Steve’s Raw Goat Milk Yogurt marries premium nutrition to crave-able treat. This super-food is packed with probiotics and the full gamut of vitamins, minerals and micronutrients. Feed it as a snack or use as a food topper to add raw nutrition to a dry or canned meal.
I recently had a friend post on Facebook that her cute little Chihuahua needed serious dental help. She posted a picture of his plaque ridden teeth and asked for advise. I found it very interesting that many people were recommending Greenies or even a “natural” version of a Greenies, but no one suggested the most natural form of teeth cleaning… raw chicken necks.
Steve’s Real Food recently made a major re-formulation to our raw dog food. We removed all our synthetic vitamins and added some really exciting ingredients such as coconut oil. We love coconut oil for its multitudes of health benefits.
A while back a friend and I were having a healthy argument about salt and sea salt. My friend is the nutritionally versed but not neurotic type of person. He believes that there is a lot of hype out there and people are getting duped into spending more money on products because they are “Natural”. I do not disagree with this. The term natural is not regulated and can is now being put on just about every product. I even saw an “All Natural” raw chicken breast at the grocery store that was clearly a cage raised bird dripping with hormones and antibiotics, but because they did not add any synthetic chemicals to it, it was “All Natural”.
In 2011 the Food Safety Modernization Act was put into action. This changed the roll of the FDA from a reactive organization whose job it was to pull product after an illness was reported to a proactive organization who is allowed to pull product off shelves, test and recall if there are positive results. The amount of salmonella is not increasing in pet food, it is just the amount of testing that is increasing.
FDA regulations do not allow the presence of salmonella in cooked pet foods (canned, kibble, freeze dried or dehydrated). Even though we produce and distribute raw meat products, we must abide by the same standards as a cooked product. It is in our best interest to comply with the FDA and “voluntarily” recall our products even though there are no reported cases of sickness in pets or humans.
At Steve’s Real Food, quality and safety are our biggest concern. We are writing today to inform you that we are voluntarily recalling one lot of our Turducken Patties with the lot number B209 (best by 10/27/13), and the UPC 6-91730-14204-9. This recall affects less than 200 five pound bags which represents a small fraction of the food distributed. We are taking this precautionary action after learning that one of our Turducken patties produced in this lot was tested positive for Salmonella by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture.
There is an heath food issue that is not discussed often enough. We all know that organic is better because it does not have toxic pesticides, but we forget to mention that it is also not grown from GMO seeds.
Natural, whole raw foods contain numerous enzymes and phytochemicals that modern science has discovered are important for proper nutrition in humans and laboratory animals. This holds true for dogs and cats as well.
Enzymes are specialized protein substances that are involved in all the dog’s activities. Even thinking requires enzymes. Enzymes are found abundantly in fresh, minimally processed natural foods.
In November of this year we started national distribution of our new compostable packaging, furthering our environmental commitment. The new bag is made with a film called NVIRO® (sounds like enviro) which is comprised of renewable and compostable materials and printed with low VOC water-based inks and adhesives. This is a new breed of flexible packaging and we are excited to be making waves in both the pet food and packaging industry.