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Lesson to Learn from the Ainsworth Nutrish Pet Food Recall

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  1. Hope Williams

    Sorry, but garbage in garbage out. It all sounds good but I don’t know WHERE Nutrish’s canned food is made and what levels of controls do they now have in place versus what level of controls were in place before that would permit ingredients in their cans that are not reflected on their labels. The lower the level of control at a contract manufacturer the higher the profit level. Goes on all the time but in this instance when I see all the hype on the front of labels and and bags from this brand I’m left with a big sigh over how the spin just goes on. Sadly.

    1. Debi Cohen

      Hope, you are so correct, also the more you see this crap being advertised on TV., BEWARE, do not buy it, from Purina, furina in my book, Blue, Nutrish, etc, run the other way, these are huge corporations that can afford to put these ads on…………….run……..away, and buy something you do not see and something that you do some research on.

  2. Kenneth

    Or just feed raw and forget all these problems:)

    Dont give these hucksters another dime.

    1. Laura

      Raw pet food is also subject to accidents and mistakes. Bravo sells raw food but has had A LOT of recalls. Unless of course you’re talking about making raw food at home for your pets, in which case I agree.

      1. Kenneth

        Yeah I should have specified, but yes, home made raw is what i meant.

      2. Cynthia Williams

        I have a big question — and I’m not being facetious. I’m dead serious. How can we confidently believe that homemade raw meals are safe, when raw meat bought at the grocery store is highly questionable?

        I tried switching to homemade raw meals 15 years ago after reading Celeste Yarnell’s “Natural Cat Care” book. (And it was probably no coincidence that my desperately ill cat began to show signs of improvement during that period). But I stopped when my “trustworthy” butcher, who I thought I’d built a relationship with, sold me beef that looked like it was “painted red” on the outside (a supermarket trick to sell graying meat, which had been exposed on an investigative news program not long before).

        That did it, for me — I became thoroughly disheartened.

        Unless you actually raise and slaughter the meat yourself, how can you really know where it came from and how it’s been handled? Is there a satisfactory answer?

        I admit I haven’t kept completely up-to-date on changes/improvements in the raw pet food industry since then. But with continuing problems in the human-grade raw food arena, I’m not hopeful.


        1. Kenneth

          You should not use meat already minced, grind your own. Whole meat is pretty sterile on the inside unless its very very old and extremely mishandled.

          I buy a 10kg lump of meat once a month and grind it myself, doesnt take more than 45 min. Incl. Cleanup and portioning/vacuum packing in 1 day portions so ene bag never sits in the fridge for more than 1 day.

          My cats love it with 20% organ meat mixed in, i useually use whole chicken hearts, they have to really chew those so it clean teethand give their jaws a workout 🙂

          1. Kenneth

            I forgot…

            Meat thats redder on the outside is not always a sign that its been “painted” red. Hemoglobin is what makes meat red, if the meat is stored so for example one side has been sitting so it didnt get oxygen or wrapped in plastic or clingfilm,, that side will be more greyish, so meat thats not totally fresh will not be as red on the inside.

            Ask the butcher about the age, where its from etc.. if he cant answer, time to find another butcher.

    2. Nina

      Well, I have a sincere question I have yet to get answered in the multiple places I have posted it.
      If all dogs and cats became raw-fed…we are talking well over 144 MILLION pets, in the USA alone…where does the meat supply come from?
      If we can’t feed all of our humans…how do we then try to feed humans AND pets?
      Where do the leftovers from THAT production go?
      Do we then raise and slaughter food animals for our pets?
      I know it is a hypothetical question, but like I said…no one has ever answered it.

      1. Susan Thixton Author

        For one, that probably won’t ever happen. But – if it did, the same meat sources that kibble and canned used would be/could be used for raw food. When pets eat true food ingredients (not feed waste ingredients) they actually consume far less food (than with feed).

        1. Kenneth

          We have to remember that people like us who registers on blogs and forums to inform ourselves and actually cares about what we feed, are a small minority, and with specialized subjects like here (Actually caring about what we feed our pets), an even smaller number.

          Out of everyone here, only a fraction is going to be feeding raw.

          I’ve been talking to my vet a lot about raw because she see’s the results with my 3 cats, and she asks me a lot of questions, and also who feeds raw.

          She’s been in business for over 30 years now, serving 4 cities, and I’m the only one she has ever heard of feeding raw. There was one other many years ago, but it was a puppy and it only had raw when it was still young, then the owner switched to dry cheap kibble because it was “too much work”.

          It’s the same argument with raw as with feeding a better quality canned food, “it’s too expensive”, but when the food has a lot more meat and less carbs, the animal will need much less food. So even though it’s more expensive to feed a better quality food, it actually comes out about the same, or even cheaper.

          One of the things you will notice when feeding raw is the size of the poop. Long time ago before I became informed, I was feeding dry to my cats and the poop my cats were depositing were huge, like a german sheppard had been using the box and the smell… could peel paint of the walls. When switched to raw, the size are like a pencil and they go less often, and there’s practically no smell. That’s because now they utilize ALL of the food they eat. With carb laden garbage, 90% of the food is going to go right through them, because cats are carnivores and can’t process all those carbs.

          Like Susan mentions, it’s a valid concern, but it’s a scenario that’s never going to happen.

  3. Casey

    Since they’re so free with the tuna liver, I wonder if they’re screening for mercury levels…

  4. Marcia

    Susan: Are there any pet food manufacturers who have NOT had a single recall of some sort? [It reminds me of a part in “Rain Man” where Dustin Hoffman said that the only airline that had not had a plane crash was “Qantas” in Australia!]

    Just thought i would ask! I wondered who manufactured “Nutrish” with Rachel Ray’s endorsement!


    1. Susan Thixton Author

      I don’t have a list of who has not had a recall – but many haven’t. Ainsworth Nutrition is the manufacturer for Nutrish.

  5. Laura

    They have yet to address my concern about their dry cat food label that says no ground corn but then corn gluten meal is like the third ingredient in! I was fooled by the label into thinking no corn, wheat or soy. I finally got to correct their listing since that is how they had it listed too. I’m not paying a premium price for the same old stuff, same goes for Blue Buffalo!

  6. Linda Honeycutt

    Another example of why it’s important to rotate formulas and brands.

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