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post #1 of 28
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Just an FYI, my friends, Nutro's Max Cat Gourmet Classics, in 3-ounce cans, Lamb & Turkey Cutlets, California Chicken Supreme and Chicken Cacciatore all tested positive for melamine at the California Animal Health and Food Safety Laboratory System at the University of California Davis School of Veterinary Medicine.

These foods are not (yet) on the recall list.

http://www.marinij.com/ci_5630208?source=rss
post #2 of 28
.... I will hold comment until the FDA lab give some findings.. Since so far no TWO tests have yeilded the same results ...
post #3 of 28
Nutro Max Cat Gourmet Classics has tested positive for melamine. I have a concern about any food produced by Menu Foods. I will not trust any food they produce unless a lab has tested it for melanine. I urge anyone still feeding wet produced by Menu Foods to read this article.

http://www.marinij.com/ci_5630208
post #4 of 28
i'm so glad i stopped feeding all foods with wheat gluten when the recall hit. we had a couple chicken cacciatore cans, but i returned them in that first or second week.

i really wonder if the contamination why my cats suddenly stopped liking nutro gourmet cans. i had bought some after a 3-4 month period of not feeding nutro gourmet, and they didn't want any of them. even flavors i knew they liked.

either way, i've lost all faith in nutro's products.
post #5 of 28
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Originally Posted by littleraven7726 View Post
i'm so glad i stopped feeding all foods with wheat gluten when the recall hit. we had a couple chicken cacciatore cans, but i returned them in that first or second week.

i really wonder if the contamination why my cats suddenly stopped liking nutro gourmet cans. i had bought some after a 3-4 month period of not feeding nutro gourmet, and they didn't want any of them. even flavors i knew they liked.

either way, i've lost all faith in nutro's products.
I was wondering the same thing. I feed my cat a variety of wet food, and I gave her Nutro Natural Choice ouches 4-5 times a week. I can't remember when exactly she stopped eating them, but I think it was probably in January. She would lick the gravy out of the bowl and leave the chunks. I started buying only a couple a week since it was a good way to make sure she got all of her lactulose, but I still brought her to the vet since I'm paranoid. I'm glad she was only getting a couple packets a week. My parents were feeding both of their cats 2 Iams pouches each daily. One of them did end up having renal problems and sadly passed on. From what I can recall, she was only about a year old.

I don't know about Nutro anymore though. My cat's a very picky eater, but she ate the Nutro Natural Choice Senior dry food with no problem for a year. Then when they changed their formula to a "smaller kibble size," she had no interest. Plus, I noticed it smelled different. I had to stop feeding it to her, and it's been quite a task trying to find a dry food that she'll actually eat. She gets mostly wet food, but I like to put dry food out for her too since she seems to like to eat on her own schedule.
post #6 of 28
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Originally Posted by pamalajane View Post
Nutro Max Cat Gourmet Classics has tested positive for melamine. I have a concern about any food produced by Menu Foods. I will not trust any food they produce unless a lab has tested it for melanine. I urge anyone still feeding wet produced by Menu Foods to read this article.

http://www.marinij.com/ci_5630208
I think an important thing to note is that the food mentioned (Nutro Gourmet) contains wheat gluten...so IF it is contaminated, then it's not really a big shock to me.
post #7 of 28
I had hoped none of the Gourmet Classics cans would end up listed or suspected.
Back in early January both Tomas and Sho had bad diarrhea after they had two cans of Nutro (one was Chicken Supreme, the other a can of kitten wet) and a couple of cans of Blue Spa.
post #8 of 28
One of my cats who really liked Fancy Feast Elegant Medleys suddenly stopped eating it about a month ago. It's not on the recall list but it does contain wheat gluten. I wonder if more foods will keep being added to that list.
post #9 of 28
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Originally Posted by Jenny82 View Post
One of my cats who really liked Fancy Feast Elegant Medleys suddenly stopped eating it about a month ago. It's not on the recall list but it does contain wheat gluten. I wonder if more foods will keep being added to that list.
There's no way of knowing at this point. Let's hope not.

As far as cats simply not eating a food they previously loved all of a sudden, that seems to be a common occurrence. Usually they'll go back to eating it after it has been discontinued for several weeks (even up to three or four months). It's supposedly an inborn survival mechanism to encourage cats not to concentrate solely on one type of prey, just in case that prey becomes unavailable.
post #10 of 28
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Originally Posted by jcat View Post
It's supposedly an inborn survival mechanism to encourage cats not to concentrate solely on one type of prey, just in case that prey becomes unavailable.
That's interesting.
post #11 of 28
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Quietly, with zero announcements, both Petco and Petsmart employees have been instructed (at least in some areas, mine included), to pull these Nutro products off the shelves.

No one I spoke to could (or would) tell me who originated these instructions, but whether the retail chains are doing it on their own or Nutro requested a "behind the scenes" recall, Nutro's course of action is despicable. They should be in FRONT of this revelation, communicating with their customers to ensure maximum pet safety, not hiding yet another source of tainted food (potential OR confirmed!). What happened to their "abundance of caution"?

When will this end?
post #12 of 28
It is likely a Chain thing as many stores are pulling all WHEAT gluten products... Right Now we still have labs saying its rat posion and other s saying plastic ... I am not beleiveing either... as it is likely both plus
post #13 of 28
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Originally Posted by jcat View Post
As far as cats simply not eating a food they previously loved all of a sudden, that seems to be a common occurrence. Usually they'll go back to eating it after it has been discontinued for several weeks (even up to three or four months). It's supposedly an inborn survival mechanism to encourage cats not to concentrate solely on one type of prey, just in case that prey becomes unavailable.
Thanks that explains a lot.
post #14 of 28
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Originally Posted by Auntie Crazy View Post
When will this end?
Unfortunately...it isn't likely to end soon. After it does end....the question is when does the next one start?
post #15 of 28
I just called Nutros 800 number and was TOLD SOME of the 3 oz not all have been recalled thou the list of recalled is not listed yet..

Basically if it has WHEAT gluten Please dont feed it
post #16 of 28
why can't everyone just have all the info out in the open. nutro does not seem to be helping much....
post #17 of 28
http://www.menufoods.com/recall/Pres...04102007US.htm

http://www.nutroproducts.com/mfproductlist.asp

Here is the current recall list for Nutro
Pouches & Canned.
I hope that this helps.
post #18 of 28
I've merged threads here so that the info is up to date.
post #19 of 28
This is sooo frustrating. I am also pretty much done with Nutro as a company. I had returned all my pouches and held on to the cans with the understanding that they weren't made in the same plant. I had been holding on to them in case this happened. Now I'm waiting for them to recall the 6oz cans too...UGH

At least PetSmart made the returns process easy (the first time anyway).
post #20 of 28
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Originally Posted by JellyBella View Post
This is sooo frustrating. I am also pretty much done with Nutro as a company. I had returned all my pouches and held on to the cans with the understanding that they weren't made in the same plant. I had been holding on to them in case this happened. Now I'm waiting for them to recall the 6oz cans too...UGH

At least PetSmart made the returns process easy (the first time anyway).
I understand your concerns...however I really doubt any 5.5oz Nutro cans will be recalled, as none of them contain wheat gluten.
post #21 of 28
This is why I stopped feeding Nutro. I had all my animals on it and as soon as I saw one of my kittens throw up I took everything back to PetsMart and got Fedilae and Canidae. I will NEVER feed my animals with a product that uses wheat, soybean, corn and it's made at Menu. I would rather buy them raw food and/or cook for them myself then feed this stuff.
post #22 of 28
I'm still feeding my two kittens Nutro Max kitten formula which contains NO gluten at all. They have been eating it since Nov. and they seemed fine. I did stop for a couple of weeks when they first announced the recall back in March. Now that they have found the source, I'm curious whether it is possible that melamine isn't necessarily from the wheat gluten. Possible cross contamination when they are processing wheat gluten and non-wheat gluten cans?

I heard from the news that a majority of wheat gluten we use are imported from China. Now I'm afraid to even go to asian markets to buy any food that contains wheat gluten!!! I recently saw this documentary, China Rises: Food is Heaven, it was scary..........
post #23 of 28
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Originally Posted by MamaKitties View Post
I'm still feeding my two kittens Nutro Max kitten formula which contains NO gluten at all. They have been eating it since Nov. and they seemed fine. I did stop for a couple of weeks when they first announced the recall back in March. Now that they have found the source, I'm curious whether it is possible that melamine isn't necessarily from the wheat gluten. Possible cross contamination when they are processing wheat gluten and non-wheat gluten cans?
I'm not sure what you mean by "now that they found the source". Last I heard we were still focusing on Chinese wheat gluten being the problem. I probably just misunderstood you.

Personally, given the choices I have I am comfortable with the canned foods that do not contain wheat gluten.

When it comes to canned food, I do like to feed a variety of brands...I don't like to have all my eggs in one basket. Of course, almost all the canned food comes from the same "basket" (Menu foods)...but that's another issue altogether.
post #24 of 28
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Originally Posted by beandip View Post

When it comes to canned food, I do like to feed a variety of brands...I don't like to have all my eggs in one basket. Of course, almost all the canned food comes from the same "basket" (Menu foods)...but that's another issue altogether.
BOy arent we all ... IT WAS a SHOCK to find out 90-95% of all wet come from them
post #25 of 28
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Originally Posted by beandip View Post
I'm not sure what you mean by "now that they found the source". Last I heard we were still focusing on Chinese wheat gluten being the problem. I probably just misunderstood you.
I was referring to the wheat gluten imported from China. Sorry for the confusion. The funny thing is that the Chinese government put out a huge article stating that there is nothing wrong with the wheat gluten imported from them.

Me and my kitties are staying away from any wheat gluten, period. My mom has gone one extra step on boycotting all food manufactured from China. hahaha
post #26 of 28
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Originally Posted by MamaKitties View Post
I was referring to the wheat gluten imported from China. Sorry for the confusion. The funny thing is that the Chinese government put out a huge article stating that there is nothing wrong with the wheat gluten imported from them.

Me and my kitties are staying away from any wheat gluten, period. My mom has gone one extra step on boycotting all food manufactured from China. hahaha
No problem...I just thought there was more news I missed. Hmmm...nothing wrong, eh?
post #27 of 28
I'm staing away from all the Menu Food products and all product that contains wheat gluten. Apparently ChemNutra ,the company that imported the wheat gluten from China, has sold it to Menu Food and as well a few other companies, which FDA refused to identify. It's pretty obvious that Purina is one of them as it's not made by menu food and has entered the recall.

As for boycotting food manufactured in China, it's not uncommon among the asian population currently living in North America. I myself and most of my friends has stop buying any food manufactuered in China for ages. If you live in asia, u'll hear dreadful news about contaminated food made in china...almost on a monthly basis.
post #28 of 28
I'm so MAD right now! This past weekend I went to Petsmart to get Neko (my foster cat who is currently battling AIHA) some wet food because he wasn't eatting that well. I fed it to him sunday and monday... then tuesday I hear that the food I just bought and fed to my cat got recalled!

This is beyond ridiculous! I swear, If he gets sick they are going to have one VERY pissed off person on there hands! How are we suppose to know whats safe when they keep changing stories...

Its only wet foods.... no wait.... Its wet and one type of dry only.... no wait.... Its treats too.... Oh and more kinds of wet foods.... Its rat poison.... no.... its the wheat gluten.... wait.... maybe its both.....

JUST TELL US WHATS GOING ON!

Sorry for the rant but I'm sick of this... Today I'm throwing out all of the canned food I have (even though some aren't recalled... yet) and buying on that I know has NO relationship to menu foods...
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