October 19, 2017

Recall of Dog Rawhide Chew Products Expands

United Pet Group is voluntarily expanding its recall of multiple brands of packages of rawhide dog chew products to include private label brands. A recall issued earlier in June included the brands of American Beefhide, Digest-eeze, and Healthy Hide (including Healthy Hide – Good -n- Fun and Healthy Hide – Good -n- Fit). Some of the company's rawhide chew manufacturing facilities in Mexico and Columbia, and suppliers in Brazil, were using a quaternary ammonium compound mixture as a processing aide. This compound is not approved in the U.S. as an aid in the production of rawhide chews for dogs. There have been reports of pet illness. Most customers complained that the recalled products have an unpleasant odor. Exposure to quaternary ammonium compounds in dogs may cause reduced … [Read more...]

FDA Finds Serious Violations at Evanger’s Dog & Cat Food Facility

The FDA has sent a warning letter to officials at Evanger's Dog & Cat Food Company in Illinois, informing them that they found "serious violations of the FD&C Act and its implementing regulations." Five dogs got sick and one died after eating "Evanger's Hunk of Beef in Au Jus" product last winter. The company's products were recalled in February 2017. FDA's analysis found that the chunk meat dog foods, including Evanger's Braised Beef Chunks, Evangr's Hand Packed Hunk of Beef, and Against the Grain Pulled Beef with Gravy were contaminated with pentobarbital, a drug used for euthanizing animals. There is no residue tolerance for this drug, so the products were adulterated. FDA inspectors also found pentobarbital in other products with different lot codes and best by … [Read more...]

Vitakraft Sun Seed Recalls Rabbit & Macaw Diets for Listeria

Vitacraft Sun Seed is voluntarily recalling some Sunseed Parrot and Rabbit foods for possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. Household pets such as birds and rabbits can become carriers of this pathogenic bacteria even if they don't appear to be sick. They can transfer the bacteria to the environment and thus pose a risk to people. The company's supplier of dried apples notified them that that ingredient could be contaminated. There have been no reports of illness to date. You can see the long list of recalled products, along with the item numbers, lot numbers, pictures of product labels, and best by dates at the FDA web site. The recalled products include SS Sensations Rabbit Food, MJR Parrot Food, NG Guinea Pig Entree, and DFS Premium Blend Macaw, among others. If you … [Read more...]

Loving Pets Dog Treats Recalled for Possible Salmonella

Loving Pets of Cranbury, New Jersey is recalling some of their dog treats because they may be contaminated with Salmonella bacteria. Salmonella can sicken pets and humans, especially if the people don't wash their hands after touching the products or their pets. No illnesses have been reported to date. The recalled products are Loving Pets Barksters™, Item #5700 Sweet Potato and Chicken with UPC number 842982057005 and Lot number 021619, and Item #5705 Brown Rice and Chicken with UPC number 842982057050 and Lot number 021419. Loving Pets Puffsters™ Snack Chips are also recalled, with Item #5100 Apple and Chicken with UPC number 842982051003 and Lot numbers 051219, 112118, 112918, 012719, 012519, 013019; Item #5110 Banana and Chicken with UPC number 842982051102 and Lot numbers … [Read more...]

Rawhide Chew Products for Dogs Recalled for Chemical Contamination

United Pet Group is voluntarily recalling multiple brands of rawhide chew products for dogs for possible chemical contamination. There have been "very limited reports of pet illness" based on the volume of the products distributed, according to the announcement. These products were distributed to retail outlets and sold online in the United States. The company found that some of its rawhide chew manufacturing facilities in Mexico and Columbia, and one of its suppliers in Brazil, were using a quaternary ammonium compound mixture as a processing aid. This is an anti-microbial chemical that is used for cleaning food processing equipment, but has not been approved in the U.S. as a processing aid in the production of rawhide dog chews. The primary compliant has been an unpleasant odor. … [Read more...]

Smallbatch Pets Recalls Frozen Chicken Blend for Salmonella

Smallbatch Pets of Oregon is recalling two lots of frozen 2 pound chicken blend for dogs and cats because it may be contaminated with Salmonella bacteria. No pet or consumer illnesses from this product have been reported to date. The lots of the 2 pound chicken blend were distributed to retail pet stores in California, Colorado, Oregon, and Washington through pet food retailers. Two hundred and eighty-two cases of this product were sold between 2/1/17 - 5/5/17. The products are sold frozen in 2 pound bags. The codes are Lot number D032 with UPC number 705105970974 and best by date 2/1/2018; and Lot number E058, with UPC number 705105970974 and best by date 2/27/2018. Salmonella infections in pets can cause lethargy, diarrhea, fever, and vomiting. Some pets may not show symptoms but … [Read more...]

Party Animal Recalls Dog Food for Pentobarbital

Another dog food is being recalled because of the potential presence of pentobarbital, an euthanasia drug. Party Animal is recalling some cans of their Cocolicious Beef & Turkey and Chicken & Beef dog food. A retailer in Texas told the company that their customer had presented samples of our 13-ounce-can Cocolicious Beef & Turkey dog food (Lot #0136E15204 04, best by July 2019) and 13-ounce-can Cocolicious Chicken & Beef dog food (Lot #0134E15 237 13, best by August 2019) to a testing lab, and that the results had tested positive for pentobarbital. The company tracked the lot numbers of those products and are recalling them. The company is having the products tested separately by an accredited independent laboratory and will get the results in 7 to 10 days. They … [Read more...]

FDA Alerts Pet Owners about Hyperthyroidism

The FDA is warning pet owners and veterinarians to the potential for hypothyroidism in their pets because some pet food and treats are made with livestock gullets that contain thyroid tissue and hormones. While hyperthyroidism is more common in cats, in dogs it is rare and is usually triggered by thyroid cancer. The symptoms of hyperthyroidism include excessive thirst and urination, weight loss, increased appetite, restlessness, hyperactivity, elevated heart rate, rapid and/or labored breathing, vomiting, and diarrhea. Continued exposure to excess thyroid hormones in these pet foods can cause damage to the heart and in some cases, death. The Center for Veterinary Medicine recently investigated cases of three dogs in different households that showed signs of this disease. Testing … [Read more...]

Barnsdale Farms Pig Ears Recalled for Salmonella

EuroCan Marketing is recalling one lot of Barnsdale Farms®, HoundsTooth®, and Mac's Choice® Pig Ears for pets because they may be contaminated with Salmonella bacteria. This pathogenic bacteria can affect animals eating these products and can sicken people who handle the ears. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this product. The recalled product is individually shrink-wrapped, 6-pack, 12-pack, and 25-pack bags of  Barnsdale Farms®, HoundsTooth®, and Mac's Choice® Pig Ears. They were sold throughout the United States and Canada. The lot number of the recalled product is 84. The potential for Salmonella contamination was noted after routine testing revealed the presence of the bacteria in the product. The company has suspended distribution while the FDA and the … [Read more...]

Wellpet Recalls Canned Topper for Dogs for Elevated Hormone

Wellpet is voluntarily recalling a limited amount of one canned topper dog food product because it may have elevated levels of naturally occurring beef thyroid hormone. WellPet has received no reports of any problems, but the FDA told WellPet three dogs have been affected. The recalled products are Wellness 95% Beef Topper for Dogs in 13.2 ounce cans, with best by dates of 02 FEB 19, 29 AUG 19 and 30 AUG 19, located on the bottom of the can. Elevated levels of this hormone may affect a dog’s metabolism and can be associated with anxiousness, increased thirst, increased urinary output and weight loss. But with prolonged consumption, these symptoms may increase in severity and may include vomiting, diarrhea, and rapid or difficulty breathing. Symptoms should end when your pet is no … [Read more...]

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