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Dog Treat Recall – Buster’s Natural 6 Beef Trachea

Please read on to find out more information of this recall due to salmonella:

February 11, 2015 — Pet International of Miami, Florida is recalling 1500 units of its 6″ Beef Trachea Pet Treat because it may be contaminated with Salmonella.

Bustera Natural Beef Trachea Pet Treat Recall

What’s Being Recalled?

The potentially affected product will pertain to a particular lot number, and are specific to a particular size of the pouch it’s sold in. Anyone having these products should verify the following:

  • Buster’s Natural Pet Supply Beef Trachea Treat
  • Lot Code: 8501450
  • Size: 6″ Beef Trachea / 12 Pack Plastic Pouch
  • UPC Code: 8501450

No illnesses have been reported to date. The company is still warning consumers that if any of the above information is on the package you have, do not feed it to any animals.

It may be hazardous and should be disposed of immediately.

Where Was It Distributed?

The affected product was distributed to retail stores in the following Colorado Cities: Conifer and Lakewood.

What Caused This Recall?

The recall was as the result of a routine sampling program by the Colorado Department of Agriculture and analyzed by FDA, obtained from Buster’s Natural Pet Supply in Conifer, CO. and found to be positive for Salmonella.

The sampled product had a Buster’s label but was manufactured by Pet International.

Buster’s Natural Pet Supply recalled the entire product from the two stores that the distributor sells it. Pet International Inc. continues their investigation as to what caused the problem.

About Salmonella

Salmonella can affect animals (i.e. dogs) eating the products and there is risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the products 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 and 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 signs after having contact with this product should contact their healthcare providers. Dogs with Salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting.

Some pets (like dogs) 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 dog has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.

What to Do?

If you have this product, use gloves and put in a double bag and throw it away as soon as possible.

Do not touch the product in any way. However, if you do, it’s recommended to wash your hands immediately with an antibacterial soap.

Consumers who have purchased 6″ Beef Trachea with Buster’s Natural Pet Supply Label on it and are wishing to be refunded because of the recall, can take the product back to where it was purchased (with receipt).

A special form will be provided to be filled out as well. Both the form and the receipt are needed for the refund.

Consumers with any questions about the recall product may contact the company by phone at 305-591-3338 Monday through Friday 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM EST or via e-mail at sergioh@petint.com.

U.S. citizens 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.

Canadians can report any health or safety incidents related to the use of this product by filling out the Consumer Product Incident Report Form.

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Dog Treat Recall – Jump Your Bones Treats

Please read on about this recall due to salmonella:

Contact:
Consumer:
(888) 249-6755

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – December 31, 2014 – Jump Your Bones, Inc. of Boca Raton, Florida is voluntarily recalling Jump Your Bones brand name Roo Bites (Cubes) because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. No pet or consumer illnesses from this product have been reported to date.

Salmonella can affect animals eating the products and there is risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the products or any surfaces exposed to these products.

Healthy people infected with Salmonella should monitor themselves for the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and 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 signs 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 these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.

The affected lots of Jump Your Bones Pet Treats were distributed to retail pet food stores nationwide and through pet food retailers/distributors.

The affected products are sold in Boutique Bags and online stores. The products affected by this recall are only identified with the following UPC codes:

63633010041 for 80g. / 2.82oz. including samples of .32 oz.

This recall is being made with the knowledge of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Consumers who have purchased the above product of Jump Your Bones, Inc. pet treats are urged to stop feeding them and return product to place of purchase for a full refund or dispose of them immediately. For further information about the recall please call (888) 249-6755 from Monday – Friday 9am – 5PM EST.

Dog Treat Recall – Kong Aussie Sticks Treats

Please read the following information about the recall of these treats due to mold contamination:

September 25, 2014 – Kong Aussie Sticks dog treats have been quietly recalled by the product manufacturer, JAKKS Pacific of Walnut, California due to possible contamination with mold.

Kong Aussie Sticks Dog TreatsAs of the time of this writing, neither Kong or JAKKS Pacific has posted any public information webpage giving specific details about this event.

The products being recalled have the following item numbers:

  • Item 75559
  • Item 75560

And these “Best Before” dates:

  • 1/30/16
  • 1/31/16

Where Was the Product Sold?

According to a letter obtained from JAKKS Pacific and forwarded by Kong to The Dog Food Advisor, the recalled product was sold only at PetSmart.

No further store location, online sales or other distribution details have been provided by either company.

Silent Recall?

We are troubled by the covert nature and lack of transparency exhibited by both companies associated with this particular event.

Obtaining confirmation and collecting details about this recall were especially challenging. Apparently, the companies only notified PetSmart and relevant distribution centers.1

And evidently they made no effort to post a public notice.

According to a company spokesperson:

The products were not dried properly so a small percentage of finished goods have gone moldy.

Majority of the product is fine, and the mold was caught at our DC, but some product may have made it to PetSmart so we are recalling all the product at PetSmart and destroying all the product we have at our DC.

What to Do?

According to JAKKS Pacific in that same email, the “product can be returned to PetSmart for a full refund.”

Just the same, here are the customer service contact numbers for the two companies:

You may contact JAKKS Pacific at 877-875-2557, Monday through Friday from 7:30 am to 5:00 pm PT. Kong can be reached at 303-216-2626.

U.S. citizens 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.

Canadians can report any health or safety incidents related to the use of this product by filling out the Consumer Product Incident Report Form.

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Footnotes

  1. We are assuming that the abbreviation “DC” in a forwarded email denotes “distribution center”

 

Dog Treat Recall – Pet Center Dog Treats

Here is a recall on Pet Center Dog Treats due to salmonella, please read on:

May 27, 2014 – Pet Center, Inc of Los Angeles, California has issued a voluntary recall for its Lamb Crunchy’s dog treats because it may be contaminated with Salmonella.

Pet Center Dog TreatsThe affected product includes the 3 ounce bags of Lamb Crunchy’s dog treats with…

  • UPC number 727348200038
  • Date code 122015

Salmonella was detected by the State of Colorado, Department of Agriculture in a random sample.

No illnesses have been reported to date.

The FDA has confirmed this event in a recent news release.

Where Was the Product Sold?

The product was distributed by Gelson’s Market, General Pet, Nor-Sky Pet Supply and Independent Pet in the following states:

  • California
  • Colorado
  • Washington
  • Wisconsin

About Salmonella

Salmonella can affect animals eating the products and there is a risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the products or any surface 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 and 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 signs 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 these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.

What to Do?

Consumers who have purchased this product are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 800-390-0575 Monday through Friday between 7:30am through 4:00 pm PST.

U.S. citizens 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.

Canadians can report any health or safety incidents related to the use of this product by filling out the Consumer Product Incident Report Form.

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Recipe Friday – Candy Cane Peppermint Treats For Dogs

Just in time for the holidays, you can make a yummy treat for your dog!  I will include recipe items for dogs with gluten allergies.

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups whole wheat flour (about 2 1/2 -3 cups of rice flour for dogs with allergies)
  • ½ cup powdered milk (most powdered milk is gluten free, but check the label just in case)
  • 1 cup chicken broth (some broth contains wheat, so make sure you read the label, and make sure it is gluten free, or if you cook chicken for yourself, you can save the broth from cooking it).
  • 2 large eggs (set one aside for egg wash)
  • 1 tsp. Peppermint oil
  • red food coloring (optional)

Directions:

  1. Whisk all your wet ingredients together until well combined.
  2. Add dry ingredients, one at a time, stirring between each addition to incorporate.
  3. Knead dough on floured surface for 2-3 minutes.
  4. Divide dough in half, make a well in one half and add the peppermint and food coloring-working it in and adding food coloring until desired color is reached.
  5. Place both dough rolls back into bowl, cover, and refrigerate for 1 hour to firm dough.
  6. Preheat oven to 350F.
  7. Cover a cookie sheet in foil and spray with nonstick cooking spray.
  8. Whisk egg for wash in a small bowl.
  9. Remove dough from refrigerator, break each dough color up into an equal number of pieces- about a Tbsp. or so in size-depending on the size of the recipient.
  10. Roll each ball into a small snake-like shape.
  11. .Work on a long sheet of wax paper creating candy canes to prevent sticking- dough will still be somewhat sticky and that is normal.
  12. Twist one of each color together and bend the end to create a hook shape.
  13. Place your “Candy Cane” on the foil lined baking sheet.
  14. Brush each with egg wash.
  15. Bake for 10-12 minutes.
  16. Cool completely and store in an airtight container.  Keep in fridge for a week and if there are leftovers, freeze them in freezer bags for up to six months.

 

 

Recipe Friday – Turkey Cuppy-Cakes For Dogs

With Thanksgiving here in the USA just a few weeks away, here is a great recipe where you can use up some of your leftovers and make treats for your pups.  I have included gluten free ingredients for those pups with allergies.

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound ground Turkey, cooked and drained (If your dog cannot eat turkey, ground chicken, duck, pork or beef is fine.)
  • 1/4 cup dried Cranberries
  • 1/4 cup Pumpkin Puree (check that label says gluten free if you are making it for dogs with allergies.)
  • 1 stick Butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup Milk (you can use any other milk if your dog cannot handle cow’s milk.)
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 cup Whole Wheat Flour (you can try 3/4-1 cup of rice flour if your dog has allergies.)
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Powder (make sure the label says gluten free if your dog has allergies.)

 

Directions;

1. Preheat oven to 350F and grease a muffin tin with olive oil or skip greasing and just line with paper cups.

2. In a medium bowl mix whole wheat flour (or rice flour) and baking powder then set aside.

3. In a large bowl mix cooked ground turkey (or other ground meat), cranberries, pumpkin puree, butter, milk and egg.

4. Once well combined add the flour mixture and stir until mixed.

5. Spoon cupcake batter into muffin tin until 1/2 full, flatten to fill the cups.

6. Bake for 20 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.

7. Cool 5 minutes in pans then remove and place on wire racks to cool completely.

If you want something extra special, top with a scoop of mashed potatoes and a sprinkling of parsley.

Makes about 3 dozen cuppy-cakes.  Store in the fridge in an airtight container for about a week.  Freeze any leftovers and thaw as needed.

Dog Treat Recall Expanded – Bailey’s Choice

This recall has been expanded to other treats.  Please read on to see if any Bailey’s Choice product you purchased has been recalled due to salmonella:

November 6, 2013 — Bailey’s Choice Dog Treats, LLC, of Waleska, Georgia is expanding its voluntary recall to include additional five-ounce packages of its chicken dog treats.

According to an FDA news bulletin, the recall was announced by officials of the Georgia Department of Agriculture because of possible contamination of the treats with Salmonella bacteria.

Baileys Choice Dog Treats

  • 100% Chicken Treat
    Lot “Jun 2 2013″
  • 100% Chicken Treat
    Lot “Jun 3 2013″
  • 100% Chicken Breast Treat
    Lot “Jun 4 2013″
  • 100% Chicken Treat
    Lot “Jun 15 2013″
  • 100% Chicken Treat
    Lot “Jul 8 2013″
  • 100% Chicken Treat
    Lot “Jul 11 2013″
  • 100% Teriyaki Chicken Treats
    Lot 132881

This recall announcement is a follow-up to our original story posted here on Friday, November 1, 2013.

What to Do?

If you are in possession of one of the affected packages, officials recommend consumers discard the remaining contents.

Bailey’s Choice Dog Treats LLC will provide a full refund. They can be reached at 770-881-0526, by email at thomdo4570@gmail.com or online at www.baileyschoicetreats.com

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 – Pumpkin Treats For Dogs

Have any leftover pumpkin?  Here is a great recipe for some yummy treats for your dog!

Ingredients:

  • 1 Cup Fresh Pumpkin
  • 1 and ½ Cups Rice Flour
  • 1 Tablespoon Cinnamon
  • ½ Tablespoon Freshly Ground Ginger
  • 1 Free Range Egg
  • 1 Cup Honey (if you are worried about using honey, you can use less or omit if need be)
  • 1 Cup Vegetable Oil

 

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a flat baking tray with baking paper.

2. Peel and dice pumpkin into cubes and bring to boil in saucepan of water. Drain pumpkin and allow to cool. Puree in blender or food processor (or if you want to be old school, mash your pumpkin to a fine puree). Chill in refrigerator.

3. Combine flour, cinnamon and ginger in bowl and mix well.

4. Combine egg, honey and vegetable oil in large bowl and whisk until well combined.

5. Add the chilled pumpkin puree to the wet ingredients and whisk until well combined.

6. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet, whisking well until all ingredients are combined.

7. With teaspoons, spoon the batter onto the lined tray spacing about one inch apart to make mini cake patties.

8. Bake for 15 minutes. To test, insert a toothpick into the cake. If it comes out clean, the cake is ready and can be removed from the oven. Allow cakes to cool and serve.

Makes approximately 30 pumpkin dog treats. Freeze any leftovers not consumed within several days.

 

FDA Issues Jerky Treat for Pets Update

This is NOT a recall on the treats, this is merely an update on the jerky treat situation.  As with anything, I would not trust buying ANY brand of jerky treats for your dog or cat.  Just make them at home with the recipe I posted in this entry: https://furbabiesfurever.wordpress.com/2011/12/02/recipe-friday-chicken-jerky-for-dogs-and-cats/

 

Now onto the update:

October 23, 2013 — The US FDA has issued an update detailing its ongoing investigation of Chinese jerky pet treats. Readers are reminded this is not another recall — only a progress report.

The detailed update includes:
Chicken Jerky Pet Treats

A Brief Summary

The FDA has received about 3000 complaints of illness related to consumption of chicken, duck, or sweet potato jerky treats. Most involve products imported from China.

The reports involve over 3600 dogs, 10 cats and include more than 580 deaths.

The FDA continues to investigate the cause of these illnesses and is working with its partners in the Veterinary Laboratory Investigation and Response Network. The Vet-LIRN is a network of animal health laboratories affiliated with the FDA.

The complaints received this far by the FDA include adverse events involving different ages, sizes, and breeds of dogs.

About 60 percent of the reports are for gastrointestinal illness (with or without elevated liver enzymes) and about 30 percent relate to kidney or urinary signs.

The remaining 10 percent of jerky treat cases involve a variety of other signs including:

  • Convulsions
  • Tremors
  • Hives
  • Skin irritation

Potentially Serious Kidney Condition

Of the kidney and urinary cases, about 135 of the case reports have been for a condition known as Fanconi syndrome. Fanconi syndrome is considered a type of kidney disease.

Part of the normal function of the kidney is to filter out waste while retaining nutrients such as glucose, bicarbonate, and amino acids.

With Fanconi syndrome, a part of the kidney called the proximal tubule doesn’t work properly, and these nutrients are lost into the urine instead of being reabsorbed.

Dogs with Fanconi Syndrome usually drink and urinate much more than normal. This can also be a sign of diabetes. Yet Fanconi dogs do not have the elevated blood sugar that is a hallmark of diabetes.

They can also be lethargic and uninterested in eating. Some dogs may have all of these symptoms while others show only some of them. The symptoms may also be mild or severe.

These dogs often improve when they are no longer fed the treats. However, a positive urine test for Fanconi syndrome can still be detected several weeks later.

Not Just Chicken

It’s important to note that the reported illnesses are not limited to jerky treats made from chicken.

The FDA has received complaints about duck and sweet potato jerky treats and related products such as jerky-wrapped rawhide.

It’s known that the reported illnesses and deaths are mostly linked to jerky pet treats sourced from China.

However, pet owners should be aware that manufacturers do not need to list the country of origin for each ingredient used in their products.

What to Do?

Keep in mind, treats are only treats. They’re not a necessary part of a fully balanced diet. So, eliminating them will not harm pets. All the nutrients your pet needs can be found in commercially produced pet food.

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 – Dog “Bone” Treat

These treats are not real dog bones, but homemade with a yogurt topping.

Ingredients:

For the Bones

  • 2 ½ cups non-bleached flour (or try two cups of rice flour for a gluten free option)
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 chicken bouillon (if you are looking for a gluten free recipe, make sure the bouillon has no gluten in it)

For the Icing

  • 1 cup non-fat plain yogurt (gluten free for dogs with gluten allergies)
  • 1/2 cup water

 

Directions:

1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees and spray the cookie pan lightly to prevent the bones from sticking.

2. Mix all of the ingredients together and knead dough until it forms a ball.

3. Take a small piece of dough and roll until it looks like a 6″ round line of dough, about the thickness of a marker.

4. Place the dough in the bone shaped cookie pan and press it into the shape of the bone.

5. Bake for 30 minutes.

6. Take out of the oven and allow the bones to cool. Don’t you just love the cracks? They make them look like real skeleton bones!

7. Mix 1 cup of non-fat plain yogurt with about ½ cup water. Mix well so that there are no lumps.

8. Place the cooled bones into the bowl with the yougurt “dip” and cover the entire bone.

9. Place the “dipped” bone on to wax paper.

10. Place bones in freezer until the yogurt dip is frozen. They were hard in about an hour.