What You Need To Know About Dog Food Recalls
Blue Buffalo dry dog food recalls are on the news constantly. The recalls are disturbing to pet owners, but it’s important to know what these recalls mean and what type of ingredients were involved. There is a big difference between having a recall happen, and having your product recalled.
Products that are recalled have been found to contain certain ingredients. Those ingredients are usually raw ingredients, or ingredients that have been frozen in the past. Products with raw ingredients include dog food for cats and other animals. The ingredients were either mishandled, and the finished product was contaminated with pathogens.
Products that have been contaminated with pathogens are said to be recalled. Because of the severity of the recalled products, they are taken off the shelves and sent back to the manufacturer. The manufacturer does its own tests, and then reports the recall to the Food and Drug Administration.
In the first instance, the manufacturer checks to see if the contaminated food was stored properly in the first place. If the foods were stored improperly, then the manufacturer will know exactly what types of preservatives and/or nutrients were affected. The manufacturer also knows exactly which containers and cans to throw out.
After this has been done, the manufacturer checks the expiration date of the product. If the expiration date has passed, then the company will not be able to get the recalled products off the shelves. They can continue to sell the recalled products, but with a warning label on them.
Once the company has done its tests and is certain that the recalled product has been recalled, they submit the products to the FDA for their investigation. A “Recall Investigation Report” is prepared by the company. This is how the company comes to understand that the product has been recalled.
If you’ve heard about dog food recalls, you might wonder what they actually are. The good news is that the recall notice will only be issued to the general public. Only the owners of the products are informed of the recall.
Companies will take precautions to minimize the risk of it happening again. The precautions include changing the products, eliminating the recalled products from the shelves, and avoiding the recalled products altogether. They may do more, however, depending on the amount of time it takes to find and eliminate the recalled product.
Large distribution companies that contract with a company like Blue Buffalo to supply their products will inform the general public of the recall. When people who buy these products to find out about it, they contact the company to ask questions. This is how the company manages the recall.
If the recalled product was manufactured by a company, the company will tell the FDA and will take steps to contact the consumer. This might be via phone, mail, or online. The consumer might have questions that require answers, and the company will contact the customer.
If the customer doesn’t want to answer any questions, the company will provide a customer service representative. The representative will investigate the issue and contact the customer. By then, the company has had ample time to identify the problem and complete its own testing.
The next time you hear about dog food recalls, think about how the companies are handling the situation. They took every precaution, and they investigated the problem carefully, because they wanted to avoid letting customers down.