Richmond, VA-based Ukrop’s Homestyle Foods Recall

While most of the major food recalls have not been a problem in this area, that is not the case any longer. Richmond based Ukrops now has a documented major recall of 9.1 tons of meat products contaminated with Listeria. I wanted to get the word out ASAP. Please click on this link to get the entire story as well as the list of the products effected. While you are there sign up for the Food Safety News newsletter to keep abreast of the many recalls effecting people around the world. This one hits home.

PS I subscribe to both the Food Safety News and Truth About Pet Food to keep abreast of whats going on with the food system. Its not unusual to read one day in FSN about a human grade recall only to read later in TAPF about how those recalls have entered the pet food manufacturing system. The food leaves one system only to enter the other. Want to hazard a guess as to what they are gonna do with all 9.1 tons of Ukrops recalled product? Nope not going to the landfill…….

I’m Angry! Really Angry and You Should Be Too!

Screen Shot 2018-10-06 at 8.33.57 AMOn September 9th I emailed Susan Thixton of “” and asked this question:

“I was wondering what happens to all the tons of human food that get recalled every year?       Does it end up in pet food? or does it get fed to CAFO beef?       I subscribe to a human food recall newsletter, and it just dawned on me that its a distinct possibility that companies don’t just throw it all in a landfill but that they may actually mitigate the loss by selling it to rendering companies. I’m horrified by this. Tons of cooked diced chicken just recently was recalled for metal pieces in the chicken. does this end up in pet food? What about recalls involving listeria or salmonella? How is all that food destroyed or disposed of? Who oversees the disposal to ensure everyone plays by the rules if there are any?”

And this was her answer:

“It depends on the state the recall happens in (the state the manufacturer is located in). Some states allow that recalled food to become “salvage” and yes it could end up in pet food or livestock feed. And they never disclose this to consumers.”

This is the link to the U.S. Food and Drug administration Compliance Policy regarding the use of food condemned for human use.

So what does this mean for your pet’s food? It can’t automatically be trusted. Want to hazard a guess what’s happening to all the dead CAFO animals (chickens and pigs) that the latest hurricane drowned? Yep, North Carolina approved its use in animal feed including pet foods! Here is the link to the story: “Millions of Drowned Decomposing Livestock Allowed to Be Rendered”

So you might think that there are laws in place to prevent this sort of thing and you would be right. However, the government let it be known that they will not police those laws. It isn’t publicly mentioned often (by government), but found within the Federal Register…FDA openly admits the agency allows pet food/animal feed to violate federal law. Here is the link to the article “Its Not Pet Food, Its a Waste Disposal System!”

Any rational, thinking person has to know that there is a HUGE link between the diminishing health of our pets over the years and this FDA policy of turning a blind eye to what goes into our pet food  feed! Are you as ANGRY as I am?

Its Official! Springtime Photo Shoot was a rousing success!


What fun I had and what great shots I got. Sometimes it can be frustrating to try to get everything perfect. It can be quite the challenge trying to take the perfect picture of a moving target LOL! All the dogs were very cooperative that day and the photo shoot went smoothly. I got so many cute photos like the one above (Gracie) that I had a hard time picking just the right one to email to clients and post on the website . Check out all the other great photos by CLICKING HERE.