I received a telephone update from Nutro about the lab results from the Complete Care Wt. Management Pouches that I sent to them.
I will attempt to summarize what I was told.
Nutro sent the pouches to outside labs to be tested for toxins, fungi & spoilage.
The food was also tested for nutrient values following the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) specifications.
The lab's report said that ...The food was free of toxins, fungi & spoilage.
It met the AAFCO standards for nutritional value.
The black spots are oxidation of minerals in the pouches.
Nutro's vets have concluded that because the minerals are distributed throughout the meat pieces,
only the minerals on the outside of the pieces have oxidized.
The oxidized minerals will not harm our cats.
The "best by" date on the pouch packages with the oxidized minerals that I sent to them was March 08.
It was probably sometime during that batch that the oxidation problem happened.
Nutro told me that the problem was probably corrected within a couple days of being discovered.
Nutro would not give me a "best by" date after repairs to their equipment were made.
They must have had a huge run because my local pet supply store is still selling Wt. Mgmt. pouches from "best by" March 08.
Out of desperation, I bought some CC Senior Pouches with a "best by" date of June 08.
They are clear of the black spots.
Nutro is a good company with decent food for our kitties but....
I will not by Nutro pouches with a "best by" date before June 08.
I will watch the quality of their food carefully.
I am not a scientist....
just like you, I love my kitties & want to know that any food I give them is safe.
Lets keep this thread current until this problem is resolved.
Any feedback is really appreciated.