February 26, 2017

FDA Tells Pet Owners Not to Feed Two Dog Foods

The FDA is advising pet owners not to feed their pets certain lots of Evander's Hunk of Beef or Against the Grain Grain Free Pulled Beef with Gravy canned dog foods after unopened cans from both brands were found to contain pentobarbital, a barbiturate. This drug is used in animal euthanasia. It should not be in pet food. The FDA was not able to determine from records whether any other Evanger's or Against the Grain products made with beef contained any of the beef used in the recalled products. In addition, the FDA inspected manufacturing facilities on February 14, 2017 and found "numerous significant concerns with conditions" at the company's Wheeling, Illinois and Markham, Illinois plants. The advisory states that "these are initial observations and do not represent a final … [Read more...]

Against the Grain Dog Food Recalled for Pentobarbital

Earlier this month we told you about a recall of dog food that was potentially contaminated with Penobarbital, which is used as a sedative and euthanasia drug. Now, another dog food is being recalled for the same issue. Against the Grain Pet Food is voluntarily recalling one lot of Against the Grain Pulled Beef with Gravy Dinner for Dogs. The product was manufactured and distributed in 2015, but the use by date is December 2019. Consumers may have this product in their homes. Oral exposure to pentobarbital can cause drowsiness, dizziness, excitement, loss of balance, eyes moving back and forth in a jerky manner, inability to stand, and coma. No pet illnesses have been reported to the company to date. The recalled product is Against the Grain Pulled Beef with Gravy Dinner for Dogs … [Read more...]

Grreat Choice Adult Dog Food Recalled for Metal Pieces

PetSmart is voluntarily recalling one production lot of its Grreat Choice® Adult Dog Food sold on PetSmart.com, Pet360.com, PetFoodDirect.com and in PetSmart retail stores nationwide. The product may be contaminated with metal pieces that could present a choking hazard to pets. No injuries have been reported to date. The recall was initiated after the manufacturer of the food received consumer complaints. PetSmart has not received any consumer complaints about this issue. The recalled product was sold between October 10, 2016 and February 7, 2017. It is Great Choice Adult Dog Food with Chicken & Rice Classic Ground, in 13.2 ounce cans. The UPC number is 7-3725726116-7 and the best by date is 8/5/19. The lot number is 1759338. If you purchased this product, do not feed it to your … [Read more...]

Evanger’s Recalls Dog Food for Pentobarbital

Evanger's Dog & Cat Food of Illinois is voluntarily recalling some lots of its Hunk of Beef product because it may be contamianted with Pentobarbital. The drug was found in one lot of Hunk of Beef Au Jus. Pentobarbital is a barbiturate and is used as a sedative. It can cause drowsiness, dizziness, excitement, loss of balance, nausea, and death. Five dogs have been sickened after eating this product, and one dog died after consuming the food with lot number 1816E06HB13. The lot numbers of the recalled product start with 1816E03HB, 1816E04HB, 1816E06HB, 1816E07HB, and 1816E13HB, and have an expiration date of June 2020. The second half of the barcode reads 20109, which can be found on the back of the product label. Five lots of food were produced from the company's supplier's lot of … [Read more...]

Blue Ridge Beef Recalls Frozen Pet Food for Listeria

Blue Ridge Beef is recalling one of its frozen pet food products because it may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes bacteria. Listeria can sick the animal eating the product and can sicken humans who come into contact with the product, or with a sick pet. There is no word on whether or not any illnesses have been reported to date. The recalled product is Turkey with bone for dogs, with lot number 103 mfd12716 and UPC number 854298001887. The product was sold at the retail level in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida. What is strange is that the picture provided at the FDA website is for Beef pet food. We can only assume the Turkey with bone is in a similar package. If you purchased this product, do not feed it to your pet. Throw it away in a sealed or double … [Read more...]

9Lives Cat Food Recalled for Low Thiamine Levels

The J.M. Sucker Company is recalling certain lots of 9LivesTM, EverPetTM, and Special KittyTM canned cat food due to possible low levels of thiamine (Vitamin B1). No illnesses related to this issue have been reported to date. Cats fed diets low in thiamine for several weeks can be at risk for gastrointestinal or neurological problems. Contact your veterinarian if you cat is displaying decreased appetite, salivation, vomiting, weight loss, wobbly walking, circling, and falling. You can see the long list of recalled products, along with UPC numbers, lot numbers, and UPC case codes at the FDA web site. They include 9Lives brand foods in several varieties, EverPet Mixed Grill Dinner, and Special Kitty brand foods in several varieties. If you purchased any of these products, do not use … [Read more...]

Blue Ridge Beef Recalls Pet Food for Possible Listeria and Salmonella

Blue Ridge Beef is voluntarily recalling two of its frozen pet food products because they may be contaminated with Salmonella and/or Listeria monocytogenes bacteria. Animals and people can get sick; animals from eating the product, and people from handling the product or petting sick animals. Two complaints have been associated with these products; one complaint of two kittens getting sick and one complaint of a puppy dying. Testing by the FDA of one of the chubs revealed the presence of Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes. The press release states, "There is no direct evidence linking these unfortunate instances to contaminated product." The recalled products are sold in 2 pound chubs. The first is Beef for dogs, with lot number mfd ga8516 and UPC number 8542980011009. The second … [Read more...]

CESAR Wet Dog Food Recalled for Potential Plastic Pieces

Mars Petcare is voluntarily recalling CESAR® Classics Filet Mignon Flavor wet dog food because hard white pieces of plastic entered the food during the production process. This presents a choking hazard to dogs. There have not been any reports of injury or illness associated with the recalled food. Two lots codes of the dog food are recalled. Each has a lot coded printed on the side of the tray that begins with 631FKKC, 631GKKC. The products have the Best Before date of 080418 (August 4, 2018) and 080518 (August 5, 2018). The UPC number of the recalled products is 23100017792. The product can also be found in variety packs with the lot codes 632D14JC, 633B24JC, 634A14JC, 634A24JC, 634B14JC, 634B24JC, 634E14JC, 635A24JC, 635B14JC, 636D24JC, and 636E14JC. If you purchased CESAR® … [Read more...]

Frozen Rad Cat Raw Diet Pet Food Recalled for Salmonella and Listeria

Radagast Pet Food is recalling four lots of frozen Rad Cat Raw Diet products because they may be contaminated with Salmonella and/or Listeria monocytogenes bacteria. These bacteria can sicken the animals eating the products and there is a risk to human health as well. People can contract Salmonella and Listeria from pets who carry the bacteria, whether or not they are sick, by petting them, or by coming into contact with feces or saliva. In addition, surfaces exposed to the recalled products can become contaminated with the pathogenic bacteria. You can see the long list of recalled products at the FDA web site, along with package sizes, lot numbers, best by dates, and UPC numbers. They include Rad Cat Raw Diet Grass-Fed Beef, Rad Cat Raw Diet Free-Range Chicken, and Rad Cat Raw … [Read more...]

More People Get Sick From Contaminated Pet Food Than Pets

The FDA sent a warning letter to Answers Pet Food on March 17, 2016, warning them that their product was contaminated with Salmonella bacteria. Detailed Answers Chicken, 8 ounce raw chicken patties, were contaminated with Salmonella Enteritidis, and Detailed Answers Chicken Formula, 2 pounder, was contaminated with Salmonella Kentucky. In that letter, FDA states that their concerns with Salmonella-contaminated pet foods include health of pets and health of people. The letter states, "it is more common to have human illnesses linked to contaminated pet food or treats than it is to have an animal illness. The association between human outbreaks of salmonellosis and Salmonella-contaminated pet foods is well established by the CDC." Salmonella in pet products can sick people in … [Read more...]

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