Barnyard, what's different is the apparent admission of buying "beef tallow" containing a euthanasia drug -- the same one used to put dogs and cats to sleep, which isn't even used in cattle, but sometimes is in horses. So it's not any source of "beef" producing that problem -- it's generally some other kind of animal that's not even supposed to be in the bag of kibble -- probably
horse meat...but it could be anything put to sleep with that drug (companion animals, zoo animals). It's a sign of extremely low-grade rendered protein or fat -- the kind where some nasty rendering plant will throw any animal carcass they get into the pot and cook it down. Meat or fat containing this drug is not supposed to ever
be in dog food -- there was a run of foods with it in the 90s, the FDA tightened things up, and that was supposed to be the end of it, but here we go again.
Champion is blaming beef tallow. I've yet to hear why
beef tallow would contain that drug when everything I've read for years says that drug isn't used in cattle. Unless the beef tallow isn't really beef tallow but the fat of some other critter falsely sold as beef tallow? But they're admitting to using a supplier in Penn., which was apparently the source of the Big Heart Brands problem in 2017 too -- so are we supposed to understand they used a supplier KNOWN problems?!
In fairness to Champion, I think there's a dispute as to whether the much of euthanasia-drug-contaminated kibble made it out into the market before they caught it, but do we forgive them even if they prove they somehow intervened before much of it did? If this is the kind of supplier they're sourcing from, it says EVERYTHING about their integrity as to their supply chain. What else are they sourcing from the cheapest, lowest-grade suppliers???
Further reading, with Champion's side of the story:
This article also has some background on the other pentobarb recalls, and why it keeps happening: