April 20, 2014

Pro Pet Recalls Dog and Cat Food For Possible Salmonella Contamination


Pro-Pet of St. Marys, Ohio is recalling dog and cat foods for possible Salmonella contamination. No illnesses have been reported. For a complete list of the recalled products, click the link above. The brand names under the recall include, Hubbard Life Happy Hound,  Hubbard Life Cat Stars, Joy Combo cat food, QC Plus adult dog food. They were distributed online and through retail stores in: Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, North Carolina, North Dakota, Nebraska, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin and West Virginia Pet food contaminated with Salmonella poses a risk to pets and their humans. There … [Read more...]

FDA Proposes New Food Safety Rule For Animal Food

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Days after it announced that as many as 600 pets have died and thousands of others have been sickened from jerky treats imported form China, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has proposed a rule to improve the safety of food for animals.  In keeping with thrust of the Food Safety Modernization Act, the proposal is aimed at preventing foodborne illness linked to animal food rather than responding to it. “Unlike safeguards already in place to protect human foods, there are currently no regulations governing the safe production of most animal foods. There is no type of hazard analysis. This rule would change all that,” said Daniel McChesney, Ph.D., director of the Office of Surveillance and Compliance at FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine in a statement. For the first time, … [Read more...]

Food & Water Watch Responds to Jerky Treat Pet Illness Report

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Food & Water Watch is responding to the FDA announcement that they are asking for the public's help in the mysterious illnesses apparently caused by pet jerky treats. This week, the government posted an update on the investigation admitting they don't understand what is going wrong, and giving veterinarians information about reporting cases. Wenonah Hauter, Executive Director of Food & Water Watch, said in a statement, "we appreciate the new information the agency posted. But America's pets are still at risk from these potentially deadly treats. Today's update from the FDA showed a drop in reported illnesses since the decision by Nestle Purina and DelMonte in January to recall their chicken jerky dog treats produced in China. But the source of the problem has still not been … [Read more...]

Pet Food Safety Tips from the CDC


Pets aren’t the only ones who can get sick from tainted pet food. Humans who handle the food can get sick too. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has some tips to help keep people safe when they are feeding their pets. Symptoms of a Salmonella infection can cause diarrhea, vomiting and fever in pets and humans. If your pet exhibits these symptoms, you can reduce your risk of becoming ill by washing your hands after petting him. Pick up dog waste promptly, seal it in a plastic bag and dispose of it in a closed container. For cats, scoop litter daily and discard waste into a tightly sealed plastic bag. To reduce your pet’s risk of contracting food poisoning, don’t feed him raw food such as raw dog foods, uncooked meat or poultry or raw eggs. Don’t buy cans of pet food … [Read more...]

Handling Pet Food Tainted With Salmonella Can Make People Sick

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A number of recent pet food recalls for Salmonella are a good reminder that handling tainted pet food can result in human illness. Although no human illnesses have been reported in association with recently recalled pet food, last year at this time, cases began to mount in a Salmonella outbreak that eventually sickened 47 people in 20 states and two people in Canada. Ten people were hospitalized. The outbreak was linked to dry dog food made by Diamond Pet Foods.  By state, the case counts were as follows: Alabama (2), Arkansas (2), California (3), Connecticut (2), Georgia (2), Illinois (4), Indiana (1), Kentucky (1), Michigan (2), Minnesota (1), Missouri (3), New Jersey (2), New York (5), North Carolina (5), Ohio (3), Oklahoma (1), Pennsylvania (3), South Carolina (2), Texas (1), and … [Read more...]

Hartz Mountain Recalling Chicken Chews and Oinkies for Unapproved Antibiotics


The Hartz Mountain Corporation is recalling Hartz ® Chicken Chews™ and Hartz ® Oinkies® Pig Skin Twists wrapped with Chicken for dogs because they contain trace amounts of unapproved antibiotics.  This follows the recall of Nestle and Delmonte dog treats earlier this month, and issues with jerky pet treats made with ingredients imported from China. Testing found the illegal residue in some samples of the recalled products. Hartz states that "two-thirds of the products we tested did not contain antibiotic residues", but they are voluntarily recalling the products to be cautious. The antibiotics in question are legal for use in poultry in China and the European Union. The Hartz statement claims the FDA's review of the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets testing results … [Read more...]

Nestle and DelMonte Recall Dog Treats

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Nestle Purina Petcare Company and DelMonte announced they are recalling several brands of their dog treats because they contain residues of an undisclosed antibiotic. The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets conducted the tested that revealed the presence of the drug residue. Nestle is pulling Waggin' Train and Canyon Creek Ranch brand dog treats from the market. The treats, which are chicken jerky products, were made in China, where the antibiotic is approved for use. The company states that the treats are "safe to feed to pets" because the antibiotic residue is very small, but are still recalling the treats. DelMonte is removing Milo's Kitchen Chicken Jerky and Chicken Grillers home-style dog treats. That company says that the antibiotic presence in the treats means … [Read more...]

Lamb Feed Recalled for High Copper Levels


ADM Alliance Nutrition Inc. is recalling lamb feed because it has high levels of copper. Copper toxicity in sheep can cause death. Symptoms include lethargy, anemia, extreme thirst, diarrhea, weakness, and jaundice. The recall is for 50 pound bags of MoorMan's® ShowTec® 18 Elite Lamb DC. The product number is 80939MPS. The three lot numbers for the recalled products are BF23512, BF27812, and BF29312. The feed was distributed between August 24, 2012 and November 21, 2012. It was sold through distributors and purchased directly from Alliance Nutrition. Two sheep died, which led to an investigation that found the problem. The feed was shipped to distributors and customers in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. If you have purchased this feed, return it to the … [Read more...]

FDA, China Agree to Cooperate on Food Safety


The FDA announced on December 11, 2012, that it has renewed an agreement with the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection, and Quarantine of China (AQSIQ) to enhance cooperation between the two countries on food safety. The original agreement was struck in 2007. The announcement extends the agreement for five more years. The agreement includes enhancement of FDA's ability to identify high-risk foods imported from China, collaboration to facilitate inspections of facilities that process and produce food, a focus on high-risk foods exported from China to the U.S., including pet foods, canned foods, and aquaculture, and the creation of processes for FDA to accept verified information about registration and certification. Last spring, the Chinese government refused to … [Read more...]

Carolina Prime Pet Recalling Bullstrips for Possible Salmonella

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Carolina Prime Pet Inc is recalling Priority Total Pet Care All Natural Bullstrips in a 5-count package for possible Salmonella contamination. This lot tested positive for Salmonella by the Colorado Department of Agriculture. The product has UPC number 0-21130-42080-3, and lot codes 20082712 S 3195 and 20090312 S 3195. You can see a product photo at the FDA site. The product was sold in Safeway stores in Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware, Hawaii, Maryland, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, South Dakota, Virginia, Washington DC and Wyoming. It was also sold at Vons, Pavilions and Pak ‘N Save stores in California; Randalls and Tom Thumb stores in Texas; Genuardi’s stores in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, and Dominick’s stores in Illinois. This product was distributed from September 1, … [Read more...]

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