May 27, 2024

Salmonella Outbreaks from Contact with Tainted Pet Food

A Salmonella outbreak caused by contact with frozen rodents used as food for snakes and other pets has sickened 37 people in 18 states, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced this week. And this isn't the first time contact with tainted pet food has caused illness in humans. Since 2007, there have been four such Salmonella outbreaks, according to the CDC. People can get sick from contaminated pet food by feeding a pet or touching a surface the food has touched and then not thoroughly washing their hands before touching their face or eating a meal. The current Salmonella Typhimurium outbreak, which has hospitalized five people, has been linked to Arctic Mice brand frozen rodents produced by Reptile Industries, Inc. of Naples Fla. and sold at PetSmart stores … [Read more...]

Food & Water Watch Responds to FDA Pet Jerky Investigation

Food & Water Watch has responded to the latest information released by the FDA about their investigation into the pet deaths and illnesses linked to jerky treats imported from China. Wenonah Hauter, executive director of the agency said in a statement, "this ongoing health threat to American pets illustrates how trade policy is trumping regulations to protect our health. When is the Obama administration going to show some backbone and stop the importation of these deadly products until we have some concrete answers?" At least 4,800 pets have been sickened by these imported products. At least 1,000 dogs have died as a result of their illness. The FDA does n0t have any answers, despite a lengthy investigation. The jerky treats are made from chicken, duck, or sweet potato. Some … [Read more...]

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’s Pet Safety Tips To Avoid Medication Errors

When pets are sick, the last thing they need is medication error that could make them worse. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has put together some tips to help consumers avoid medication errors with their pets. Start by making sure you understand why the medication has been ordered for your pet and what it's supposed to do. Ask about side effects, or possible interactions with other drugs your pet may be taking. It's a good idea to keep a list of drugs your pet takes – including over-the-counter drugs, supplements, and prescription drugs. Tell the vet about any allergies or adverse reactions your pet has had to medications. Check to make sure the dosing instructions are clear. Before you leave the vet's office make sure you know: how many times each day your pet needs the … [Read more...]

FDA Proposes New Food Safety Rule For Animal Food

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

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 identified. And there are … [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

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 … [Read more...]

Nestle and DelMonte Recall Dog Treats

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...]

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