China-Import Free – Who Made The Cut?

I have received feedback from each of the manufacturers of the food we have been selling at Midas Touch Naturally Healthy Pets. 

The food I have removed from our shelves because they include one or more ingredients from China are:

  • Taste of The Wild
  • NutriSource
  • Weruva
  • BFF
  • Nature’s Variety (kibble and cans)
  • By Nature
  • Now
  • Go
  • Sojos grain-free varieties (the Sojos Original does not include China sourced ingredients)

The companies whose food remains on our shelves because they have assured me there are no ingredients from China:

  • Nature’s Logic
  • Merrick
  • Before Grain
  • Acana
  • Orijen
  • Verus
  • Stella & Chewy’s
  • OC Raw Dog
  • Primal
  • Bravo
  • The Honest Kitchen
  • Rad Cat
  • Aunt Jeni’s
  • Vital Essentials
  • Horizon Legacy
  • Ziwi Peak
  • Dr. Harvey’s
  • Sojos – original formula only

28 comments to China-Import Free – Who Made The Cut?

  • Thanks for investigating!

  • Do you know if EVO or Bluebuffalo has ingredients from China? Those are the two brands I use most often.

  • I checked the FAQ for Nature’s Variety. It seems it’s only rabbit they source from China…

    http://www.naturesvariety.com/learning/questions/5

    At Nature’s Variety, our nutritional philosophy is to source the highest quality, safest, and most nutritious ingredients in the world. We look for our ingredients domestically first. In the case of rabbit meat, we’ve found that the best supply of high quality, human grade rabbit is found in China. Therefore, we are currently sourcing rabbit meat specifically for our raw and canned rabbit diets from a trusted supplier in China. To help ensure that our strict quality and safety standards are rigorously enforced, this rabbit meat is regularly inspected and monitored by the PhD food scientist we have on staff. Additionally, members of the Nature’s Variety leadership team have personally visited and inspected the facility in China. We also employ extra testing (at an independent lab in the United States) to ensure that the rabbit is nothing short of our strictest standards for quality and nutrition.

  • Added: That’s canned and raw rabbit. They don’t mention if rabbit for kibble is sourced from China…

  • I did not check on those two brands. You can contact the company and ask where they source all of their ingredients. Be sure to ask where the vitamins and minerals come from. In my research the synthetic vitamins for pet food are coming from China. If a pet food manufacturer tells you a country other than China, ask where their supplier sources the raw material. One company I spoke to told me the vitamins came from a supplier in the Netherlands but further investigation revealed the Netherlands company purchased the raw material from China.

  • It took a number of phone calls but eventually Nature’s Variety confirmed that their vitamins and minerals and the rabbit come from China.

  • Do you happen to know if any Wellness brand ingredients come from China? (Dog or Cat food)

  • I didn’t check on Wellness. You can contact the company and ask where they source all of their raw material. Also ask if the vitamins and minerals are synthetic or food based or human-grade. If they are synthetic they are probably from China. Some companies were more transparent with me than others. It may take more than one phone call to get all of the information.

  • I actually just called Wellness. 95% of their products that go into all their food come from North America. Other products come from Europe and New Zealand. Less than 1% of what the put into their food comes from China; specifically Vitamin C and Turine. I see I’ve spelled that incorrectly. Anyway, it is a supplement used for eye health. They are looking for a source outside of China for these two supplements and when they do in sufficient quantities to meet their needs, they will stop using China as their source.

    The person I spoke with said they cannot say their product is human-grade as there is NO definition for human-grade. They stand by their product and the only recall they’ve had is this: Wellness Complete Health® Super5Mix® Large Breed Puppy, 15 lb. and 30 lb. bags and5 oz. sample bags with best by dates of JAN 9 2013 through JAN 11 2013. This was a VOLUNTARY recall, and it was because of ingredients from North Carolina. In the United States, not China.

  • Thanks for this list…much appreciated for all your hard work

  • The human grade is in reference to the vitamins and minerals, not the pet food. Some companies are using human grade, food based vitamins instead of pet grade vitamins. From the research I’ve done it appears that most of the pet grade vitamins are synthetic and most are from China.

  • Thanks for the list, but if you look on Petfooddirect.com some of the wet varieties of these brands are not marked made in the USA. The dry ones do say made in the USA.

  • The criteria I have used for the products in my store is no China ingredients. Some of the China-ingredient-free food is from Canada and New Zealand.

  • Wow, you area great source of information! Thank you for all your hard work! Have you ever looked into the Halo brand dog food called Spot’s Stew? I switched to that after the TOTW recall and havent found much info from others about it.

  • Halo does source their vitamins and minerals from China.

  • IF you call up a kibble mfg and ask about the ingredients, and then state that you are going to eat it yourself, as that is all you can afford.. you can hear them back pedaling on the phone.. and they will tell you then, that its not safe for human consumption. I did this with Wellness before they were sold. it was an interesting call.!!

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  • Can you tell me anything about Canine Caviar?

  • Canine Caviar told me they use human grade vitamins from the US and they have no China sourced ingredients.

  • Thanks for this post. My dogs are on Sojos Fruit & Veggies with Stella & Chewy’s. Was shocked to see Sojos on the list. Do you happen to know which ingredients came from China? There’re only 15 ingredients in the entire food. I’m concerned, I thought this was an excellent food, and my dogs have been healthier since starting….

  • It was some of the vegetables. You can contact Sojos and they will let you know which ones. Ward from Sojos was very forthcoming and good to work with during my research. I still sell their Sojos Original and most of their treats which are China ingredient free.

  • Hi Jo,

    Thanks so much for the quick reply. Spoke with Sarah at Sojos this morning, and she was also forthcoming & honest. She said the celery & broccoli are sourced from China, however they are human grade, non-GMO, 100% pesticide free, and certified. She said they are in close contact with the inspection agency, and that the products could technically be certified organic.

    My question for you, then is: if have you taken it off your shelves due to the fact that the vegetables are sourced in China & you are doing a blanket sweep of all China ingredients in your store, do you believe that – based on the provided reasons – Sojos Fruit & Veggies is still a safe food to feed my dogs?

  • Admittedly I am taking a very strong stance with no exceptions so I only have the Sojos Original on my shelves. I like the Sojos company and I have respect for the owner. But after reviewing the FDA import refusals from China each month I’m just not comfortable with food products from China. You can view some of the refusals on my web site: http://www.MidasTouchHealth.com on the “contaminated food” page.

  • Very nice I feed raw diet, but my mom feeds kibble so I try keep her kibble in good quality since she is a great dog too. :)

    Saya loves ziwipeak food makes yummy snacks or training treats.

    I got The honest kitchen too for snacks and camping. Makes giving her joint supplements easy.

    Very informative I’ll keep this bookmarked.

  • So glad I found this Blog…what do you know about the Evanger’s Dry and canned foods. They seem to be the only manufacturers I’ve found who still manufacture their products. Their rep tells me nothing is sourced from China. I would like to believe that. If you have any evidence/opinions either way, please share. My dogs are my life.

  • I pulled Evangers from my shelves a few years ago, before I started my China free project.

    In 2009 the FDA took action against Evangers because, according to the FDA, “Evanger’s, operating in Wheeling, Illinois, deviated from the prescribed process, equipment, product shipment, and recordkeeping requirements in the production of the company’s thermally processed low acid canned food (LACF) products. The deviations in their processes and documentation could result in under-processed pet foods, which can allow the survival and growth of Clostridium botulinum (C. botulinum), a bacterium that causes botulism in some animals as well as in humans.”

    When I contacted Evangers about the action, they were less than forthright with their answers. Information from Evangers contrasted starkly with information I received from the FDA spokesperson. When I pressed Evangers further they stopped rsponding to my questions.

  • There is some additional information on this blog that may help you decide if you want to feed Evangers to your dogs:

    http://bullmarketfrogs.com/blog/2011/05/what-the-hell-evangers/

    The owners of Evangers were accused of stealing $2M worth of electricity and natural gas. And the FDA tested their lamb and rice food to find it contained no lamb. The duck dog food contained no duck.

  • Jo, thanks so much for your replies. I have been feeding Evanger’s dry to my adult dogs for a few years now. The canned, not so much, only for travel. I cook fresh meats to add to the dry food and they get some raw. My dogs are healthy, Thank God. I knew of some of these past issues, felt they have cleaned up their act. Going to do some investigating. Current issue involving Chinese sourcing is huge these days. I will say tho, that what I feed has to be affordable since I show large breed dogs and cannot afford high priced boutique foods. Will update as I get answers. Praying I don’t have to go back to square one!