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    by Robert Jay Russell, Ph.D., Coton de Tulear Club of America President
    [email protected] com
    www.CotonClub. com

    April 20th, 2007. Melani Wilson writes:

    Thought you might like to see this notice I just received.
    The list just keeps growing...

    April 20, 2007
    An Important Notice from SmartPak!

    Dear SmartPak Customer,

    Please be advised that we have initiated a voluntary recall of a single production run of the LiveSmart Weight Management Chicken and Brown Rice Dog Food. The particular lot of food recalled included rice protein concentrate that came from the same batch that was implicated in the recent recall of Natural Balance foods. The rice protein concentrate in the LiveSmart Weight Management Chicken and Brown Rice Dog Food may have also been tainted with an industrial chemical called melamine.

    The lot of dog food in question began shipping from our facility on 4/9/07. As a precautionary measure, we advise that you discontinue feeding any orders with a ship date of 4/1/07 or later. The ship date is located on the top left hand side of your Receipt. You can also log into your SmartPak account at www.SmartPak. com or contact us at 1-800-461-8898 to determine your most recent ship date. We are working with the FDA to test this batch of product to determine if it was in fact affected. As a proactive measure we have shipped you a free month supply of Wellness Weight Management Super5Mix dog food so that you have an alternative food available to feed to your dog(s). We have confirmed with this manufacturer that none of their products contain the illegal contaminant in question. Wellness brand dog food contains only the highest quality, human grade ingredients.

    Please note that some dogs may experience diarrhea and possibly vomiting for a few days whenever there is a change in food. In an ideal situation, a dog’s food should be changed gradually over the course of 1-2 weeks. However because we have advised you to discontinue feeding LiveSmart Weight Management Chicken and Brown Rice Dog Food, you may want to switch more quickly to an alternative food such as the Wellness Weight Management Super5Mix that we have provided. If diarrhea or vomiting persists, or if you see any other signs of illness in your dog, please contact your veterinarian.

    Rest assured that SmartPak is taking this matter very seriously. With the exception of Natural Balance and LiveSmart Weight Management formula, no other brands of dog or cat foods that SmartPak carries have been connected to the contaminated rice protein concentrate or the wheat gluten recall that occurred in March. We will continue to take the appropriate actions and will cooperate fully with any investigations that take place. Your dog’s health is very important to us! Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions. We will continue to update our website as more information becomes available.

    Paal Gisholt
    President & CEO
    SmartPak Canine

    And another pet food company CEO explains its company's recall of cat food, this one sent to us by Michelle Bearden:

    "The Blue Buffalo Company has undertaken a voluntary recall on one production run of our Spa Select Kitten dry food. The production code on the recalled product is: "Best Used By Mar. 07 08 B.""

    We have taken this action because the rice protein concentrate used for this one production run was obtained from Wilbur-Ellis, the same company who supplied this ingredient to Natural Balance. Test results received late last evening (4/18) indicated that this rice protein concentrate tested positive for melamine. This is the first and only time our manufacturing partner sourced an ingredient from Wilbur-Ellis, and we had no knowledge that they had imported the ingredients from China.

    We have advised the FDA of this finding and will be working closely with them on this issue.

    Of the 5,044 bags produced in this one run, we were able to prevent the majority from ever entering retail distribution. We are working closely with our retail partners to remove this product immediately and will be re-stocking the shelves with Spa Select Kitten dry food that was produced without any rice protein sourced from Wilbur-Ellis as soon as possible.

    If you currently have a bag of Spa Select Kitten dry food, please check the code date and if it matches the one shown above discontinue use immediately and return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. If your cat has eaten any of the recalled food, please call your veterinarian immediately to discuss if there are any risks to your pet.

    Should you have a specific question call our Customer Service Department at 1-800-919-2833 or email us at [email protected] com. We understand your desire for immediate answers and we will be working to get back to you as quickly as we can.

    No other Spa Select cat food or dog food, canned or dry, is included in this recall.

    As a family owned company whose reason for being is to provide cats and dogs with the highest quality natural foods, we are extremely upset by this recall and can't begin to apologize enough to our customers. From our perspective, it is unacceptable to produce even one bag of food with the potential to cause a pet to become ill, and we will further tighten our ingredient sourcing and quality assurance procedures as a result of this incident.

    Bill Bishop
    The Blue Buffalo Company

    Dr. Russell comments:
    We appreciate the candor of small pet food suppliers who seem caught up in this tragedy.
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    (c)2007 Dr. R. J. Russell & the CTCA

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