Party Animal Dog Food Recall of April 2017

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April 17, 2017 — Party Animal, Inc. has announced it is recalling specific lots of two varieties of its Cocolicious canned dog foods because they have each tested positive for the euthanasia drug, pentobarbital.

What’s Being Recalled?

The following products are affected by the recall:

  • Cocolicious Beef and Turkey
    Size: 12 ounce cans
    Lot Number: 0136E15204 04
    Best By Date: July 2019
  • Cocolicious Chicken and Beef
    Size: 12 ounce cans
    Lot Number: 0134E15 237 13
    Best By Date: August 2019

What Caused the Recall?

According to a statement posted on the company’s website and its Facebook page:

The safety of pets is and always will be our first priority. We sincerely regret the reports of the discomfort experienced by the pet who consumed this food.

As pet parents ourselves, we take this matter seriously.

On April 13, a retailer in Texas notified us that their customer had presented samples of our Cocolicious Beef and Turkey Lot #0136E15204 04 and Cocolicious Chicken and Beef Lot #0134E15 237 13 to a testing lab, and that the results had tested positive for pentobarbital.

We have requested those results.

When we were notified, we immediately tracked the lot numbers of the food in question and determined that the food had been manufactured and distributed in 2015.

We then contacted the two probable retailers that had sold the customer the food and asked them to isolate all remaining cans from these lots.

We also requested that the retailers send all of the cans from those lots to us so that we can forward them on to an accredited independent laboratory for independent testing.

We expect to receive the receive the results in 7 to 10 days.

We first saw the formal report from the lab at Texas A&M regarding the customer’s samples, today, April 17.

Out of an abundance of caution, we are retrieving the remainder of these two lots nationwide.

We are working with our distributors and retailers to determine if any additional beef-flavored products manufactured during this 2015 production period remain on shelves and, if so, to retrieve them from shelves, immediately, as well.

What to Do?

Consumers with questions may contact the company by phone at 855-727-8926 or by email at [email protected]

U.S. citizens can report complaints about FDA-regulated pet food products by calling the consumer complaint coordinator in your area.

Or go to http://www.fda.gov/petfoodcomplaints.

Canadians can report any health or safety incidents related to the use of this product by filling out the Consumer Product Incident Report Form.

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  • aimee

    I’d like to see the actual data to be able to judge if the information is relevant.

    In regard to contaminants, the foods are rated against each other. It could be that while a food is “high” relative to other foods it is still far below a level deemed problematic.

    Creating alarm can be a good fund raising strategy…..,

  • Mary

    She referred to her animals as pets, not part of her family.

  • The Old Ranger

    lol.. kkh, another libtard pc … no reason to respond or try to reason… ta ta…. and you are no longer visible to me.. so no sense in responding

  • aimee

    Thank you for the kind words.

    I just learned of several more dogs with bone disease from unbalanced homecooked diets. It is so preventable and so sad.

  • Pitlove

    Yeah I noticed it’s mostly fish based kibble. But Champion claims to only be getting their fish from prime clean sources. When I talked to this rep on live chat I said I was an Orijen customer that fed 6 Fish coming out of the US plant and had concerns about it.

    Bentley is the only one eating fish right now. Pro Plan Sensitive Skin & Stomach. Pro Plan is not reviewed on there yet. Max is on Grandma Maes Country Naturals Weight Control either the chicken or pork (he’ll go back on Pro Plan when hes lost the 5 lbs he still has to lose)and Dani is on Wellness Gravies Turkey canned cat food and Pro Plan Savor Chicken dry. I would be interested in a review of the food Bentley is on.

  • Crazy4cats

    I’m sure they are scrambling! I will mention that a lot of their recipes did get three and five stars. Looks like mostly the ones with fish rated low. I just figured out you can search their findings by brand. I’m not sure if I’m hoping their results are valuable or not! There is a lot of “dirty” food if they are accurate! I wish they would have tested some other brands, such as Merrick as well. Do you ever feed fish flavored kibble?

  • Pitlove

    In a live chat currently with “Christie C” from Champion Pet Foods about Clean Label Project

  • alexa

    am i reading that list wrong or is it saying that beneful is one of the best? I’m very confused…

  • Crazy4cats

    I’m not sure how they come up with their nutritional or product value, but I am definitely concerned about their product purity value. Some of the canned cat food I feed got bad ratings in that category and I am planning on eliminating them. Like others have mentioned, different brands have different ratings depending on the specific recipe. I think that itself makes it more credible. Your dogs are beautiful. I’m sure you will do what is best for them. I could never afford to feed mine like you do. I work full time and I never ever stop at Starbucks or any other coffee shop… and I live in the Seattle area! : )

  • Crazy4cats

    Aimee is not a stranger to this site. She is probably the best resource for home made diets that posts here. She was actually trying to help your dog, not not trying to be a know it all. Be sure to check to see if the turkey necks have the thyroid removed. There has been an increase in dogs with hyperthyroidism due to being fed raw foods with it still included. Good luck to you.

  • Madison

    Hi Tracy…me again. I have never given any of my dogs soft dog food. You could try a bit of low or no sodium chicken broth in with the dry kibble. Once some of the broth is absorbed, the kibble will soften a bit and have additional chicken flavor. I like Hills small and toy breed chicken meal and rice recipe kibble because the kibble is very small. The side panel tells exactly where the ingredients come from…N. America, New Zealand and Europe….nothing from Asia and is MADE IN USA facilities, in Topeka, Kansas.. It is the #1 choice of vets, a statement I believe could not be made if it weren’t accurate. It also has the approval of AAFCO. No artificial colors, flavors or preservatives. I have always had good luck with Hill’s although others may disagree. Again, adorable picture!

  • Madison

    Hi Tracy…how adorable a picture. Today is my Timber’s 8th birthday and she tore into her wrapped presents like Tiny Tim on a Christmas ham. I feed my Timber Hill’s Science dry food small kibble and mix a bit of canned chicken (from Sam’s or Costco) with the broth in with the dry food. The broth flavors the tiny nuggets, yet they are not so soft that they don’t work as a tartar preventative. Timber eats a lot of veggies and fruits, apples and carrots are her favorites. As a real treat I mix a bit of canned pumpkin with Smucker’s all natural peanut butter and freeze in tiny balls. They are a great treat on a summer day when outdoors.

  • Pitlove

    About which part…?

  • kkh

    You sound like a really horrible person, making assumptions and judging someone’s “soul”. Get over yourself.

  • kkh

    A “part of Sandy’s SOUL is missing something”? Holy crap, overreact much? And she never said “they are just dogs”. YOU did. She said point blank she loves them like family. Can you not READ? Unreal.

  • kkh

    And YOU? Sound like a jerk. Someone has “socialogical problems”? Why, because YOU say so? Another “outrage addict” heard from.

  • kkh

    How the hell do YOU know how much she loves her dogs? Would she be making homemade liver treats and bone broth if she didn’t love them? Would she be FOSTERING unwanted dogs? You are making ridiculous assumptions, and they aren’t making you sound very smart.

  • kkh

    What the hell are you peoples’ problems? According to this Sandy woman’s comments, she likely feeds her pets better than most of you do. She said something that YOU took wrong, and now you’re all “outraged”. No one can say anything that YOU don’t agree with or here comes the “outrage”. Now you are all deciding that she doesn’t “love her dogs”, or that they are suffering or some such nonsense. Why, because YOU say so? Because YOU read a LOT into a harmless comment? Please. Modern day society is a bunch of friggin outrage addicts, and it’s annoying. Calm down already.

  • kkh

    AND AS I POINTED OUT, this is not the only thing he eats. He also eats turkey jerky, cooked beef hearts, turkey necks and bones, which up the nutrition in ALL of those areas. You don’t even know how much he eats a day. And as far as the nutritionists I work with, I know they are legit. They are people I have worked with for YEARS, they have DECADES of experience, including running a dog rescue. My dog’s diet is solid. And Murphy is 80 lbs, if it says 90, that’s a typo.

  • aimee

    Hi kkh,

    As I pointed out the recipe lacks calcium in amounts to meet needs. That alone is reason enough for me to say it is not balanced.

    I ” made” your recipe using 3 lbs each beef and turkey,all the organ meat as liver.and pulled nutrient info off of the USDA nutrient database. Then I added in your rec supplement and compared to NRC rec amounts for a 90 lb dog. There will be variances in the numbers calculated as the recipe is vague.

    I only looked at daily rec for 4 nutrients .

    Calcium provided 0.23grams
    NRC rec amount 2.1 grams

    Vit D provided 116 IU
    NRC rec 291 IU

    Vit E provided 69.7 mg
    NRC rec 16.2

    Zn provided 24.8mg
    NRC recommended 32.4

    Of the 4, only Vit E was met and that was because of the amount in the supplement . The diet alone is very deficient.

    It is wonderful that you cook for your dog, Have a boarded veterinary nutritionist evaluate the diet for you. Anyone can call themselves a dog nutritionist … even you or me.

  • Amateria

    Basing on the fact that, that website has kibbles and bits rated 5/5 and its nutrition as a possible 7/10 I wouldn’t believe a single word lol.

  • kkh

    That’s a great shot. She’s so cute!

  • kkh

    Thanks for the tip. I give him a turkey neck about twice a week. Do you think that would be too much as far as the thyroid? Maybe I can just remove them. I also give him cut up beef hearts or tripe or liver cooked in some coconut oil. Organ meat has more calcium than regular meat.

  • Christine Daley

    Totally disagree!! LOL!!

  • RRM

    Be careful with the necks because of the thyroid gland in the necks… can cause hyperthyroidism.

  • Patti Burt

    My response was in reference to dogs killed in shelters becoming dog food. It had nothing to do with keeping a sick or injured dog alive. Not sure what you are talking about.

  • Amateria

    There does indeed and that kind of attitude gets them the dunce hat of my ignore list haha, the only true place they belong.
    Based on your comment your doing a wonderful job and your dog is living in paradise, all that matters.

  • Anne M.

    Thank you kkh.

  • kkh

    Ok, who “Aimee”? Yeah, I’m really not that worried about it. What he’s eating now is about a MILLION times more nutritious than any kibble out there, with no “crap” ingredients. This is LITERALLY human grade food. You could just eat it yourself with no worries. And like I said, he gets bones and turkey necks and vitamins, all of which contain calcium. Saying “this looks unbalanced to me” is a pretty general statement. If she wants to feed her dog something else, what do I care? My dog gets the best, and what some stranger on the internet thinks about it, especially since I am working with a PET NUTRITIONIST, doesn’t matter to me. But there always has to be one “world’s foremost authority” on every thread, right? 🙂

  • kkh

    Sorry about that. This one seems to be working.

  • kkh

    As someone else pointed out, it’s not real high in calcium, but the multivitamin has a little in there. And we supplement with some turkey necks and smoked bones to give him more calcium. I occasionally cut up some duck necks and add them to the stew as well. So I think his calcium intake is ok. And I work with a dog nutritionist, who says his diet looks good.

  • kkh

    OMG, I have heard about Lancaster. You LITERALLY put “Lancaster animal shelter horror” in Google, and SEVERAL stories come up about that place, with the word “horror” in the title. Un friggin real.

  • Pitlove

    “I have both her and pit on ignore ”
    “a lot of people have deleted their accounts because of the fights these two get in”

    Lol?

  • Pitlove

    “Lower quality foods” is vague and open to interpretation. That statement is mainly based on emotion and opinion. An ingredient deck that does not appeal to a human does not make the food “lower in quality” than one that does. The ingredient deck tells you next to nothing about a food.

  • Amateria

    I have both her and pit on ignore quiet frankly and a lot of people have deleted their accounts because of the fights these two get in that never stops as no one can agree to disagree …

    I personally believe that like us dogs do need all their vitamins and minerals to be healthy, however they don’t need them every single day, I feel that if they are getting what they need weekly or even monthly and are indeed coming from the vets with a clean bill of health, than that’s all that matters.
    I doubt anyone on here eats in a way that fills their entire quota every single day and I guess if they do? Then that’s you, not everyone does.

  • kkh

    Oh man, I’m sorry about your Mastiff. That is awful. My dog has skin issues from allergies, and the only thing that has helped has been making his food myself.

  • kkh

    USDA inspectors really DON’T inspect dog food. I mean, a dog food company can REQUEST that they be inspected, but it certainly isn’t required.

  • kkh

    Pet food companies are NOT required to be inspected by the USDA, so you really don’t know what is in some dog foods, do you? So please don’t be so arrogant to come on here and start calling people a “joke”. It is a DOCUMENTED FACT that there are rendered animals in some dog foods. In fact, anything called “by-product” is usually rendered animals. So get over yourself, thanks.

  • kkh

    Well, I was asked for my dog food recipe. I didn’t post every single thing he eats. His supplement has some calcium, and he gets soft bones like turkey necks and also smoked bones, to up his calcium. I got this recipe from a company that makes homemade dog food for home delivery. This their recipe. They have a “supplement pack” you can buy to add to it, but the one I use is more complete. I am also working with a dog nutritionist, who says it looks good. I trust her. Not sure why you would think it’s “unbalanced”, but Murphy has never been healthier.

  • kkh
  • Melissa Ohlsson

    Thanks for sharing your dog food recipe. I have a Rottie, a Blue-ticked Coon Hound and 2 Pit Mix “ranch dogs” I’m always looking for different ways to feed them and I think my dogs will really like this… and it’s easy to make in large quantities, which is always a plus!

  • kkh

    Yep, probiotics as well. I make water and dairy kefir, and kombucha.

  • Kathy Lynn Murray

    Sick practice either way!!!

  • Kathy Lynn Murray

    Could it also be that this drug is used in cattle? If so, how does that effect humans???

  • Janine Alt Gregory

    I misunderstood what you meant by liver snaps. I thought you meant those nasty treats out of a box. Really no need to be nasty. I do happen to quite a bit about nutrition. I have spent the last 10 years studying nutrition due to 2
    of my dogs having severe allergies and one having severe bouts with colitis. I have to read every label for every single item I purchase AND I have to know exactly what every ingredient is and how it affects my dogs.

  • Jim P

    It’s NO joke for ANYONE that is a true animal lover when you’re talking about the Safety of our pets and I think you should retract that statement.
    ( DogLover I’m going to apologize for R Gardragon myself. )
    I’m not questioning whether or not you were an USDA inspector but, I do have to question what facility you worked in that you can make a statement that ” no dog meat is used …” Even if it’s not dog,cat or other pets there is still meat from euthanized animals being used in some dog food processing. This is because it is cheap for the manufacturers and lucrative for those that supply them with these animals.
    Some years back I contacted the USDA regarding dog food and they advised me that they didn’t have enough inspectors to handle the processing of ” human-grade ” food let alone try to inspect pet food processing plants.
    I am on-board with your idea of feeding goodies and left overs from the dinner table. I had a mastiff that from the day he weaned from his mother ate table food. He was very healthy and even my vet said to continue doing what I was doing for him. My vet was totally against feeding table scraps prior to this.
    Unfortunately I had to switch my dog to dry commercial food, we had been eating out a lot due to busy schedules. In less than 2 weeks on commercial food my dog passed away. Findings, he had been poisoned, essentially euthanized. The culprit, The dog food.

  • Jim P

    Thank You Rene, That’s my point exactly. If someone doesn’t know better they may think that AAFCO is an actual regulating body and that a pet food that passes their standards are safe. This is far from the truth. Even though I think the AAFCO had good intentions it is unable to protect our pets and us from the harm being done through our pets eating some of these commercial brand foods. I’m not anti-commercial pet foods and in fact I do feed a premium dry dog food. However, I am Pro for holding the manufacturers responsible for the ingredients they choose to put in our pet foods AND I think if they don’t listen we need to hit them HARD in their wallets. If no one buys their food, How cheap are those ” cheap ” ingredients then.?

  • XX

    I’m not surprised in the least by what you are saying happened to those dogs you intended to adopt. I know from personal experience that all of the pounds in L.A. are pretty bad. They should be ashamed of themselves for what they do to the animals that are in need of their help, and they should be STOPPED.

  • Rene’ Warren

    I just went to a seminar for Canine Caviar. All of their cans are made in New Zealand except for the Chicken and Turkey and those are not made at Evanger’s. They stopped using Evanger’s years ago.

  • Rene’ Warren

    AAFCO is not regulated in anyway, it is not government run and their guidelines are just guidelines. Also, if you pick up an AAFCO book and read what they consider acceptable as food for pets, you might be shocked. 🙁

  • Rene’ Warren

    I understand what you are saying but do not think that applies in this case. Since Evanger’s had an issue with their beef supplier supplying them with horse meat instead of Beef. Which is from rendering.

  • Crazy4cats

    Well said!

  • Acroyali

    Can you please copy/paste where Sandi stated that feeding 4-D and euthanized animals to pet dogs is no big deal? I missed that. Thanks in advance.

  • Acroyali

    Sandi I have re-read your responses and see nothing that deserves a cruel remark such as “her soul is missing.” Simply stating that dogs are dogs is not cruel. I would never try to turn my cat into a dog, I would never expect my horses to behave like my cats and I certainly wouldn’t expect any of my animals to behave like children. I love them for what they are and appreciate their “doggishness” on a daily basis–especially when they’re doing what they’re bred to do. It’s sheer instinct, and it’s special and unique and beautiful to behold. A dog can (and should) be loved as a family member. I don’t see why this isn’t good enough.

  • Acroyali

    I couldn’t agree more that pets are family , and certainly are (some of) God’s (finest) creatures. But they’re not children in fur coats, just as children aren’t little pets in clothes. It’s not an issue of “who’s more important”. Love is not a contest.

  • Acroyali

    Yup. My dogs are my life. My life revolves around them, their needs, their wants, and we do things together on a daily basis. But at the end of the day, they’re dogs–they’re allowed to go out in the yard and play (like dogs), they squabble with one another (like dogs) and sleep in my bed (like dogs should!) My dogs need or want for nothing; they’re spoiled but not spoiled rotten. I love the enough to realize that they need to be dogs–they need to sniff, roll, have a social structure with others of their kind, and they need an owner who realizes dogs communicate like dogs and does their best to communicate with them in a way they find easy to understand. A dog that’s communicated with in a way that’s easy for them to understand is more relaxed, and IMO a happier animal.

  • Crazy4cats

    Yes! I’m guessing there is a pretty good chance they are going find a little tainted horse meat in their food as well. I guess time will tell.

  • LunaLove

    evangers had this same recall this year! just a warning but im pretty sure that canine caviar has thier cans made at evangers which is disguesting since they claim to be one of the best dog food companies. and as i read this article i would think that this canned food was good given it to be “organic” of course you have to look at who makes it and the ingredients as well. but for the fact that some people just dont know to do that this can of food would look like a good one.

  • Jonathan Hughes

    I don’t see your comment. I open people eyes as to what the real problems are. What I said is the truth. Muslims want dogs of all colors to die not just black ones. They are not obeying God. They need to be rejected. I can see Muslims doing something like this.

  • Acroyali

    Why the hell is love now a contest. Geez. Some people can love animals, children, their families, and perfect strangers without having to rank-order who is loved “the most.”

  • Acroyali

    I disagree with 100% no-kill (NO terminally ill homeless dog in serious pain should be kept alive because of “no kill”!) but calling Bernadette’s remark “stupid” is pretty unkind.

  • Cynthia Peraza

    Maybe look into the Evangers Recalls and you will get most of your answers.

  • DogLover

    Also, in Michigan a couple months ago, 2 dogs got very sick and another died from the same euthanasia drug.
    From eating dog food that had euth meds in it.

  • DogLover

    Rendering. The large pet food companies pay shelters and vets for the dead animals. The shelters make more money off the pet food companies than by adopting dogs out. Google “rendering shelter pets” and you will want to stop this. Some shelters put dogs down as soon as you drop them off. If you go to a shelter to drop your family pet off, hoping it will get a good home, they will put the dog down immediately. If you drop a dog off saying you found it running loose, by law they have to keep it 3 days for an owner to claim before adopting it out. I have contacted Dateline, 20/20, 60 Minutes and 48 hours begging them to do a story. I never got one response. Why? Because these pet food companies pay to advertise during their shows. It is their bread and butter. If they investigate the dog food companies, they are messing with their own advertisers. We need to share, share, share. I can give you names of shelters. I tried to adopt 3 little Chihuahua’s from Lancaster Animal Shelter in California. It is one of the top shelters for rendering shelter dogs. I had a rescuer in Cali contact the shelter, pay the adoption fee, and the dogs were set up to be “fixed” at the shelter vet. These were 3 dogs that I tried to adopt about 3 months apart. Each one was killed while waiting for the vet appt. One they said they “lost”. They are a part of the Los Angeles Animal Control/Humane Society. Lancaster is. They are run by taxpayers money. We pay these shelters to help pets with donations, etc and our taxes, and this is what they do. Not all. Most shelters don’t. Lancaster is a nightmare.

  • DogLover

    Rendering shelter animals. Pet food companies pay big money for dead dogs. More than the shelter will get from adoptions. Big pet food companies that you have heard of. How can this be “organic” dog food????

  • Bobby dog

    Yuck, I think they do too. I still cringe when I think of their daughter eating a spoonful of their “Against the Grain” dog food on YouTube.

    Edit: Here’s one recipe from Evanger’s claiming “human grade ingredients.” If this doesn’t tell you it’s a marketing ploy that any company can make I don’t know what will:
    https://evangersdogfood.com/product/20106/

    One from their Against the Grain line:
    http://www.againstthegrainpetfood.com/chicken-polyhauaii-berry-dinner/

  • Crazy4cats

    I believe that Evanger’s also uses the “human grade ingredients” phrase. Look where that’s got them!

  • Bobby dog

    Yes the human grade claim is one that irritates me. There are only one or two companies (forget how many) that can actually claim human grade as it is.

    By-product misinterpretation is rampant!

    Champion offered the “human grade” marketing ploy as one of their selling points along with others when I looked into their food several years ago; very misleading. You have to cut through all the marketing when you start asking questions of pet food companies!!

  • Crazy4cats

    Thanks for the links. I don’t remember seeing the tufts article before. It’s very interesting. It give the definition of “human-grade ingredients” being untrue in dog food unless it is manufactured in a human food facility. Also sites the AAFCO definiton of by products which are misinterpreted by many people. Good stuff!

  • RandiJ

    We do not worship them either but they are part of our families just like children.

  • Bobby dog

    “…make the best choice on what’s best for our pets and what one can afford!!”, agreed.

    I don’t feed any foods if I don’t get answers or get nonsensical answers to the questions I ask from any company. These are the guidelines I follow:
    https://www.wsava.org/sites/default/files/Recommendations%20on%20Selecting%20Pet%20Foods.pdf

    http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/choosing-dog-food/brand-guidelines/

    http://vet.tufts.edu/wp-content/uploads/DecipheringFactFromFictionIngredients.pdf

    Those are just the kibbles I feed. I also make balanced homemade meals and feed some commercial raw.

    I feed a few recipes from Primal intermittently and as toppers for both my dog and cats as well.

  • Ydog56 .

    I didn’t realize USDA inspectors inspected dog food. It’s been proven that some pet food manufactures use euthanized animals including horses, dogs and cats and that’s how the pentobarbital gets in the pet food. This isn’t an isolated incident and the information has been shown on Dateline.

  • Bobby dog

    Mostly Pro Plan recipes because they have several that fall into the calorie/cup, fat %’s, and fiber %’s that my dog does well on along with Beyond.

  • AJ

    I feed my girls Orijen Tundra. I contacted the company that makes Orijen (and Acana) and addressed this pentobarbital issue with them. They assured me they use no rendered products,and this is a portion of their reply. I will continue using Orijen. “All ORIJEN and ACANA meat and fish ingredients (fresh, meals, fats etc.) are produced exclusively from animals and fish that have been deemed fit for human consumption, and all are produced in category 3 facilities.

    A category 3 processing facility can only receive animals that were slaughtered for the purpose of human consumption, in a human grade facility, and were subject to and passed pre and post mortem inspection by an FDA veterinarian. Both the ingredient processor and the ingredient are certified as European Union or Category 3, which is the highest standard ingredient available in North America and perhaps anywhere in the world.

    Before being accepted, all incoming ingredients are tested by our Quality Assurance Team in our onsite laboratory. Ingredients must pass tests for physical properties, nutritional composition, mycotoxin testing and PV values. Only after passing all Quality Assurance tests are ingredients accepted into our Kitchens.”

  • Christine Daley

    What purina formula??

  • Bobby dog

    One of the boys fave canned is turkey and rated high on their site, go figure!!

  • Crazy4cats

    They state that turkey typically has the lowest contaminants.

  • Bobby dog

    The ratings are all over the board which has me curious. I really love the idea and can’t wait to look into it further.

  • Crazy4cats

    Yeah, I also found it interesting that companies had several of their recipes rate quite differently from each other in the product purity category. Wellness is a good example of that. I wonder how valid this report is? It will be a great tool if it truly is legitimate. Thanks for the info.

  • Bobby dog

    I was thinking the same thing about all the products they rated with fish ingredients. You see lower ratings with the cat foods that contain it too.

  • aimee

    Hi Christine,

    They have to have some method of support. This site gets a fixed amount from each chewy purchase. I don’t see that as influencing the ratings assigned here. Since clean label gets a percentage if this partnership was leading to bias in the ratings you’d expect then to have high ratings for a high priced food. But that isn’t what is found.

    Additionally various star ratings are found across brands which points away from bias.

    The site reports fish based products as having higher contamination levels which makes sense to me. That may to be a driving factor in the low ratings of the orijen fish products

  • Sandi Malcolm

    There are ways to at least make your decisions safer and easier. Due diligence, and that is why we have Dr. Google. Just don’t believe everything you see or hear as people pay a lot of money for those sophisticated website with babbling brooks and butterflies in the air. Sweet music and puppies on the screen do not make a good dog food. Be aware of terminology – chicken flavor does not mean chicken – it means flavor. Look at the calorie count per cup on the bag if you use kibble and compare it to others, pick a lower calorie one. Weight is one of the worst problems in our animals these days, just like us. Read the actual chemical/scientific names and google them, you will find some horrible sounding things are just the proper name for a vitamin.

  • Bobby dog

    Methodology from site:
    http://www.cleanlabelproject.org/methodology/

    What are the FDA tolerance levels and what is included? What are the specific tests they do? What were your questions? Lol?

    Some questions I ask from companies are what tests are conducted prior to making food for each ingredient? How do they test for nutritional adequacy? What are their test and hold procedures? What are their digestibility %’s?

  • Nopchere

    Sorry I am here to stay. I am concerned about quality of food for pets I just don’t worship them.

  • Nopchere

    Yes I have been raped and abused by a human.

  • Sandi Malcolm

    She is adoring you with her eyes, sweet looking dog and great picture.