Iams Salmonella Recall Expanded

Iams has expanded a voluntary recall of pet food because it might be contaminated with salmonella. No illnesses have been reported, but better safe than crying than over Mr. Tinkers. Here are the affected products so you can get them off your pantry:

Iams Veterinary Dry Formulas, Eukanuba Naturally Wild, Eukanuba Pure, and Eukanuba Custom Care Sensitive Skin – all dry sizes and varieties (except for the last, which is just all dry sizes), “Best By dates” July 1, 2010 – Dec 1, 2011, all UPC codes.

P&G Expands Voluntary Limited Recall of Specialized Dry Pet Foods Due to Possible Health Risk [Iams]

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  1. Paladin_11 says:

    Mr Tinkers? We’re in a recession… you’d best go check on grandma.

  2. smo0 says:

    Unless they’ve changed their recipe in the last 10 years… Eukanuba makes pets fat.
    Even the active ones… dunno what’s in that stuff – but my aunts pets (2 dogs, 3 cats) were getting hideously fat while eating that stuff – they lost weight when she switched….
    Eukanuba has been in the news before for.. some chemical? in the food – I can’t remember….

    If you want a fat kitteh – that’s your stuff right there.

    • chefboyardee says:

      I believe this is what you’re looking for:

      Some Eukanuba® formulas contain Ethoxyquin, which many believe is a dangerous chemical preservative. The Proctor and Gamble Company believe it is safe for use in all animal food because it was approved by the Food and Drug Administration; others believe it promotes stomach tumors, liver disease and other medical problems. Some countries have even banned the use of this chemical in pet food due to the diseases it was known to create in your furry best friend.

      I’m so, so sad that P&G bought Innova. I’ve been weaning my dogs off Evo in anticipation of them crapping it all up for mass production.

      • catchthefever says:

        Have you found a suitable replacement for EVO? I’m in the same boat.

        • bennilynn says:

          I like the Wellness Core stuff for my dog. It’s grain-free and is pretty much the only thing that will not upset his stomach. It’s a little expensive, but it might be worth looking into for your pet.

          • catchthefever says:

            Wellness Core isn’t comparable to EVO – the protein and fat contents aren’t the same.

        • BuyerOfGoods3 says:

          I’ve heard good things about Flint River Ranch…But, I can’t afford it on a regular basis. Check them out.

  3. chefboyardee says:

    With an ingredient list like this (Eukanuba Boxer Dog Food), it’s no wonder:

    Chicken, Chicken By-Product Meal (Natural source of Chondroitin Sulfate and Glucosamine), Corn Meal, Ground Whole Grain Sorghum, Ground Whole Grain Barley

    Except the first one, the rest is all absolute crap.

    Rule of thumb: if you can find it at the grocery store, it’s NOT good for your dog. If you can find it at Petsmart/Petco, it’s likely not good for your dog. Just like when you feed yourself, you (not you specifically :) should read ingredients before feeding your pets anything.

    • chefboyardee says:

      Sorry, that was a reply to smo0.

    • Aquila says:

      Actually PetSmart (Don’t know about Petco, since I work for PetSmart) has carried and increasing amount of higher quality foods. My personal recommendation is usually Blue Buffalo, but we’re going to start carrying Wellness in the fall. Even our brand, Authority, is a lot better than a lot of other foods.

      I do encourage people to read up on different foods, especially people who have pets that have an illness or food allergy, and I wouldn’t recommend something that could potentially cause a reaction.

      It’s a shame that so many disgusting things are allowed in pet food, but most people wouldn’t want to pay the outstanding prices if pet food was only the best, human-grade ingredients.

    • sinfonian94 says:

      Actually, there’s a lot of ignorance in that comment.
      1. Chicken by-product meal is not automatically bad.
      Meal merely means that the water was taken out of the food in question before being added to the recipe. this means that, since ingredients are listed by weight, there’s far more actual meat that something that is not a meal.
      By-products are simply something made in the production of something else. A lot of the better foods use by-products that are full of livers, hearts, lungs, kidneys and such. These parts of the animal may sound gross to us, but they are far more packed with nutrients than simple chicken breast.
      2. Corn meal. Corn IS NOT automatically bad. If a recipe simply lists corn, then it is usually a lower grade, but corn meal, ground corn, or whole grain corn are good ingredients that are a ready and digestible source of protein. If the corn is ground into a flour (ground corn or meal) before being added to a recipe, it is perfectly digestible. Also corn is not the biggest problem with pet allergies. 90% of pet allergies are not food related. and 80% of food related allergies are related to a meat, not a grain.
      3+4. Ditto the sorghum and barley, which you will notice are also ground.
      And yes, these may not be items the animals might not eat in the wild. However that’s a fallacious argument, as there is no such thing as a pelleted dry food in the wild either.

      Also, something to consider is how a company reacts to a situation like this. They did pull all of the affected foods they know about and issue a recall before any cases came to light. That’s actually pretty responsible. Personally, I don’t feed my cat Iams or Eukanuba. But to say they are crap because of a sever misunderstanding of the ingredients panel is like saying you think a car won’t run well because it’s red.

      • webweazel says:

        “Also corn is not the biggest problem with pet allergies. 90% of pet allergies are not food related. and 80% of food related allergies are related to a meat, not a grain. “

        Years ago, our dog was constantly itchy, scabbed, and bleeding. We used multiple types of food, thinking it was an allergy. Finally got the allergy tests, and found she was allergic to rice, soybean, and barley in her food. We have scrutinized labels for years now, and get her “bites & bones” cheapo dogfood, available almost everywhere, that has corn with no soy or rice.
        We were in PetSmart one time, and checked ingredients on every bag of food sold in the store. Not ONE had corn. ALL had either rice or soybean near the top of the list.
        Our vet said that the corn type food was being fazed out because the corn was causing allergies, and since 99% of foods were then becoming rice or soy based, like the PetSmart example, many more dogs were coming up with rice allergies, with almost no corn type food available. The pendulum swung too far the other way.

    • BuyerOfGoods3 says:

      “rule of thumb, if you can find it in the grocery store, it’s not good for yourdog.” — What about the new Fridge section (in some places). Let me read you the ingridients for the food i’ve just purchased, that I feel is a healthy alternative to the dry “chicken by-product meal” (god knows what part of the chicken, drained of juices, and turned into a ground nastiness).

      Ingredients: Chicken, egges, chicken liver, checken broth, carrots, brown rice, peas, rice bran, carrageenan, salt, natural flavors (then all the preservatives, etc). –FreshPet Select, in my HEB Grocery store Pet food section, really small fridge area.

  4. nygenxer says:

    Saturday, June 19, 2010 3:01 AM

    Every couple of months there’s another pet food recall, so I’m just going to post the same message: buy enough food so that you can hold each food item for at least three months before feeding it to your pet.

    See, it takes about three months for a recall to make the news (first enough pets have to get sick/start dying for enough veterinarians to notice, then to start an inquiry, then to proceed on with a recall.) So if the pet food you bought hasn’t been recalled in three months, chances are very good that it’s safe to eat.

    Let other people test the food on their pets before you feed it to yours.

  5. wellfleet says:

    I used to feed Naturally Wild (Venison) to my dog and he just lost interest in it. We’ve switched him to Castor & Pollux Organix: no by-products, fillers, preservatives, etc. Luckily, he hasn’t had any health issues recently and has been off this food for more than six months. Jeez.

  6. HogwartsProfessor says:

    I’ve been feeding Psycho Kitteh a mix of adult and low-fat ProPac. She’s getting along okay on it. I was giving her Meow Mix, but she puked it up all the time. Since I switched her, I haven’t seen but one puke and I think it was because she ate too fast. The adult alone made her gain weight and the low-fat left her kind of hungry, but the mix seems to work fine.

    I always check but so far they haven’t recalled this food that I know of. *knocks wood*

  7. thompson says:

    Check out Halo pet food products (dogs and cats, wet and dry, yay options!) They source all of their proteins from domestic farms, and don’t use any of the weird “meals” and “by products” that you find in basically all of the supermarket pet foods.

    Do your little one a favor. Even if its not Halo, seek out decent food for your pet. If you’re in the Bay Area, check out http://www.petfoodexpress.com. They’ve been a superb source of information on all things cat food for me, and they have a very strict guide to what they will and will not stock in the store (no bad food!)

  8. sweaterhogans says:

    I can’t take these recalls! I recently started sucking it up and feeding my cats more expensive brands, but I’m still in the transition phase. I went mid-grade and they’re eating Blue Buffalo now. I’ve read so many positive reviews about this high protein food, but it freakin has cranberries in it. Since when do cats eat cranberries?! And they seem to be vomiting it. They rarely vomited up cheap food. I dunno if I can spend even more money to have a hungry cat and a mess to clean up.

    • tsume says:

      Whenever I try to feed my dog anything I consider “good” food such as Solid Gold, it has the nastiest, ugliest result when it comes out the other end… I mean worse than if he ate a bucket of nacho cheese and jalepenos. It never happens with the store brand food… I feed him on mcdonalds for a week when I couldn’t get to a store and it was never as bad as with “good” dog food… I think expensive dog food is a hoax :(

    • sinfonian94 says:

      The cranberries in Blue Buffalo are there to increase the amount of antioxidants in the food. Thus helping to slow the effects of aging and help the animal to live longer and healthier. There are many ingredients in pet food that may not normally be consumed by the animal in nature. This does not mean the ingredient is “filler” or bad.

    • momtimestwo says:

      They don’t go pick cranberries and eat them, but they would eat the animal who ate the cranberries, and still have it in their stomach, like a bird or a mouse.

  9. ellemdee says:

    I found this site to be very helpful when choosing my dog’s food: http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/
    It contains detailed reviews of the ingredients in hundreds of different kinds of dog food.

    I went with Wellness Core, which received their highest rating. It’s grainless and is comprised of quality ingredients (no sawdust here).

    I found it interesting that all of their Science Diet reviews were very negative. “This food receives a 1 star rating simply because there is nothing lower.” Ouch. Just goes to show that, just because your vet is pushing a product, doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s healthy for your pet.

    • Snaptastic says:

      That wonderful site pointed out how the uber expensive Bil-Jac I bought for my dog was pretty much corn-based crapola. I started feeding mine Taste of the Wild: Prairie mixed with Nutro Holistic and he loves it! Even my brother’s food-snob American Eskimo is happy with the mix.

      (if I am going to pay for expensive food, I’m actually going to give them quality dangit!)

    • robertainlexington says:

      I had read a pet food nutrition book years ago and it was VERY negative about Hills Science Diet pet foods. They contain things lkike ground peanut shells and soybean mill run. Just fillers. I had always had great results w/ Eukanuba and always fed my Elkhound Eunakuba and had been feeding the naturally Wild Venison and Potato since its been out.
      She passed away on Wed, morning. She would not eat Tuesday night, would not stand,was lethargic Monday and Tuesday morning and had 2 accidents in the house. I called P & G and the first rep told me her symptoms sounded very much like salmonella contamination. The rep she transferred me to thought it was just old age since she was 14. What they fail to understand is while she was an old girl, she still looke3d forward ot her nightly walks, ate w/ gusto, and always let me know if I was 5 minutes late feeding her, and ran our fence line w/ our mini bulkk terrier and our neighbors dogs. I find it all very coincidental.I kow one thing and that is I will NOT feed our current dog or future dogs ANY P & g products again. This is the 3 recall in about 2 years.

  10. ajlei says:

    The person I got my cat from as a kitten fed all of the kittens on Iams. I tried to switch her over to some different brands (a vet friend of mine recommended and gave me some Science Diet), as well as trying some wet food, and my cat would never transition. We’d try mixing it and she would either not eat her food or literally eat around the new stuff. Four years later we’re still feeding her Iams because she just will not eat anything else.

    I haven’t seen any adverse health reactions because of it. She’s small, lithe, and a vicious hunter. Kind of terrifying, actually.

  11. momtimestwo says:

    I feed Blue Buffalo Wilderness formula to my dog and cat. Their coats have improved greatly. The ingredients aregood. they seem satisfied.

  12. Verdant Pine Trees says:

    We didn’t go for the celebrity endorsement, but during the really big IAMS/Menu Foods recall, we started using Dick Van Patten’s Natural Balance. Even before this issue, we noticed that we could not find canned IAMS *anywhere* and were debating where to go next. So I just checked out the website – and apparently every batch is tested – in what they call their “Buy with Confidence” program. http://www.naturalbalanceinc.com/NB_testing.html

    It appears to be healthy food and our pickiest cat loves to eat it; it’s expensive, but we can feed a couple of our cats less because it’s so filling and not junk food.

    Some other brands that seem OK in taste, and healthier – Branson Farms, which is New England based but available in Kroger’s down south; and Newman’s Own.

  13. suez says:

    For a long time I’ve been trying to get my finicky 1-year-old cat and my 16-year-old cat to eat the higher-end canned foods (Wellness, Van Patten’s, Blue Buffalo, etc.) and they either eat it for a little while before stopping or literally turn up their noses immediately and I end up throwing most if it away each day. Not only is it aggravating and expensive, but dammit, a lot of it actually SMELLS good, so I’m baffled. Is it because it DOESN’T smell like ass that they reject it? My friend’s vet says that so long as you watch the ash content, the cheaper lines like Friskies (pate only, not the other crap) is fine for most cats. Honestly, I’ve made a true effort for nearly a year to “do the right thing” but at this point I’m ready to switch to Friskies and give up.

  14. Marge says:

    I had two toy dogs ages 13 and 16 that I was feeding Iams Veterinary Dry Formula Low Residue. In the middle of August the 16 year old started crying non stop, throwing up and having diarrhea and panting constantly. The 13 year old soon became ill trowing up blood and having bloody diarrhea. I took the older dog to the vet and after spending $800.00 they thought nothing was wrong with her but did gave some medicine to the younger dog. Well little more than two weeks later the younger one is starting to get better but I buried my beloved 16 year old yesterday. Had I know about the Iams recall sooner I might have saved her. My heart is broken and I miss her so much. I hope no one else has to go through the pain and grief that we have. I will never trust another dog food company.