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  1. Debra Reynolds

    This was a very interesting article, Thank You. I think we the consumers should have the right to know about: All questions are a YES!!
    of all stop sale orders issued on a pet food? Even before an investigation takes place? What about trivial things such as the wrong font size used on a pet food label that results in a stop sale? Should those stop sale orders become public information too? final results after a presumptive positive result is found?

  2. Batzion

    Agreed Debra.

  3. J King

    Thank you for this information Susan. It certainly looks like procedures aren’t being applied consistently.

    While I would personally like to know about all Stop Sales, the vast majority of consumers wouldn’t, and would soon tune them out because of things non-urgent things like small fonts, etc.

    If I’m understanding correctly, a Stop Sale would precede a mandatory recall. But Stella and Chewys was a voluntary recall — this likely means that at the point of recall, further testing to confirm the result wasn’t done yet. As a consumer, I would like to know the results of the follow-up testing. To release Stop Sale information but not to reveal if the food was victim to a false positive is an egregious misrepresentation of the facts.

    With respect to the raw food testing at 20x the rate of kibble food testing, prior evidence to support this doesn’t add up. I’ve forgotten the exact stats you quoted a week or so ago in a different article, but I recall it sounded like they’d flipped totally in the opposite direction between raw and highly processed pet foods in the two sets of testing. A total reversal like that simply should not happen. I would have to argue that it looks like *they* (the agency that did the testing or those preforming the tests on its behalf) have changed either their sampling and/or testing methods in a way that biased the results.

    As for TAPF’s pet food testing, don’t know that it was up to you to publish the methods used since you likely used an accredited lab whose field it is to test foodstuffs, unless it developed new methods specifically for the TAPF analyses. I’m certain that the tests were carried out in a precise and professional way. Nay-sayers would like to latch onto some aspect of the testing they would deem inappropriate, even if it were the exact test the FDA uses. They won’t to prove the tests were wrong, they’ll only cast the seed of doubt about the project.

  4. Pacific Sun

    This article makes the bigger point that the FDA is flipping out over the risk it determines in a raw pet food (PF) and totally ignores the inequality of ingredients going into kibble. This is further proof why the PF Consumer just wants full disclosure. Let the manufacturers make their products as is, but at least label them accurately (feed or food). Right now (and until the stop sale action is over-used for lesser infractions) a stop sale sounds worse than a recall which is already bad enough. A stop sale prohibits a sale and a recall attempts to take back what’s already reached the market. A stop sale is an absolute prevention. A recall is a hit or miss attempt to collect what’s been sold or can be sold. It is just further evidence that NO preventative testing was done in the first place on kibble.

    In the case of S & C it sounds like the FDA doesn’t want to be perceived as failing to test and monitor what it characterizes as a very risky product (unlike the way they fail to test kibble because they don’t question the quality of it). Very interesting! Is the FDA trying to reclaim their reputation or just picking on a niche portion of the industry that doesn’t have the big lawyers (or lobbying) to fight back??

  5. Robin

    i have used Stella and Chewy’s food for my dog at the end of her 17 years. I was happy with this product and used it because she was old and had cancer and I did not want to expose her to harmful bacteria. I chose this raw food product because according to their web site “All product is manufactured using our patented SecureByNature® food safety process. A key feature of that process is High Pressure Processing (HPP). All Stella & Chewy’s products are cold-pressed, using water at pressure equal to that found at the bottom of the ocean (87,000 lbs. per square inch), where harmful bacteria cannot survive.

    HPP inactivates pathogens and harmful bacteria without high temperatures. It remains the only recognized process to not use heat as used in pasteurization, chemicals, preservatives, or irradiation, which while effective, can also erode the flavor, texture, color, and nutrition of food.”

    The package does say to handle it like raw food and always wash your hands after handling it. You need to break their patties up as they are compressed by the process that kills bacteria.

    While they may be finding small amounts of bacteria in this product, I believe the bigger issue is the FDA is in the pockets of the largest pet food manufactures who are generally owned by big food producers as a way to profitability dispose of their production waste. It appears to me that the FDA continues to pursue smaller companies for violations while ignoring what goes on at the larger producers.

    I have my doubts that there was a real safety issue, especially when you compare it to the problems and even deaths reported by feeding dogs chicken chews sourced from China or reported deaths from kibble such as Beneful.

    Just my opinion.

  6. J King

    Well said about the FDA, Robin. I agree 100%.

    My condolences about your dog. I wish I’d swapped my elderly cat over to a food like Stella and Chewy’s near the end of his life. Instead I allowed him to guide me through a repertoire of grocery brands of kibble and canned. He often accepted novel foods, but I lacked the courage at the time to allow him that choice, blindly following the misguided mainstream view that raw food was somehow riskier than feeding processed utter garbage. Two years on, I still feel I should have trusted my gut instinct but the pressure to conform to the status quo was enormous. I won’t let my other cat down, though. Even to the point of having rows with my neighbour over my cat’s diet when I was transitioning her away from crap.

    I used Stella and Chewy’s as a transition food. My cat still eats it from time to time as a topper on her raw food. Last weekend I was in my local raw pet food store, and the owner expressed concern about the FDA’s single-minded focus on raw pet foods. (He stocks products like Stella and Chewys, but its the freezer foods he promotes.) I made the remark that big pet food can’t do raw, but he said something far more wise. He said, yes they can but they can’t make a big enough profit.

    P.S. We’re in Canada being concerned about the actions and intentions of the FDA.

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