Ania's Mommy (06-10-2011)
I have no idea how we go around thinking Champion has never had a recall. On youtube someone mentioned these recalls...
1st recall 2003 - manufacturing petfood from a cow who was infected with BSE, ‘Mad Cow Disease’. Nibbles and bits of cats, dogs, and sick cows
2nd recall 2008 - large bone shards from salmon were found in Orijen dry pet food. Orijen Concern - Golden Retrievers : Golden Retriever Dog Forums
3rd recall 2008 - Irradiating pet food which killed over 30 cat & affected over 100 & blamed gov despite signing the documents to irradiate. We did go over this, even though it was put to bed too easily. Blaming the Government, when Champion signed off on irradiating the foods.
4th recall 2011- SALMONELLA- affecting Acana Grasslands; Dog Food with Free-range; Lamb; Wild caught Fish - Walleye; Free run Duck and Whole Eggs. www.accessdata.fda.gov/cms_ia/importalert_217dot html Import Refusal Report
I guess salmonella isn't a big deal since dogs can handle that.
That's pretty sad....
I guess it just goes to show you that no food is 100%. It always seems everyone, including myself, was all Champion-this, champion-that, but I am starting to jump off the bandwagon.
Brit & Jackson
I don't think those were actually recalls. Except for the 4th one!
Cayenne born 8/9/2007
Leo born 8/9/2007 rescued 7/2008
McKenzie born 8/9/2007 rescued 2/2010 re-homed 9/28/2011
Raw fed since 11/2008
Also according to the article, "Very few of Champion's premium brands, which are sold in Canada under the name Acana, would even contain rendered beef as an ingredient, said Peter Muhlenfeld, the company's spokesman. Since the BSE scare in Alberta, Champion has moved to eliminate rendered beef from all of its products, including the lower-priced product sold through grocery stores, he said."
This was one cow that got in. And contrary to what many people believe, I'm very willing to bet that a "mad" cow has gotten into the human food supply chain on more than one occasion with the general public none the wiser. From what I understand, it can take many many years to become symptomatic for MCD. So how would you know?
I'm not making excuses for this. I think my point is that the cow that was mad was not even used in Orijen or Acana, which are really the only Champion foods recommended here.
Eh. Not a big deal, in my opinion. In fact, I kinda like that there is proof of real fishes being used.2nd recall 2008 - large bone shards from salmon were found in Orijen dry pet food. Orijen Concern - Golden Retrievers : Golden Retriever Dog Forums
The bone shards were perfectly fine to feed. Mainly because they are from a fish and fish bones are the softest of all the bones. But also because DOGS WERE MEANT TO EAT BONES. I voluntarily feed Ania bones *gasp* 3 - 4 times per week!
I believe that irradiating stuff that is being imported is a common practice. I truly don't think that Champion did so with the idea that animals could become sick or die as a result. I mean, if you really think about it from a business perspective, why would Champion want to kill some of it's customers and alienate others?3rd recall 2008 - Irradiating pet food which killed over 30 cat & affected over 100 & blamed gov despite signing the documents to irradiate. We did go over this, even though it was put to bed too easily. Blaming the Government, when Champion signed off on irradiating the foods.
The important thing here is that Champion acted quickly once they learned of the sick/dying pets and pulled their product from Australia shelves. And they no longer export food to Australia because the only way they can do so is by irradiating. So they loose the market because they won't compromise.
Again, this isn't something that worries me in the least. Healthy dogs are perfectly able to eat food containing salmonella without catching salmonella.4th recall 2011- SALMONELLA- affecting Acana Grasslands; Dog Food with Free-range; Lamb; Wild caught Fish - Walleye; Free run Duck and Whole Eggs. www.accessdata.fda.gov/cms_ia/importalert_217dot html Import Refusal Report
I still think that Champion is the best dog food company around. The issues listed above are minor, in my opinion. And Champion quickly resolved each one of them, which should count for something.
Ania - German Shepherd Dog
Prey Model Raw since September 2009
Good post Richelle, (hmmm, its not true what they say about you!)
Ania's Mommy (06-10-2011)
But, I do agree whole heartily with your post. I don't think there's a better kibble out there than Orijen and even though its obviously had a few teething problems over the years, they really do seem to be on top of the problems and willing to learn from their mistakes.
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