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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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Dog Treat Recall – True Raw Choice Pet Treats

Instead of a recipe, I have another recall.  These are from Canada, they are being recalled due to salmonella bacteria.  Even though they are from Canada, some people may have bought them and brought them to the US, or various other reasons.  I also want to make sure my Canadian readers are kept up to date.  Please read on:

November 20, 2013 — Health Canada has announced Your True Companion Pet Products is recalling its True Raw Choice Bulk Dehydrated Natural Pet Treats due to possible contamination with Salmonella bacteria.

True Raw Choice Pet TreatsRecalled products include:

  • Duck Feet (Lot 228870)
  • Duck Wings (Lot 213825)
  • Chicken Feet (Lot 214733)
  • Lamb Trachea (Lot 225215)
  • Chicken Breast (Lot 154339)

A total of 280 total cases of the affected treats were sold in bulk at various pet food stores across Canada.

Editor’s Note: Even though the recalled products may have been purchased in Canada, they may also have been carried home to pets in the United States. So, be sure to check your own records for purchase information.

About Salmonella

Pets such as dogs and cats (and their food) can carry Salmonella bacteria. People can get infected with the bacteria from handling pets, pet food or feces.

Symptoms of salmonellosis often include:

  • Sudden onset of fever
  • Stomach cramps
  • Headache
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting

What to Do?

Consumers should contact Your True Companion Pet Products at 855-260-5024 if unsure if the product you have is affected or not.

As of November 8, 2013, all affected products have been disposed of in the market place.

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

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.

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Dog and Cat Food Recall – Iams and Eukanuba

Iams and Eukanuba are voluntarily recalling some of their food, due to salmonella, here is the release:

August 14, 2013 — The Procter and Gamble Company of Cincinnati, Ohio has announced it is voluntarily recalling specific lots of its dry pet foods because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.

Iams Recall August 2013

The lots were distributed in the United States and represent about one-tenth of one percent (0.1%) of annual production.

According to the company, no Salmonella-related illnesses have been reported to date in association with these product lots.

The affected products were made during a 10-day window at a single manufacturing site. P&G’s routine testing determined that some products made during this timeframe have the potential for Salmonella contamination.

As a precautionary measure, P&G is recalling the potentially impacted products made during this timeframe.

No other dry dog food, dry cat food, dog or cat canned wet food, biscuits/treats or supplements are affected by this announcement.

What’s Being Recalled?

Iams Eukanuba Recall Lot Numbers

About Salmonella

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 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.

This issue is limited to the specific dry pet food lot codes listed below. This affects roughly one-tenth of one percent (0.1%) of total annual production.

What to Do?

Consumers who purchased a product listed above should stop using and discard the product immediately. You may also contact the company toll-free at 800-208-0172 (Monday through Friday, 9 AM to 6 PM ET).

Or visit their websites at www.iams.com or www.eukanuba.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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Dog and Cat Treat Recall – Dogswell Recalls Treats

Here is the latest recall.  It is for dog and cat treats, read on:

 

July 26, 2013 — Arthur Dogswell LLC has today announced it is voluntarily withdrawing certain Dogswell and Catswell brand duck or chicken jerky treats with a “Best Before” date of January 28th, 2015 (or any earlier date).
Dogswell Logo
The vast majority of these products were distributed via retail stores and mail order companies before March 1st, 2013.

These products may contain trace amounts of an antibiotic residue that has not been approved for use in the United States.

According to a letter posted by Dogswell, the affected jerky treats were made in China.

There is no evidence that products containing trace amounts of this antibiotic pose a health risk for pets or humans.

The company is taking this action after learning this week that the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets (NYSDAM) found trace amounts of the additive during a routine product sampling.

Antibiotics are commonly used, both in the USA and other markets, when raising animals fit for human consumption. And the antibiotic in question is accepted for use in poultry in other parts of the world.

What’s Being Recalled?

The withdrawn products include Chicken Breast and Duck Breast jerky marketed under the following brand names:

  • Breathies
  • Happy Heart
  • Happy Hips
  • Mellow Mut
  • Shape Up
  • Veggie Life
  • Vitality
  • Vitakitty

The affected products contain a “Best Before” (or earlier) date of January 28th, 2015. No other products are affected.

Additionally, Chicken Breast and Duck Breast jerky products with a “Best Before” date of January 29th, 2015 and later have been fully tested for these antibiotics and are not affected.

The “Best Before” date can be found stamped in black ink on the back of the package on the bottom right hand side.

Company Statement

According to company spokesperson, Brad Armistead…

“We encourage our customers to reach out to us with any questions about this withdrawal.

“It is important for consumers to know that all Dogswell and Catswell products remaining on the market are safe for dogs and cats to consume and enjoy as directed.

“Since January, the company has been using state-of-the-art testing procedures to ensure that our chicken and duck products do not contain these unapproved antibiotics.”

What to Do?

In the event a consumer is in possession of any of the affected products, he or she should contact Dogswell to arrange for a full refund by calling 1-888-559-8833 from 8 AM to 5 PM PT, Monday through Friday.

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 Recalls – IMS Trading Group and Publix Chicken Jerky

Instead of the product review I was going to do today, there are two new voluntary recalls.  Read on please:

January 9, 2013 – IMS Trading Corp has announced it is voluntarily withdrawing its Cadet Brand Chicken Jerky Treat products sold in the United States until further notice.
Cadet Brand Chicken Jerky Treats

The Company is taking this action after learning this week the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets found traces of antibiotic residue in samples of Cadet brand Chicken Jerky Treat products.

These antibiotics are approved for use in poultry in China and other major countries, but are not among those approved in the U.S.

According to the company, Cadet Brand Chicken Jerky Treats are safe to feed as directed and have not been linked to any illnesses in dogs or humans.

However, the company claims that…

“…due to regulatory inconsistencies among countries, the presence of antibiotic residue is technically considered an adulteration in the United States.”

At first, New York State authorities requested that IMS Trading Corp remove Cadet Brand Chicken Jerky treats from retail locations only in the state of New York.

Because of this request, the company has decided to conduct a voluntary withdrawal of these chicken treat products nationwide.

According to a statement by IMS Trading Corp…

“A double testing program is being established to check for these antibiotics in China (point of origin) and the United States before we consider to sell these products in the future.

“Testing will be based on a scientifically sound statistical sampling program.”

The announcement goes on to read…

“There is no indication that the trace amounts of antibiotic residue are linked to the FDA’s ongoing investigation of chicken jerky products.

“The trace amounts of antibiotic residue (in the parts-per-billion range) do not pose a health or pet safety risk.”

What to Do

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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January 11, 2013 – Publix Super Markets of Lakeland, FL has today issued a voluntary recall for Publix Chicken Tenders Dog Chew Treats because it may contain trace amounts of antibiotic residue.
Publix Logo

The UPC — located on the back right-hand corner of the product — is #41415-18527 and is sold in a 3.5 ounce bag.

Where the Product Was Sold

This product was sold in Publix Grocery Stores in these states:

  • Florida
  • Alabama
  • Georgia
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee

What to Do

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 – Nature’s Deli Chicken Jerky Treats

Here is an e-mail I received regarding this recall and I am sharing it with you.  This is an expansion to the October 2012 recall of this brand:

December 6, 2012 – The Food and Drug Administration is warning pet owners and caretakers not to feed their animals certain lots of Nature’s Deli Chicken Jerky Dog Treats because they may be contaminated with Salmonella bacteria.

Photo Image of Nature's Deli Chicken Jerky Dog TreatsThe affected products include packages with a lot code of BESTBY061913DEN.

Today’s FDA warning is an expansion of the recall posted by The Dog Food Advisor in early October.

The treats are made and distributed in the U. S. by Kasel Associates Industries Inc. and were sold at Costco stores in the Denver, Colorado area.

Although Kasel has declined to perform a voluntary recall at this time, Costco is working with FDA and has removed all of the affected products from its shelves.

The company will also contact customers who may have purchased the product to provide additional instructions.

What’s Being Recalled?

The product is sold in 3 pound packages labeled as Nature’s Deli Chicken Jerky Dog Treats. The package also includes a digital photo of a dog on the front panel and transparent sections to view the product within.

The lot code can be found on the reverse side of the package in the transparent section following the phrase “All American Dog.”

Why the Product Is Being Recalled

In September 2012, a retail sample of a Kasel dog treat product was tested by the Colorado Department of Agriculture and found to be positive for Salmonella.

An FDA follow-up inspection at the firm found certain finished dog treat products and 34 out of 72 environmental samples positive for Salmonella.

On October 2, 2012, the company recalled one lot of its Nature’s Deli Chicken Jerky Dog Treats. However that recall did not extend to the lot code covered by this warning.

In November 2012, a retail sample of Nature’s Deli Chicken Jerky Dog Treats taken by the Colorado Department of Agriculture tested positive for Salmonella.

These treats are manufactured in the United States and are not associated with FDA’s investigation in reports of illnesses in dogs associated with consumption of chicken jerky treats.

FDA has not received any reports of illnesses associated with these treats.

According to the FDA…

Pets with Salmonella infections may become lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever and vomiting. Some pets may experience only a 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 any of the affected product or is experiencing any of these symptoms, contact your veterinarian immediately.

As with humans, dogs who are elderly, very young or have impaired immune systems are more vulnerable to Salmonella infection.

What to Do

Consumers should dispose of these products 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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Another Dog Food Recall – Nature’s Variety

I received this in my e-mail and thought I would share:

July, 12, 2012 — Nature’s Variety has announced a voluntary recall of its Prairie Beef Meal and Barley Medley Kibble for Dogs due to an unusual odor that may develop over time.

According to the company, the product is “not contaminated in any way”.

However, some recipes are not remaining fresh for their expected shelf life.

Nature’s Variety CEO, Reed Howlett, explained…

“We’ve found that some bags of Prairie Beef Meal & Barley Medley Kibble for Dogs have an off-odor smell. To be sure that our consumers only receive the freshest and highest quality product possible, we have decided to voluntarily recall all Prairie Beef Meal & Barley Medley Kibble for Dogs from the marketplace.”

What Products Are Being Recalled?

The products being recalled are listed below:

  • UPC# 7 69949 60420 4 – Prairie Beef Meal & Barley Medley Kibble for Dogs 5 lb
  • UPC# 7 69949 60425 9 – Prairie Beef Meal & Barley Medley Kibble for Dogs 15 lb
  • UPC# 7 69949 60430 3 – Prairie Beef Meal & Barley Medley Kibble for Dogs 30 lb
  • UPC# 7 69949 60432 7 – Prairie Beef Meal & Barley Medley Kibble for Dogs 3 oz sample

No other Nature’s Variety products are affected.

What to Do

Consumers who have purchased one of the above products can obtain a full refund.

Or they may exchange any recalled item for a different variety by either returning it in its original packaging or bringing a proof of purchase back to their retailer.

Consumers with additional questions are invited to call Nature’s Variety Consumer Relations at (888) 519-7387. Or, they may contact Nature’s Variety by email.

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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Not Again – Diamond Pet Food Recall Now Includes Cat Food

I just saw this posted and needed to share with my other furbaby cat parents:

Diamond Pet Foods has now expanded its pet food recall once again. The latest recall includes dry cat food manufactured by Diamond.

The Diamond CAT FOOD brands affected by the recall include:

  • Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover’s Soul
  • Country Value
  • Diamond
  • Diamond Naturals
  • Premium Edge
  • Professional
  • 4Health
  • Taste of the Wild

ONCE AGAIN, PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS RECALL COVERS DRY CAT FOOD, NOT JUST DRY DOG FOOD AS ORIGINALLY REPORTED. Information about this recall appears to be still unfolding, so please continue to monitor the Internet, our website and the Diamond recall website for more details.

IF YOU HAVE CAT FOOD AFFECTED BY THIS RECALL, please return it to that store promptly and safely.

Salmonella poses a serious health risk to humans as well as pets, so be sure to follow extreme safety precautions when handling and disposing of any affected food that has been opened. (Reportedly over a dozen people have been sickened by food affected by this recall.)

Always wash your hands after handling affected food. Also wash and disinfect any areas that have come into contact with the affected food. (Don’t handle affect food if you are pregnant or have open sores on your hands.)  Be sure to dispose of possibly affected food in a way that makes it in accessible to pets, children and wildlife.

Click here for complete safety guidelines.

For more information on the recall, please visit the Diamond recall website:http://diamondpetrecall.com/

Dog Food Recall Again – More Brands Added

Instead of posting my weekly trick, I am posting an updated list of brands that are being recalled, via an e-mail I received, if you feed your dog dry food, it may be on this updated list:

May 4, 2012 – Diamond Pet Foods has today announced that it is expanding its voluntary recall to include batches of nine brands of dry pet food formulations due to potential contamination with Salmonella bacteria.

Logo for Diamond Pet Foods

The affected products were manufactured between December 9, 2011 and April 7, 2012.

This current event is in addition to three other recalls announced by Diamond last month.

According to the company, none of the additional products being recalled today have tested positive for Salmonella. However, the manufacturer claims it is pulling these products from store shelves “as a precaution”.

Brands Included in the Recall

Brands named in this recall now include:

  • Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover’s Soul
  • Country Value
  • Diamond
  • Diamond Naturals
  • Premium Edge
  • Professional
  • 4Health
  • Taste of the Wild
  • Kirkland Signature

Distributed in These Locations

The recalled products were manufactured by Diamond Pet Foods in Gaston, S.C., and were distributed in the following states and Canada:

  • Alabama
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Indiana
  • Kentucky
  • Massachusetts
  • Maryland
  • Michigan
  • Mississippi
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • Ohio
  • Pennsylvania
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • Canada

However, further geographical distribution through other pet food channels may have occurred.

Important Batch Information

Due to the ever-changing nature of this unusually widespread recall event, we recommend visiting the special Diamond Pet Foods Recall website for the most up-to-date information.

You may also wish to check out the Diamond news release on which this report was actually based.

The recall site provides specific batch information and diagrams that show how to read package codes and “Best By” dates to accurately identify affected products.

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Dog Food Recall – Diamond Dog Food Recall Widens

I had something else planned for today but this is more important.  The Diamond dog food recall has widened to include PUPPY formula.  Here is the e-mail I received:

On April 30, 2012, Diamond Pet Foods has announced it is now expanding its voluntary dog food recall to include Diamond Puppy Formula dry dog food.
Logo for Diamond Pet Foods

The company is taking this precautionary measure because sampling has revealed Salmonella in the product.

According to the official press report, no dog illnesses have been reported.

The recall has now been confirmed in a news release posted by the Food and Drug Administration.

What Products Are Affected?

Diamond Puppy Formula dry dog food with the following packaging descriptions are being recalled:

Distributed in Twelve States

The recalled Diamond Puppy Formula dog food was manufactured by Diamond Pet Foods in Gaston, S.C., and was distributed in the following 12 states:

  • Alabama
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Kentucky
  • Maryland
  • Michigan
  • North Carolina
  • Ohio
  • Pennsylvania
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Virginia

The product may have been further distributed to additional states through pet food channels. The company is working directly with distributors and retailers that carry these products to remove them as quickly as possible from the supply chain.

What You Should Know About Salmonella

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

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 Diamond Puppy Formula dry dog food with the published production codes and best before dates should discard the product.

For more information about this recall, consumers should contact Diamond Pet Foods at 800-442-0402.

The company has set up a special website containing all Diamond Dog Food products currently under recall — along with all relevant package codes.

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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