Monthly Archives: February 2013

Dog Food Recall – Hy-Vee

There won’t be a product review this week as there is yet another recall.  This recall is due to high levels of aflatoxin in their food.  Please read on and pass on this information to all dog parents:

February 22, 2013 – Hy-Vee, Inc. has issued a voluntary recall of certain packages of Hy-Vee dog food due to elevated levels of a toxic compound commonly found in contaminated corn.

Hy-Vee Dog FoodRoutine random tests conducted by the Iowa Department of Agriculture indicated higher than normal levels of aflatoxin in some samples of Hy-Vee dog food.

The products were manufactured at a plant operated by Pro-Pet, LLC of Kansas City.

Aflatoxin is a naturally occurring by-product from the growth of Aspergillus flavus mold and can be harmful to pets if consumed in significant quantities.

Symptoms of aflatoxin poisoning include sluggishness or lethargy combined with a reluctance to eat, vomiting, yellowish tint to the eyes or gums or diarrhea.

Where Were the Products Sold?

The recalled products carry three different “Best By” dates and were distributed between October 26, 2012 and January 11, 2013 to Hy-Vee stores in the states of…

  • Iowa
  • Illinois
  • Missouri
  • Kansas
  • Nebraska
  • South Dakota
  • Minnesota
  • Wisconsin

What’s Being Recalled?

The following products are subject to the recall:

  • Hy-Vee Complete Dog Complete Nutrition (Green 34 lb. bag) UPC #07545005647 with lot number ending with 29812KC and a “Best By” date of 11/24/13
  • Hy-Vee Complete Dog Complete Nutrition (Green 8 lb. bag) UPC #07545005667 with a lot number ending with 29812KC and a “Best By” date of 11/24/13
  • Hy-Vee Complete Dog Complete Nutrition (Green 4.4 lb. bag) UPC #07545005665 with a Lot number ending with 29812KC and a “Best By” date of 11/24/13
  • Hy-Vee Complete Dog Complete Nutrition (Green 4.4 lb. bag) UPC #07545005665 with a lot number ending with 29912KC and a “Best By” date of 11/25/13
  • Hy-Vee Complete Dog Bites, Bones & Squares (Yellow 20 lb. bag) UPC #07545005680 with a lot number ending with 29312KC and a “Best By” date of 11/19/13
  • Hy-Vee Complete Dog Bites, Bones & Squares (Yellow 4.4 lb. bag) UPC #07545005560 with a lot number ending with 29312KC and a “Best By” date of 11/19/13

The recall is limited to the products, sizes, codes or dates listed above. No other Hy-Vee dog food products are affected by the recall.

According to the company, no illnesses have been reported in dogs consuming the product and that the product does not pose a health risk to humans handling it.

The company has removed all potentially affected products from Hy-Vee stores.

What to Do?

Customers are urged to check the “Best By” dates on any product they have at home and refrain from feeding any of the recalled products to their pets.

Any bags of Hy-Vee dog food subject to the recall, whether opened or unopened, may be returned to Hy-Vee stores for a full refund.

Consumers with questions may contact the company at (800) 289-8343. This number is staffed Monday through Friday, 8 am to 4 pm CST.

You can report complaints about FDA-regulated pet food products by calling the consumer complaint coordinator in your area.

Or go to http://www.fda.gov/petfoodcomplaints.

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Dog Treats Recall – Kasel EXPANDS To Include More Products

This is an updated table of the products that are being voluntarily recalled for salmonella.  I am posting the whole article so that you may be able to see if any products you feed your dog are on it:

February 21, 2013 – The Food and Drug Administration has today announced that Kasel Associated Industries is expanding its recent recall to include other products and retail sales sources.

Caution SignKasel has already issued previous recall notices for specific products manufactured between April 20 and September 19, 2012 due to potential contamination with Salmonella bacteria.

According to the FDA…

The move comes after the Colorado Department of Agriculture tested a retail sample of a Kasel pet treat product and found it to be positive for Salmonella

In a follow-up inspection at the firm, the FDA found that all of the finished pet treat product samples and 48 out of 87 environmental samples collected tested positive for Salmonella.

More than ten different species of Salmonella were found in both the firm’s products and manufacturing facility, indicating multiple sources of contamination.

While there are no reports of human illness, FDA has received a small number of complaints of illness in dogs who were exposed to the treats.

Because of the multiple positive tests for Salmonella as well as the production practices and conditions observed at the facility during the inspection, the FDA has concluded…

“…there is a reasonable probability that pet treat products manufactured in the facility from April 20, 2012 through September 19, 2012 are contaminated with Salmonella.”

Where Were the Products Sold?

The Kasel-manufactured products are sold at various retailers including…

  • Target
  • Petco
  • Sam’s Club
  • Costco
  • Menards

Most of the products have a two-year shelf life.

All of the products were made in the U.S. This action is not related to FDA’s ongoing investigation of jerky pet treats made in China.

What’s Being Recalled?

To see a larger image, please visit the actual FDA bulletin.

Kasel Recall Product and Lot Table

What to Do?

Both people and animals can contract Salmonellosis from handling or eating contaminated products.

People handling dry pet treats should thoroughly wash their hands after having contact with the treats as well as any surfaces exposed to these products.

Consumers who have any of these products, or who are unsure of the manufacturing date of their pet treats, should dispose of them in ways that people and animals, including wild animals, cannot access them, such as placing them in a securely lidded garbage can.

You can report complaints about FDA-regulated pet food products by calling the consumer complaint coordinator in your area.

Or go to http://www.fda.gov/petfoodcomplaints.

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Dog Food Recall – Honest Kitchen

Yet another recall.  No recipe this week, just another recall to please look at and pass the information along to anyone you know who may feed this food to their dog:

February 21, 2013 – The Honest Kitchen has today announced it is voluntarily recalling five lots of its Verve, Zeal and Thrive dog foods because they may be contaminated with Salmonella bacteria.
Honest Kitchen Verve Dog Food

The items were produced between August and November 2012 and sold nationwide in the US and Canada via retail stores, mail order and online after August 2012.

No other Honest Kitchen production dates, batches, or products are affected.

About Salmonella

Healthy people infected with Salmonella should monitor themselves for some or all of the following symptoms:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea or bloody diarrhea
  • Abdominal cramping
  • Fever

Salmonella can result in more serious ailments, including arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation, and urinary tract symptoms.

Consumers exhibiting these signs after having contact with this product should contact their healthcare providers.

Animals with Salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting. Some animals will have only decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain.

Infected but otherwise healthy animals can be carriers and infect other animals or humans.

If your animals have consumed the recalled product and display these symptoms, you are advised to contact your veterinarian.

About the Recall

The Company is taking this action after learning that one of its raw ingredients suppliers has recalled a batch of human‐grade parsley that may contain Salmonella .

The batch of parsley was shipped to the Company in 2012 and used in the production of five lots of Honest Kitchen products.

The Honest Kitchen claims to regularly test for Salmonella and other pathogens as part of its quality control process — and has not received to date received any reports of illness associated with these product lots.

The Company is proceeding with this action to ensure the safety and quality of its products.

According to Lucy Postins, company founder and CEO…

“While our quality control tests did not find evidence of Salmonella in any of our finished products, we are accountable for everything we make, and are taking precautionary action to ensure the safety and integrity of our products.”

What’s Being Recalled?

The lots being recalled are:

Honest Kitchen Recall Lot Info

What to Do?

Consumers who purchased the above lots of Honest Kitchen Verve, Zeal or Thrive products should stop feeding the products to their pets, remove the UPC (bar code) and lot code from the packaging, and discard the contents in a covered trash receptacle.

Lot codes are located on the top of product boxes either adjacent to or opposite the UPC.

For questions, consumers are invited to call the company at (866) 437-9729. Or send an email to info@thehonestkitchen.com.

Customer service representatives will be available Monday through Friday, 8 am to 4 pm PST.

You can report complaints about FDA-regulated pet food products by calling the consumer complaint coordinator in your area.

Or go to http://www.fda.gov/petfoodcomplaints.

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Dog Treat Recall – Nutri-Vet Chicken Jerky

Yet another dog treat recall.  It is voluntary:

February 20, 2013 – According to an FDA bulletin, Nutri-Vet, LLC. of Boise, Idaho, is voluntarily recalling its Nutri-Vet and NutriPet Chicken Jerky treats products because they may be contaminated with Salmonella.
Nutri-Vet Chicken Jerky Dog Treats

Salmonella can sicken animals that eat these products.

Humans are at risk for Salmonella poisoning from handling contaminated pet products, especially if they have not washed their hands thoroughly enough after having contact with affected items.

Or any surfaces exposed to these products.

Healthy people infected with Salmonella should monitor themselves for some or all of the following symptoms:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea or bloody diarrhea
  • Abdominal cramping
  • Fever

Rarely, Salmonella can result in more serious ailments, including arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation, and urinary tract symptoms.

Consumers exhibiting these symptoms after having contact with this product should contact their healthcare providers.

Pets with Salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting. Some pets will have only decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain.

Infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans. If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has any of these signs, please contact your veterinarian.

What’s Being Recalled?

Nutri-Vet is recalling the lot numbers below because the producer of an ingredient used in the products below informed the company of the possibility of the presence of Salmonella at the manufacturing facility.

According to the report, no positive test results have been found on Nutri-Vet or NutriPet products to date.

The recalled Chicken Jerky Treats were distributed nationwide through online sales and in retail stores from April 2012 through February 2013 with Best By Dates ranging from April 20, 2014, through October 3, 2014.

The product comes in a clear plastic bag containing Chicken Jerky Treats as described below:

Nutri-Vet Chicken Jerky Dog Treats Recall

The U.S. based supplier has ceased the production and distribution of the ingredient supplied to Nutri-Vet. The FDA and the manufacturer continue their investigation into the source of the contamination.

No other products made by Nutri-Vet are included in the recall.

What to Do?

Consumers who have purchased Nutri-Vet and NutriPet Chicken Jerky Products are urged to stop feeding them to pets and return the product to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact Nutri-Vet at (877) 729-8668 Monday thru Friday from 7am to 5pm MDT.

You can report complaints about FDA-regulated pet food products by calling the consumer complaint coordinator in your area.

Or go to http://www.fda.gov/petfoodcomplaints.

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Dog Treat Recall – Kasel Recalls Numerous Brands

Please read carefully, there are numerous brands that have been recalled voluntarily, due to salmonella:

February 20, 2013 – According to an updated FDA news bulletin, Kasel Associated Industries of Denver, CO is voluntarily recalling all products manufactured at its Denver, Colorado facility from April 20, 2012 through September 20, 2012 due to possible contamination with Salmonella bacteria.

Salmonella can sicken animals that eat these products. And humans are at risk for Salmonella poisoning from handling contaminated pet products — especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the pet products or any surfaces exposed to these products.

Healthy people infected with Salmonella should monitor themselves for some or all of the following symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Bloody diarrhea
  • Abdominal cramping

Rarely, Salmonella can result in more serious ailments, including arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation, and urinary tract symptoms.

Consumers exhibiting these symptoms after having contact with this product should contact their healthcare providers.

Pets with Salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting.

Some pets will have only decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. Infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans.

If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has any of these signs, please contact your veterinarian.

What’s Being Recalled?

The recalled Products of Dog Treats were distributed nationwide through various retailers from April 20th to September 19th.

Kasel Industries is recalling the following brands…

  • Boots & Barkley
  • Bixbi
  • Nature’s Deli
  • Colorado Naturals
  • Petco
  • Best Bully Sticks

Lot numbers as shown in 1 Year Best By Date Table and 2 Year Best By Date Table, which are attached.

Kasel Dog Treats Recall Product Information

Kasel Industries has not received any reports of illnesses to date in connection with these products.

No other products made by Kasel Associated Industries are included in the recall. Specifically no products with best by dates after the specified ranges are included in the recall.

What to Do

Consumers who have purchased any listed products are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact Kasel Associated Industries at (800) 218-4417 Monday thru Friday from 7am to 5pm MDT.

You can report complaints about FDA-regulated pet food products by calling the consumer complaint coordinator in your area.

Or go to http://www.fda.gov/petfoodcomplaints.

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Dog Food Recall – Nature’s Variety Raw Dog Food

Instead of a product review, I am posting this dog food recall.  It is one batch that is being recalled, please read on:

February 15, 2013 – Nature’s Variety has announced a voluntary recall of one batch of Instinct Raw Organic Chicken Formula with a “Best if Used By” date of 10/04/13.Nature's Variety Raw Organic Chicken

This action is being taken because pieces of clear plastic may be present in some bags and could cause a potential choking risk to pets.

The source of plastic has been identified and the issue has been resolved.

What Products Are Affected?

The affected product is strictly limited to a single batch of Organic Chicken Formula with the “Best if Used By” date of 10/04/13. This includes:

  • Instinct Raw Organic Chicken Formula patties, 6 lbs. bag
  • Instinct Raw Organic Chicken Formula patties, 36 lbs. case
  • Instinct Raw Organic Chicken Formula medallions, 3 lbs. bag
  • Instinct Raw Organic Chicken Formula medallions, 27 lbs. case

The “Best if Used By” date is located on the back of the package below the “Contact Us” section.

Where Were the Products Distributed?

The affected product was distributed through retail stores and internet sales in the United States and Canada. No other products were impacted.

Nature’s Variety became aware of a potential issue after receiving a consumer complaint. The source of the issue was identified and resolved.

To date, there have been no reports of harm to dogs or cats.

What to Do

Consumers feeding the affected product should discontinue use and monitor their pet’s health, and contact their veterinarian if they have concerns.

Consumers who have purchased one of the above products can obtain a full refund or exchange by either returning the product in its original packaging or bringing a proof of purchase back to their retailer.

Consumers with additional questions can call the Nature’s Variety Consumer Relations team at 888-519-7387 Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm CST.

Or click this link to email the company directly.

You can report complaints about FDA-regulated pet food products by calling the consumer complaint coordinator in your area.

Or go to http://www.fda.gov/petfoodcomplaints.

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Recipe Friday – Bacon Cookies

Your dog will be happy with these amazing treats, as long as their humans don’t consume all the bacon first!

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup rolled oats
  • ½ cup crumbled cooked bacon (~5 slices)
  • 1 Tablespoon bacon fat
  • ¾ cup hot water
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup cornmeal
  • ~1 1/2 c (whole wheat) flour (For a gluten free treat, use about 1 cup of rice flour)

Directions:

1. Mix the oats, bacon, and fat in a large bowl and then pour on the hot water. Stir the mixture until most of the water is absorbed and the fat is evenly distributed.

2. Next, whisk in the egg and cornmeal. Then begin adding the flour, about a half cup at a time, until a firm dough forms.

3. Scoop the dough into balls with a large tablespoon* and place each ball on a lightly greased cookie sheet.  Using your fingers, flatten each ball into a biscuit shape. The biscuits won’t spread or rise in the baking, so whatever shape you make them into is the shape they will be.

4. Bake the biscuits in a 325 degree oven for about 20 minutes, until the biscuits are firm, but with a bit of give in the center. When they are completely cool, serve.

IMPORTANT: The size varies depending on the size of your dog’s mouth. These biscuits can get stuck to the roof of a dog’s mouth, so either make the biscuit size accordingly or break them up before giving them to your dog.  These treats are a bit softer, so if your dog is older, or has sensitive mouth/teeth, these will be great for them.  But they are not just for older dogs.  Any dog will love these treats, just feed in moderation!

 

Product Review – KONG Extreme KONG Flyer

Do you have a dog that likes to chew up their toys?  Do you have a dog that catches a Frisbee and then keeps it and chews it to pieces instead of bringing it back to you?  This Frisbee may be your answer.

KONG makes many Frisbees, but this one is made especially for dogs that are aggressive chewers, who might destroy most other Frisbees.

This is a soft, yet durable Frisbee, black in color, and seemingly flys faster and further than other Frisbees that I have used.  It is great for taking your dog and exercising them when they have a little extra energy that you are trying to get out of them.  Make sure your dog knows the fetch and bring commands before using this.

Sasha is an aggressive chewer.  So far, there are minor tooth marks in the lip of the Frisbee, and a small tear, but it is still very usable and durable.  It also stands up to the cold weather.  I prefer the softer Frisbee than the harder one as it is easier on your dog’s mouth and in the cold, it does not crack.

Final verdict: This is a purchase with caution.  If your dog is an aggressive chewer, know that it will not stay pristine for the duration that you use the toy.  We have had ours for over two months and just recently there are marks on it.  It is for sale on wag.com and for a limited time, it is on sale.  Try it out and hopefully your dog will love it!

 

KONG® Extreme Flyer

Recipe Friday – Pot Pie (Minus The Pie)

Your dog is sure to love this treat.  Sasha could not get enough.  I will be making this often!

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon flour (for gluten free flour, try rice flour or almond flour)
  • 1 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/4 pound deli-sliced turkey, chopped (or any other meat, if your dog cannot eat turkey)
  • 1 cup frozen peas and carrots, thawed
  • 2 tablespoons chopped flat-leaf parsley

 

Directions:
1. In a small skillet, heat the butter over medium heat. Whisk in the flour for 1 minute, then whisk in the chicken broth and bring to a boil over high heat. Lower the heat and simmer until thickened, 2 to 3 minutes.

2. Stir in the turkey, veggies and parsley and cook until heated through, 2 to 3 minutes. Let cool to almost room temperature, then serve.

Makes about 4 servings depending on the size of your dog.

Product Review – Kyjen Dog Game Treat Triad

An interesting puzzle toy for dogs who like to play games and figure out where their treats are at.

It is a plastic made puzzle toy with three arms, the dog must learn to spin the top part and then lift the lids where the treats are located.  As long as your dog doesn’t try to pick it up and chew it (Sasha tried many, many times to do so, until she learned what kind of toy it was), it should last a long, long time.

You can place any kind of treats in this toy, I used some of the homemade chicken jerky (slicing chicken really thin, greasing the pan with olive oil, placing your oven on its lowest setting and leaving it to cook for about 2 hours, cooling and then serving as treats to your dog, or cat), and that seemed to go over well.  Sasha ended up playing with it, after leaving it alone for several days and figured out how to get her treats out.  Once she figured out the toy is full of wonderful, yummy treats, she spent several hours (with breaks in between for naps and cuddles), enjoying lifting up the lids and getting the jerky out.

It can be a noisy toy, so picking it up when you want to go to sleep is a good idea.  It can also slide on the floor if your dog really gets into playing with it, so if you have carpeted floor, that might be a better option.

Final verdict: As long as your dog doesn’t try to chew this toy up, it is a good toy that will keep your dog busy for periods of time.  It is fairly durable and can withstand a dog picking it up and chewing on it SLIGHTLY, or a dog picking it up with its mouth and shaking it about.  You can find this toy moderately priced on wag.com.

Here is a youtube video to show you how the toy works.