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ST LOUIS, Feb. 8, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- Nestlé Purina PetCare Company is voluntarily recalling select lots of Purina Pro Plan Veterinary Diets EL Elemental (PPVD EL) prescription dry dog food due to potentially elevated levels of vitamin D. Vitamin D is an essential nutrient for dogs; however, ingestion of elevated levels can lead to health issues depending on the level of vitamin D and the length of exposure. Vitamin D toxicity may include vomiting, loss of appetite, increased thirst, increased urination, and excessive drooling to renal (kidney) dysfunction.

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The affected dry dog food was distributed throughout the United States by prescription only through veterinary clinics, Purina Vet Direct, Purina for Professionals, and other select retailers with the ability to validate a prescription.

The first ingredient in this dog food is corn. Corn is an inexpensive and controversial cereal grain. And aside from its energy content, this grain is of only modest nutritional value to a dog.

Although soybean meal contains 48% protein, this ingredient would be expected to have a lower biological value than meat- a factor that must be considered when judging the actual meat content of this dog food.

In addition, the minerals listed here do not appear to be chelated. And that can make them more difficult to absorb. Chelated minerals are usually associated with higher quality dog foods.

This food also includes sodium selenite, a controversial form of the mineral selenium. Sodium selenite appears to be nutritionally inferior to the more natural source of selenium found in selenium yeast.

Purina Puppy Chow is a grain-inclusive dry dog food using a moderate amount of named by-product meals as its dominant source of animal protein, thus earning the brand 2.5 stars.

However, we do receive a referral fee from online retailers (like Chewy or Amazon) and from sellers of perishable pet food when readers click over to their websites from ours. This helps cover the cost of operation of our free blog. Thanks for your support.

Nestlé Purina Petcare (/pjʊˈriːnə/), or simply Purina, is an American subsidiary of the Swiss corporation Nestlé, based in St. Louis, Missouri. It produces and markets pet food, treats, cat and dog litter. Some of its pet food brands include Purina Pro Plan, Purina Dog Chow, Friskies, Beneful and Purina One. The company was formed in 2001 by combining Nestlé's Friskies Petcare Company with Ralston Purina, which acquired it for $10.3 billion. As of 2012[update], it is the second-largest pet food company globally (with the first being Mars Petcare), and the largest in the United States.

In 1894, William H. Danforth partnered with George Robinson and William Andrews, as they entered the business of feeding farm animals by founding the Robinson-Danforth Commission Company in St. Louis, Missouri. The name was changed to Ralston Purina in 1902.[2] This was the same year (1902) that Ralston Purina built their first building at the current headquarters, 800 Chouteau Ave, St. Louis, Missouri.[3]Nestlé Purina Petcare was formed in December 2001,[4] when Nestlé acquired Ralston Purina for $10.3 billion and merged it with Nestlé's pet food business, Friskies PetCare Company.[4] Ralston had marketed the Dog Chow, Cat Chow and Pro Plan pet food brands, while Nestlé produced Friskies and Alpo brand pet foods.[5]

The merger was opposed by consumer advocates, such as the Consumer Federation of America, due to anti-trust concerns.[5] The two companies combined would become the largest pet food brand by market-share with a 45 percent share of the cat food market. The Federal Trade Commission approved the merger after the Meow Mix and Alley Cat brands from Ralston were sold to J.W. Childs Equity Partners,[5] creating the separate Meow Mix Company.[6] Ralston's St. Louis, Missouri location was chosen as the new company's North America headquarters.[4]

Nestlé Purina Petcare continued integrating the two companies through 2002.[7] It cut back dry dog food manufacturing at facilities inherited from Friskies PetCare Company in Jefferson, Wisconsin, St. Joseph, Missouri and Arden Hills, Minnesota, then moved those operations to manufacturing facilities acquired from Ralston.[8][9] Expanded manufacturing facilities were planned in Dunkirk, New York[10] and the St. Joseph location was later expanded for wet-food production.[11] In Asia it shifted from a "dealer system" to managing its own distribution.[12] In 2004 Nestlé Purina merged its North American and Latin America operations into a Nestlé Purina PetCare Americas division.[13]

In 2003, Nestlé Purina Petcare formed a partnership with the Canine Health Foundation to advance veterinary research.[14] The following year the company donated 80 tons of pet food to pets affected by Hurricane Charley in Florida and donated $100,000 to local animal shelters.[15] Nestlé Purina Petcare grew from about 11 percent of Nestlé's revenues in 2001, to one-third by 2005.[16] By 2006 it was the largest market-share holder in the pet food industry with 32 percent of the market.[17]

In October 2022, Purina announced its partnership with Spot Pet which sought to catalyze ensuring the wellbeing of pets.[41] By the end of 2022, Purina celebrated its 50 years of active production at its pet food factory in Dunkirk.[42]

In 2005, Nestlé Purina Petcare voluntarily recalled all of its dry pet food produced from a plant in La Encrucijada, Venezuela after an internal investigation verified contaminants that were causing illnesses in pets.[16] According to Fortune Magazine, in 2007 the pet food market "plunged into turmoil" due to the widespread discovery of contaminated ingredients.[53] During this period, Nestle Purina voluntarily recalled some of its Alpo Prime Cuts in Gravy product[54][55] in the US that contained wheat gluten from China contaminated with melamine.[56]

In August 2013 Purina recalled some of its Purina ONE Beyond dog food, because of one bag that was found to contain salmonella.[57] In 2012 a consumer sued Nestlé Purina Petcare when his pet died after eating Waggin' Train treats.[58] The Food and Drug Administration received more than 900 reports from grieving pet owners that alleged the treat was causing illness or death in their pets due to chicken products from China.[59][60] The FDA had issued warnings regarding these ingredients, but lab tests repeatedly confirmed there were no contaminants. Later that year, another consumer started a petition on asking retailers to voluntarily stop carrying the product. The petition attracted 60,000 signatures.[59] The following year, Waggin' Train and Canyon Creek dog treats were voluntarily taken off the market temporarily after the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets identified trace amounts of antibiotic residue, which is allowed in Europe and China, but not approved in the US.[61] In early 2014, a $6.5 million settlement was reached, pending approval by the court.[62] According to The Washington Post, the company later re-introduced the brands after "revamping its manufacturing process and overhauling its supply chain".[63]

According to a SWOT analysis by MarketLine, Nestlé Purina Petcare's pet food brands that contribute substantially to revenue include Purina, Purina Dog Chow, Friskies, Purina Beneful and Purina ONE.[64] Some brands, such as Alpo are intended for budget shoppers, while others like Purina ONE and Beneful cost more and are for health or ingredient conscious consumers.[65] Purina ONE has been its fastest-growing brand.[15]

The company introduced an appetizer cat food, Fancy Feast Appetizers, in 2009.[66] A Purina Pro Plan line for senior dogs was introduced in 2010. It contains medium chain triglycerides (MCTs) for brain function and has whole grains for digestion.[18][67] A grain-free product, Purina ONE Beyond, was introduced in 2011.[68] Purina Pro Plan Sport, which contains extra fat and protein and is intended for athletic dogs, was made available in 2013.[69] In 2014 Purina introduced a product for the growing Brazilian market called Ravena, which used locally available ingredients, such as acerola and jabuticaba fruits.[70] Purina-branded accessories, such as training pads, beds, leashes and cleaners began being sold in 2011 under the Purina PetGear name through brand licensing agreements with other manufacturers.[71][72]

As of 2005, Purina Petcare was Nestlé's second most profitable division behind pharmaceuticals.[65] It was the largest pet food manufacturer by market share in the US and the second-largest in Europe.[94] As of 2012, globally Purina has a 23.1 percent share of the pet food market, while its largest competitor, Mars, has a 23.4 percent share.[95] According to a Research and Markets report, competition between Nestlé and Mars has been "fierce."[96]

Nestlé Purina has expanded their original Feb. 8 voluntary recall of a select prescription dry dog food due to a supplier error, which can result in some serious pup illnesses. The FDA clarifies that the mistake impacts two additional product lots that precede the production dates of those originally recalled.

According to a U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announcement, the voluntary recall affects 8 and 20-pound bags of Purina Pro Plan Veterinary Diets EL Elemental prescription dry dog food. Typically, the prescription food is given to pets with food sensitivities.

The recall, first announced last month, relates to Purina's Pro Plan Veterinary Diets EL Elemental dog food in the eight-pound and 20-pound bags. Anyone who purchased the food, which is prescribed by veterinarians, should throw it away and contact Purina for a refund, the company said. The food should be completely destroyed to avert it being consumed by wildlife, Purina noted.

Two pet owners who bought the recalled food reported their dogs had overly vitamin D levels, Purina said. The dogs recovered after they stopped eating the food. No other Purina pet food labels have been impacted, the company said. 041b061a72


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