October 22, 2016

Chicken Sprinkles Dog Food Recalled for Salmonella

Chicken Sprinkles dog food is being recalled for Salmonella. Consumers who have purchased this product should not use it. The product, recalled by Boulder Dog Food Company,  was sold in 3 oz packages with a “Best By” date of “05/04/16”, a Lot Number of “998”, and a UPC Code of 899883001231. It was sold in Colorado, Washington and Maryland. Salmonella in pet food can affect the animals that eat it and the people who handle it.  Symptoms of an infection include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping, and fever. Pets with Salmonella infections may be le The recalled product was sold in a clear poly bag with the  UPC Code in the lower right hand corner of the product label on the front of the bag and the “Best By” date and Lot Number are on a label on the … [Read more...]

J.J. Fuds Frozen Dog Food Recall for Listeria, Salmonella Expands

J.J. Fuds of Valparaiso, Ind.  is expanding a recall  of frozen dog food to include all lots and products of J.J. Fuds Chicken Tender Chunks, Beef Tender Chunks and Duckling Tender Chunks Pet Food for potential Salmonella and Listeria contamination. Consumers who have purchased this product should not use it as Listeria and Salmonella can cause serious illness. Contaminated pet food can sicken the pets who eat it and the the people who handle it. The recalled products were distributed in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Indiana and Illinois to wholesale and retail customers. The product can be identified by the batch ID code (manufactured date) and UPC code on the back of the individual plastic bag or on the master case label. To see the full list, click the preceding … [Read more...]

Pedigree Dog Food Sold at Sam’s Club Recalled for Metal Fragments

Pedigree dog food sold at Sam's Club in Indiana, Michigan and Ohio is being recalled for metal fragments. This is an expansion of a previously announced recall for Pedigree dog food sold at Dollar General stores in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee. There have been no reports of injury. The recall expansion includes 55-pound bags of Pedigree Adult Complete Nutrition dry dog food that may contain small metal fragments. The particles are not embedded in the food, but may present a risk of injury if consumed. Consumers who have purchased this food should discard it or return it to the retailer for a full refund or exchange. No other Pedigree products are included in the recall. The recalled 55-pound bags sold at Sam's Club have the lot code432E1KKM03 on the back of the … [Read more...]

Costco, Diamond Settle Salmonella Dog Food Class Action For $2M

Costco and Diamond Pet Foods Inc. have agreed to a $2 million settlement for illnesses linked to dog food contaminated with Salmonella.  Diamond manufactures dog food under a variety of brand names including: Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover’s Soul, Country Value, Diamond, Diamond Naturals, Premium Edge; Professional, 4Health, Taste of the Wild, Apex, Kirkland Signature, and Canidae. The Kirkland Signature brand was sold at Costco stores. After the contamination was discovered in the spring of 2012, Diamond issued a massive recall. But for some, the recall came too late. Plaintiff Barbara Marciano said she purchased Kirkland Signature Nature’s Domain from a New York Costco store in April 2012. One of her dogs died, another became ill, a third had no symptoms. Pet owners who handled the … [Read more...]

Salmonella in Dog Food Harms Humans, Too

Twenty one people in New Hampshire have recently discovered what few dog owners know but should: dogs aren't the only ones who can get sick from contaminated dog food. Joey’s Jerky brand chicken jerky dog treats were the source of Salmonella infections for at least 21 people in New Hampshire's Merrimack and Hillsborough counties, the state health department said this week.  And this isn't the first time contaminated dog food has been the source of human food poisoning. There are a number of ways humans can get sick from tainted dog food. Bacteria can spread when tainted food is spilled on the floor or countertop and not cleaned up properly.  Or, if a thorough hand-washing does not take place between feeding the dog, giving the dog a treat or picking up after the dog. Last year, a … [Read more...]

HyVee Recalls Dog Food For Aflatoxin

Hy-Vee, Inc. is recalling certain bags of dog food due to elevated levels of aflatoxin, a chemical contaminant found in corn. Consumers who have purchased these products should not feed them to their dogs. Aflatoxins cause cancer in animals, but are allowed at extremely low levels in nuts, seeds and legumes because the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) considers them "unavoidable contaminants" that pose little risk if small amounts are eaten over a lifetime. The problem with the dog food products was discovered by the Iowa Department of Agriculture. At the time if the recall no illnesses had been reported in association with the recall. The products have been removed from Hy-Vee stores. The recalled products carry three different "Best By" dates, 11/19/2013, 11/24/2013 and … [Read more...]

Not Even The Dog Should Eat This Fruitcake

What's worse than fruitcake? Moldy fruitcake. For dogs. Claudia’s Cuisine  is voluntarily recalling Dog Candy Fruit Hound Cake (7.5oz) and Dog Candy Blueberry Hound Cake (7.5oz) because of potential mold contamination. No other products made by the Maumelle, Ark.-based company have been impacted. The hound cakes, which are sold at pet food stores, are being voluntarily withdrawn from the market for potential mold contamination. No illnesses have been reported in connection with consumption of these products. Consumers who have purchased these cakes should not feed them to their dogs. PetSmart stores are offering full refunds to customers who suspect their cakes may be moldy. Fruitcake for people should never be fed to dogs as they often contain raisins or currants which are … [Read more...]

FDA Must Act On Chinese Dog Treats, Consumer Groups Say

Consumer advocates are urging the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to move swiftly to prevent any more pets from becoming sick or dying from tainted treats produced in China. Food & Water Watch and pet food safety advocates Mollie Morrissette and Susan Thixton asked FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg in a letter to take stronger actions on the issue and submitted a petition signed by nearly 18,000 consumers. “Since 2007, thousands of American dogs have fallen ill or died after eating jerky treats made in China,” said Wenonah Hauter, executive director of Food & Water Watch. “The FDA has shirked its responsibility to keep U.S. citizens and their pets safe, and it must step up and block these potentially deadly treats from harming more animals.” Over the last five … [Read more...]

Wenonah Hauter Rips FDA’s Probe Of Contaminated Dog Treats From China

Food and Water Watch's Wenonah Hauter says the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has failed to protect dogs from serious illness caused by contaminated jerky treats from China. In a scathing statement released Friday, Hauter, the organization's executive director,  blasted the FDA's handling of a five-year probe of  illnesses and deaths linked to chicken jerky dog treats from China. Since 2007, thousands of dogs have become sick or died after eating jerky treats made in China. This week, the FDA released heavily redacted reports of  April inspections of Chinese manufacturing facilities and revealed  that China refused to let inspectors collect samples for independent analysis."The FDA waited until it received 2,000 reports of illnesses and deaths in U.S. dogs before launching its … [Read more...]

China Refuses FDA Jerky Pet Treat Testing

The Food and Drug Administration has released four Establishment Inspection Reports of facilities in China that make pet treats linked to dog illnesses and death. The facilities are Gambol Pet Products Co., Jinan Uniwell Pet Fodo Co., Ltd., Shandong Honva Food Co. Ltd, and Shandong Petswell Food Co. Ltd.  You can see the heavily redacted reports by visiting the FDA site and scrolling down to "Compliance & Enforcement". The Chinese government has refused to let inspectors collect samples of the product for analysis. The inspections were conducted in April, 2012 at sites in Liaocheng and Jinan, China. The treats are sold by Nestle Purina PetCare Co. The Chinese government did say they would let the FDA test samples, but only if the U.S. agreed to have the products tested in … [Read more...]

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