sources said they believe customers are charged more for treats packaged under the Vitalife label, but they said all were the same product.

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One of the two former employees submitted pictures to CBC's Go Public to back up their claims of concern about how imported pet treats were handled at the warehouse. (CBC)

Gleason said the practices at the warehouse are subject to outside scrutiny.

"Our manufacturing facilities are certified with the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI). As such they are audited annually and certified to the same calibre as any human food manufacturing facility. Additionally, we are subject to random audits by our retail customers as well as inspections by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency."

However, the first former employee also said that when Normerica was expecting clients or other visitors to the warehouse, they were told to pretend they were doing other jobs
"They would come in, and we would be told to make it look like we were doing inventory."



Pet Treat Mystery: More Dogs Dead, 3 People Sick, FDA Says

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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.


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, both prior to feeding treats and if they notice symptoms in their pets,” said FDA.

The humans who consumed the treats included two toddlers who ingested them accidentally and an adult who may have been snacking on the questionable products, which include chicken, duck or sweet potato jerky treats, an FDA official said. One of the children was diagnosed with a Salmonella infection, and the other developed gastrointestinal illness and fever that mirrored the symptoms of dogs in the house that also ate the treats. The adult reported nausea and headache.

About 60% of the cases (which overall include 5,600 dogs and 24 cats) involve symptoms of gastrointestinal trouble and liver disease, 30% involve kidney disease and about 10% involve other complaints, including neurological and skin conditions, said the FDA. About 15% of the kidney or urinary cases also tested positive for Fanconi syndrome, a rare disease that has been associated with the treats. The FDA plans to join with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to launch a study similar to epidemiological traceback investigations used with people, comparing foods eaten by sick dogs with foods eaten by pets that did not get sick.


It's Taken Over 1000 Pet Deaths But PetCo Will Finally Stop Selling Treats From China

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 if consumers aren't complaining Walmart will continue just like it has done.

Here is the info from (click on the link and here is a corresponding video)

Petco said Tuesday that it will stop selling dog and cat treats made in China by the end of this year due to ongoing fears that the imported treats are making pets sick.

Investigators at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration haven't been able to figure out why pets are getting ill from the treats since the agency began receiving reports of illnesses in 2007.

In an update last week, the FDA said it has received more than 4,800 complaints of pet illnesses and more than 1,000 reports of dog deaths after eating Chinese-made chicken, duck or sweet potato jerky treats. The FDA said tests found antiviral drug amantadine in some samples of imported chicken jerky treats sold a year or more ago, but doesn't think it caused the illnesses. The FDA said it will continue to investigate.

Petco said that shoppers have asked it to stop selling treats from China. The pet food retailer said it is switching them out for treats that are made in the U.S., New Zealand, Australia and South America.

It already began cutting down on the amount of Chinese-made treats three years ago, said Petco Vice President John Sturm. It expects to completely get rid of them in all its 1,300 stores by the end of this year. The San Diego company doesn't sell any pet food made in China.

Rival PetSmart Inc., which is based in Phoenix and also runs about 1,300 stores, didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.


Do You Know Who Owns Your Pet Food Company? Mars To Buy P&G Pet Food Brands For US $2.9 Billion

DogquestionDo 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 have had recalls in addition to some of the others P&G owns (for now) like Iams and Eukanuba. Isn't it funny you can now search to see if a dog food or cat food has been recalled but it's probably under a new name so the slate looks clean. Sad, very sad.

Here's the press release from the newest sale:

Mars Inc. is set to purchase Procter & Gamble's petfood brands, including Iams, Eukanuba and Natura, for US$2.9 billion, according to reports. P&G is leaving the pet care market to focus more on its core brands, and the transaction will solidify Mars as the world's biggest petfood company.


Mars did not take on P&G's European business, but it has an option to buy operations in remaining markets in Asia and Africa, said P&G spokesman Paul Fox. The company plans to actively pursue the sale of its European pet care business, he said. 

"The announced deal is not a surprise in view of P&G’s declining share," said Paula Flores, head of Euromonitor International's Pet Care division. "P&G is the fourth global player with a global value share 3.6%, down from 4.2% in 2008. Despite the good position in the premium segment of the North American dog and cat food market, where it accounts for 19% of value sales in 2012, this figure stood at 24% as recently as 2008. The company faced two voluntary recalls for its superpremium Natura, Iams and Eukanuba brand during 2013. Moreover P&G has a weak performance in most emerging markets."

The deal is expected to be complete in the second half of the year.


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Aflatoxins, Melamine, and Cyanuric Acid Found In Purina One, Hill's Science Diet, Solid Gold, Iams, AvoDerm, Purina Pro Plan Pet Foods

ContaminatedfoodDisturbing 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 Food


The Consumer Council reported their testing found melamine in:

  • Solid Gold Adult Dog Food
  • Iams Chicken Cat Food

And cyanuric acid was found in:

  • Purina Pro Plan Salmon Cat Food

In 2007, Melamine and cyanuric acid were found to be the deadly cause of the largest pet food recall in history.

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The biscuits that your pet dog loves could contain harmful substances. Photo: SCMP

A cancer-causing toxin has been found in seven types of pet food sold in Hong Kong.

The Consumer Council said its findings would cause concern among Hong Kong's 286,300 pet-keeping households about the lack of laws regulating animal-food safety.

The council's recent tests on 39 dry pet products - 20 dog foods and 19 cat foods - showed the amounts of aflatoxin B1 found in four dog foods and three cat foods ranged from one to two micrograms per kilogram. They include Purina One Smart Blend chicken and rice formula adult premium dog food, and Kitekat tuna flavour for adult cats.

There are no local laws that specify the level of carcinogens permitted in pet foods, but the level falls within the European Union regulations' safety limits.

Vets told the council that short-term consumption was unlikely to cause a health risk, but long-term consumption could increase the risk of liver impairment, liver tumours and suppression of the immune system.

"Human beings eat a variety of food, and face lower health risks even if a particular food item is found to be problematic. Some pets, however, are fed only one type of dried pet food [and have higher risks]," Consumer Council chief executive Gilly Wong Fung-han said.

The tests also revealed two contaminants: melamine in Solid Gold adult dog food and Iams chicken cat food; and cyanuric acid in Purina Pro Plan salmon cat food and 1st Choice short-hair cat food. Vets said the detected levels did not cause health concerns, but that pet owners should not mix the brands as the contaminants were more toxic when combined.

According to a 2006 Census and Statistics Department survey, one in every eight Hong Kong households kept pets. Given this popularity, the government should assess the need for laws safeguarding animal food, Wong said.

One manufacturer of the pet foods found with aflatoxin B1, Purina One, said the carcinogen was an "unavoidable natural contaminant" found in grains such as corn, barley and rice. Another, AvoDerm, said it had since replaced the corn in its formula that was believed to be the source of the carcinogen.

Animal welfare groups supported legislation.

"Both pet food and human food goes into the stomach. Why is there no regulation for pet food?" Gloria Li Suk-fun, of Stop - Save HK's Cats and Dogs, said.

Sally Andersen of Hong Kong Dog Rescue said many pet owners tried to save money by buying cheap dog food, but ended up paying more to the vets.

This article appeared in the South China Morning Post print edition as Cancer-causing toxin in pet food sparks alarm
A Consumer Council test on dry pet food has detected harmful substances in some of these products.

Although they are unlikely to pose immediate health concern because of the relatively low amount detected, pet owners tasked with the choice of food for their pets are rightly worrisome.

The test, on 39 dry pet foods comprising 20 dog foods and 19 cat foods, revealed the presence of the carcinogen aflatoxin B1, and the contaminants, melamine and cyanuric acid, in some of the samples.

Trace amount of aflatoxin B1, ranging from 1.0 to 2.0 µg/kg dry pet food, was found in 7 models - 4 dog foods and 3 cat foods.

Aflatoxins are produced by various species of a group of toxin-producing fungus found on crops. Among the aflatoxins (B1, B2, G1 and G2), aflatoxin B1 is most commonly found in crops, and is the most toxic and carcinogenic. Exposure to aflatoxin B1 may cause liver damage and cirrhosis in animals.

The consolation (if any) is: the levels of aflatoxin B1 found in the samples are all within the safety limits established by the European Union Commission Regulation (EU) No. 574/2011.

The EU sets the maximum amount of aflatoxin B1 in animal feeds (with a moisture content of 12%) at 0.01 ppm (10 µg/kg) in complementary and complete feed, and at 0.02 ppm (20 µg/kg) in feed materials (when animals are given a diet consisting of various feed materials).

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) also sets action level for the regulation of aflatoxins content in animal feeds and feeding ingredients.

Veterinarians are generally of the opinion that the low amounts of aflatoxin B1 detected in the test samples are unlikely to cause a health risk to pets for short-term consumption.

However, they caution that since aflatoxin B1 is a known carcinogen, it should best be avoided; long-term exposure to aflatoxin B1 could increase the risk of liver impairment, tumors in liver, and suppressed immune system.

The level of risk depends on the species, age of animal, health condition, doses and duration of aflatoxin exposure. Young animals, and pets in pregnancy, are usually more sensitive to aflatoxin.

Pets with symptoms such as lethargy, weakness, loss of appetite, vomiting, bloody diarrhea should be brought to the vet for medical attention.

Besides the detection of aflatoxin B1, 2 models were found with the contaminant melamine and 2 others with cyanuric acid, both in only small quantities.

Melamine and melamine-related compounds such as cyanuric acid were at the centre of a widespread outbreak of renal failure and deaths of cats and dogs in 2007 when some pet food products were found with the contaminants. It was suspected that such harmful substances were added to pet food ingredients to increase the apparent protein levels of the products.

The Codex Alimentarius Commission, the USFDA and the EU Regulation all adopted the maximum melamine level to be limited at 2.5 mg/kg for animal feeds. All samples in the test were found to be in compliance with the requirement.

In the opinion of veterinarians, the detected amounts of melamine and cyanuric acid are of a very low level and since the two contaminants exist individually in the samples, and are not in co-existence, there is no cause for undue concern over the health risk they pose to pets.

The danger arises when both contaminants, though individually of a low acute toxicity, are taken in combination which is far more toxic than either compound alone.

Exposure to both substances may lead to formation of crystals, resulting in blockage of tubules in kidneys that may cause acute renal failure in animals.

Care should be taken if mixing different brands of dry food in order to avoid the hazard of feeding both contaminants to your pets.

Unbeknown to probably many pet owners is the availability of information regarding daily feeding instruction on all pet-food labels. Owing to the varied nutritional contents per gram of different products, the daily feed amount differs also from brand to brand.

As such, when changing brand, consumers are advised to read the daily feeding instruction so as not to over-or under-feed your pets.

All samples were found to be free of Salmonella and E. Coli O157. These are pathogens harmful also to humans.

Some useful tips for pet lovers:

- Read the ingredient list and "used by" date before purchase. Buy the right amount, do not buy in big bulk. Store pet food properly in its original package inside an air-tight container - not in humid environment and in the event the food deteriorates and smells, it should be discarded.

- And always clean the food tray to keep the food clean.

- Feed your pets with reference to the daily feed instructions. Consume pet food as soon as possible after opening the package.
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Keep Lilies Away From Your Cats

CatlilliesThe 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, a veterinarian at FDA. Even if they just eat a couple of leaves or lick a few pollen grains off their fur, cats can suffer acute kidney failure within a very short period of time.

McLean says that if your cat has eaten part of a lily, the first thing you’ll see is vomiting soon afterwards. That may gradually lessen over two to four hours. Within 12 to 24 hours, the cat may start to urinate frequently. Then, if kidney failure sets in, the cat will stop urinating because the kidneys stop being able to produce urine. Untreated, she says, a cat will die within four to seven days of eating a lily.

Young cats typically have healthy kidneys, so when a young cat shows signs of acute kidney damage, consumption of a toxic substance is one of the first things veterinarians investigate, McLean says.

Early veterinary treatment is critical. McLean says that even if you just suspect that your cat has eaten a lily, you should call your veterinarian immediately or, if the office is closed, take your cat to an emergency veterinary clinic. The vet may induce vomiting if the cat just ate the lily, and will give the cat intravenous fluids to prevent dehydration and preserve kidney function.

Other lilies, like Calla and Peace lilies, don’t cause fatal kidney failure, but they can irritate your cat’s mouth and esophagus. Lilies of the Valley are toxic to the heart, causing an abnormal heart rhythm. If you think your cat has eaten any type of lily, contact your veterinarian.

Lilies are not a great danger to dogs, McLean says. Dogs may have some gastrointestinal issues if they eat a lily, but nothing considered life-threatening.

Does this mean that you can’t have lilies in your home if you have a cat? Although it’s best not to have them in your home, if you want to enjoy these pretty spring flowers, McLean says to be sure to keep the plant someplace that your high-jumping pet can’t reach.

This article appears on FDA's Consumer Updates page, which features the latest on all FDA-regulated products.

April 14, 2014


Cat Food Recall - The Robert Abady Dog Food Co., LLC RECALLS "Abady Highest Quality Maintenance & Growth Formula for Cats" BECAUSE OF POSSIBLE HEALTH RISK

AbadyFOR 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.  In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis. 

The recalled "Highest Quality Maintenance & Growth Formula for Cats" were distributed nationwide in retail stores and through mail orders.

The product comes in a 2 lb, 5 lb & 15 lb, corrugated boxes with plastic liners marked with lot # 14029/21 stamped on the right side top of the box.

No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem.

The potential for contamination was noted after routine testing by the company revealed the presence of Salmonella in some 2 lb, 5 lb & 15 lb boxes of "Abady Highest Quality Cat Maintenance & Growth Formula for Cats."

Production of the product has been suspended while FDA and the company continue their investigation as to the source of the problem.

Consumers who have purchased 2 lb, 5 lb & 15 lb boxes of "Abady Highest Quality Maintenance & Growth Formula for Cats" are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-845-473-1900, Monday – Friday, 8:30am - 5:00pm, ET.

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Med-Vet International Issues Nationwide Recall of Veterinary 1/2cc U-40 Insulin Syringes Due to Mismarked Syringe Barrels

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 signs and symptoms consistent with hyperglycemia including, but not limited to dehydration, increase in thirst, increase in urination, malaise or lethargy, and urinary tract infection in addition to increasing the risk of developing diabetic ketoacidosis. The long term failure to adequately control blood glucose levels can result in vision problems, neuropathy, and damage to the pancreas.

Consumers who have these insulin syringes should quarantine all products subject to recall. In addition, if you may have further distributed this product, please identify the customers at once and notify them at once of this product recall and to quarantine the product.

Recalled 1/2cc U-40 insulin syringes were manufactured May, 2012 and distributed from Jan 2013 to Feb 2014 to consumers, animal hospitals, animal shelters, farmers, and veterinarians.

The following 1/2cc U-40 insulin syringes have been recalled:

140 boxes of 1/2cc insulin syringe U-40 with 29g x 1/2” needle. Lot Number: 20120610 The product can be identified by Item number: MV1/2CCINS-40 or 1/2CCINS-40 by Oasis.

Med-Vet International voluntarily recalled the syringes after becoming aware of the mislabeling. Med- Vet International has notified the FDA of this recall action.

No injuries have been reported to date.

Med-Vet International is notifying its distributors and customers by email and recall letter and is arranging for return of all recalled 1/2cc U-40 insulin syringes.

Med-Vet International distributed the 1/2cc U-40 insulin syringes nationally to veterinarians and customers.

Consumers with questions may contact the company via telephone at 1-800-544-7521 between the hours of 9am and 5pm central time. Consumer may also contact the company via e-mail at


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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 their attention and, when requested, that  they also provide samples for diagnostic testing by the Veterinary  Laboratory Investigation and Response Network (Vet-LIRN)1, a network of veterinary laboratories  affiliated with FDA. The Fact Sheet for pet owners lists steps they can take to  prevent or detect illness related to the treats.

As of September 24, 2013, FDA has received more than 3000 complaints of illness related to consumption of chicken, duck, or sweet potato jerky treats,  nearly all of which are imported from China. The reports involve more than 3600  dogs, 10 cats and include more than 580 deaths.

FDA continues to caution pet owners that jerky pet treats are not required for a balanced diet. The agency encourages pet owners to consult with their veterinarian prior to feeding treats and if they notice symptoms in their pets.

The rate of complaints associated with jerky pet treats dropped sharply after several well-known brands were removed from the market in January 2013, when a  study conducted by the New York State Department of Agriculture and Marketing  (NYSDAM) detected low levels of antibiotic residues in those products. FDA  believes that the drop in complaints is linked to a decrease in the availability  of jerky pet treats rather than the low levels of antibiotics found in January, which FDA believes are unlikely to be the cause of the illnesses. However, FDA is performing an evaluation to determine the possibility for low levels of the antibiotics to cause illness in dogs when fed over a length of time. This process involves review of the scientific literature, as well as any adverse event reports and consumer complaints sent to the FDA in connection with dogs and sulfonamide drugs, and may take many months to complete. In the meantime, our investigation continues to evaluate all potential causes for illness from the jerky pet treats.

While FDA has not yet identified a cause for the reported illnesses, the agency, together with our Vet-LIRN partners, continue to  perform testing to help identify cases and examine both animal tissue and  product samples associated with the cases. FDA also continues to work with the manufacturers and distributors of the treats and China’s Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine to investigate potential sources  of contamination or causes of illness in pets.


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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  grieve so acutely. Rest assured, beloved furry, feathery or scaly companions ARE  NOT ‘just animals’. This sentiment, shared by some who have chosen not to share  their lives with a pet kid, belittles your experience, so give it the credence  it deserves … none.

Companion animals occupy special places in our hearts, and losing such a  connection means that no one will ever fill that special place in quite the same  way again.

Grieving the loss of a pet kid is normal, because the loss is real and it  hurts. If you are in the midst of bereavement, I want you to know three  important things:

1. Grief is a natural and normal reaction to the loss of a friend, including  those with tails.

2. Grief affects everyone differently.

3. A multitude of web and print resources address this issue and may help you  cope during this difficult time.

The most vital thing is to open yourself to grace and give yourself  permission to react to loss, whatever feels most natural to you. People have  unique grief experiences, which is to say, the individual members of a family  may have varying reaction to the loss of the same companion animal. Normal  reactions to grief include feelings of hopelessness, crying, denial, numbness  and anger.

The many stages of grief are well-established, however be aware that the  progression is not necessarily linear – i.e., they can occur before, during and  after the loss of the beloved. Sadness can last quite some time, even many  months, but with proper attention to yourself, you will recover. While the pain  may recede with time, these feelings are a legacy, a reminder of the importance  of the role they played in your lives.

Don't be tempted to navigate your grief alone. If you feel like you don’t have the proper support to help process the loss of a companion animal, please seek out help from the following list of ‘pre-approved’ sources. In addition, this popular article  published on our own blog offers more on dealing with grief.

If you’ve recently lost a constant and dear companion, all of us here at Life’s Abundance hope you’ll be able to deal effectively with your loss and find  solace in the happy times you shared.

Thank you for all you do to make the world a better place for companion animals.

Dr Jane Bicks  Dr. Jane Bicks, Life's Abundance Product Formulator

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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 escape as two to three dogs are set upon it at approximately 10-minute  intervals. 'During the competition, the bear's movements are controlled by three  men yanking on its chain to restrict the animal's response. The panicked bear,  unable to mount a defense, frantically begins to foam at the mouth. Off to the  side, a referee awards points to each dog's owner.  Dr. Amir Khalil, vet and project leader  at Four Paws, says this can go on for hours, until the bear is left unable to  fight.

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

Researchers find many dog food recipes lack important nutrients and are too vague

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 found that just nine contained enough of the nutrients required by dogs. 

"Some of the deficiencies, particularly those related to choline, vitamin D, zinc and vitamin E, could result in significant health problems such as immune dysfunction, accumulation of fat in the liver and musculoskeletal abnormalities," said Jennifer Larsen, an assistant professor of clinical nutrition at the William R. Pritchard Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital at UC Davis and lead author on the study.

Additionally, researchers found that 92 percent of the recipes contained instructions that were too vague and required pet owners to make assumptions about ingredients, or they failed to include calorie information or account for the size of the dog being fed. 

"It is extremely difficult for the average pet owner - or even veterinarians - to come up with balanced recipes to create appropriate meals that are safe for long-term use," Larsen said. "Homemade food is a great option for many pets, but we recommend that owners avoid general recipes from books and the Internet and instead consult with a board-certified veterinary nutritionist. These specialists have advanced training in nutrition to help formulate customized and nutritionally appropriate recipes."


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Dick Van Patten's Natural Balance Pet Foods Sold To Del Monte Foods

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


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 Balance was created nearly 25 years ago to give pet parents the best super-premium pet food on the market,” said Joey Herrick, president and founder, Natural Balance Pet Foods(R) , Inc. “After careful consideration, we believe we’ve found the perfect partner to help the business grow for the next 25 years. Not only does Del Monte care about pets as much as we do, they have a complementary culture and set of values, their respected brands are found in eight out of 10 U.S. households and they have been a trusted name for healthy, quality consumer food for more than 100 years. Natural Balance looks forward to working hand-in-hand with Del Monte to leverage their strong distribution, supply chain and innovation resources that will help the brand achieve its next level of growth.”

“Natural Balance will continue to offer pet parents super-premium, high quality formulas that they have come to know and expect, and we look forward to continuing to nurture our valued relationships with our customers and other partners,” continued Herrick.

“Del Monte Foods is proud to welcome Natural Balance(R) into the Del Monte family of brands,” said Dave West, CEO, Del Monte Foods. “Natural Balance is well-positioned in the super-premium pet specialty channel and Del Monte looks forward to supporting and further strengthening that position, while honoring the brand’s esteemed culture and history.”

Continued West, “This merger is consistent with our long-term strategy for Del Monte to further strengthen our pet food and snacks brand portfolio and accelerate growth by expanding in the pet specialty channel. This offers us exciting prospects for continued growth, particularly in terms of strengthening our reach to independent pet retailers.”

The merger includes the equity interest held by private equity firm VMG Partners. “We are very proud to have worked side by side with Joey and the Natural Balance team in building one of the strongest brands in the pet specialty channel. We are excited about passing the baton to Del Monte Foods, who we believe will continue to grow and strengthen the Natural Balance brand,” said David Baram, VMG Managing Director.

Natural Balance Pet Foods(R) , Inc. was founded in 1989 by Dick Van Patten and Joey Herrick. Today, the brand includes both dog and cat formulas and spans wet food, dry food and treats. Natural Balance is headquartered in Pacoima, CA.

The purchase price and financial terms are not disclosed. The merger includes all Natural Balance(R) brands, products and other trademarks. The companies anticipate the merger will close in mid-June, subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory clearances.

About Dick Van Patten’s Natural Balance Pet Foods(R)

Natural Balance(R) Pet Foods, created in 1989 by Dick Van Patten and Joey Herrick, is a leading premium pet food brand, offering more than 225 dog and cat products. Natural Balance products include Original Ultra(R) Ultra Premium Pet Foods, L.I.D. Limited Ingredient Diets(R) Formulas, ALPHA(R) Grain-Free Formulas, Delectable Delights(TM) Stews for dogs and cats and many more.

About Del Monte Foods

Del Monte Foods is one of the country’s largest producers, distributors and marketers of premium quality, branded pet products and food products for the U.S. retail market, generating approximately $3.7 billion in net sales in fiscal 2012. With a powerful portfolio of brands, Del Monte products are found in eight out of ten U.S. households. Pet food and pet snacks brands include Meow Mix(R) , Kibbles ‘n Bits(R) , Milk-Bone(R) , 9Lives(R) , Pup-Peroni(R) , Gravy Train(R) , Nature’s Recipe(R) , Canine Carry Outs(R), Milo’s Kitchen(R) and other brand names. Food product brands include Del Monte(R) , Contadina(R) , S&W(R) , College Inn(R) and other brand names. The Company also produces and distributes private label pet products and food products.

For more information on Del Monte Foods, visit the Company’s website at

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