Garypen 'n others too ~
I am a recovering pet food industry product user lol.
Seriously, I am the President of Kumpi Pet Foods. The reason for the preponderance of posts for Kumpi products has partially to do with the relationship I have with my customers and turning them on to this site.
Yes, they can be kind of cultish and you have to admit, not many pet food company presidents develop relationships with their customers. But the company is so small, sometimes their results have been positively extreme and they become zealots. From what I can see, they kept their comments in the appropriate section of this forum and it's really a feel good for me after working for nine years at this in relative obscurity.
I hope you don't hold that against me or them. I've been busy and not able to pay a lot of attention to all of the forums and blogs about what has been going on in the industry and online chat. But I assure you that the posts are not spam - I can recognize the posters by what they are saying.
The real focus cannot be lost and that is doing what we can about the pet food industry run amock and SO TRUE that buying pet food should not be a game of Russian Roulette. The absolute panic and fear among consumers, particularly those who have lost a pet, is overwhelming. I've talked with many of these people and I assure you, not everyone ends up buying my product and I encourage them to do whatever they feel right doing. If they feel that for now cooking for their pet is the right way to go, I have no part in trying to compel them to buy my product. It isn't and never should be about 'getting a sale' since pet lovers tend to have tender hearts and there are many out there right now just needing to talk and feel like someone cares about them.
As I read posts, it seems like there will hopefully be a groundswell surge of pet loving consumers that will turn to this industry and say, "Enough is enough!!" That has long been needed and this catastrophe, which really is pandemic, will turn more and more consumers into thinking twice and even three times. Sadly, there are many out of the loop and I was happy to see a post discussion about getting the media involved more. I'm seeing more of that as I peruse blogs tonight.
Therese has taken a wonderful step in the right direction with helping consumers know Who makes What and Where. It has enabled the consumer in a powerful way. Change takes time, especially with a giant like the pet food industry.
Part of the reason I take this recall situation SO personally is that I almost lost my 87 year old mom in February of this year to food poisoning. It wasn't peanut butter and my mom is sharp and keeps an eye on expired product. The ambivalence she was treated with angered me and still does. If it wouldn't have been for my presence she would have been totally blown off. One specialist tried to pass it off as IBD. Now mind you, she was bedridden, mostly dead and let's say that I cleaned the paths to her bedrooms more than once. Something in the human AND pet food chain is affecting life and it was far too close a call for me with my mom this year. I am grateful she is a strong woman, but seriously, it just about took her under. If she would have died, I would have been devastated. That is part of why I extend a listening ear to the people who call me. There by the grace of God go I at this point.
Tonight, I FOUND MORE RECALLED FOOD on a drug store shelf. This whole mess has so many tentacles it is almost impossible to grasp. Yes, they removed it by the way, but that isn't the point. Something that simple, just getting a RECALLED product off a shelf still seems to be a monumental task.
Kudos to Therese for not only beginning the pet food list, but for also opening up this forum. May I suggest that she places a "DONATE" card on some page of entry so people can help pony up for the time this is taking her? I noticed one over at Itchmo and think that is a stellar idea. Maybe, from modesty Therese is not doing so, but let's try asking her to please give us some means to literally pay her back for her time and bandwidth.
Hug those FurAngels tight my friends. And remember, Golden Retrievers aren't the only smart blonds