True Raw Choice Pet Treats Recall

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November 20, 2013 — Health Canada has announced Your True Companion Pet Products is recalling its True Raw Choice Bulk Dehydrated Natural Pet Treats due to possible contamination with Salmonella bacteria.

True Raw Choice Pet TreatsRecalled products include:

  • Duck Feet (Lot 228870)
  • Duck Wings (Lot 213825)
  • Chicken Feet (Lot 214733)
  • Lamb Trachea (Lot 225215)
  • Chicken Breast (Lot 154339)

A total of 280 total cases of the affected treats were sold in bulk at various pet food stores across Canada.

Editor’s Note: Even though the recalled products may have been purchased in Canada, they may also have been carried home to pets in the United States. So, be sure to check your own records for purchase information.

About Salmonella

Pets such as dogs and cats (and their food) can carry Salmonella bacteria. People can get infected with the bacteria from handling pets, pet food or feces.

Symptoms of salmonellosis often include:

  • Sudden onset of fever
  • Stomach cramps
  • Headache
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting

What to Do?

Consumers should contact Your True Companion Pet Products at 855-260-5024 if unsure if the product you have is affected or not.

As of November 8, 2013, all affected products have been disposed of in the market place.

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

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.

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  • Hound Dog Mom

    Yeah I read some things about the awful taste of the fermented fish oils. I can’t even imagine drinking fish oil let alone fermented fish oil… I see all the flavored fish oils and there’s just no way I could ever even try that. I’m strictly capsules for my supplements. Right now I’m doing the Carlson salmon oil complete and udo’s oil – I might try some of the fermented cod liver oil capsules for myself when my salmon oil runs out though.

  • Betsy Greer

    Love you too Shawna!! : )

  • Shawna

    Love you Betsy!!

  • Betsy Greer

    God bless you Shawna! You always seem to know just the right thing to say. I needed to hear that! : )

    Nature’s Logic is actually next on the inventory to be opened. I read your post right before I clicked “submit order” on chewy.com. You know the last thing I need to do is order more dog food!

    I’ll stick with my sporadic toppers and although worry is just how I’m wired, I’ll try not to obsess about it!

    Thank you so much! : )

  • Shawna

    I think maybe you worry more than you need to Betsy!! :) As far as nutrients go I, like you, really like Nature’s Logic — more of the vitamins are going to be used by the body than those in other foods.

    As far as the omega — don’t buy/store too much food at one time, store the food appropriately, use up an open bag before opening another or if opening multiple bags at once store them in the fridge etc. The omega thing is just a guideline — some dogs will do better at more of a 1:1 ratio while others might do better at more of a 10:1 ratio.. Don’t let it cause you stress!! I have a friend with two dogs — one is fine on current diet while the other actually is doing better with extra omega 6 added..

    I’m getting the unflavored Ice Blue mainly for Audrey.. She will get it daily while the others will get it a couple times per week. Audrey will be eight years old in less than six months and although she is still doing very good I am beginning to see some very mild decline. I think adding this could greatly benefit her.. :)

    My follow through sometimes stinks too :)… I don’t let it stress me and I don’t get stressed by the follow through issues of others… :) Life’s just too short for that… ;) It’s the holidays, ENJOY your time off with your daughter and fur kids!!!!!

  • Betsy Greer

    Hi Shawna,

    You certainly haven’t confused the issue, I just wish optimal nutrition were simple. I’m going to consider the Ice blue infused for myself and my daughter, but am going to do a bit more thinking about it before adding some to the cart for Sam & Bella. I already still have a couple of boxes of supplements that I WILL send out in the mail while I’m on vacation during the holidays. ; ).

    I’m just so inconsistent and I know my follow through stinks! I just wish it could be easy! I also wish my follow through was better and if it was, I’d feed them a commercial raw diet for every meal; but for a variety of reasons, it’s just not practical for me though.

    I keep wondering what kibble uses the highest quality ingredients (not just proteins and fats). I worry that my inconsistency could throw off the omega ration and do more harm than good.

  • Shawna

    PS — your description of sneaking spoonfuls of ghee cause me a whole body shudder… ;-)

  • Shawna

    I do!! Bought a HUGE container of it several years back and the dogs got pretty much all of it.. They ADORE it…

    I bet coconut ghee is fantastic though!!!!

    I just placed a healthy sized order with Green Pasture!! Caught them while still having their sale!! :) Got some of their skin care product too.. Have you read any of the Amazon reviews on the taste of the cod liver oil?? Apparently not the best tasting product but still managed to get 4 and 5 stars for the medicinal benefits… :)

    THANK YOU!!!!

  • Shawna

    I have the Carlson’s cod liver for the grand babies as well (only I think it is strawberry flavored?). I’ve read multiple endorcements on the Green Pasture being significantly better and I believe it likely is because it’s fermented. I’ve also read the taste (at least of the chocolate cream) is NASTY!!! But those discussing the taste found ways to “get it down” cause the benefits warranted it.. :) I just bought over a $100 worth of the product. The smaller bottles of the infused coconut oil that HDM linked to is currently on sale through the 1st of Jan. I bought one for me and the kids (caramel flavored) and one for the dogs (unflavored). Also bought some beauty balm. Looks like for every six items you purchase you get an extra discount too.

    It appears that this product is HUGE in the Weston Price circle. One of the DC’s here is a Weston Price local chapter area leader and I’m betting he sells the product in his office… Gonna check before I need more product.. For that matter, my dentist and M.D. may carry the product too. They both follow Weston Price guidelines.. Can anyone tell I’m really excited about this… :) HDM is the BEST!!!!

    Regarding your Omega question — I’m not sure there is an easy way when feeding a varied diet. Corn fed beef will need supplemented with more omega 3 than when feeding grass finished beef or venison etc. Chicken has more omega 6 than beef so when feeding chicken you’ll need more omega 3. You can do a ballpark and shoot for 3:1 to 7:1 but if you want “5:1″ you may have to add *** to today’s *** diet and +++ to tommorow’s +++ diet etc.. Example — if feeding lots of sardines and salmon one would need to add a source of omega 6. Sorry if I’ve confused the issue.

  • Betsy Greer

    You guys are reading my mind this morning. I was just thinking about supplements this morning. I am guilty of spooning up some coconut oil here and some krill oil there followed by a sardine another day. I’m very inconsistent. This is an interesting supplement for sure. It might also work better for my daughter with ADHD than the Carlson’s lemon cod liver oil I already tried.

    So going back to basics, what is the easiest, and preferably inexpensive, way (whole food or a single supplement commercial product) to give my dogs a properly balanced 5:1 omega supplement?

  • Hound Dog Mom

    You hate the taste of ghee?! I put ghee on everything. I’ll even sneak a spoonful on it’s own sometimes (shh).

  • Crazy4cats

    Seeing cod liver oil come up makes me smile. I remember my grandma always having a bottle of cod liver oil and blackstrap molasses in her cupboard. She’d take a little of each everyday. Everyone teased her about it. Well, she lived to be 96 and her mind was still sharp til the very end! Maybe we should pay more attention to those “old fashioned” supplements.

  • Shawna

    WOW HDM, you find the best supplements!!!!

    I really like the looks of this.. Had to look up what “skate” is and am even more impressed now that I know. I’m buying some of this for myself, grand babies and dogs today…

    Funny thing, this stuff is right in my back yard (so to speak) and it takes someone on the far end of the country to introduce it to me… :) Thank you :)

    PS — I HATE the taste of ghee but am interested in the coconut ghee in addition to the product you linked to..

  • Betsy Greer
  • Hound Dog Mom

    That’s really interesting Betsy! I’m not sure how much I buy into all that warming food, cooling food, etc. etc. type stuff but that could be kind of a neat course. Too bad it’s not available to veterinary technology students – something I’ll consider if I get into vet school though. I actually just brought something like this up in my Issues and Perspectives in Veterinary Medicine class during the last unit – I was saying how I felt it would be beneficial if there were more opportunities for veterinary technology students to pursue special training and obtain certifications in alternative modalities while in school. I definitely keep this on my radar, thanks.

  • Hound Dog Mom

    Hey Shawna, speaking of fat, what do you think about this product:

    http://www.greenpasture.org/public/Products/InfusedCoconutOil/index.cfm

    It’s kind of expensive but I was thinking of getting some for the girls to try. It has coconut oil, fermented cod liver oil, fermented skate liver oil and butter oil. Looks kind of interesting. They also have a ghee/coconut oil blend which I was thinking of trying for myself.

  • Shawna

    So why is animal fat bad for dogs and what is the proper alternative per the vets you’ve spoke with?

  • Betsy Greer

    Hi HDM!

    I know it’s coming from a straightforward TCVM perspective, but what’s your opinion of the veterinary food therapy at the Chi Institute? http://www.tcvm.com/Programs/AdvancedPrograms/FoodTherapy.aspx

  • Hound Dog Mom

    I got a very brief overview to large animal nutrition in my intro to animal science class that I took last semester. I’ll be taking nutrition next spring – I already looked up the course outline and it’s a 2 credit course and only covers companion animals. It looks like the very beginning of the course gives brief overview of nutrient requirements and the remainder of the course just covers prescription diets. The required materials are pamphlets and things from Purina and Hills. So disappointing. I really wish upper level electives in nutrition were offered, all the upper level electives we have are boring.

  • Pattyvaughn

    I only got large animal nutrition because I was majoring in animal husbandry. We got 3 hrs of small animal nutrition, but it included general guidelines for every domestic and exotic commonly kept as pets. This means, we were told such and such is an omnivore, it needs a varied diet including fruits, vegetables and meats. Yes, really that basic. It included “Understanding AAFCO Nutrient Profiles.” It also included who makes what commercial diets for exotics. We had guest speakers from all the major dog and cat food makers, and a full week from each of the major prescription diet makers. We never had ANY detail about what would actually go into making a proper diet for any type of animal.
    In my large animal nutrition class, I had to actually formulate a diet for horses given certain ingredients, but that was because the Dr who taught the class ordered the components and made feed for all of the horses in the Horse Teaching Unit. It wasn’t actually part of the curriculum or even graded.

  • Pattyvaughn

    Try google.

  • Hound Dog Mom

    Unfortunate but true. I’m looking over the curriculum for some of the schools I’m interested in and they all only require one single 2 or 3 credit course in nutrition (actually one school didn’t offer any nutrition courses) and many don’t even offer any electives in nutrition for those that would like to further their knowledge. :(

  • Hound Dog Mom

    It sounds like you only know what you were told by one vet. Many vets would disagree with what your vet told you – Dr. Karen Becker, Dr. Martin Goldstein, Dr. Richard Pitcairn, Dr. Tom Lonsdale – I could go on (and BTW – these vets are all renowned and have published books on canine diet). Dogs have not been domesticated long enough to “create a more sensitive digestive tract” as you say. Animal fat is not bad for dogs, you can’t make comparisons between a dog and a human – we are two entirely different species. Dogs process fat much differently than humans and for dogs animal fat is a healthy and potent source of energy.

    I highly recommend you watch this video by Dr. Karen Becker:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G3wLTlqnMMg#t=53

  • Mysti

    Unfortunately he is referring to the human body and the way we process food compared to animals is far different. I did find it rather informative for myself tho, thank you. Shawna :)

  • Shawna

    I think many of those who specialize don’t actually get training on nutrition but rather on nutritionism which is completely different. Dr. Mike has a great article on nutritionism http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/dog-food-industry-exposed/nutritionism/ For those that like to read, I highly recommend Michael Pollan’s “The Omnivore’s Dilemma”.

  • Shawna

    “Fats from meats is bad”….. My M.D. is also a Certified Clinical Nutritionist — she recommends ADDING fats to lean meats…

    Or how bout neurologist Dr. Perlmutter in his book “Grain Brain” — “Renowned neurologist David Perlmutter, MD, blows the lid off a topic that’s been buried in medical literature for far too long: carbs are destroying your brain. And not just unhealthy carbs, but even healthy ones like whole grains can cause dementia, ADHD, anxiety, chronic headaches, depression, and much more. Dr. Perlmutter explains what happens when the brain encounters common ingredients in your daily bread and fruit bowls, why your brain thrives on fat and cholesterol, and how you can spur the growth of new brain cells at any age.” http://www.drperlmutter.com/about/grain-brain-by-david-perlmutter/

    If interested, I can supply lots more material debunking your vets’ ideas on fat causing disease… Yes, I know the government is pushing agribusiness right now but the fallacy of that concept is coming full circle right now… “The Diet Doctor” discusses it on his site (and, as mentioned, MANY others). http://www.dietdoctor.com/good-night-low-fat-diet

  • Shawna

    You really shouldn’t hold so much stock in what some vets tell you!! :(

    While boiling chicken does eliminate bacteria it also completely destroys the enzymes which makes foods harder (not easier) to digest.

    By skinning and boiling the chicken you are removing pretty much ALL the fat.. Since dogs REQUIRE omega 6 linoleic acid (which chicken is a good source of) you will have to find less species appropriate forms of the fat — like hydrogenated and unhealthy vegetable oils. Not only that but the “fat soluble” vitamins (A, E, D & K) will pretty much be useless to the body if you don’t find a way to add fats, that transport those vitamins, back in to the diet..

    Might I suggest reading “Dr. Becker’s Real Food for healthy Dogs and Cats”. Raw chicken is a major component in her complete and balanced diet guidelines.

    Might I also suggest reading some of Dr. Meg Smarts material and blog. Dr. Smart taught clinical nutrition for over 30 years. She states “I see a benefit in feeding whole foods whether cooked or raw. Genetically the dog and the anatomy of its digestive tract are closely aligned with that of the wolf. So we can use this as a dietary model when designing diets for the domestic dog. – See more at: http://www.angryvet.com/angryvet-nutrition-interview-drs-joseph-wakshlag-and-meg-smart/#sthash.OcBEAkiU.dpuf

    Her blog can be found at the below link. I think you might find this article particularly interesting. http://petnutritionbysmart.blogspot.com/2012/03/is-nutrition-key-to-wellness-food-for.html

  • Mysti

    Hey Patty,
    If you know how to reach any in the Edmonton area I would love to talk with them. Thank you

  • Pattyvaughn

    Yes, it is apparent that you ONLY know what you heard from your vet. But did you have to take college level nutrition classes to feed yourself, because I didn’t. Vets have a LOT to learn in vet school and they have very little time for classes in nutrition and the one they take covers several animals, not just dogs. And what they do get from it is a whole lot of how to use prescription diets and what the recommended minimums are. I want so much more for my dogs than the minimums and nutrition isn’t rocket science, so I decided to study for myself what dogs need. Maybe you should try the same thing. It might take some time. It certainly took longer than my vet would ever want to spend on the phone with me, and she’s a friend of mine. You are right that people’s interference with dogs has made their stomach sensitive, but with most dogs, it only takes a few months or less of healthy eating to reverse the damages done. Dogs all over the place do great on a raw diet. You should consider finding a holistic vet, then you will learn about how good nutrition helps keep your dog healthy, instead of just medicating everything after it has already gone wrong, which is what vets are all about.

  • InkedMarie

    Why don’t you stop copying & pasting your response in every post you seem to be posting?

  • InkedMarie

    I’ll pass on talking to my vet, well, two of them. They’d be happy if I fed what they sell or grocery store food. Vets get very little education on nutrition, unless they specialize.

  • Mysti

    People don’t listen to our jibberish to tell you what is right or wrong, TALK WITH YOUR VET THAT WILL GIVE YOU YOUR REAL ANSWERS RATHER THAN JUST LISTENING TO OTHERS THAT ARE NOT TRAINED OR CERTIFIED, AS i AM NOT AND i’M SURE NO ONE ELSE HERE IS EITHER. oops sorry for caps just realized the stupid key was locked and I don’t care to retype it all again. If anyone here wishes to claim they are certified (and anyone can lie about it) then post your proof.

    Do not put your pets at risk because you heard something was right or wrong from a blog or off some web site. Always & I mean ALWAYS check with your vet. They won’t charge you to call & ask questions, so for the health of your animal pick up a phone & ask.

  • Guest

    People don’t listen to our jibberish to tell you what is right or wrong, TALK WITH YOUR VET THAT WILL GIVE YOU YOUR REAL ANSWERS RATHER THAN JUST LISTENING TO OTHERS THAT ARE NOT TRAINED OR CERTIFIED, AS i AM NOT AND i’M SURE HOUND DOG MOM IS NOT EITHER. oops sorry for caps just realized the stupid key was locked and I don’t care to retype it all again. Do not put your pets at risk because you heard something was right or wrong from a blog or off some web site. Always & I mean ALWAYS check with your vet. They won’t charge you to call & ask questions, so for the health of your animal pick up a phone & ask.

  • Mysti

    Hound Dog Mom— I only know what I was told by more than one vet. As for raw meats with any animal, we are feeding domesticated animals not ones in the wild. The domesticated animals digestive track is now very sensitive through years of human interferrance. Fat depending on it’s source (fat from meats is bad) is just as deadly to our pets as it is to humans. Again check with your vet. I don’t care if you have many years experience with animals & they have all been fortunate to remain healthy however you raised & fed them. These are todays facts from vets to which I can provide business names & phone numbers if need be to anyone who what’s them.
    People don’t listen to our jibberish to tell you what is right or wrong, TALK WITH YOUR VET THAT WILL GIVE YOU YOUR REAL ANSWERS RATHER THAN JUST LISTENING TO OTHERS THAT ARE NOT TRAINED OR CERTIFIED, AS i AM NOT AND i’M SURE HOUND DOG MOM IS NOT EITHER. oops sorry for caps just realized the stupid key was locked and I don’t care to retype it all again. Do not put your pets at risk because you heard something was right or wrong from a blog or off some web site. Always & I mean ALWAYS check with your vet. They won’t charge you to call & ask questions, so for the health of your animal pick up a phone & ask.

  • Hound Dog Mom

    Hi Mysti –

    It’s definitely a good idea for those wishing to make homemade diets to consult their veterinarian first to make sure the diet is balanced however it’s not true that chicken needs to be skinned and boiled prior to feeding. While you don’t want to feed too much skin inactive animals or fat sensitive animals, the skin provides concentrated energy and any fat is a healthy and species-appropriate source of energy for dogs. It is also unnecessary to cook the meat for most animals. Yes raw meat can have bacteria, however dogs are designed to consume raw meat and the bacteria need only be a concern if the dog is immune-compromised or if immune-compromised individuals will be coming into direct contact with the dog.

  • Mysti

    Anyone wishing to make their own pet food for your cat or dog that’s great. Just talk to your vet as to what foods you can be sure you have for their complete vitamins and minerals. Also you want to know which foods to avoid, I know for dogs chocolate, onions and mushrooms are toxic for them, I’m sure I have missed some as well. While chicken is good for an animal and easy on their digesive systems it must be skinned and boiled first. 1) It removes any chance of bacteria that may be present through the boiling process & 2) It alters the enzimes which are harder for them to digest in raw or other cooked forms. That info I got from several different vets.
    So please before you go homemade or raw talk with your vet.
    Homemade is great and far cheaper than store bought if prepared and given correctly.

  • http://k9goodfood.com/ David Kish

    Feeding dry food to the dogs is most common and popular choice among the dog owners today.

  • Josh

    Very few companies ( like for example Pets’N'Nature ) make treats from meats that are human grade and inspected by usda. I learned about them here on this blog, and I’m thankful, so I’m sharing the information.

  • ashley

    From what I have studied, canines do not typically suffer from salmonella poisoning as their digestive tracts are designed to fend it off…true for all the ‘street dogs’, yet some ‘house dogs’ may not be as tough! I still wouldn’t feed these “tainted” treats to my dogs, you never know what is NOT being reported! I suspect there is more than just salmonella in them…

  • Pattyvaughn

    Please don’t feed cooked bones to your dog. Cooking changes the matrix and makes bone splinter and less digestable. Only raw bones should be given to animals to eat.

  • inger

    I stopped buying dog treats, and most all pellets.

    Food meant for humans is as a rule thoroughly testet and also as a rule actually also much cheaper.

    Say, boil an egg and serve it as a whole to your dog, instead of a “dog treat”, An egg costs almost nothing and it cointains an enourmous lot of vital ingredients

    Boil or roast a calf or lamb chop. The meat and bones from these animals are good for our canines. Perfect balance between calsium and phosfor. And cheap!

    If you feed raw, do avoid pigs, boars and horse meat. They often contain deadly trikines. If you feed
    raw fish, see to, that the fish was frozen for 24 hours, that should kill the worms.

    .

  • cathy

    koodos! i feed raw as well, but not RAW made from those corporate companies… feed raw from local farmers………….

  • Guest

    Definitely scary! I can’t believe all the recalls that are happening and all the damage the products have done before they even get recalled. So sad!
    I buy 5 star kibble for my dogs and add in canned and healthy leftovers but I am really tempted to just go to homemade food period. I did homemade before but I couldn’t get over the fear that I would always be missing some vital ingredient (even though I used different ingredients for each batch to try and avoid that), but with all this going on, I think missing something every once in awhile is better than them or my family getting sick or dying.

  • Jutta-Maria Kosielowsky

    I am disgusted by the murder of animals in general. Now those poor creatures had to die only so that the company would recall there dead body parts since it is contaminated with Salmonella. HORRID again

  • Practical

    Interesting that the prevalence of salmonella in store bought chicken is so high that the FDA has deemed it impractical to issue recalls. Yet when salmonella appears in dog foods it becomes newsworthy and companies issue recalls while attempting damage control with consumers who go into panic mode.

    What is the practical and smart thing to do when handling raw chicken? Thoroughly wash your hands afterwards. What is the practical thing to do when handling dog food? Thoroughly wash your hands afterwards.

    Oh, and in case you didn’t know. Healthy dogs rarely show any symptoms from eating salmonella-tainted food. Take it from someone who’s been feeding raw chicken and turkey to their dogs for over 20 years.

  • margie54

    Happens in good olde USA also!

  • margie54

    Love Orijen-it is one of the best as of this date, although we never know what the future will hold with human greed ruling the world.

  • http://enria.org/ Storm’s Mom

    Yep.

  • yogi

    One of the best dog food is manufactured in Canada. (Orijen)

  • http://enria.org/ Storm’s Mom

    It’s moments like this when I haaaaaaate to be a Canadian!! :-( Sorry for this.