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Nature’s Variety has expanded a recall of its Chicken Formula Raw Frozen Diets for both cats and dogs to include additional “Best If Used By” dates. The company issued a nationwide voluntary recall last month on its Chicken Formula Raw Frozen Diet chicken medallions, patties and chubs with a “Best If Used By” date of Nov. 10, 2010, due to concerns of salmonella contamination.


We want to inform you that Nature’s Variety has initiated a voluntary recall of our Chicken Formula Raw Frozen Diet for dogs and cats with the “Best If Used By” date of 11/10/10 because these products may be contaminated with Salmonella.The only products affected are limited to chicken medallions, patties, and chubs with a “Best If Used By” date of 11/10/10.This includes:

  • 3 lb chicken medallions (UPC# 7 69949 60130 2) with a “Best If Used By” date of 11/10/10
  • 6 lb chicken patties (UPC# 7 69949 60120 3) with a “Best If Used By” date of 11/10/10
  • 2 lb chicken chubs (UPC# 7 69949 60121 0) with a “Best If Used By” date of 11/10/10

The company also decided to clear the market of all of its raw frozen chicken products and replace them with new ones that have been pasteurized. Therefore, the company is also recalling its Chicken Formula and Organic Chicken Formula raw frozen diets for dogs and cats that have a “Best If Used By” date on or before Feb. 5, 2011:

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There are so many cat food brands out there in the market, it is a bit confusing when it comes to picking a cat food for your beloved cats. Food labels are becoming more and more generalized these days, it is difficult for customers to truly understand what really goes into the food.

The Truth about AAFCO

The truth is that even though a food brand has AAFCO‘s statement of “complete and balanced” on the label, it does not necessarily mean that it is truly up to par. Nowadays lack of government oversight has resulted in a lot of food manufacturing mishaps and ultimately our own pets are the ones becoming experimental subjects to the pet food industry.

In order to be validated as truly “complete and balanced”, a company must invest an enormous amount of funds and time into studying and collecting data for a food product. However, testing and researching are often influenced by marketing because marketing is one that helps bring profit to the companies. There are plenty of marketing messages printed on the package, But how many of them really live up to their claim?

No company should perform invasive testing on animals, but this is hard to track because of limited resource from AAFCO and FDA. Also, AAFCO’s primary focus is to ensure safety of feed for livestock that becomes food for people, so the resource that actually goes into studying and learning about animal diet is scarce.

Even though many of the pet food brands have past the AAFCO standards, we saw a massive list of recalls in 2006 and 2007. Isn’t government supposed to certify brands that truly provide good, nutritious food?

What Kind of Food Should I Pick for My Cat?

Next time when you go to a store, think again. Cats are obligatory carnivores, so why should their cat food contain so much carbohydrates? Cats’ liver, unlike humans and dogs, has only one enzyme system whereas dogs and humans have multiple enzyme systems that could shoot up the “burn” rate or lower it down depending on the food they eat. However, since cats are obligatory carnivores, their single enzyme system limits them to work best with a mostly pure meat based diet. Too much carbohydrate content can cause