AvoDerm Does Quality Control The Way It Should Be!

(Please note:  This kicks ass and therefore this post will possibly overuse bold & underlined text.  But, I’m really pumped that a company is actually putting our pets first.  I’m almost speechless, but not quite!)

It’s very rare I ever get to say anything good concerning a pet food recall, so take note!  AvoDerm is posting information about a recall that has no effect on you, at all.  Their own quality control testing caught this problem before the food ever left their distribution center, so it never even made it to any stores.  Not only that, they’re still letting their customers know about the possible Salmonella contamination.  Remember the food never made it to stores, but AvoDerm says the product concerned is their Natural Lamb Meal & Brown Rice Adult Dog Formula (26 lb. bag only) with “Best-By-Dates”28 Aug 2013, 29 Aug 2013, & 30 Aug 2013.

What a  stark freakin’ contrast to the way most companies handle recalls, even when there are pet deaths associated with their recalled food.  Most companies delay making a press release and very often use the Friday night Dump & Run, so the recall gets lost in the news cycle.  It’s basically a giant “Screw You” to you and your pets’ well-being.

Mistakes happen, but I think AvoDerm should be applauded for having truly effective quality-control and stepping up to take responsibility when it catches a problem.  Awesome!

Pet Food Recall: Iams & Eukanuba

The recall of Iams Veterinary Prescription Renal Diet Cat Food has been expanded by Procter & Gamble to include many other varieties made in the same manufacturing plant due to possible salmonella contamination.  The recall now includes

  1. Iams Veterinary Dry Formulas–All dry sizes & varieties, Best by: 01Jul10-01Dec11, All UPC Codes
  2. Eukanuba Naturally Wild—All dry sizes & varieties, Best by: 01Jul10-01Dec11, All UPC Codes
  3. Eukanuba Pure—All dry sizes & varieties, Best by: 01Jul10-01Dec11, All UPC Codes
  4. Eukanuba Custom Care Sensitive Skin—All dry sizes & varieties, Best by: 01Jul10-01Dec11, All UPC Codes

There are over 60 varieties being recalled so be sure to check the lengthy list.

Interestingly Proctor & Gamble and the FDA have conflicting explanations as to why this news was made public yet again on a Friday where it gets less coverage over the weekend—dump & run.  Therese at PetSitUSA recieved email from Bev VanZant from P&G stating the FDA dictated the timing of the news release.  However, FDA representatives at the American Veterinary Medical Convention told Gina Spadafori from PetConnection:

the FDA has no power to force a mandatory recall,  and only after companies refuse to put out information on these so-called “voluntary” recalls — which are often the result of FDA arm-twisting — will the FDA put out information in advance of a company’s own efforts to share — or not share — the information.

Maybe someday all companies will put safety before profits.  Maybe?

What you need to know about Salmonella

Salmonella can cause serious illness in cats and dogs and there can be cross-contamination to humans causing serious illness in humans.