By Gina Spadafori
October 28, 2010
Blue Buffalo continues to prove that it thinks all you “pet parents” — as the company calls you in its patronizing recall notices — are mushrooms, as in should be kept in the dark and fed shit. From the Pet Food Express stores, with a hat tip to the always awesome Therese:
Several Blue Buffalo dry dog food formulas were recalled in October for high Vitamin D levels. We know from long experience that â€œlimitedâ€ recalls often expand to other products so it is our policy that when an item from a manufacturer is recalled, we pull all their products in the same category until they provide us satisfactory documentation of their safety. In our experience, every manufacturer that is concerned about food safety has shared test results and procedural details with us to this end. Blue Buffalo has declined to do so claiming that the information is proprietary and private. Furthermore, the company representative that we were dealing with told us that, â€œIf the information I have already provided does not meet your requirements, I suggest you pull the products permanently from your stores.â€ We are committed to safety for your pet. We are not comfortable that we can fulfill that commitment with Blue Buffalo. Therefore we are discontinuing the sale of their products.
Good on PFE for their stand on this. Blue Buffalo, meanwhile, continues to be the perfect example of how to disrespect your customers. I don’t care how good their food is: I would not use it or recommend it, based on the company’s behavior over the last three years.
Kim is writing more on Metacam for later today, but here’s the uptick, from Veterinary Practice News:
Boehringer Ingleheim Vetmedica Inc. has added a boxed warning to the labels of its Metacam Solution for Injection and Metacam Oral Suspension.
The labels now include: â€œWarning. Repeated use of meloxicam in cats has been associated with acute renal failure and death. Do not administer additional injectable or oral meloxicam to cats. See contraindications, warnings and precautions for detailed information.â€