Sunday, August 10, 2008

Recalls: Beef and Pedigree Dog Food

Seems like it's been hard to keep up with all the recalled foods lately...

Nebraska Beef has expanded its recall due to E. coli illnesses in California, Colorado, Connecticut, Idaho, Illlinois, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia. Although the feds said last month the company had cleaned up its act after its ground beef recall, apparently they still can't keep the BEEF separated from the POO.

Mars, maker of Nutro and other pet foods, has issued a limited recall of some of its Pedigree products due to possible Salmonella contamination (from some ingredient they decline to make public). I can't help but think of the last time Mars put Salmonella contaminated pet food on shelves, sickening people in 19 states, and then issued only a limited recall, never revealing what brands and how much food was potentially contaminated.

3 comments:

jan said...

I've gotten through the summer by eating my own garden produce and convincing the dogs that it is tasty. I'm not looking forward to the colder months.

SewCrazyDogLady said...

oy! We joined a CSA/Farm Share.. (no time to garden) and get our dogs food from Oma's Pride. No kibble in this house.

btw: we also do 1/3 meat, 1/3 veg and 1/3 grain.

Meg said...

If your dog has dirrea mixing rice with their food and even some unflavored metamucil helps to firm up stool. Pedigree is really not a very good food to begin with. Neither is IAMs Beneful Purina or any of the other foods you have usually heard of. The first several ingrediants are usually corn (we know what happens when our body gets corn, we poop it out and dont use it, same with dogs) meat by products (the take the meat off of whatever it is and you get the bones, feathers, coat, feet, beaks, etc) and white or brewers rice (no nutritional value, just a filler) because of this our dogs need to eat more to get the nutrients they need and poop a lot more too. also...science diet and eukanuba are not every good foods either. they used to be but they were bought out by other companies who, to save money, changed the ingrediants to fillers and by products. these foods cost about the same as the all naturals foods and you are getting pedigree quality food. you can check all the ingrediants yourself. stay away from the first 3 ingrediants being corn, by products of any kind, and white or brewers rice. go for foods with chicken, chicken meal, or any meats that dont have by procuct after them, and BROWN rice. these are good foods. Try going to a specialty pet store and ask about a better food. Precise, Royal Canin, and Verus are all really good foods. When you look at the ingrediants they will be along the lines of Chicken, brown rice (the only rice with nutritional value for dogs), and usually another protein source such as chicken meal (chicken meal is just dehydrated chicken, very good) your dogs will eat much less of the food so even though it cost a bit more you go through less food and it ends up saving you money. they also poop less, live longer, and are overall more healthy. I have four shih tzus and I feed them Royal Canin dry food. 10lbs of that food last us over a month. 4 adults dogs eating only 10lbs of food between the 4 of them is pretty good! These foods are also all natural and organic so they are never involved in any recalls, you know your food is always safe. Go to your local pet store and ask about these brands (Precise, Royal Canin, Verus, Wellness, California Natural, Innova, Canidae, Merrik) many stores, such as Pets Plus, will even give you your money back for the dog food if your dog doesnt like it and has programs such as buy 10 bags get your 11th free. It's worth a try and trust me your dogs will love it.