March 21, 2018

FDA Investigates Pattern of Contamination in Darwin’s Natural and ZooLogics Raw Pet Foods Made by Arrow Reliance

The FDA is investigating a pattern of contamination in some raw pet foods made by Arrow Reliance. This includes Darwin's Natural Pet Products and ZooLogics Pet Food. Four recalls of those products have been issued from October 17, 2016 to February 10, 2018. You can see the list of these recalls at the FDA web site. Positive findings of Salmonella and/or Listeria monocytogenes bacteria triggered all of the recalls. In the most recent recall, Arrow Reliance/Darwin's Natural recalled ZooLogics Duck with Vegetable Meals for Dogs (Lot #41957) and ZooLogics Chicken with Vegetable Meals for Dogs (Lot #41567) because the products may be contaminated with Salmonella bacteria. The products are one sold only through direct-to-consumer sales. The FDA has investigated six complaints of … [Read more...]

Redbarn Pet Products Recalls Bully Sticks for Possible Salmonella Contamination

Redbarn Pet Products of California is voluntarily recalling Bully Sticks because they may be contaminated with Salmonella bacteria. No illnesses have been reported in connection with this issue to date. The recalled products is Redbarn's 7-inch Bully Stick in three pack. The product was sold in pet specialty retail stores. The recalled item is in a 2.4 ounce, green plastic bag marked with an expiration date of 112120ABC stamped on the side. The product UPC number is #7 85184 25105 8. The Colorado Department of Agriculture found that a single sample collected from a retail location tested positive for the pathogenic bacteria. The lot code was tested at the company's lab and by a third-party testing facility. Those tests were negative. Nevertheless, the company is recalling the product … [Read more...]

Two MN Children Sickened with Salmonella Reading Infections After Raws for Paws Pet Food Fed to Their Pets

Two children in Minnesota are sick with Salmonella Reading infections after Raws for Paws raw ground turkey pet food was fed to pets in their home, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. That pet food was recalled February 5, 2018 by the manufacturer, as Food Poisoning Bulletin told you earlier today. The children got sick in January. One child's infection resulted in osteomyelitis, which is a painful and serious bone infection. That child was hospitalized and is recovering at home now. The same strain of Salmonella Reading that made the children sick was found in samples of Raws for Paws Ground Turkey Pet Food for Pets. Laboratory work was conducted at the Minnesota Department of Agriculture and the Minnesota Department of Health. That pet food, which was made by a … [Read more...]

Two Pet Food Products Recalled for Possible Salmonella Contamination

Two pet food products have been recalled for possible Salmonella contamination. One of the recalled products has no illnesses linked to it; the other has had two reported illnesses. The first recall is for Smokehouse Pet Products, recalling limited lots of "Beefy Munchies." The product is sold in 4 ounce bags with UPC number 78565857957 and lot number 449294 and with a best used by date of 10/25/19 stamped on the back. They were sold in Washington, Michigan, North Carolina and Colorado through distributors selling to various retailers. Routine sampling by the Colorado Department of Agriculture revealed the presence of the pathogenic bacteria in two packages of the product. No illnesses have been reported to date with this recall. The second recall is for Raws for Paws Ground Turkey … [Read more...]

Just Food for Dogs Recalled for Possible Listeria Monocytogenes Contamination

Just Food for Dogs of Los Alamitos, California is recalling some recipes of its cooked frozen dog food for possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. There is a risk for dogs to get sick, and there is a human risk as well, from handling the food to touching pets. The animals can shed the bacteria and it can be on their coats and in their saliva. These are the foods that are recalled: JustFoodForDogs Turducken with batch dates XX110118 to XX123118; Beef and Russet Potato with batch dates XX110118 to XX011419; and Fish and Sweet Potato, with batch dates XX110118 to XX011419. These products were distributed only through 11 JFFD retail locations in Southern California, 3 Pet Food Express (PFE) locations in Southern California and 10 Northern California PFE locations. These … [Read more...]

Darwin’s Natural Selections Pet Food Recalled for Possible Salmonella

According to the company's Facebook page, Darwin's Natural Selections pet food for dogs and cats is being recalled for possible Salmonella contamination. The company has recalled the products from customers because they ship directly from their factory. The Facebook notice did not list any specific products or lot numbers, but news outlets are reporting that several types of products with varying lot numbers have been affected by this issue. This product was shipped between September and early October 2017. The recalled products were intended to be fed to both dogs and cats. The products were all in 2 pound packages, and the lot numbers and manufacture dates vary. These products are not available for purchase in stores. Check with the company if you receive these pet food products … [Read more...]

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...]

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