Friday, April 20, 2007

Pet food recall update - SG


Solid Gold, another brand of cat food (Katz n Flocken) that I'm using, provides some relief with its announcement.

From it's website
Sold Gold news & announcements:

Re: Natural Balance Product Removal / Menu Foods
We at Solid Gold Health Products for Pets, Inc. ("Solid Gold') realize that consumers are very concerned with the recent product food recalls. We would like to assure our customers that there are no safety concerns with Solid Gold products. The product recalls and removals have centered around ingredients sourced in China, in particular wheat gluten and now rice protein concentrate. These products are thought to be contaminated with melamine. Neither of these ingredients are used in any Solid Gold food products, nor do we source any ingredients from China, either directly or indirectly. We do not use gluten meal of any kind in any of our foods.

All the ingredients in Solid Gold products are sourced domestically with three exceptions. The lamb meal used in our dry foods is sourced from New Zealand, which produces some of the cleanest meat in the world. The potato protein used in Barking at the Moon is sourced in Europe. Our Blended Tuna canned cat food (grain free) is produced offshore due to the lack of tuna processing plants in the United States.

Sincerely,

Steven J. Wirick
Chief Operating Officer
Solid Gold Health Products for Pets, Inc.

Tel. # 800-364-4863
Fax # 619-258-3907

INGREDIENT SOURCING
We would like to assure our customers that all the ingredients in Solid Gold products are sourced domestically with three exceptions. The lamb meal used in our dry foods is sourced from New Zealand, which produces some of the cleanest meat in the world. The potato protein used in Barking at the Moon is sourced in Europe. Our Blended Tuna canned cat food is produced in an American owned plant in Thailand, due to the lack of tuna processing plants in the United States.

MENU FOODS DOES NOT PRODUCE ANY SOLID GOLD PRODUCT
We at Solid Gold realize that customers are very concerned with the recent recall of canned products made by Menu foods. We would like to assure our customers that there are no safety concerns with Solid Gold products. Menu Foods does not make Solid Gold foods in any of their manufacturing facilities. Solid Gold is not subject to the current recall. Furthermore, Solid Gold does not use wheat gluten in any of our dry foods, canned foods, treats, or supplements. Wheat gluten is the suspected cause of the problems involving the recalled food. Gluten is the protein found in grain. Gluten meals such as wheat gluten and corn gluten are included in pet food as a protein source in lieu of meat, which is a more expensive form of protein. Solid Gold believes dogs and cats should receive most of their protein in the form of meat, not grain.

2 comments:

jennifer_yq said...

do u know if SG is good for cats? any past recall? also what is the price for the largest pack? (sori, too much qns)


i just bought a NB(not recall product). It was my first purchase... i used to feed netro before the menu food recall. now i swithed to NB, recall again... i plan to switch again..it is annoying trying to fidn a good dry food for my kitties

auntie p said...

Jennifer, I think SG is not bad, as my gf's cats are all plump and plush (their coats). It's kind of a holistic diet (no wheat, corn, soy, gluten, poultry fat, no salt or by-products, etc.) and has herbs added. Check out www.solidgoldhealth.com for more info, although their website is quite brief.

However, my experience is that the greedy cats will love SG (which contains lamb) and will put on weight if allowed free-choice feeding. Chaos Cat had the same problem with one of her cats (Beauty?) putting on lots of weight when she fed them SG.

I buy SG on and off and mix it with other brands (currently RC or Avo), and watch their food intake, so their weight is under control. I bought the big pack (about 7 - 7.5kg) for around $50. The small 4 pounds (1.8kg) pack costs about $20 - you may want to try a small pack to see if your cats like it.

I'll take a pic of the ingredients list later and post it up so that you can make a comparison with other cat food brands.