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FDA is not looking into Nutro Dog Food

There’s an article at ConsumerAffairs.com that claims the FDA is looking into claims of several deaths and a lot of sick dogs over the last two years.

However, I went to the Nutro website and they deny that the FDA is looking into their foods. You can read the Nutro website here. I don’t know who’s telling the truth, but if you do feed Nutro, it would be a good idea to look into this. It’s always best to be informed! UPDATE: See video in this post, which says Nutro’s right, there is NO FDA investigation.

From the Nutro Web Site: “For the past year, ConsumerAffairs.com, an “independent Web-based consumer news and resource center,” not affiliated with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission or Consumer Reports, has been selectively posting consumer complaints and authoring its own statements that draw false links between isolated instances of illness and death among pets, and the consumption of NUTRO® pet food products.”

From the Consumer Affairs website on April 20:
“The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has confirmed that the agency is investigating NUTRO pet food, following a series of unexplained illnesses and deaths. Consumers have been complaining for more than two years that their pets have become ill after eating NUTRO products; many have recovered when they were switched to other foods. The company has steadfastly denied that its food is to blame.”

FYI, Nutro was part of a recall in 2007 (FDA website). I’m a nervous nellie when it comes to feeding my dogs, so I only get products made in the USA or Canada, the closer to Seattle, the better.

UPDATE: I found this video from 4/24/09 of a tv news program that said the FDA denied any investigation when asked by CNN. So are those reports of sick dogs just made up, or is the FDA behind?



And a quote from the FDA from WXYZ news, Detroit: “Normally, we do not confirm or deny the existence of an investigation. In this situation, though, it’s unfair to the company to leave the implication out there, so I want to state that there is NO INVESTIGATION currently underway into NUTRO products.”

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One Response to “FDA is not looking into Nutro Dog Food”

  1. carole Says:

    Due to all my dogs being seriously ill I started an internet search on various subjects. Then I ran into many complaints regarding the same food I’ve been feeding them for over a year: Nutro Max Natural Choice Lamb and Rice.

    According to the article below, the FDA “is” conducting an investigation of Nutro! The contents of the article follow.

    FDA Confirms Probe of NUTRO Pet Food Deaths, Illnesses
    Menu Foods earlier revealed it was the target of a federal probe

    By Lisa Wade McCormick
    ConsumerAffairs.com
    Copyright 2009 © All Rights Reserved

    April 20, 2009
    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has confirmed that the agency is investigating NUTRO pet food, following a series of unexplained illnesses and deaths. Consumers have been complaining for more than two years that their pets have become ill after eating NUTRO products; many have recovered when they were switched to other foods. The company has steadfastly denied that its food is to blame.

    Until now, the FDA has been mum about whether it was actively investigating the company. Today, the FDA’s Division of Freedom of Information confirmed the agency has an ongoing investigation into NUTRO — and said that investigation could be criminal or civil in nature. The office did not elaborate on the nature or focus of that investigation.

    The investigation came to light when the FDA denied a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request by ConsumerAffairs.com seeking a list of complaints and lab results the agency has collected regarding NUTRO pet food. The agency denied the request and said that releasing the information could hamper “prospective or ongoing” action by law enforcement.

    “The document(s) constitute record(s) compiled for law enforcement purposes, the disclosure of which could reasonably be expected to interfere with enforcement proceedings,” wrote the FDA’s George A. Strait, Jr., assistant commissioner for public affairs.

    Read more: http://www.consumeraffairs.com/news04/2009/04/nutro_foia.html#ixzz0WknJMKJT

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