Important Pet Food Update
As a field representative for Life’s Abundance, and VERY proud of it, I feel it necessary to share with all my readers the following Pet Product Safety Statement from Life’s Abundance Corporate Office in response to the recent Pet Food Recall.
“Dear Life’s Abundance Field Representative:
By now, you are probably familiar with the extensive national recall of many brands of pet foods. Sadly, several dogs and cats have been sickened, and a few have died as a result of eating contaminated food. This is a tragic event, and our hearts go out to the families who are dealing with the heartache of the situation.
We want to reassure you that none of Life’s Abundance’s products are affected by this recall. At present, authorities believe the illnesses to be caused by contaminated wheat gluten. As you already know, none of Life’s Abundance’s products include wheat gluten or wheat products of any kind.
We ask that you convey this information to your customers, should they have any questions about the safety of our products.
Thank you very much for the warning. I do not feed my animals this brand but am happy to be informed of it.
I am about to get a puppy in the next 4 weeks. I am very concerned about what to feed it. I have read your website and am interested in your product. Is it available in canada?
thanks in advance
I have a eight year old female cat who is on the ivet low cal dry food.she weighs 17 lbs, I have tried unsuccessfully to make her lose some weight.could you recommend some safe low cal dry food for her.
None of our HealthyPetNet products contain the rice or rice protein that so many pet foods are being recalled for. Please see today’s post for safety assurance statement:
I recently tried your food for my cats and dogs. I was wondering if your food contains any type of rice or rice protein?
Does anyone have a list of the pet foods that are NOT produced in Menu Foods factories?
My kitten got sick last fall eating canned kitten food that has not been recalled. I think there may be an issue with sanitation at the Menu Foods canning factories.
Are there any recalls of Friskie’s Cat Food (Canned)? We need to buy cat food and don’t know what is safe.
The official FDA site for the recall is: http://www.fda.gov/oc/opacom/hottopics/petfood.html.
Since the start of the pet food recall, and alot of research, both my dogs and cats were switched to Life’s Abundance dry food.
However I still have reservations about feeding my cats the canned food due to the fact it is manufactured in a Menu foods plant.
Even though Healthy Pet Net is assuring the public their products have been voluntarily tested and are safe, I still do not feel confident, feeding this food to my cats until they dissassociate themsleves with Menu foods altogether.
Thank you for voicing your opinion; fortunately, HealthyPetNet will not be disassociating themselves with Menu Foods because “We trust Menu for canning. Menu has the cleanest facilities and best quality control. Everything at Menu Foods met up to Dr. Jane Bicks’ (our product formulator) high standards. Also, our canned food is NOT made in either of the facilities that had the recalls. Prior to the decision to go with Menu Foods, Dr. Jane had visited EVERY manufacturer of canned food in the country, and because of the bullet points above, went with Menu Foods and will continue to do so. What most of the public also does not know is that we provide our own ingredients to Menu, just as the recalled companies provided their own ingredients. ALL our ingredients undergo strict quality control standards before the food is even made. After the food is made, EVERY batch is tested again. We have the stricted quality control standards in the industry.”
Here is an e-mail sent out by corporate on this very subject:
“First off, we’d like thank you for your patience in waiting for a response. In the wake of the pet food recall, we have been inundated with calls and emails seeking more information about our products.
“This email is in response to your question about whether or not we use Menu Foods. We want to make sure that you understand the facts fully. Our dog and cat dry foods are made by a third-generation pet food maker in Ohio with an outstanding reputation. Our baked treats are made in a bakery that also makes baked goods for people. Of all our pet products, only one – our canned cat food – is made in a Menu facility.
“It’s important to keep in mind, that all of the products that were included in the recall were “cuts and gravy” type products, and as you know, we don’t make any products like that. The FDA suspects that the wheat gluten in these products was contaminated, and we don’t use any wheat gluten.
“You know, a lot of folks don’t realize this, but Menu Foods makes over 90% of all privately labeled canned pet foods sold in the U.S. and Canada. They have over 35 years of experience in the business. They operate four plants in the U.S. The problem ingredient was used in Kansas and New Jersey. Our canned cat food is made in an entirely separate facility in South Dakota. There is absolutely no chance that our canned cat food was contaminated, because it never came into contact with the two plants in question.
“Like we mentioned before, the authorities are almost certain that the contamination is linked to an ingredient that we do not use in any of our products.
“We have been monitoring this situation very closely. We have received notification in writing that our food is safe. Many of HealthyPetNet’s company principles took part in a conference call with Menu, and we have their complete assurances that there are no problems with our canned cat food.
“We maintain very strict quality control measures in the manufacture of all of our foods, treats, care products and supplements. We have devoted a great deal of energy into using only the best vendors in the market, so that only the highest quality ingredients are included in our products.
“We just want to reiterate – all of our products are completely safe.
“We will continue to monitor this situation, and we will continue to do everything that we can to provide the safest, healthiest options for our consumers and their companion animals.
Trilogy International, HealthyPetNet”
So Laurie, let me ask you a question? If you don’t feel confident feeding the best food, what will you be feeding? Have you found another line of pet foods better? I think it’s going to take a lot of time and research on your part to find a better quality food, so when you do, please share it with us. Or better yet, why not just start home cooking? There’s plenty of people food you can pick up at your local supermarket already sprayed with viruses, fed hormones to beef them up, and even labeled with something they’re not. Yes let us all know as soon as you find something better.
What people don’t understand is that Menu is taking the rap for something totally out of their control. Menu is simply the manufacturing company who follows the guidelines of the pet food companies, including the ingredients, which are all provided by the pet food companies, the ones that were recalled. Maybe people should look at the individual pet food companies rather than Menu, like Don’t Shoot the Messenger!
I was feeding my cat a premium wetfood (containing Lamb and Rice) that was NOT on the Recall list – but I noticed (in APril or May) that she was getting up in the middle of the night to drink water — which was unusual for her. I stopped feeding her that food (which had Rice Gluten in it) and bought an almost-as-good canned wet cat food that had Lamb and Rice in it but NO gluten whatsoever. She no longer gets up in the middle of the night to get a drink of water.
Now I have Premium (non-recalled, but still suspicious, to me) wet cat food – 24 cans — gathering dust until I can figure out how to safely dispose of it without endangering any other animals (like dumpster cats) who might be able to access it in the trash!!!!! I do not want to send it back to the manufacturer, since it is NOT on the recall list and they may feed it to other cats.
I HAVE ENJOYED THESE WEB PAGES..VERY EDCATIONAL THANKS FOR SHARING YOUR KNOWLEDGE…BLESSING JOAN
We just bought 2 Westie pups and the breeder feeds all her pups the Nutro Puppy dry food. I recently bought a small bag of Nutro Ultra Holistic Superfood to blend with the Nutro Puppy. I read the labels on both bags and did not see any of the bad stuff. Is it safe to finish both bags before switching to Life Abundance, or should we diccintinue feeding the Nutro until it’s gone. As of now the pups are in great shape. All the dogs the breeder has seem to be ok. The breeder’s facilities are clean and well kept. I do not believe the dogs have been intntionally fed something bad for them. Please reply. Thanks—Forrest McCrary.
Forrest …congradulations on your gaining two new furbabies . My opinion only , but get the dogs OFF of the Nutro ..don’t care if its labeled holistic or not . As I said …my own personal opinion . Educate yourself about dog foods …manufacutuers …watch recall lists and why they were recalled . Its come down to consumers best be educated as much as possible with the pet industry not only in food, treats , toys but in the medicines and vaccinations also . None of us intentionaly feed our pets things we feel will harm them . But trust is only and should be earned, not given freely like the general public has done with the food industry and with the pharmcutical companies .
I am interested in your food, however, have a few questions.
Can you please tell me all the preservatives that are used in your meat meals and all other “meals” you include in your ingredients?
I am not asking if “you” add the preservatives yourselves, but I am asking for a list of all the preservatives that are in the meat meals themselves for each type of meat meal you use.
Also, do you make your own meat meal and other meal or do you obtain it from somewhere else?
If from somewhere else, where?
I look forward to your detailed response. Please do not refer me to your web site or anywhere else as I could not find the specific answers to these questions. Thank you.