Natural Balance sues supplier, H.J. Heinz, for selling them rubber-infested sheep lungs
According to the research, I have found, this lawsuit claims “Heinz knew that processed sheep lungs it sold to a pet food company were adulterated with rubber that could choke dogs.” Apparently, they use rubber rings to “seal the esophagus” of slaughtered sheep and the rubber was stuck in the internal organs AFTER it was slaughtered and their lungs were processed.
This all sounds gross to me.
But the question that the consumers have is… Why weren’t we informed? Where was the recall? Isn’t it the consumer’s right to be informed of such things? Isn’t it Natural Balance’s obligation to let the purchasers know that the food they feed their pets may be contaminated with rubber?
I can’t seem to find the answer to these questions and the FDA doesn’t have any information about this listed on their website. Maybe the bags never made it to stores and Natural Balance is simply suing for the cost of production…they want their money back. Who knows. I cannot find ANY information about this lawsuit at all on the Natural Balance website. So we are only offered 2nd and 3rd hand information. Sounds like bad business practice to me.
But honestly, what did Natural Balance expect?
When you sell out your company to one of these multinational organizations, common sense tells me that these organizations are going to find the lowest bidder for your ingredients in order to increase their profit margin. That’s just business. And “business” is the only thing that these multinational organizations care about – NOT the quality of life in pets.
Granted, any time you mix food with machinery there will be problems. But do your research and you will find that these problems happen much more often in pet food companies that are owned by these multinational organizations. Quality control is much more difficult to accomplish when there is mass production at this level. It’s the mass production that allows these organizations to have so much money in their wallets. “It’s not personal, it’s business!” right?
It is the quality of our work which will please God, and not the quantity.