Iams and Eukanuba are two of the latest brands of dog food to be recalled due to potential contamination. They are not alone – there have been more than 600 food recalls so far this year in North America alone!
Salmonella contamination is particularly concerning, as it causes health problems in humans as well as dogs. In fact, simply handling contaminated food can infect the person, causing such symptoms as diarrhea, abdominal cramps and fever. In some cases it can result in hospitalisation.
Food companies are usually quite prompt in recalling their products when they detect there is a problem. However the issue remains that recalls usually happen after a problem has started to appear and it is only detected after the food has been released into the market. This means that there are no guarantees that the food you are handling and feeding your dog won’t make the both of you sick.
So how can you minimise the risk of infection from contaminated dog food? One of the best ways is to look at the safety record of the company who produces it. How common are their food recalls? The fewer there are, the more likely that your batch will also be safe.
There is one company that stands head and shoulders above any other major dogfood company when it comes to safety. Pro Pac and Earthborn Holistic are the ONLY major brands of dog food that have NEVER had a food recall due to contamination. It’s a remarkable feat – and all the more impressive when you consider that Pro Pac has been in production for 25 years. A quarter of a century with no incidents of contamination is an incredible achievement.
The reason for this is that the company go to great lengths to ensure they never have a problem. The production facitlity, at Chickasha, Oklahoma, has some of the most stringent cleanliness procedures of any petfood company and has been described as a benchmark and the envy of the industry.
But the safeguards for Pro Pac and Earthborn Holistic go much further than that. The company takes the unusual (and much more expensive step) of having every single batch of food tested for salmonella and enterobacteriaceae contamination. The products are ONLY released for shipment after acceptable results are received from an independent laboratory. In addition, there are frequent tests for other potential toxins such as aflatoxin, botulin toxin, clostridium and high plate counts.
What all this means for you as a dog owner is that you can be as assured as is possible that Pro Pac and Earthborn Holistic are the safest foods on the market. The chances of you or your dog becoming ill from these foods is virtually nil.
With food recalls escalating – and contamination causing illnesses in dogs and humans around the world – this is very comforting to know. Not only do these foods contain the highest quality natural ingredients, but the chances of contamination are less than any other food on the market.
For more information, and to purchase Pro Pac or Earthborn Holistic for your dog direct from the New Zealand importer, visit www.petfooddirect.co.nz or call tollfree 0800 DOG FOOD (0800 364 366).