NV has "withdrawn" some of its freeze-dried raw products for dogs/cats. A link was posted on one of my lists: http://www.petconnection.com/blog/2009/06/13/natures-variety-theyre-calling-it-a-product-withdrawal/
In case the link doesn't work:
By Christie Keith
June 13, 2009
I went into San Franciscoâ€™s Pet Food Express today, as always on the lookout for treats that Kyrie can and will eat. (Donâ€™t tell me to cook, dudes; Iâ€™m already making their food, I just want to buy some freaking cookies!)
And there was a big sign on the door when I walked in, announcing that a number of Natureâ€™s Variety foods had been removed from the shelves (Iâ€™ve added a couple of paragraph breaks to improve readability):
Natureâ€™s Variety has withdrawn one lot of their freeze-dried beef and one lot of their freeze-dried chicken products due to a discrepancy between their specifications and those of the products as produced.
As of today, we still have no word as to what the specific problem is or how it could affect pets, only the manufacturerâ€™s assurance that it does not pose a hazard. We are concerned, however, that because Natureâ€™s Variety coats all of their kibbled products with a â€œbio-coating,â€ which includes freeze-dried chicken and beef, that whatever problem may exist in the withdrawn products could also affect their Prairie and Instinct dry food lines. Therefore, we have elected to remove all of the Natureâ€™s Variety dry foods from our shelves until we can be confident that they are safe.
Additionally, the Natureâ€™s Variety Raw Chicken and Beef diets are identical in composition to the freeze dried diets except that the moisture has not been removed. Therefore, we are also placing a hold on their sale until the situation is clear. Their canned products are not affected.
The specific products being withdrawn by Natureâ€™s Variety are Natureâ€™s Variety Freeze Dried Raw Beef Formula, 12 oz., UPC 769949602514, and Natureâ€™s Variety Freeze Dried Raw Chicken Formula, 12 oz., UPC 769949601517, with a â€œBest if used byâ€ date of 05/25/10.
Now, kudos to Pet Food Express for stripping all products they thought could be affected off their shelves. Thatâ€™s a prudent course of action, and they did a good job getting the word out; the warnings are all over the store and on their website as well.
And, I guess, half a kudo to Natureâ€™s Variety for not using the â€œvoluntary recallâ€ spin that all the other pet food companies do, as if there was any other kind (FDA has no recall authority over any foods but infant formula). However, given that they apparently asked Pet Food Express not to call this a â€œrecall,â€ and PFE complied, Iâ€™m thinking itâ€™s more because they didnâ€™t want anyone like, oh, me, to go on the Interwebz and say, â€œNatureâ€™s Variety foods recalled.â€