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Procter & Gamble (P&G) has issued a recall for one of its canned cat food formulas due to possible insufficient levels of thiamine (Vitamin B1). All varieties of the company’s Iams ProActive Health canned cat and kitten food (available in both 3 ounce and 5.5 ounce cans) sold and distributed in North America have been recalled as part of the announcement.

Cats fed the ProActive Health canned foods may be at greater risk for developing signs of thiamine deficiency, according the P&G. Thiamine deficiency can contribute to vomiting, a loss of appetite, weight loss, and excessive salivation. Prolonged cases can lead to falling or wobbly walking, excessive circling, ventroflexion of the neck (downward curing), and seizures. When treated promptly thiamine deficiency is reversible in most cases.

Proctor & Gamble recommends trashing the canned cat foods where the date on the bottom of the can falls between 09/2011 and 06/2012. Additional information and product refund inquiries should be directed to P&G’s toll free number at (877) 340-8826.

This isn’t the first case of a pet food recall for thiamine insufficiency. Last December, Diamond Pet Foods issued a similar recall for some bags of its Premium Edge Finicky Adult Cat and Premium Edge Hairball cat foods.

While no other Iams formulas or other P&G pet foods are involved in the recall, Innova and Evo customers may be wondering what’s in store for them, as P&G recently moved to acquire Natura Pet Products, the parent company of Innova, Evo, California Natural, and Karma pet foods.

Many Natura customers had already been questioning the acquisition and what it might mean for the long-term quality of the Natura products, and an Iams recall likely won’t help ease their concerns.

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If you’ve been wondering if Flint River Ranch’s new Signature Brand Duck and Potato Dog Food formula will ever arrive, we have good news.  We’re still at least a couple months away from its debut, but everything is moving forward on the newest addition to the Flint River Ranch line-up.  Here’s the latest we have on the new duck and potato formula from Flint River Ranch Headquarters:

We have started our palatability and feeding studies on the “Duck and Potato” formula!  We expect that we’ll have the results and make any adjustments to this formula within the next two months.  Once these studies are complete and the final labels printed, we will add this formula to our lineup for purchase.

As of yet, we don’t have the specifics worked out for this formula but it will be an excellent formula.  It will be one of the most nutritious formulas we’ve produced and will include some ingredients we haven’t previously used.  We’ll be listing the final ingredients as soon as the formula is fixed for all to study.

How excited are you about the new formula?  Will you be looking to try it out right away or taking a wait-and-see approach instead?

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Pet Force Pet Stain and Odor Remover is an amazing pet urine and odor cleaning product that Flint River Ranch sold directly up until 2008.  We haven’t been able to stock it since then, but we have been hoping to find a new supplier in order to continue making it available to our customers.

Our question to you is this — are you still interested in Pet Force and its extremely effective dog and cat urine stain removal capabilities?  How likely would you be to purchase it online if we’re able to supply it at A+ Flint River Ranch?

Here’s a bit more information about Pet Force Pet Cleaner.  Pet Force is designed to remove particularly tricky odors and stains, especially from pet accidents. Pet Force provides superior stain removal for urine, vomit, feces, cat spraying and marking, food, grease, blood, grass, juice, wine, coffee laundry and other types of stain problems.

Pet Force works on all carpet types and also below the carpeting, getting into the padding and the sub-floor where the bacteria attack the waste that other products can’t reach. In this way, Pet Force ensures complete and total removal of unseen odor spots that your pet would otherwise still be able to detect. Pet Force also prevents mold from occurring.

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We’re excited to be able to offer our ultra premium all natural Flint River Ranch dog foods and cat foods for delivery to Alaska and Hawaii customers for the first time.

We’re also excited to be the first and only Flint River Ranch site to offer online ordering for shipping Flint River Ranch pet foods to Alaska and Hawaii, enabling customers in these two states to efficiently and easily order Flint River Ranch dog foods and cat foods for delivery directly to your door.

Because UPS charges additional fees for shipping to Alaska and Hawaii, shipping fees will apply to Flint River Ranch orders shipped to Alaska or Hawaii based on the total number of boxes to be shipped. We always strive to ship orders in as few boxes as possible to reduce shipping costs for our customers. Our online ordering system will automatically calculate the shipping fees based on the quantity and types of Flint River Ranch ordered.

Flint River Ranch shipments to locations in all other states will remain unchanged — the shipping cost is included in our pricing, with no additional fees added for shipping or handling.

At A+ Flint River Ranch we’re always striving to offer more than the competition while ensuring our prices remain lower than other sites. Our new exclusive online system for pet food delivery to Alaska and Hawaii customers is just one of many factors that we believe help set A+ Flint River Ranch apart from the competition, and we’re excited to be able to now extend all of these benefits to our friends in Alaska and Hawaii as well:

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Somewhat surprising news in the pet food biz this week, as Procter & Gamble announced it’s acquiring Natura Pet Products, the privately-held premium pet food company whose product line includes Innova, Evo, California Natural, Healthwise, Mother Nature, and Karma pet foods.

Natura’s brands will join P&G’s existing Eukanuba and Iams pet food brands in a move to improve P&G’s poisition in the holistic and natural pet food market. Specific terms of the deal weren’t disclosed, but Natura officials did report they feel P&G is the ideal company to help take its brands to “the next level of growth.”

While formulas and ingredients likely won’t change much for Natura’s product line, at least not in the short term, it’ll be interesting to see how customers react to their specialty brands joining with more mainstream pet foods in the Eukanuba and Iams lines. It will also be interesting to see how P&G positions Natura’s natural dog foods and cat foods with some of the all natural pet food formulas currently offered by P&G like its Eukanuba Naturally Wild Dog Food and Iams Healthy Naturals Dog Food formulas.

Another question involves how P&G will expand the distribution of Natura’s products, which typically sell in pet specialty stores and directly through veterinarians, into the mainstream via “big chain” stores such as PetSmart and PETCO.

The acquisition is also a bit of a surprise, as some in the industry have recently questioned P&G’s desire to remain in the pet food business. Pet care and pet products is a relatively small segment for P&G, and it hasn’t performed as well as other areas of the company’s business.

What’s your opinion of the Natura Pet Foods acquisition by Procter & Gamble?

Update: Examiner.com has a good article about the Natura Pet Products sale that summarizes many of the Natura customer worries: “that mass-marketing the product will reduce the quality of its production, that the formula will change, that ingredients will become lower grade, and that changes will not be quickly or honestly communicated to consumers. Additionally, Procter & Gamble has a poorly regarded history of animal testing and rumors of animal cruelty in the production of some of its other brands, most notably, Iams and Eukanuba.”

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Two quick notes this week. First, our Spring Savings Sale on all Flint River Ranch pet foods and treats will be ending soon — this coming Friday, in fact, so get your orders in soon!

With our Spring Savings special, current A+ FRR customers will receive $5 off orders over $75 and $10 off orders over $150 – no Flint River Ranch dog food coupon codes needed!

Also, a quick update on the Flint River Ranch Duck and Oatmeal Dog Food formula.

Unfortunately, there’s been a delay with the supplier of the duck that will be used in the formula, and right now we don’t have an expected date for the formula’s release. As soon as we have new information on the Duck & Oatmeal formula we’ll update the blog.

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In the spirit of the spring season we’re excited to offer our customers a Spring Savings Sale on all Flint River Ranch pet foods and treats.

For a limited time both new and current A+ FRR customers will save on Flint River pet food purchases, with new customers receiving an automatic 10% discount and current customers receiving $5 off orders over $75 and $10 off orders over $150 – no coupon codes needed!

We want to thank all of our customers for your continued patronage of A+ Flint River Ranch. Thank you again, and please tell your friends and family about the Flint River Ranch Spring Sale — hurry, the automatic Flint River discount savings will end soon!

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In rather shocking news, it was reported yesterday by the Chicago Tribune that the owners of Wheeling, Ill.-based Evanger’s Dog and Cat Food Company are facing charges of felony theft and money laundering for allegedly stealing more than $1.7 million worth of gas and electricity to run the company and its manufacturing plant.

The Tribune reports that Joel Sher and his wife, Holly, altered their gas meter to prevent it from recording how much gas they used for their high-end pet food company and also built a separate underground pipe to divert the flow of gas before it reached the meter at their company. To cover their tracks, the couple allegedly inserted a two-way valve so the gas flow could be re-directed when gas company officials did inspections.

Evanger’s offers both canned and dry dog and cat foods as well as a line of kosher pet products. The company is also known for being featured on an episode of a Food Network television show starring Rachael Ray.

This also isn’t the first time the Evangers pet food company has made news. This past June the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (U.S. FDA) announced it was suspending Evanger’s Dog & Cat Food Co.’s emergency permit to ship pet food as a result of the company’s manufacturing procedures potentially allowing the bacterium that causes botulism to survive in some of its products.

Botulism is a powerful toxin that affects the nervous system and can be fatal. The disease has been documented in dogs and cats, with signs of botulism including progressive muscle paralysis, disturbed vision, difficulty in chewing and swallowing, progressive weakness to the body, and potentially even death, usually due to paralysis of the heart or the muscles used in breathing.

Also, in April 2008, Evanger’s was issued an “Order of Need for Emergency Permit” after the FDA determined that the company had failed to meet the regulatory requirements to process a product that does not present a health risk.

In June 2008, FDA did issue Evanger’s a temporary Emergency Permit, but following inspections conducted between March 2009 and April 2009 the FDA determined that Evanger’s was not operating in compliance with the mandatory requirements and conditions of the Temporary Emergency Permit.

The FDA claimed that Evanger’s “deviated from the prescribed process, equipment, product shipment, and recordkeeping requirements in the production of the company’s thermally processed low acid canned food (LACF) products” and that under-processed pet food could be the result.

For more information on these events, click on the articles below:

Owners of pet food company featured on Rachael Ray show charged with stealing gas, electricity

FDA Orders Evanger’s To Stop Shipping Pet Food

Pet Owners Unsurprised by FDA Shutdown of Evanger’s

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Exciting news at Flint River Ranch! Ingredients for the new Flint River Ranch Duck and Oatmeal Dog Food formula have been ordered from FRR’s suppliers, and shipping dates for the new formula should be available very soon (within the month).

If you missed our earlier post about the new formula, Flint River Ranch is building on the foundation that the Flint River Ranch “Fish & Chips” Trout and Potato Dog Food formula initiated by utilizing the best aspects of its formula as the core of the company’s new “Signature Brand” line of nugget-shaped, oven-baked dog foods.

The Duck and Oatmeal formula will be the second release in a complete line of separate formulas under the Signature Brand philosophy, all with their core ingredients being very similar and therefore greatly easing the transitional periods that some food-sensitive dogs run into.
The “Signature Brand” formulas will incorporate a “mix of different proteins” within a pet’s diet to better enable dogs to garner different nutritional aspects from these variations. At the same time, the proteins will be more concentrated and savory in their own unique formula.

The current goal is to create a formula line that will present the various proteins of Fish, Duck, Chicken, Beef, Lamb and perhaps Venison as the key ingredients in separate formulas with a variety of complementary fats. With the “Fish and Chips” formula enjoying great success and having generally met with no adverse issues for those dogs who are thriving on it, Flint River believes that everyone will find a favorite as the new formulas are released and also be comforted knowing that if you need or want to offer some more variety, you won’t have to move to a totally different formula. You’ll still have the majority of the formula as a base to greatly eliminate transitional issues.

Flint River Ranch will still continue to carry and support all other lines but at the same time looks to be able to meet more of the public need for a true “rotational diet” and also continue to satisfy those looking for more of a reduced or “grain-free” dog food diet that the Signature Brand line will provide. There will be no wheat, rice, corn or soybeans in any of these formulas and there will be an emphasis on more unique ingredients, utilizing oats, potatoes (sweet and white), and more fruits and vegetables than have been traditionally used within this new line.

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Jay P. Margedant, President of Flint River Ranch, has the following message to share with Flint River Ranch customers and distributors:

As the end of the year is fast approaching, we would like to take a moment and express our sincere thanks to everyone who honored us with your business, continued loyalty and fellowship. We know that this has been a trying year with the economic conditions that continue to be a part of all of our lives, but we are pleased to say that Flint River Ranch has come through strong and more directed towards our future.

While we did not have any major impacts this year, we did make a significant improvement with moving of our offices into a new address. We are just around the corner from the old address, but it’s a whole new environment and one in which we will better able to deal with “the work that is the back office” to Flint River Ranch. We still have some unpacking and improvements to finish, but we are getting settled down and I do not think that anyone was impacted by our transition. The new official Flint River Ranch site address for all correspondence is:

Flint River Ranch
245 Hembree Park Dr, Ste 110
Roswell, GA 30076

None of our phone numbers, fax, or email addresses have changed.

Our New “Signature Brand” Line of Dog Food Formulas

Another important announcement is that during the 1st Quarter of 2010 we will be releasing our newest formula! We are building on the foundation that the Trout and Potato dog food formula initiated by utilizing most of its formula as the core of our new “Signature Brand” line of dog foods.

Our second release will be Duck and Potato. We have plans for a complete line of separate formulas under this line — all with their core ingredients being very similar, therefore greatly easing the transitional periods that some folks run into. We have always advocated a “mix of different proteins” within a pet’s diet, as it better enables our pets to garner different nutritional aspects from these variations. We look to do the same with our “Signature Brand” line of formulas, but with the proteins being more concentrated and savory in their own unique formula.

Our intention is to have a formula line that will present the various proteins of Fish, Duck, Chicken, Beef, Lamb and perhaps Venison as the key ingredients in separate formulas with a variety of complementary fats. We already know — as do most of you — that the “Fish and Chips” diet is a fantastic formula and has generally met with no adverse issues for those dogs who are thriving on it. We believe that everyone will find a favorite as the new formulas are released and also be comforted that if you need or want to offer some more variety, you won’t have to move to a totally different formula. You’ll still have the majority of the formula as a base to greatly eliminate transitional issues.

We will still continue to carry and support all other lines but we’ll be looking to be able to meet more of the public need for a true “rotational diet” and also continue to satisfy those looking for more of a “reduced or grain-free” dog food diet that the Signature Brand line provides. There will be no wheat, rice, corn, or soybeans in any of these formulas and we will have an emphasis on more unique ingredients as we go along.

We’ll be utilizing oats, potatoes (sweet and white), and more fruits and vegetables than we have traditionally used within this new line. We know that these new formulas will find their niche just as the Fish & Chips formula did so many years ago. As with previous formulas, all new products will continue to be oven-baked and in the nugget shape. We’ll be making a further announcement with the final ingredient list once we go into production. We are also doing our best to get the pricing to be as complementary to each formula as we can.

Thank you all again for a wonderful year and we look forward to 2010 and the renewed vigor that the New Year always brings. Happy Holidays and have a very happy and safe New Year!

Sincerely,

Jay P. Margedant
Flint River Ranch

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