Saturday, December 8, 2012

Claudia's Cuisine Recall

Claudia’s Cuisine has issued a voluntary recall on its Dog Candy Fruit Hound Cake (7.5oz) and Dog Candy Blueberry Hound Cake (7.5oz)

These products are being recalled due to the possibility of mold contamination.

These products are sold mainly through PetSmart.

If you have any questions about this voluntary withdrawal, please call Claudia’s Cuisine’s Customer Service
at 501-851-0002 or email Irma@claudiascaninecuisine.com

Nature's Deli Recall

The FDA is warning pet owners not to feed their pets Nature's Deli Chicken Jerky Dog Treats with the lot code of BESTBY061913DEN because they may be contaminated with Salmonella.

In November 2012, a retail sample of Nature’s Deli Chicken Jerky Dog Treats lot code BESTBY061913DEN taken by the Colorado Department of Agriculture tested positive for Salmonella.

Kasel Associated Industries Inc has decline to perform a voluntary recall at this time.

This is an extension of a recall of the same treat on Oct 12, 2012.





Friday, November 30, 2012

Bully Stick Recall

Carolina Prime Pet, Inc has issued a voluntary recall of certain lots of its product Priority Total Pet Care All Natural Bullstrips in a 5-count package.  These lots have tested positive for Salmonella.

The affected product is:

Priority Total Pet Care All Natural Bullstrips in a 5-count package
UPC: 0-21130-42080-3
Lot Code: 20082712 S 3195 and Lot Code: 20090312 S3195

Customers who purchased the recalled dog treats should discontinue use immediately, and return items to the purchase location for replacement, refund, or discard.

For further information, contact Carolina Prime Pet Inc. at 1-888-370-2360. (Mon-Fri. 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM EST)




Salmonella is a bacteria that can cause severe gastrointestinal disease. It can also affect other organ systems as well. Typical signs associated with Salmonella in pets include but are not limited to: vomiting, diarrhea, diarrhea with blood, lethargy, depression, weakness, loss of appetite, weight loss, fever, and abdominal pain.

Animals that don't show clinical signs can also be carriers of Salmonella and pass it to other pets and humans.

If your pet has any signs or has ingested the product mentioned above, please contact your veterinarian.

Salmonella can also affect humans and there is a risk if you or someone you know has come in contact with pet food, treats or supplements contaminated with Salmonella, this includes dry products. The elderly, children and immunocompromised individuals are most at risk.

To reduce risk of infection, people should wash their hands with hot soapy water after touching pet foods and surfaces pet foods have come in contact with.

The clinical signs are similar as in pets. If you or anyone you know is showing signs of illness after coming in contact with this product, contact your health care provider.




Magnolia Bird Farm Bird Seed Mix Recall

Magnolia Bird Farm, Inc. is recalling Raw and Roasted In-shell Peanuts and Magnolia Bird Farm Bird seed mixes that contain peanuts. These products contain peanuts recalled by Sunland Inc. due to their potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.

For a list of products affected by the recall, visit:  http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm328463.htm

Consumers who have purchased Raw and Roasted In-shell Peanuts, and/or Magnolia Bird Farm Seeds containing peanuts, are urged to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund, or dispose of them immediately.

Consumers with questions may contact Magnolia Bird Farm, 714-527-3387 for further information on the recall.  Hours and days of business are Tuesday through Saturday, 9 A.M to 5 P.M. PST.



Salmonella is a bacteria that can cause severe gastrointestinal disease. It can also affect other organ systems as well. Typical signs associated with Salmonella in pets include but are not limited to: vomiting, diarrhea, diarrhea with blood, lethargy, depression, weakness, loss of appetite, weight loss, fever, and abdominal pain.

Animals that don't show clinical signs can also be carriers of Salmonella and pass it to other pets and humans.

If your pet has any signs or has ingested the product mentioned above, please contact your veterinarian.

Salmonella can also affect humans and there is a risk if you or someone you know has come in contact with pet food, treats or supplements contaminated with Salmonella, this includes dry products. The elderly, children and immunocompromised individuals are most at risk.

To reduce risk of infection, people should wash their hands with hot soapy water after touching pet foods and surfaces pet foods have come in contact with.

The clinical signs are similar as in pets. If you or anyone you know is showing signs of illness after coming in contact with this product, contact your health care provider.



Saturday, November 3, 2012

Charlee Bear Dog Treats Recall

Charlee Bear Products is issuing a voluntary recall certain lots of its Protein Crunch Bar products because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.

The affected products are:

       Charlee Bear Protein Crunch Bars – Chicken Recipe with Carrots
        5.5 oz packages; UPC Code: 8710890000
        Lot number 19812; Best by date: 07-16-2015
        Lot number 19912; Best by date: 07-17-2015
        Lot number 20012; Best by date: 07-18-2015
        Lot number 20212; Best by date: 07-20-2015
        
        Charlee Bear Protein Crunch Bars – Chicken Recipe with Sweet Potatoes
        5.5 oz packages; UPC Code: 8710890001
        Lot number 20112; Best by date: 07-19-2015

Consumers who have purchased these specific recalled lots of Charlee Bear Protein Crunch Bars are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund.

Consumers with questions should visit www.charleebear.com, email info@charleebear.com or call 1-800-396-8893.




Sleek and Sassy Bird and Small Animal Recall

Wildwood Seed & Specialties, Monroe, Oregon, is voluntarily recalling a limited supply of their Sleek and Sassy brand bird and small animal foods that contain raw in-shell peanuts. These products contain peanut ingredients recalled by Sunland Inc. due to their potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.

For a list of products affected by the recall, visit http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm325609.htm

Consumers who have purchased the above lots of Sleek & Sassy brand 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 541-847-6126 from 10:00 AM to 4 PM PST Monday through Friday.








Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Wellness Recall

WellPet LLC of Tewksbury, MA has announced a recall of a limited number of its Wellness 12lb Small Breed Adult Health Dry Dog Food product due to possible moisture contamination. The high moisture may cause food to mold before its expiration date.

The affected product is:
Wellness 12lb Small Breed Adult Health Dry Dog Food with a best buy date of August 18, 2013.

For more information or for a replacement, call Wellness at 1-800-225-0904.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Frozen Yogurt Dog Treat Recall

TBD Brands, LLC, announced today that it is issuing a voluntary recall of Yoghund brand Organic Banana & Peanut Butter flavor, frozen yogurt dog treats. This is a cautionary action, as these products contain organic peanut butter linked to recent recalls of Sunland, Inc.of Portales, NM, for possible Salmonella contamination.

The affected products are:
Lot Code 268 12 and earlier; cup and four pack; Best By Date of 9-24-14 or earlier.

Pet owners with questions can contact the company at 603-775-7772 x 1007 between 9 am to 5pm


Salmonella is a bacteria that can cause severe gastrointestinal disease. It can also affect other organ systems as well. Typical signs associated with Salmonella in pets include but are not limited to: vomiting, diarrhea, diarrhea with blood, lethargy, depression, weakness, loss of appetite, weight loss, fever, and abdominal pain.

Animals that don't show clinical signs can also be carriers of Salmonella and pass it to other pets and humans.

If your pet has any signs or has ingested the product mentioned above, please contact your veterinarian.

Salmonella can also affect humans and there is a risk if you or someone you know has come in contact with pet food, treats or supplements contaminated with Salmonella, this includes dry products. The elderly, children and immunocompromised individuals are most at risk.

To reduce risk of infection, people should wash their hands with hot soapy water after touching pet foods and surfaces pet foods have come in contact with.

The clinical signs are similar as in pets. If you or anyone you know is showing signs of illness after coming in contact with this product, contact your health care provider.



Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Dog Treat Recall

Kasel Associated Industries is voluntarily recalling BOOTS & BARKLEY ROASTED AMERICAN PIG EARS AND BOOTS & BARKLEY AMERICAN VARIETY PACK DOG TREATS because the products have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.

The recalled Roasted Pig Ears and Variety Pack Dog Treats were distributed nationwide through Target retail stores in August 2012.

The Roasted Pig Ears product comes in a clear plastic bag containing 12 pig ears marked with UPC bar code 647263899158. The Variety Pack product also comes in a clear plastic bag weighing 32oz and marked with UPC bar code 490830400086.

Kasel Industries is recalling lot number BESTBY 13SEP2014DEN for both products because this lot code tested positive for the Salmonella bacteria through analysis by the Colorado Department Of Agriculture.

Consumers who have purchased the 12 count packages of Roasted Pig Ears and the 32oz Variety Pack Dog Treats 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.

Salmonella is a bacteria that can cause severe gastrointestinal disease. It can also affect other organ systems as well. Typical signs associated with Salmonella in pets include but are not limited to: vomiting, diarrhea, diarrhea with blood, lethargy, depression, weakness, loss of appetite, weight loss, fever, and abdominal pain.

Animals that don't show clinical signs can also be carriers of Salmonella and pass it to other pets and humans.

If your pet has any signs or has ingested the product mentioned above, please contact your veterinarian.

Salmonella can also affect humans and there is a risk if you or someone you know has come in contact with pet food, treats or supplements contaminated with Salmonella, this includes dry products. The elderly, children and immunocompromised individuals are most at risk.

To reduce risk of infection, people should wash their hands with hot soapy water after touching pet foods and surfaces pet foods have come in contact with.

The clinical signs are similar as in pets. If you or anyone you know is showing signs of illness after coming in contact with this product, contact your health care provider.



Monday, October 15, 2012

ZuPreem Bird Food Recall

Premium Nutritional Products Inc.is voluntarily recalling certain lots of ZuPreem Medium/Large and Large FruitBlend With Natural Fruit Flavors maintenance formula bird foods

The recall is being initiated because two lots may contain calcium levels higher than the recommended level.

The lots being recalled can be found at:  www.zupreem.com/fruitblendvoluntaryrecall

Excessive calcium intake can make birds ill and can be fatal.

Symptoms include loose or watery droppings, increased water intake, decreased activity, decreased appetite. If owners notice any of these symptoms, they should immediately contact their veterinarian.

Consumers who have purchased these products with the lot codes and expiration dates should discontinue using this product, discard the food and return the packaging to the place of purchase for replacement or a full refund.

Consumers with questions can contact the ZuPreem Customer Service line at 1-800-345-4767.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Nature’s Recipe Recall

Nature’s Recipe brand is voluntarily recalling a limited supply of Nature’s Recipe® Oven Baked Biscuits with Real Chicken because the product has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.

 The recalled products are:

*Nature’s Recipe Oven Baked Biscuits with Real Chicken - Lot Code: 2199TP - UPC Code: 30521 51549 - Size: 19 ounces - Best Buy Date: 10 11 13

*Nature’s Recipe Oven Baked Biscuits with Real Chicken - Lot Code: 2200TP - UPC Code: 30521 51549 - Size: 19 ounces - Best Buy Date: 10 12 13

Consumers who have purchased the above lots of Nature’s Recipe Oven Baked Biscuits with Real Chicken should stop feeding the product and discard immediately. 

For further information about the recall and for instructions on obtaining replacement product, consumers can use the Contact Us form at www.naturesrecipe.com or call the Consumer Hotline, 24 hours a day, at 800-237-3856.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Jerky Dog Treat Recall

Kasel Associated Industries of Denver, CO is voluntarily recalling its NATURE'S DELI CHICKEN JERKY DOG TREATS product because it may be contaminated with Salmonella.

The recalled Chicken Jerky Dog Treats were distributed to 57 Sam's Club locations in the following states: CO,IA,ID,IL,KS,MO,MT,NE,OK,SD,UT and WY.

The product comes in a clear plastic bag with the Nature's Deli logo containing 2.5 lbs chicken jerky marked with UPC bar code 647263800208.  Kasel Industries is recalling lot number BEST BY 091913 DEN because this lot code tested positive through analysis by the FDA.

Consumers who have purchased the 2.5 lbs packages of Chicken Jerky Dog Treats are urged to return it 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.


Salmonella is a bacteria that can cause severe gastrointestinal disease. It can also affect other organ systems as well. Typical signs associated with Salmonella in pets include but are not limited to: vomiting, diarrhea, diarrhea with blood, lethargy, depression, weakness, loss of appetite, weight loss, fever, and abdominal pain.

Animals that don't show clinical signs can also be carriers of Salmonella and pass it to other pets and humans.

If your pet has any signs or has ingested the product mentioned above, please contact your veterinarian.

Salmonella can also affect humans and there is a risk if you or someone you know has come in contact with pet food, treats or supplements contaminated with Salmonella, this includes dry products. The elderly, children and immunocompromised individuals are most at risk.

To reduce risk of infection, people should wash their hands with hot soapy water after touching pet foods and surfaces pet foods have come in contact with.

The clinical signs are similar as in pets. If you or anyone you know is showing signs of illness after coming in contact with this product, contact your health care provider.

Monday, October 1, 2012

DogsButter Recall

Sunland, Inc has issued a voluntary recall of several types of peanut butter and almond butter for humans. This recall has expanded to include the pet product Dogsbutter RUC with Flax PB (peanut butter for dogs). 

These products have been recalled because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.

The affected Dogsbutter products have the following information:

Dogsbutter RUC with Flax PB   
UPC - 003050
Jar Size - 16 oz

Consumers who have purchased the above product are urged to discard it immediately.

For more information on the recall, contact the company at 1-866-837-1018.  In addition, a consumer services representative is available Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:00 AM and 5:00 PM MT at (575) 356-6638.


Salmonella is a bacteria that can cause severe gastrointestinal disease. It can also affect other organ systems as well. Typical signs associated with Salmonella in pets include but are not limited to: vomiting, diarrhea, diarrhea with blood, lethargy, depression, weakness, loss of appetite, weight loss, fever, and abdominal pain.

Animals that don't show clinical signs can also be carriers of Salmonella and pass it to other pets and humans.

If your pet has any signs or has ingested the product mentioned above, please contact your veterinarian.

Salmonella can also affect humans and there is a risk if you or someone you know has come in contact with pet food, treats or supplements contaminated with Salmonella, this includes dry products. The elderly, children and immunocompromised individuals are most at risk.

To reduce risk of infection, people should wash their hands with hot soapy water after touching pet foods and surfaces pet foods have come in contact with.

The clinical signs are similar as in pets. If you or anyone you know is showing signs of illness after coming in contact with this product, contact your health care provider.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Bully Stick Recall

Kasel Associated Industries has issued a  recall of Boots & Barkley 6 Count 5 Inch American Beef Bully Sticks product because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.

The recalled American Beef Bully Sticks were distributed nationwide through Target retail stores from April through September 2012.

The product comes in a clear plastic bag containing 6 bully sticks marked with bar code number 647263899189. Kasel Industries is recalling all lot numbers.

The recall was the result of a routine sampling by the State of Colorado Department of Agriculture which revealed that the finished products contained the Salmonella bacteria. The company has ceased the production and distribution of the product while FDA and the company continue investigating as to the source of the contamination. No other products made by Kasel Associated Industries are included in the recall.

Consumers who have purchased the 6 count 5 inch packages of Boots & Barkley American Beef Bully Sticks are urged to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund.

Consumers with questions may contact Kasel Associated Industries at 1-800-218-4417 Monday thru Friday from 7am to 5pm MDT.



Salmonella is a bacteria that can cause severe gastrointestinal disease. It can also affect other organ systems as well. Typical signs associated with Salmonella in pets include but are not limited to: vomiting, diarrhea, diarrhea with blood, lethargy, depression, weakness, loss of appetite, weight loss, fever, and abdominal pain.

Animals that don't show clinical signs can also be carriers of Salmonella and pass it to other pets and humans.

If your pet has any signs or has ingested the product mentioned above, please contact your veterinarian.

Salmonella can also affect humans and there is a risk if you or someone you know has come in contact with pet food, treats or supplements contaminated with Salmonella, this includes dry products. The elderly, children and immunocompromised individuals are most at risk.

To reduce risk of infection, people should wash their hands with hot soapy water after touching pet foods and surfaces pet foods have come in contact with.

The clinical signs are similar as in pets. If you or anyone you know is showing signs of illness after coming in contact with this product, contact your health care provider.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

AvoDerm Recall

Breeder’s Choice Pet Food has issued a  recall of a single manufacturing batch of Breeder's Choice AvoDerm Natural Lamb Meal & Brown Rice Adult Dog Formula because the product has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.

The recalled bags have the following information on them:

Product: AvoDerm Natural Lamb Meal & Brown Rice Adult Dog Formula

Size: 26 lbs.

Product Code/SKU/ Material #: 1000065074

UPC Code: 0 5290702043 8

One of these 'Best Before' Codes:
28 Aug 2013
29 Aug 2013
30 Aug 2013


Consumers who have purchased these bags are urged contact Breeder's Choice Customer Service representatives at 1-866-500-6286.


Salmonella is a bacteria that can cause severe gastrointestinal disease. It can also affect other organ systems as well. Typical signs associated with Salmonella in pets include but are not limited to: vomiting, diarrhea, diarrhea with blood, lethargy, depression, weakness, loss of appetite, weight loss, fever, and abdominal pain.

Animals that don't show clinical signs can also be carriers of Salmonella and pass it to other pets and humans.

If your pet has any signs or has ingested the product mentioned above, please contact your veterinarian.


Salmonella can also affect humans and there is a risk if you or someone you know has come in contact with pet food, treats or supplements contaminated with Salmonella, this includes dry products. The elderly, children and immunocompromised individuals are most at risk.

To reduce risk of infection, people should wash their hands with hot soapy water after touching pet foods and surfaces pet foods have come in contact with.

The clinical signs are similar as in pets. If you or anyone you know is showing signs of illness after coming in contact with this product, contact your health care provider.


Friday, August 24, 2012

Bil-Jac Food Recall

Bil-Jac has issued a recall of one of its products due to possible mold contamination.

According to the company, the only product affected is the 6 pound package of  Bil-Jac Adult Select Formula dry dog food with a batch number of 1792-02 and an expiration of December 27 2013.

This has just been released by the company. To stay up-to-date with this recall, visit http://www.bil-jac.com/limited-product-withdrawal.php

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Catswell Recall

Catswell has issued a recall of its Catswell Brand VitaKitty Chicken Breast with Flaxseed and Vitamins treats due to potential contamination with high levels of propylene glycol.

High levels of propylene glycol in the treats could result in serious illness. Health effects could include inducing anemia and making cells more susceptible to oxidative damage.

Affected products:

* Item-72;   UPC-884244000565;   Description-Catswell Happy Hips Chicken Breast Treats with Glucosamine and Chondroitin

*Item-73;   UPC-884244000572;   Description-Catswell Vitakitty Chicken Breast Treats with Flaxseed and Vitamins

*Item-74;   UPC-884244000589;   Description-Catswell Breathies Chicken Breast Treats with Mint and Parsley

*Item-14181;   UPC-884244141817;   Description-Catswell Shape Up Chicken Breast Treats with L-Carnitine


Consumers who have purchased one of the above products are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. If the product was purchased online, consumers should contact the Internet retailer to pursue a specific return and refund. 




Thursday, July 12, 2012

LabDiet and Mazuri Recall for Exotic Pets

PMI Nutrition International has issued a voluntary recall of some of its LabDiet and Mazuri feed products for small birds, guinea pigs, maned wolves and primates due to the potential for an elevated vitamin D level in these products. Elevated vitamin D levels can be harmful to animals if fed for extended periods.

While I know most of you will not have wolves and primates as pets, some of you may use this product for your small birds and/or guinea pigs.

Affected products:

* Guinea Pig Diet 50# - Formula No. 5025 - Item No. 0001330 - Lot No. APR17122

* Mazuri® Small Bird Maintenance 25# - Formula No. 56A6 - Item No. 0001452 - Lot No. APR15123

* Mazuri® Mouse Breeder 9F 50# - Formula No. 5M68 - Item No. 0006758 - Lot No. APR20122

* Mazuri® Primate Maintenance Biscuit 25# - Formula No. 5MA2 - Item No. 0040996 - Lot No. APR22122

* Mazuri® Maned Wolf Diet 33# - Formula No. 5MD9 - Item No. 0011482 - Lot No. APR21122

* Mazuri® Primate Basix 25# - Formula No. 5NAA - Item No. 0062089 - Lot No. APR20123

* Mazuri® Primate Maintenance Biscuit 25# - Formula No. 5MA2 - Item No. 0040996 - Lot No. APR11123

Customers who purchased the product will receive a full refund.

For more information on the product recall, contact your local dealer or Customer Service (1-855-863-0421, x 224) between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. (EDT), Monday through Friday.

Nature's Variety Recall

Nature's Variety has issued a recall of its Beef Meal and Barley Medley Kibble for Dogs due to an off-odor that may develop over time.

The company states "This product is not contaminated in any way, but some products are not remaining fresh for the shelf life of the product."


Affected products:

* 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

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

For more information call 888.519.7387 or visit http://www.naturesvariety.com/news/53.

Monday, July 2, 2012

Pedigree Dog Food Recall Due To Choking Hazard

Mars Petcare has issued a recall of three Pedigree weight management canned dog food products due to a potential choking hazard.  These products may contain small pieces of blue plastic that entered the food during production.

Affected cans include:

*  Pedigree + Healthy Weight Premium Ground Entree in Meaty Juices (UPC# 2310034974)

* Pedigree Weight Management Meaty Ground Dinner Beef & Liver Dinner in Meaty Juices (UPC# 2310001913)

* Pedigree Weight Management Meaty Ground Dinner Chicken & Rice Dinner in Meaty Juices (UPC# 2310023045)

Each product will also have a lot code printed on the end of the can that begins with 209, 210, 211 or 212 and a Best Before date that falls between 2/24/2014 and 3/23/2014.


Consumers who have purchased the products above are urged to discontinue use and return it to the retailer for a full refund or exchange.

For more information call 1-877-720-3335 between 8 a.m.-7 p.m. (CST) or visit www.pedigree.com/update

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Diamond Has Added Cat Food to the List

Diamond Pet Foods is voluntarily recalling certain lots of its Kirkland Signature Super Premium Maintenance Cat Chicken & Rice Formula and Kirkland Signature Super Premium Healthy Weight Cat Formula dry cat foods because the products have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.

For product code and best by dates visit: http://diamondpetrecall.com/kirkland/
 

For the most up to date information on the Diamond recalled brands, product codes and best by dates, visit: http://diamondpetrecall.com/

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Yet Another Diamond Recall

Diamond Pet Foods is "voluntarily" recalling its Diamond Naturals Small Breed Adult Dog Lamb and Rice Formula  dry dog food because the product has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.

The recalled bags have a Production Code & Best Before Dates of:

    *Bag Code DSL0801 20-Oct-2012  *Updated Best Before Date
    *Bag Code DSL0801 26-Aug-2012
    *Bag Code DSL0801 27-Sept-2012
    *Bag Code DSL0801 18-Oct- 2012
    *Bag Code DSL0801 Samples

For further information or to obtain a product refund, contact Diamond Pet Foods at 866-918-8756.  Also visit www.diamondpetrecall.com for the latest information.


ABOUT SALMONELLA
Salmonella is a bacteria that can cause severe gastrointestinal disease. It can also affect other organ systems as well. Typical signs associated with Salmonella in pets include but are not limited to: vomiting, diarrhea, diarrhea with blood, lethargy, depression, weakness, loss of appetite, weight loss, fever, and abdominal pain.

Animals that don't show clinical signs can also be carriers of Salmonella and pass it to other pets and humans.

If your pet has any signs or has ingested the product mentioned above, please contact your veterinarian.


Salmonella can also affect humans and there is a risk if you or someone you know has come in contact with pet food, treats or supplements contaminated with Salmonella, this includes dry products. The elderly, children and immunocompromised individuals are most at risk.

To reduce risk of infection, people should wash their hands with hot soapy water after touching pet foods and surfaces pet foods have come in contact with.

The clinical signs for people are similar to pets. If you or anyone you know is showing clinical signs after coming in contact with this product, contact your health care provider.


Saturday, May 19, 2012

Diamond FDA Inspection Report - Quite Disturbing!

The FDA has conducted an inspection of the Diamond Pet Food facility. This inspection was initiated after an outbreak of Salmonella Infantis was found in humans. This infection was traced back to pet food manufactured at the Diamond facility.

What they found is disturbing.
The FDA inspectors made the following observations:

OBSERVATION 1

All reasonable precautions are not taken to ensure that production procedures do not contribute contamination from any source.

Specifically, no microbiological analysis is conducted or there is no assurance that incoming  animal fat will not introduce pathogens into their production and cause contamination of finished product. Also, the firm's current sampling procedure for animal digest does (sic) preclude potential for adulteration after sampling and during storage in warehouse. On 4/13/12, an employee was observed touching in-line fat filter and oil with bare hands.



OBSERVATION 2

Failure to provide hand washing and hand sanitizing facilities at each location in the plant where needed.

Specifically, there are no facilities for hand washing or hand sanitizing in the production areas where there is direct contact with exposed finished feed/food.



OBSERVATION 3

Failure to maintain equipment, containers and utensils used to convey, hold, and store food in a manner that protects against contamination.

Specifically, paddles in conveyor (South or Middle conveyor leading to the screeners going to packaging) were observed to have gouges and cuts, which exhibited feed residues. The damage to the paddles may allow for harborage areas for microorganisms and are difficult to clean and sanitize.



OBSERVATION 4

Failure to maintain equipment so as to facilitate cleaning of the equipment. Specifically, firm utilizes cardboard, duct tape, and other non cleanable surfaces on equipment.

These materials were observed to have residues adhering. The foam gaskets around access doors to the bucket elevators were observed in deteriorating condition and exhibited an accumulation of feed residues and dust.


Read the full Form 483 report

This report shows that this facility isn't even trying to uphold a higher standard. If you are still using Diamond Pet Food brands that haven't been recalled, my recommendation would be to STOP until Diamond can get its act together.

Pet food companies need to do a better job in general. I highly doubt that this FDA report is an isolated incident. I'm sure this lack of care happens at other facilities as well.

The other issue I have is that well known companies produced some of their products here. It seems to be a common practice for pet food companies to outsource some of their products to other facilities.

Why did Natural Balance and Wellness even allow any of their products to be manufactured at this plant? Did they not have their own checks and balance system to make sure that the outside facilities they use produce at a high standard?

Companies who outsource need to tell us they do so, where they outsource and which of their products are outsourced.

In addition, pet food manufacturing facilities need to have their facilities audited twice yearly, let consumers know who the auditing company is and let the consumer know the results of the audit. This will force these companies to adhere to a higher standard and allow consumers to make educated decisions about the products they buy.

Do I feel another comparison website coming?

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Purina Veterinary Diets Recall

NestlĂ© Purina PetCare has issued a voluntary recall of one lot of Purina Veterinary Diets® OM Overweight Management canned cat food.  Analytical testing of the product sample by FDA indicated a low level of thiamine (Vitamin B1).

The affected lot is:

* Purina Veterinary Diets® OM (Overweight Management) Feline Formula - 5.5 oz cans - "Best by Date" of JUN 2013 - Production Code of 11721159 - UPC Code - 38100-13810

“Best By Date" and Production Code are found on the bottom of the can.


ABOUT THIAMINE DEFICIENCY

Early signs of thiamine deficiency involve the gastrointestinal tract and may include vomiting, loss of appetite, salivation and weight loss. Advanced cases of thiamine deficiency involve the neurological system and may include ventroflexion (downward curving) of the neck, wobbly gait, circling, falling and seizures.

Contact your veterinarian immediately if your cat is displaying any of these signs. If treated promptly, thiamine deficiency is typically reversible.


If you have cans from this lot, stop feeding them and contact Nestlé Purina for more information:

U.S. Consumers and Veterinarians:
Call toll-free 1-800-982-8837 Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Central Time, or visit www.purinaveterinarydiets.com

Canadian Consumers and Veterinarians:
Call toll-free 1-866-884-8387 Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time, or visit www.purina.ca
   
  

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Solid Gold Recall

Solid Gold Health Products for Pets, Inc. has issued a voluntary recall of WolfCub Large Breed Puppy Food and Solid Gold WolfKing Large Breed Adult Dog.  These products have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.

This recall has been issued because this product was produced at the same Diamond Pet Foods facility that has been linked to recalls of the Diamond Pet Foods brand.

Affected lots are:

1) Solid Gold WolfCub Large Breed Puppy Food, 4 lb, 15 lb, and 33 lb, with a best before date of  December 30, 2012 and batch code starting with SGB1201A31X.

* 4 lb - identifying UPC 093766750005

* 15 lb - identifying UPC 093766750012

* 33 lb - identifying UPC 093766750029


2) Solid Gold WolfKing Large Breed Adult Dog Food, 4 lb, 15 lb, and 28.5 lb, with a best before date of December 30, 2012 and batch code starting with SGL1201A32X

* 4 lb - identifying UPC 093766750050

* 15 lb - identifying UPC 093766750067

* 28.5 lb - identifying UPC 093766750081


For more information, call Solid Gold at (800) 364-4863 (Monday – Friday, 8:00 AM through 5:00 PM
Pacific time).

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Natural Balance Recall

Natural Balance has issued a voluntary recall of several brands of their foods because the product has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.

This recall has been issued because these products were produced at the same Diamond Pet Foods facility that has been linked to recalls of the Diamond Pet Foods brand.

For a list of affected brands visit:
http://www.naturalbalanceinc.com/home/NB_recall.html

Customers who have questions or who would like replacement product or a refund, may contact the Customer Service team at (800) 829-4493 or info@naturalbalanceinc.com.


In addition, Diamond Pet Foods has extended its recall to include:
    * Kirkland Signature/Kirkland Signature Nature’s Domain
    * Apex
    * Canidae

For more information visit: http://diamondpetrecall.com/

Wellness Pet Food Recall

Wellness has issued a voluntary recall of Wellness Complete Health® Super5Mix® Large Breed Puppy because the product has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.

This recall has been issued because this product was produced at the same Diamond Pet Foods facility that has been linked to recent recalls of the Diamond Pet Foods brand.

Affected bags are:

    *Wellness Complete Health® Super5Mix® Large Breed Puppy, 15 and 30 lb. bags and 5 oz. samples with best by dates of JAN 9 2013 through JAN 11 2013

According to Wellness - "The majority of Wellness natural products for pets are produced in WellPet’s own modern state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Mishawaka, Indiana. WellPet no longer purchases any products from Diamond Pet Foods."

For more information, call Wellness at (877) 227-9587 (Monday – Friday, 8:00 AM through 6:00 PM Eastern time and Saturday and Sunday, 9:00 AM through 5:00 PM Eastern time) or visit http://wellnesspetfood.com/news.aspx

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Diamond Pet Food Recall Expands - Again

Diamond Pet Foods has extended its recall to include several brands of its dry dog.  Diamond Pet Foods has issued this extended recall due to possible salmonella contamination.

Brand affected are:

    * Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover’s Soul
    * Country Value
    * Diamond
    * Diamond Naturals
    * Premium Edge
    * Professional
    * 4Health
    * Taste of the Wild
    * Apex *Updated
    * Kirkland Signature/Kirkland Signature Nature's Domain *Updated
    * Canidae
*Updated



Please visit http://diamondpetrecall.com/  to get the affected batch information and information on how to  read "Product Codes" and "Best By Dates".

This website also has information on the states affected. Please be aware that it is always possible for the food to have entered other states from other pet food distribution channels. In other words, go by the "Production Codes" and "Best By Dates".

Friday, May 4, 2012

14 People Sick from Diamond Pet Food

Multiple brands of Diamond Pet Foods dry dog food (including several that have been recalled in recent days) are the cause of illness in 14 people in 9 states.


Read more at:
http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2012/05/salmonella-tainted-dog-food-sickens-14-people/

http://www.cdc.gov/salmonella/dog-food-05-12/index.html


With all of the salmonella related pet food recalls lately, please be careful.

After handling any pet food or after handling feces from your pet, wash your hands and any surfaces thoroughly.


Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Kaytee Forti-Diet Recall

Kaytee Recalls Forti-Diet Pro Health Mouse, Rat and Hamster food because the product has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.

The recalled lots are:

- 6/3 lbs with the UPC code 71859 99994, Material # code 100502085 and best before date of 31-Mar-2013 K63

- 6/5 lbs with the UPC code 71859 00001, Material # code 100502315 and best before date of 03-Apr-2013 K61

- 25 lbs with the UPC code 71859 99995, Material # code 100502086 and best before date of 31-Mar-2013

- 25 lbs with the UPC code 71859 00000, Material # code 100502275 and best before date of 30-Mar-2013


Customers who have purchased these lots are urged to discard them. For further information or contact Katee at 1-800-Kaytee1 (800 529-8331) or visit http://www.kaytee.com.

Diamond Pet Food Recall Expands

Diamond Pet Foods has extended its recall to include Diamond Puppy Formula dry dog food due to possible salmonella contamination.

The recalled bags are:

- 40 lb bag with the production code DPP0401B22XJW and best by date of 6-Apr-2013

- 40 lb bag with the production code DPP0401A21XAW and best by date of 6-Apr-2013

- 40 lb bag with the production code DPP0101C31XME and best by date of 11-Jan-2013

- 40 lb bag with the production code DPP0401B21XDJ and best by date of 7-Apr-2013


- 20 lb bag with the production code DPP0401B22XJW and best before date of 6-Apr-2013

- 20 lb bag with the production code DPP0101C31XME and best before date of 11-Jan-2013

- 20 lb bag with the production code DPP0101C31XRB and best before date of 11-Jan-2013


- 8 lb bag with the production code DPP0401B2XALW and best before date of 7-Apr-2013


- 6 oz samples with the production code DPP0401


Customers who have purchased these bags are urged to discard them. For further information or to obtain a product refund, contact Diamond Pet Foods at 800-442-0402 or visit www.diamondpetrecall.com

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Another Diamond Pet Food Recall

Diamond Pet Foods is voluntarily recalling certain lots of its Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover's Soul Adult Light formula dry dog food because the product has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.


The recalled bags are:

- 35-pound bag with the production codes CLF0102B31XCW and best before date of Jan. 27, 2013

- 35-pound bag with the production code CLF0102B31XCW and best before date of Jan. 28, 2013

- 35-pound bag with the production code CLF0102B32XWR and best before date of Jan. 28, 2013

- 6-pound bag with the production code CLF0102B3XALW and best before date of Jan. 28, 2013


Customers who have purchased these bags are urged to discard them. For further information or to obtain a product refund, contact Diamond Pet Foods at 800-442-0402 or visit www.chickensoupforthepetloverssoul.com/information


ABOUT SALMONELLA

Salmonella is a bacteria that can cause severe gastrointestinal disease. It can also affect other organ systems as well. Typical signs associated with Salmonella in pets include but are not limited to: vomiting, diarrhea, diarrhea with blood, lethargy, depression, weakness, loss of appetite, weight loss, fever, and abdominal pain.

Animals that don't show clinical signs can also be carriers of Salmonella and pass it to other pets and humans.

If your pet has any signs or has ingested the product mentioned above, please contact your veterinarian.


Salmonella can also affect humans and there is a risk if you or someone you know has come in contact with pet food, treats or supplements contaminated with Salmonella, this includes dry products. The elderly, children and immunocompromised individuals are most at risk.

To reduce risk of infection, people should wash their hands with hot soapy water after touching pet foods and surfaces pet foods have come in contact with.

The clinical signs for people are similar to pets. If you or anyone you know is showing clinical signs after coming in contact with this product, contact your health care provider.


Monday, April 9, 2012

Diamond Pet Food Recall

Diamond Pet Foods is voluntarily recalling its Diamond Naturals Lamb Meal & Rice dry dog food because the product has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.

The recalled bags are:

6-pound bag with the production code DLR0101D3XALW and best before date of Jan. 4, 2013

20-pound bag with the production code DLR0101C31XAG and best before date of Jan. 3, 2013

40-pound bag with the production code DLR0101C31XMF and best before date of Jan. 3, 2013

40-pound bag with the production code DLR0101C31XAG and best before date of Jan. 3, 2013

40-pound bag with the production code DLR0101D32XMS and best before date of Jan. 4, 2013


Customers who have purchased these bags are urged to discard them. For further information or to obtain a product refund, contact Diamond Pet Foods at 800-442-0402 or visit www.diamondpet.com.


ABOUT SALMONELLA

Salmonella is a bacteria that can cause severe gastrointestinal disease. It can also affect other organ systems as well. Typical signs associated with Salmonella in pets include but are not limited to: vomiting, diarrhea, diarrhea with blood, lethargy, depression, weakness, loss of appetite, weight loss, fever, and abdominal pain.

Animals that don't show clinical signs can also be carriers of Salmonella and pass it to other pets and humans.

If your pet has any signs or has ingested the product mentioned above, please contact your veterinarian.


Salmonella can also affect humans and there is a risk if you or someone you know has come in contact with pet food, treats or supplements contaminated with Salmonella, this includes dry products. The elderly, children and immunocompromised individuals are most at risk.

To reduce risk of infection, people should wash their hands with hot soapy water after touching pet foods and surfaces pet foods have come in contact with.

The clinical signs for people are similar to pets. If you or anyone you know is showing clinical signs after coming in contact with this product, contact your health care provider.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Free Eye Exams for Service Dogs - 2012

In May, the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists will again host complimentary eye screenings for service dogs.

Over 170 board certified veterinary ophthalmologists in the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico will donate their time and services.

Service Dog groups include: therapy dogs, search and rescue dogs, guide dogs, police dogs, handicapped assistance dogs, and detection dogs. Service Dogs must meet criteria listed on ACVO's website.

Registration for the 2012 event will begin April 1st. For more information visit
http://www.acvoeyeexam.org

Issues regarding Chicken Jerky Treats from China

In 2007 the FDA issued a cautionary warning regarding chicken jerky products.

In 2011, FDA saw an increase in the number of complaints it received of dog illnesses associated with consumption of chicken jerky products imported from China.

The FDA has analyzed chicken jerky treats for evidence of toxins, chemicals, etc and have found nothing despite the fact that complaints regarding the treats keep coming in.

According to FDA officials, "No specific products have been recalled because a definitive cause has not been determined"

If you have a pet you believe became ill due to these types of treats, you can report it at the FDA's Pet Food Complaint Site

By sending any information you have, you can help the FDA get to the bottom of this issue.

Two additional articles on this subject:

msnbc.com


Questions and Answers Regarding Chicken Jerky Treats from China