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Unread 02-16-2013, 09:30 AM   #1
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On February 15, 2013, Nature's Variety announced it was recalling a single batch of one of its raw dog food products. Fragments of clear plastic may be present in some bags and could pose a potential choking risk to pets.


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Nature's Variety Announces Raw Dog Food Recall



Please be sure to share the news of this alert with other pet owners.

http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/dog-food-recall-alerts/
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Interesting. I wonder what the consumer reaction toward the company will be?
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I just said in another thread about raw vs. kibble that I felt purchasing a manufactured "raw" diet defeated the purpose of going raw to me. This confirms my thoughts.
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Sugardog....this was the raw that I fed my dogs a few years ago. I stopped feeding them this food only because the food I was purchasing was freezer burned. At first, it was great. My dogs loved it. But then I noticed lots of ice in the food.
This told me that the food was frozen, and then refrosted, and then frozen again. I simply just stopped buying it. I reported it to the place of purchase and to the company that makes the food. Of course, both blamed the other.....

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Sugardog....this was the raw that I fed my dogs a few years ago. I stopped feeding them this food only because the food I was purchasing was freezer burned. At first, it was great. My dogs loved it. But then I noticed lots of ice in the food.
This told me that the food was frozen, and then refrosted, and then frozen again. I simply just stopped buying it. I reported it to the place of purchase and to the company that makes the food. Of course, both blamed the other.....
wow, so I guess this doesn't come as much of a surprise to you!

Human food is supposed to go through inspections and samples get randomly tested and we still seem to get a lot of recalls. If even less attention is generally payed to food that isn't graded for human consumption, I really don't want to know what is in dog food or how it's made lol.

I do hope the higher quality, independent (read: not purina) kibble brands pay more attention to the quality of their meat. But for me, that's why I switched to raw. If it's not good enough for me, it's not good enough for my dogs.
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wow, so I guess this doesn't come as much of a surprise to you!

Human food is supposed to go through inspections and samples get randomly tested and we still seem to get a lot of recalls. If even less attention is generally payed to food that isn't graded for human consumption, I really don't want to know what is in dog food or how it's made lol.

I do hope the higher quality, independent (read: not purina) kibble brands pay more attention to the quality of their meat. But for me, that's why I switched to raw. If it's not good enough for me, it's not good enough for my dogs.
Food that is fit for human consumption is different than "ingredients that are fit for human consumption"-and it's not just an issue with lower grade kibble; the makers of frozen raw food also need to pay more attention to the quality of their ingredients and processing methods:

Holistic Dog and Cat Food, Healthy Pet Food Health & Nutrition: The Case Against Raw Frozen Pet Food
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Sugardog, not much surprises me anymore when it comes to recalls. This goes for people food as well as dog food. I had switched dog food after that scare we had a few years back. Maybe about 5 years or so? I know it was well before I joined this Forum. I was looking for a food that was made in the US, and I started feeding my dogs Nature's Variety kibble. Then they started to carry the raw, so I fed my dogs raw mixed with kibble, and then switched to just the raw. Of course, you know how that ended up for me. I am really leaning to making my own. I have been finding that a lot of these companies that source their foods from other countries, just go with the agent that can find the food the cheapest. So, you can go to their web site one month and they will tell you their duck is from New Zealand, and another month it will be from China. That tells me that every company is probably doing the same thing. Source from another country, manufacture it in the US, and label it "Made in the USA."
Even if the general public does read where the food is made, it doesn't say where it's sourced from. The general public thinks they are buying a bag of food made here, and they have no clue that the ingredients are sourced from outside the US.
I guess I will start doing my homework, and decide on making my own dog food. I'm getting tired of constantly researching my dogs food to find out where it's coming from. I just read somewhere that Blue Buffalo is now sourcing some of their ingreidents from China too. I'm not sure how true that is, but I will find out.

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Interesting. I wonder what the consumer reaction toward the company will be?
Apparently not much. I checked out their Facebook page, and there was little response. This is what they posted on their page:

Your pet’s health and safety is our top priority, so we want to let you know that today we are voluntarily recalling one batch of Instinct® Raw Organic Chicken Formula because pieces of clear plastic were found in some bags with the “Best if Used By” date of 10/04/13. No other batches or products were affected. The source of plastic has been identified and the issue has been resolved. There have been no reports of harm to dogs or cats. If you have one of the affected products, please return it to your local retailer for a refund or exchange. For more information please visit our website (Quality Announcement | Nature's Variety

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I feed raw but not the store bought kind, I make everything from scratch including treats. I doubt my dog would even eat commercial food, she's never had any so doesn't know what it is. I must be doing something right, my vet who is not a big fan of the raw diet has to admit she is perfect.
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shepherdlover, I know there will always be a huge debate over feeding raw, but it's really a personal choice. I was buying the store made raw because, quite frankly, I was working a lot of hours, and it was easier than making my own. I'm really getting annoyed with all the recalls, and it doesn't seem to matter how much research you do, the recalls just keep coming. I think it's just time for me to concider making my own food. I already make my own treats, so I may as well go one step further and make my own food.

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