We are aware that Menu Foods has initiated a recall. No products made by Wellness & Old Mother Hubbard are affected in any way.
Again, no Wellness, Old Mother Hubbard, or Neura products are part of this recall.
Menu does make some of our foods, although they do not make any of our dry foods.
There are two very important factors in determining the quality of a food. The first is the manufacturer. In this case, Menu Foods is a top notch manufacturer that receives excellent scores for food safety and quality systems. They make a consistent product which is exactly what the company asks for. Frankly, they make product for so many companies because they are one of the best..
The second factor is formula. Ingredient selection can make or break product quality. Certain ingredients can be allergens to certain pets. Other ingredients can be sourced for either their quality or their price. Chicken ingredients, for example, can be sourced at various prices. Low ash chicken, which is better for a cat, can be sourced at a higher price. Those are the types of ingredients we use, because they are of higher quality. So I would not assume all companies are created equal. If you'd like to learn more, please call us. We have much more information where that came from!
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I appreciate OMH's candor here. They clearly chose Menu Foods for a reason and they have no regrets. While I believe their food is high-quality stuff, I'm deeply troubled by their continued support of a company which conducts deadly animal tests, produces poisoned food, and then sits on information which could have saved lives in an attempt to save face.
I'm also concerned by OMH's position on animal testing. Here is an explanatino of the animal testing policy from the OMH Official FAQ:
Q: Why are you not on PETA's "Do Not Test List"?
A: In order to be placed on PETA's "Do Not Test List", we would be required to sign a contract that states that we approve of everything that PETA does and that we cannot alter or change our formulas without informing them first. While we have great admiration and respect for PETA's agenda, upon legal consultation, we were advised that it was not in our company's best interest to sign their contract.
I'm going to try to contact PETA and ask about their requirements for getting on the "Do Not Test List," but on the face of it, this just doesn't sound right to me. If you look at the PETA list, there are plenty of products on it. Are they all running their formulas by PETA on a regular basis?
Is Old Mother Hubbard actively doing bad things to animals? We don't know. Here's what they say in the FAQ:
Q: Why can't you give me the information on the animals that you use to test the food? Are they kept in cages? What about the kennel? Can I contact them?
A: The animals that are used are privately owned and kept in kennels for a period of 4 days for the feeding trials to see how they like our food. For any further information you would need to contact AAFCO.
Let's assume for a second that the privately-owned kennel, which we know nothing about, is incredibly humane. The fact is that Old Mother Hubbard does business with Menu Foods and, as a business partner, is helping Menu Foods stay in business. Menu Foods has a track record of killing dogs and cats, whether through inaction or animal testing.
I am sorry to have to do this, but I think I'm going to have to switch brands. I can't have my money supporting Menu Foods.