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Weruva Cat Food "Stop Sale"
« on: May 10, 2017, 12:58:28 am »
Some Weruva cat food in Australia has caused the illness and death of hundreds of cats (see Weruva's and PetBarn's facebook page).  Weruva has put a "stop sale" on the food but are denying causality.

Honestly, I wouldn't take a chance with my own cats.  Even though I do not live in Australia, my babies will never touch another Weruva product again.

Of course TM blames the pet owners and denies that there were any cat deaths, but that's not surprising.  Here is my response to her rant about raw food and salmonella:

HUNDREDS of cats DIE and are sickened from Weruva cat food: https://catingtonpost.com/recall-alert-best-feline-friend-bff-cat-food-recalled-reports-illness/

http://www.smh.com.au/business/consumer-affairs/best-feline-friend-recall-cat-food-tins-tested-after-widespread-illness-fears-20170507-gvzw23.html?deviceType=text

https://www.facebook.com/pg/Weruva/posts/?ref=page_internal

Still ZERO cat deaths due to raw food.  A few stupid human illnesses, but we can't save ourselves from ourselves.

"This is beautiful and much loved member of the family Loki. I lost him 3 weeks ago, he was fed exclusively BFF. After 3k in vet fees and many many trips to the vet he eventually lost the use of his legs and the possible diagnosis of FIP was given. My family and I are absolutely shattered now to read this vague letter is just an insult to my intelligence companies do not recall their entire range over possible theories I feel sick reading so many similar stories about families furbabes... BFF needs to start giving some answers asap. When my boy sick the first thing my vet did was go over the list of ingredients to know that this may have contributed to his death is heartbreaking. It's to late for my Loki but if you're feeding this food STOP do not take the risk."

" We fed our cat BFF months ago, and he became very ill and after $2500 in bills, we had no choice but to put him down. Not knowing it was the food, we bought another kitten and he too became very ill. Another $3000 later in vet bills, the vet put him on a special expensive diet (that he has to be on for the rest of his life). He said it was due to a poor diet. When we told him what we were feeding him (BFF), they said they didn't know much about the brand, but said it was definitely due to his diet. "

"Our cats have been fed this stuff since we got them as kittens a few months ago. The last few weeks one of them has been very lethargic, limping and very weak, not eating at first, lost a lot of weight, not cleaning herself, shivering and just hiding under a blankets not moving. We took her into the vet and they did some diagnostics and said it could be FIP. They have given antibiotics to give her and told to monitor the situation for next few weeks - She wasn't eating the BFF food at all so we switched last week to another product, and shes eating again but still sick/feverish and limping. Going back to the vet armed with this news and hopefully this will help get our kitty back on her feet. I'm shocked that if my friend hadn't send me this facebook link I would never have known!"

"This is my baby that was exclusively fed on bff. After many many vet visits he became so sick he couldn't use his back legs and had to be euthanized. Shame on you BFF"

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More info here (posted here only to avoid the "but she's not a vet, how could she know anything about anything, she's a ranting ignoramus" rant): https://truthaboutpetfood.com/reports-of-problems-with-weruva-in-australia/

Also note that the poisoned product was allegedly produced in the Evanger's factory.  Evanger's, now known for cat food containing pentobarbital: https://truthaboutpetfood.com/fda-statement-on-evangers-pet-food/
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Re: Weruva Cat Food "Stop Sale"
« Reply #1 on: May 10, 2017, 03:42:55 pm »
This is scary - we are no longer feeding BFF but finding something my guys like and with no chicken or beef is almost impossible.  It might be that I will have to go back to raw.
However I have been seeing some recalls on premade raw lately as well. I don't have time to make my own :(
https://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm557128.htm
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Re: Weruva Cat Food "Stop Sale"
« Reply #2 on: May 10, 2017, 10:42:22 pm »

However I have been seeing some recalls on premade raw lately as well. I don't have time to make my own :(
https://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm557128.htm

Typically the raw "recalls" are for *human* health protection.  Because humans don't know how to properly handle raw protein without getting themselves sick.
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Re: Weruva Cat Food "Stop Sale"
« Reply #3 on: August 11, 2017, 09:57:58 pm »
I was curious about what happened (or happening) in Australia with regard to the Weruva "stop sale" and so did some research.  Weruva denies mercury poisoning, or any sort of poisoning, and saying the ~300 or more cat illnesses/deaths with neurological symptoms are the result of thiamine deficiency.  A little more research pointed me to this Facebook group (sorry for those without Facebook) that is gathering profiles/stories of cats (and kittens) sickened and killed by Weruva pet food.  The illnesses and symptoms described and in the photos, in my opinion, seem much worse than just a simple vitamin deficiency, or it would have to be complete depletion, because the cases seem rather severe, many in a short period of time.  And wouldn't a veterinarian easily detect a vitamin deficiency?  But see for yourself: https://www.facebook.com/bffrecallinfo/

More info: http://choice.leafcutter.com.au/weruva-cat-food-case-studies/

http://news.vin.com/vinnews.aspx?articleId=45159

Q: Has Weruva been sharing information with veterinary researchers or other organizations in Australia? We tried to reach them but have received no reply.

A: Unfortunately, no, the Weruva Company have not been sharing information with us, and aside from initial discussions, have not been working collaboratively with us at all.
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Re: Weruva Cat Food "Stop Sale"
« Reply #4 on: August 14, 2017, 04:45:33 pm »
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« Reply #5 on: August 31, 2017, 01:23:34 am »
Very troublesome & sad. There is a very exclusive pet store here that sells a lot of Weruva foods & I have fed BFF a long time ago when I was trying to find any food (wet) that the girls would eat. They are exclusively on Blue Buffalo. Has anyone heard anything negative about it being bad or dangerous to cats?
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Re: Weruva Cat Food "Stop Sale"
« Reply #6 on: August 31, 2017, 03:39:14 am »
Have you tried Ziwipeak?

Purina/Blue Buffalo lawsuit.  Both pretty shady.  http://www.stltoday.com/business/local/purina-blue-buffalo-settle-false-advertising-lawsuit/article_6ecf86d3-7dcb-5fac-8f2a-724b2ddc4363.html

http://truthaboutpetfood.com/blue-buffalo-agrees-to-pay-32-million-in-settlement/

http://truthaboutpetfood.com/purina-v-blue-buffalo-lawsuit-update/
Purina sues Blue Buffalo for using a by-product ingredient but recent court documents state Purina used the same ingredient from the same supplier. And a recent court decision dismisses misleading advertising claims; bad for consumers.

On May 6, 2014 Purina filed a lawsuit against pet food rival Blue Buffalo for false and misleading advertising. A few days later (May 14, 2014) Blue Buffalo counter sued Purina with a false and misleading advertising lawsuit. On June 15, 2016 consumers learned that Judge Rodney Sippel dismissed many of Purina’s claims for false advertising against Blue.

From Reuters: “A federal judge in Missouri has dismissed the bulk of Nestle Purina Petcare’s false-advertising case against rival pet-food maker Blue Buffalo, finding most its claims of consumer deception at times “border on frivolous.”

One significant excerpt from Tushnet.com (legal information website): “Family Favorite Recipes: Mom’s Chicken Pie, Shepherd’s Pie, Backyard BBQ, Turkey Day Feast, and Turducken flavors have photos on the product labels depicting the traditional title dish, allegedly misleading consumers into thinking that the can contains human-grade meals comprised of identical ingredients and ratios of ingredients as those in the traditional dish, in combination with the “family favorite recipes” tagline.”

“The court found these allegations to “defy credulity. No reasonable consumer would expect these cans of dog food to
contain whole turkeys, turduckens, or pies. Nor would any reasonable consumer believe that the Family Favorite Recipes’ references to traditional American meals mean that the same, human grade ingredients are in the cans of dog food.”

The above is a very concerning statement from a federal judge. For Judge Sippel to allude that consumers are not “reasonable” if they believe pet food labels is bad, bad, bad for consumers. Why have pet food labeling laws meant to prevent misleading labeling if a judge dismisses those laws? While the decision could have been made because both pet food brands were making misleading image claims, it remains a disservice to pet food consumers.

In another court document of the original Purina versus Blue Buffalo trial filed June 17, 2016, Blue Buffalo makes some enlightening statements. From the Preliminary Statement of Blue Buffalo’s Opposition to Nestle Purina’s Motion to Dismiss (bold added): “After years of concealment, Nestlé Purina’s Vice President of Purchasing has admitted under oath that his company procured and used the same Wilbur-Ellis “chicken meal” that Blue Buffalo purchased—and, thus, that Nestlé Purina’s own products were mislabeled for the same reason that Blue Buffalo’s were. Blue Buffalo has already acknowledged its inadvertently inaccurate statements and agreed to make restitution to affected consumers. Nestlé Purina, however, will apparently stop at nothing to avoid taking responsibility.” (Full document provided below.)

That is a big question answered. When it was announced that Blue Buffalo had purchased inferior chicken by-product meal included in their pet foods sold as chicken meal, consumers questioned who else did Wilbur-Ellis sell to? Turns out – it was Purina.

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