Complaints from dog and cat owners continue.
Tammy of Hoffman Estates, IL lost one of her labs, but the remaining one survived. Tammy called Nutro and learned of a formula change.
Tammy writes, "After speaking with Nutro yesterday, it seems that approximately 10 months ago, they changed formula from all beef to all chicken and for some strange reason (?) they are now in the process of switching all the US plants back to all beef. The Canadian plants will remain all chicken. This just seems kind of odd that all of a sudden, the formula is changing again."http://www.consumeraffairs.com/pets/nutro.html
While it's not uncommon for a pet food company to alter the formula a bit, a change from one protein source (beef) to another (chicken) seems extreme, IMO.
Changing subjects, from Nutro's formula change to Nutro's recall (which may, or may not, be related), the FDA's 261 page Enforcement Report for August 12, 2009 (finally) includes the Nutro recall notice:
RECALLS AND FIELD CORRECTIONS: VETERINARY - CLASS II
1) Custom Mix Natural Max Cat Trace Mineral Premix; Net Weight 22.7 kg, 50 lb. bags; for further manufacturing use only; Nutro Code: 237047, Recall # V-253-2009;
2) Custom Mix Max Cat IND AD Chicken Base Mix; Net Weight 22.7 kg, 50 lb. bags; for further manufacturing use only; Nutro Code: 236621, Recall # V-254-2009
1) Lot #ís 1534521 through 1606708;
2) Lot #ís 1540966 through 1589684
Trouw Nutrition USA, LLC, Highland, IL, by telephone on May 19, 2009. Firm initiated recall is ongoing.
The premix has high zinc levels and lower potassium levels than expected. The base mix has lower potassium levels than expected.
VOLUME OF PRODUCT IN COMMERCE
CA, TN http://www.fda.gov/downloads/Safety/.../UCM177134.pdf
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