Then after we took an image of that to monitor her condition, we discovered her liver and spleen were enlarged and very odd looking. I think creating more distrust may be one of the goals of this lawsuit. Would the very high meat and meat meal inclusion (higher than any other dry food as far as I know) be concentrating that to result in a dry food with a higher than expected test result (though still lower than canned, from what I read)? The FACT is now Orijen actually costs MORE per bag, per pound even buying the largest bag, than feeding my pooch HUMAN GRADE FOOD from my local grocery store. He was a rescue dog, and when we acquired him he was eagerly eating the junk food that the rescue group provided. If you like Orijen it was because of the company’s standards and not the country’s. The DogStar Kitchen in Auburn is close to a Superfund Site that had heavy metal toxins. I agree Martha. Orijen meets EU standards which is higher than the U.S. Thank you. One big circle of people trying to eliminate the good in society. Thank you! I like how everyone is so hot to defend these companies that couldn’t care less about the health or well-being of your pet. Anyone can do the necessary calculations using Susan’s figures if you know your dog’s weight in kg and how much food in kg he or she eats per day. As many know, this is a very expensive brand of kibble. I have a Chihuahua too and never worried about my other larger breed dogs like I do about her and such a little body. I always thought Orijen was one of the safest. I don’t have enough science background to know if this is a crazy idea, but concerning the BPA aspect…. I have serious doubts about the validity of these claims (which seems to be validated somewhat in some of the other posts) until I can see them from a legitimate source. I don’t feed dry to my cats or dogs when I had them, but I use Orijen when transitioning new kibble-fed cats to canned and then raw. The closure consists of a three-phase approach involving application of lime and fertilizer, regrading and revegetation, and ground water/surface water monitoring. Sorry. It’s also not specified which forms of the metals were tested for. As I recall, my dog with skin allergies did better for a while. We spent nearly $10,000 over the course of several months trying to bring her out of it. The landfarming area was never closed. Why do they not go after the really crappy foods? I thought perhaps it was a virus but it’s gone on for too long for that to be the case. When you dog gets sick you will think differently. I switched to Nulo and another Instinct and their coats became lustrous and soft again. The suit also mentions a pet owner whose pets had much improved health after she stopped feeding them Acana and started cooking for them… Of course! Presently feeding Acana Duck to my dog and Acana to my cat. Click Here. The company pretended not to have any idea what could be going on. The reported acceptable daily intake amounts are reflected in mg/kg (the commonly accepted method of reporting) yet the lawsuit “contamination chart” reports their findings in ug/mg, which instantaneously puts people on edge because it seems extremely elevated. Bella likes the Regional Red. Also, that way, she senses that she’s eating what we’re eating. Choices that will address any kind of condition what so ever. L-Leucine 1.89 1.83 -3.17% Home made meals for pets are excellent–UNLESS they are nutritionally imbalanced, in which case, according to Dr. Karen Becker, then they are the worst. just bought a huge bag of Acana…and it is being avoided. If in doubt, they should be able to document their practices via the Pledge to Quality. And remember that (home prepared) (fresh, moist) real meat doesn’t have to be cooked to death, but VERY minimally baked! How much BPA was found in Champion Pet Foods as compared to canned pet food? right on their website–Champion is one, but so are a number of others, such as Honest Kitchen.) I wont give pigs ears either, don’t trust them. My vet advised to just start adding a few wet fresh ingredients to his diet, well cooked pureed carrot, pumpkin, leafy greens like kale or spinach, boiled chicken, etc. I talked to the pet store where I buy her food. People have criticized the plaintiffs for not knowing what they are doing. Click Here to learn more. If Champion can’t be part of the solution, by being transparent, and proud to be included in Susan’s List, then they ARE part of the problem. Last year, a group came out of nowhere positioning themselves as the end all source for heavy metal–and other–contaminant reporting information in a variety of pet food brands from Ol Roy to Champion. 40 grams is less than 2 ounces. And then everyone goes around and defends these pet food companies, while dogs across the country are spontaneously dropping dead. I’m not defending Arcana/Orijen but merely pointing out that this is a wide spread problem and the more we are aware of it the better. What levels of these are considered “safe?” I know it said the NRC did list dogs and cats but just curious. RAWZ covers a different spectrum of food. This should have read 0.0132, not 0.132 mg. What a nice thing to do! Click Here, Determination of bisphenol A in canned pet foods, – found BPA levels in dog foods tested from “. I know others have set their kibble from Champion to be tested to Texas A&M and it tested though the roof for heavy metals. L-Glumamic Acid3.75 4.09 9.07% Frankly, I wouldn’t be surprised to discover that some of the huge corporations like Nestlé or Mars are behind the scenes in some of these lawsuits, as a way to tarnish the reputations of smaller companies like Champion, etc. I fed my pooch, a 125lb girl, Orijen from Canada since she was a pup, for 4 years had ZERO issues. Pet food is way more heavily regulated in the US. It’s a HUGE selling point to consumers, so it would be a main bullet point on the front. Peoples dogs are dying, and you should care. I thought it might be related to clean label project as well. Even sea salt has recently been found to be contaminated with plastics. Now this. Similarly, we don’t know if they were testing for methylmercury, inorganic mercury, etc. Her issues began with her heart being enlarged. Molybdenum 25 250 #Performatrin Ultra Grain Free Turkey Stew Adult Canned Cat Food 13.2 Oz. I lost my soul mate and best friend this week. He loves his treats of fresh vegetables and fruits such as cooked zucchini and raw apple. Clean label project, the people who are fingering premium dog foods to have heavy metal contamination, are working with/are Ellipse Analytics. Ours was there for 2 days and in that time, it turned out to be enough time to develop pancreatitis. Except maybe for yourself of course. Perhaps frivolous and damaging. The question of heavy metals should be the least of your worries about commercial PF. The Canada Kitchen supplies Canada and other countries. I was thinking of doing the same thing! And an impossibly huge rat. Is this based on the work of the Clean Label Project? Others – Whom? Most people just assume they are lower. Not the Six Fish, but the chicken. I for one is not even close to changing food for my pets. If there are no recalls listed in this section, we have not yet reported any events. Just go look up the Blue Buffalo lawsuits, where people are sharring absolutly horrific stories about all their dogs that died. Just yesterday, a judge in CA ruled against Champion’s request to dismiss. But what about the BPA found in the Champion pet foods…kibble pet foods? I will also state, however, that since Champion/Acana began supplying American consumers (such as myself) from their Kentucky factory, my dog began shedding more and her coat lost its luster. And pork as a general ingredient in any capacity.. The whole publication is online. Just in case of situtations like this. And a lot of humans cannot tolerate high fiber either. I switch to raw food. $63.99 $ 63. It’s 2:30am in Colorado and I’m up with my sick dogs. The term “biologically appropriate” will continue to be litigated. I don’t know if it’s from that food who knows! How arrogant of them. Orijen Dog Food Recall History. Champion’s food and sources are everything that they say they are. Champion Feeds have won awards and have never had any recalls. https://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/red-flag-ingredients/dog-food-blood-meal/, what’s wrong with some synthetic ingredients if they’re just vitamins and minerals? Never thought about having labs done to ck for metal toxicity/ poisoning. I wonder whether similar testing was done on foods made in Canada and whether it is either about sourcing or the plant itself. Consumers in Minnesota, California and Florida are suing Champion Pet Food for “False Advertising”, violations of “feed law”, and numerous other charges. Cooking pet food made easy, Dinner PAWsible, Find Healthy Pet Foods in Your Area Click Here. in_animals_and_fishes. Since your dog wouldn’t eat any Champion foods, its problems (such as hair falling out) could not have been caused by Champion’s foods. I left a message for a call back, to no avail. For ourselves and our cats and dogs. I think she is doing well with the food. Hard enough to accept death from old age, but other reasons, just heartbreaking. Ahhh the plot thickens…very interesting indeed. Consumers who have purchased the product affected by. It’s a lawsuit, not a recall, which tells me politics and deep pockets are involved. She develop Mast Cell when she was 1 Year old. Also more deregulation and closures of consumer protection agencies means less transparency for the consumer.This represents a far widening problem. And if you’re going to use it …. An estimated 660 people obtain drinking water from private wells within 3 miles of the site. After reading about this suit, I freaked out and promptly took my 3.5 year old Golden to the vet. If you didn’t you should have. Rhodium (combination not to exceed 10 100) All over the world, their products are distributed to over 70 countries, expanding as time goes by. Our dog is a chihuahua and weighs 7 lbs. The BPA in their food is a completely different story that almost seems as if it would have been something they intentionally added to the food. I first noticed this in September or October of last year. Orijen bags appear to be somewhat vacuum packed, however I’m informed they’re not…the product goes into the bag while hot and the cooling process creates the tightness of the package…the hot air cools and the bag contracts. You can see the packaging will have different logos USA Flag or Maple Leaf which will tell which Kitchen Location. forgot the link! But for dogs it could even be worse?? And frankly it’s probably not just Champion, but many brands. I loved this brand. https://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/64mpty/we_are_the_clean_label_project_a_nonprofit_that/. Just people defending their brand, rather than keeping an open mind. If a dog food company has a history of recalls, DON’T FEED IT. He was only 8. (We have 2 dogs that didn’t always eat the same flavor so it’s hard to tell). As soon as I heard about the Kentucky plant coming on line I tried (unsuccessfully) to get food direct from Canada as I knew this USA plant would be trouble. Also, read some of the negative press about The Clean Label Project. The pet food industry is a multi-BILLION dollar industry. Do your research !!!! You can do the math with your dog too, although you will have to know how much he or she eats in kg. He has been on this food since he was eight weeks old. The allegations against this company are not solid. I have had dogs on Acana (10 total dogs at one time) and when they opened a factory in the USA I started seeing some “off” conditions in my dogs…I tried to blame other things, but in the long run, it was unfortunately the Acana food that caused my dogs severe skin issues, UTI infections (even my males) and it nearly caused the death of one of those males…. At 85.00 a bag I was hoping to avoid all the bad things associated with cheap, grocery store dog food. Almost all the plastic that has been produced in the last 20 years is still here, and a lot of it ends up in the oceans. Orijen Recalls history. Platinum 10 100 But I can say, due to the ingredients being regional, the change in the formula for the USA made Orijen did not work for my girl. So your response is, these lawyers don’t know what they’re doing, their clients have money to waste, their pets suffered no ill effects, and a judge would be confused by the mathmatics, based on the fact your 4-legged boys are doing just fine eating the brand. Read more here. Iridium, first number is Parenteral second number is Oral/Topical/Dermal/Mucosal When a torrent of reactions (comments) stack up (like they are doing right now), few people have time to read all of them. Per guaranteed analysis, Orijen Six Fish Dry Dog Food is a great option for diabetic dogs. Association for Truth in Pet Food is a a stakeholder organization representing the voice of pet food consumers at AAFCO and with FDA. Pet Owner. About ORIJEN About ORIJEN Our Story. I would choose something else if your dogs are too high in arsenic. I do appreciate your concern. I’m sorry but are cats supposed to be eating ….. “beans, beans beans in excess with all of their phytonutrients. Overall, standards should be higher and as Susan said, the effects of lots of things being fed to an animal every day, for years, needs to be considered. 4.0 out of 5 stars 24. LINK TO PDF These contaminant measurements don’t seem that awful compared to existing standards and I’ll bet there are many feeds out there that are much worse. There was/is little consideration to cats and dogs that consume pet food with higher levels of heavy metals over a lifetime. We already know orijen are liars taking advantage of pet owners good intentions, because of the statement “biologically appropriate” on the bag. If your pet has become sick or has died you believe is linked to a pet food, it is important to report the issue to FDA and your State Department of Agriculture. My initial concern after reading this was that ours was being shipped in from the states. When his bodyweight is taken into account, this works out to 0.132 mg/kg of Arsenic a day, which is far below the numbers as they are misleadingly presented in this article. The Clean Label Project is I think what you are talking about. They developed vomitting and diarrhea and the food appeared sarurated with grease and smelled rancid. My heart was broken when my dog passed. I’m completely heartbroken. cup. But indeed, a comparison such as you mention might be welcomed by pet lovers. I have feed Orijen and Acana for years and recently switched both mine to raw. The best way is to have people submit their dog food for testing to the different labs. L-Aspartic Acid 2.38 2.51 5.46% Haha. They never mentioned their methods on how the came to their conclusions. Metals in this category include mercury, cadmium, and arsenic. Bedford Capital Investments bought Champion Pet Foods a few years ago, I believe sometime in 2013. http://www.bedfordcapital.ca/investments2.html. It’s mostly about finding the least of all the evils, which is very hard when you’re being lied to from all directions. I had known something was seriously wrong with him for a few months – I did not think he would last the year. It was actually more cost effective too. Wish I knew earlier and not feed him orijen. Page 184 discusses Arsenic (As) and while it states that only certain As-containing compounds (e.g. TIA. I think one has to be careful not to become complicit in spreading information that may be from bias sources discrediting one of the best dry pet food companies out there. Yes. And one does have to consider the tastes of individual dogs. I’m so sad! Over 80 comments so far, with consumers’ “faith” clearly shaken. It would be interesting to know what levels of heavy metals were found in human grade food produced in the same area. I used Acana for many yrs…but NEVER again. Conditions at proposal (June 24, 1988): The Caldwell Lace Leather Co., Inc., Site consists of three tannery waste areas in Logan County along the south side of Cemetery Road (State Highway 1039) approximately 2.5 miles northwest of Auburn, Kentucky. Anyone else may contact me too. rice is often high in arsenic…… it uptakes copious amounts from the soil google this and you will see rice is only good 2X per week max because of this. The catfish raised for us are raised in above ground ponds (no run off) 10-20 acres in size. NOTHING has been proven. Fertilizers and pesticides not to mention the other chemicals that are dumped in our waterways by big industry…, Your email address will not be published. But as you can see (from their responses) it’s a pretty complicated chain of custody. Champion PF has a cadre of “defenders” who come out in droves at the hint of questionable publicity. They do add 2-5 probiotics in the ingredient panels. When you buy a bag of dog food, you’re trusting the manufacturer with your dog’s health and safety. I lost my dog last year after the switch to the USA formulas, all of my dogs were sick or just not normal on it. In the end, I lost my best friend. Lead @ 10,000ppb. Its as simple as the bags coming out of Canada are still vacuum sealed while the US bags are not. Here is some interesting reading: http://scorecard.goodguide.com/env-releases/land/site-desc-long.tcl?epa_id=KYD045738291. Thus, future research should be directed to explore the role of choroid plexus in early CNS development as affected by metal sequestration in this tissue, to investigate how metal accumulation in the choroid plexus alters its function in regulation of key elements involved in the etiology of neurodegenerative diseases, and to better understand the blood-CSF barrier as a defense mechanism in CNS functioning. Vanadium 25 250 TL;DR: Michael Varela Hello, Chemist here, I saw the data provided by the people who are suing and it looks like they’re using a little bit of unit trickery to make it look like the levels are higher than normal. After seeing that newsletter, I wouldn’t even think about buying anything Champion made. Then after tonight’s vomiting episode I wondered if the fish in their dog food might be problematic and googled symptoms . Actually the U.S. has higher standarst than Canada. Most of the bags of dog food I pick up has legumes added to the food as if it’s a good thing ! Some of the brand’s product that give other competitors a run for their money includes the new Orijen Tundra, Orijen Original, Orijen Fit Trim, Orijen Tundra Freeze-dried food, Orijen Regional Red Freeze-dried food, Orijen Senior, Orijen Six Fish Dog, and others. Click Here, Friends of TruthaboutPetFood.com I cut everything out of my dogs diet but Orijen kibble and it became very apparent that it was the cause of my doggy indigestion. Champion Pet Foods is changing their wording on their product to match the change of where the ingredients are sourced, instead of wild caught in the lakes and streams of North Canada to Fresh Water for products produced in their new Kentucky Kitchen. I’m still heart-broken. The obvious offset would be to build a pet’s natural self-defenses by providing a healthy (human grade) whole fresh ingredient diet, occasionally in rotation with raw protein. Thank you for that pearl of info. https://www.ewg.org/research/bpa-canned-food/regulation-bpa#.WrhweogbPIU, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v0lFwdNm_Go, https://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/red-flag-ingredients/dog-food-blood-meal/, http://www.championpetfoods.com/heavy-metals-and-pet-food-white-paper, https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/california-wines-contain-dangerous-levels-arsenic/, https://midwestlabs.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/WhitePaper-_-Heavy-Metals-in-Pet-Foods-White-Paper.pdf, https://www.researchgate.net/publication/270169412_Heavy_metals_causing_toxicity_, https://www.fda.gov/downloads/AboutFDA/CentersOffices/OfficeofFoods/CVM/, https://www.facebook.com/notes/stern-grove-little-dog-owners-group/home-cooked-dog-food-recipes/1614290545548735/, http://scorecard.goodguide.com/env-releases/land/site-desc-long.tcl?epa_id=KYD045738291, https://truthaboutpetfood.com/the-first-state-to-address-part-of-the-problem-in-pet-food/, https://truthaboutpetfood.com/this-is-what-fda-and-department-of-agriculture-considers-food/, https://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/64mpty/we_are_the_clean_label_project_a_nonprofit_that/, https://truthaboutpetfood.com/how-much-is-too-much-lead-in-pet-food/, https://archive.org/stream/mineral/MineralBook#page/n0/mode/2up, https://www.championpetfoods.com/heavy-metals-and-pet-food-white-paper/, https://www.fda.gov/AnimalVeterinary/SafetyHealth/RecallsWithdrawals/default.htm, https://www.orijen.ca/us/foods/dog-food/dry-dog-food/regional-red/, http://www.cleanlabelproject.org/?s=Purina&product_category=0&post_type=product, Lawsuit Filed Against Orijen, Acana Claims Dog Food Contains Heavy Metals & Other Toxins - The Dogington Post, Paws and Consider What Your Dogs Are Eating | Lawyer.com – Legal News. I have been feeding my dog Orijen since 2015. This pet food brand has never been recalled, according to research from Petful. CVMFOIAElectronicReadingRoom/UCM274327.pdf. Do you know what the differences are between Feed Grade and Human Grade pet food? And, its illogical, but I somehow trusted the Canadian makers more than those in the U.S. I’m back with a different U.S. brand but I don’t know for how long. So is dead animals like rats used in the food. the amount of the substance that can migrate from the food contact materials into the food, of 0.6 mg of BPA per kg of food to 0.05 mg/kg, https://www.fas.usda.gov/data/eu-28-new-rules-bpa-more-restrictive. As Dr. Karen Becker says, the worst dog food is homemade food that is imbalanced. L-Serine 1.12 1.1 -1.79% Hi ! My dog”s last year was spent in misery with tongue and throat cancer. It’s about the high levels of heavy metals we are being exposed to on a daily basis and the harm they are doing and what we can do to reduce our exposure. As others have pointed out, check out https://www.reddit.com/r/Pets/comments/6l25zk/looking_deeper_in_recent_claims_by_clean_label/, Pingback: Lawsuit Filed Against Orijen, Acana Claims Dog Food Contains Heavy Metals & Other Toxins - The Dogington Post, Wouldn’t trust this brand..its all marketing and labelling gimmicks on their bags.. Dont forget they are own by a investment group…they don’t care about pets..more about dollars and cents…. Orijen 2 Pack of Six Fish Dog Food, 4.5 Pounds Each, Made in The USA, Grain-Free, High Protein. Although we’ve (as Followers) have always assumed that labels must be perfectly accurate, we’ve also found out that not to be true. Had no problems with him eating Victor or Fromm but thought I was doing what was best with the Orijen. Has anyone seen any answers to that? Water in the ponds has waste removed by natural processes in the pond itself, and the ponds function as a water management system. For the sake of clarity, on the bags of Orijen Cat and Kitten and also Regional Red, which I have both bags in front of me, the level of taurine listed in the Analytical Constituents is min. As per the bag recommendations, she gets 5 oz per day, with a spoon full of whatever we’re eating added and mixed with her food. https://archive.org/stream/mineral/MineralBook#page/n0/mode/2up I’m following the lawsuits very closely. Champyis still a Canadian company. https://www.orijen.ca/us/foods/dog-food/dry-dog-food/regional-red/ I couldn’t see it in this image (made in Kentucky) but more power to you if you find it. You will find plastic contamination in all bottled water too. We need to wake up. Lawsuit is probably unfounded. Because these commenters (120+) have just been coming out of the woodwork on this article, despite all the research the website’s author has been doing about some really serious issues … my goal is to balance this discussion. instead of food for pets. A regular female rate is apparently 8ish oz, so let’s call it a 5.5lb bag of food. Yes, it’s not a grain and higher in protein but is a cheaper filler then meat ! Why do you think people try to buy organically. Amino Acid Old (%) New (%) Change (%) I talked to Champion to confirm this 3/28/18, they are Canadian with an American division. Should I be concerned about the cat food, was that tested? It started a few months ago with the heart first, then the liver – with her ALT reading in the 3000’s, of which my vet stated she was suffering from some kind of “toxic insult”. This is a Class Action lawsuit – currently representing consumers in Minnesota, California and Florida. oops! Pet owners, please always pay attention to a change in behavior and reactions regarding diet. I took her to the ER vet, who told me all of her symptoms were pointing to end stage liver failure, and her kidneys were shutting down as well. So, naturally animals/meat has greater concentrations than plants/non-meat. Asenic @ 30,000ppb The Kentucky plant holds the same if not higher procedures for quality control. L-Methionine 0.4 0.39 -2.50% What, where, when, how, and who conducted their “research” and analyzed. Please post more blog related to ”Australian Dog Food”. If there is an incident — like the orijen/acana lawsuit — find the details and read them thoroughly. It is a good reminder to us on how we should keep better care of our planet. Can any pet food company be trusted? Is your dog or cat eating risk ingredients? If you’re feeding your dog or cat chicken in the form of raw, cooked, canned or even bone broth you are exposing them to high levels of lead.