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Masha July 3rd, 2008 02:03 PM

Wellness canned - manufactured by Menu foods??!!
I just read that Wellness canned is manufactured by Menu foods. Is that true? If so, what are your thoughts on this? I must admit this make me feel slightly uncomfortable. I know quite a few of us here feed this to our cats, so I hope to hear from you on this one.


sugarcatmom July 3rd, 2008 02:49 PM

Yup, canned Wellness is indeed made at Menu Foods, but at a different plant than the 2 that were involved in the recall. As well, my understanding is that Wellness provides the ingredients and Menu Foods merely processes them, whereas the ingredients in the recalled foods were provided by Menu. Different companies have different arrangements.

My take on the issue is that unless you're willing to make your own food, you're always going to be at the pet food company's mercy (that goes for human food too). Wellness did not have any recalled product, they handled themselves professionally during the recall, and they make a quality food. That's good enough for me, for now at least. There just aren't enough other equally good canned foods to be able to pick and choose. None are perfect. I believe Natura (Innova Evo, California Naturals etc) and Nature's Variety are also made by Menu Foods. Merrick and Evanger's are not (although Evanger's have had their own canning problems).

Masha July 3rd, 2008 02:50 PM

Just finished browsing through the Pet Food List. Looks like most of the companies i like get their wet foods manufactured by Menu, including Petcurian and Natura Pet.

rainbow July 3rd, 2008 02:52 PM

Yes, Menu Foods done make some of their canned food and this is what they have to say about it...

[QUOTE]Old Mother Hubbard (verified by company 3/26/07, updated 4/24/07)

[B]*[/B]Menu does make some of our canned cat and canned dog foods. They make OUR recipes according to OUR quality standards.
[B]*[/B]We have procedures in place to clean between each run of food that is produced. We also inspect the plant regularly to audit their procedures. We require our facilities to pass an audit by Cook & Thurber, a HUMAN FOOD auditing firm."
[B]*[/B]Other manufacturers are used besides Menu Foods.
[B]*[/B]Products do not contain wheat gluten, corn or soy, artificial preservatives, flavors or colors.
[B]*[/B]We do not source rice protein concentrate from Binzhou Futian Biological Technology, the manufacturer of the contaminated rice protein concentrate. (from website 4/24/07)
[B]*[/B]We do not purchase rice protein concentrate from Wilbur-Ellis. (from website 4/24/07)
[B]*[/B]We have visited the plants where we source our rice protein concentrate, and they have consistently met our stringent standards. (from website 4/24/07) [/QUOTE]

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Chaser July 3rd, 2008 06:00 PM

[QUOTE=sugarcatmom;617195]My take on the issue is that unless you're willing to make your own food, you're always going to be at the pet food company's mercy[/QUOTE]

Unfortunately, I think you are completely right :frustrated: And I agree with you that right now I trust Wellness more than most brands and am sticking with it for now, but as seems apparent from the news about Canidae, a good thing doesn't necessarily last.

[B]rainbow[/B] - I hadn't seen before today. What a great site! I'm glad you shared it.

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