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Higher prices of basic foodstuffs such as corn, soy and meat are affecting food supplies for both animals and people as the U.S. economy picks up steam.  Photo: Thinkstock

Pet food shortages leave owners on the hunt for kibble

Chicago | Reuters – Black short-haired kitty Astra, one of millions of pets acquired during the COVID-19 pandemic last year, had to go without salmon-flavored Whiskas treats that were sold out at stores in New Orleans this month. Loki, an Alaskan malamute dog in Ontario, Canada, did not have his usual Royal Canin kibble in

The Giesbrechts’ Chesapeake Bay retriever Chaska loves to dig her own garden carrots.

Family puts heart and homegrown produce into pet food business

Faces of Ag: Roger and Theresa Giesbrecht put years of livestock nutritional knowledge into formulating dog kibble and treats

Poncho was a “neighbourhood combo” mutt with short legs and a long body. Legs churning, he’d come within inches of the three-wheeler tire time and time again as the grandkids puttered around the farmyard. Poncho is long in the “happy hunting grounds” but he lives on in every bag of kibble that bears his name.


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Grain aflatoxins lead to U.S. pet food recalls, dog deaths

Pet food maker expands recall after more than 70 dogs die, 80 sickened

Reuters — Midwestern Pet Foods is expanding a recall to include several more products sold under its Sportmix brand and other labels after at least 70 dogs died and 80 others are known to have become ill, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday. The food was found to have potentially unsafe levels of

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Pet food investment firm buys Ontario raw food maker

Tollden Farms to join United Raw Pet Foods

A Toronto-area investment firm billed as “the pet industry’s merchant bank” has bought control of its fifth Canadian maker of frozen raw pet foods in three years. Mississauga-based Dane Creek Capital Corp., the 70 per cent controlling shareholder in United Raw Pet Foods, announced Thursday that United Raw has bought Tollden Farms of Kemptville, Ont.




Harvest Moon expands food initiative

Harvest Moon expands food initiative

Local buying clubs take the burden of direct marketing off the shoulders of small farm operators

The six-year-old initiative connects consumers and farmers through buying clubs and pickup sites. Customers place and pay for the orders online and later pickup their order at a site set up by the buying club in that area. Last year, there were four sites in Winnipeg and one in Starbuck. But organizers are now adding



EU may lift animal byproduct ban for pig and poultry feed

But safety measures may make its use in animal feed too expensive and retailers fear a consumer backlash

The European Union hopes to ease the cost of protein used to make pig and poultry feed by lifting a ban on byproducts imposed during the mad cow disease outbreak over a decade ago. The change would come at a time of heightened consumer concern about food safety in Europe after it was discovered that