August 25, 2019

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

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...]

Advocates Plan Black Friday Walmart Protest Over Chinese Jerky Pet Treats

Pet food safety advocates have sent a letter to the chairman and president of all Walmart stores, asking them to remove chicken jerky pet treats manufactured in China from the shelves of all Walmart and Sam's Club stores. Those treats have been linked to more than 360 pet deaths and 2200 illnesses since 2007. The organizations Truth About Pet Food and Poisoned Pets have joined forces to protest the selling of the treats. Food Poisoning Bulletin has followed the story of these treats for months. In March 2012, the FDA cautioned consumers that chicken jerky products imported from China, and those made with ingredients from China, may be associated with pet illnesses. The three brands associated with the problematic treats were named that month. In August, the FDA went to China to … [Read more...]

Magnolia Bird Farm Recalls Sunland Peanuts and Seed Mixes for Possible Salmonella

Magnolia Bird Farm of California is recalling raw and roasted in-shell peanuts and Magnolia Bird Farm Bird seed mixes with peanuts, because they may be contaminated with Salmonella bacteria. The peanuts are from Sunland, which has recalled all peanuts and has closed down. You can see the products, sizes, and descriptions of all of the products at the FDA web site. They were distributed from October 12, 2011 to October 12, 2012. Peanuts in the original Sunland yellow mesh bag will have either best by dates from October 12, 2012 through October 12, 2013 on the packaging, or a "Crop Year" marking on the package of 2011 or 2012, up to and including October 12, 2012. You can see all of the product labels at the FDA site as well. No illnesses have been reported in association with this … [Read more...]

Charlee Bear Recalls Dog Food Bars for Possible Salmonella

Charlee Bear Products is recalling some lots of its Protein Crunch Bar products because they may be contaminated with Salmonella. No animal or human illnesses have been reported related to these products. The products are Charlee Bear Protein Crunch Bars Chicken Recipe with Carrots in 5.5 ounce packages. The bars with UPC number 8710890000 have lot numbers 19812 and best by date of 7-16-2015; lot number 19912 and best by date of 7-17-2015; lot number 20012 and best by date of 7-18-2015, and lot number 20212 and best by date of 7-20-2015. The Charlee Bear Protein Crunch Bars Chicken Recipe with Sweet Potatoes have UPC number 871089001, lot number 20112 and best by date of 7-19-2015. You can see the product photos at the FDA site. The bars were distributed nationwide in September and … [Read more...]

Premium Nutritional Products Recalls Bird Food

Premium Nutritional Products is recalling ZuPreem Fruitblend™ with Natural Fruit Flavors maintenance formula bird foods for medium/large birds and for large birds. The product has exceedingly high calcium levels, low phosphorus, and high vitamin D concentration that could pose a significant health risk to birds. Consumption of food from these lots may make birds sick and can be fatal. Symptoms include decreased activity level or appetite, increase in water consumption or watery droppings. The two recalled lots are 598405052 and 598405072. You can see the SKU numbers, product descriptions, UPC numbers, lot codes, and "Use By" dates at the FDA site. You can also see all of the product labels at that site. The products were shipped between 5/21/12 and 8/23/12 nationwide to pet … [Read more...]

Recalls for Products Containing Sunland Peanuts Continue to Grow

The recalls for Sunland peanuts for possible Salmonella contamination continue to grow. Four more recalls were announced today, including one for pet food. One Sunland product, Trader Joe's Valencia peanut butter, is linked to a Salmonella Bredeney outbreak that has sickened at least 35 people in 19 states. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with the products listed below. You can see all of the recalls at the FDA site. Natural Selection Foods is recalling Earthbound Farm Baby Spinach Grab & Go Salad Kits with Peanuts. The product is in a 3.5 ounce clamshell container with UPC number 0-32601-08875-0. All "use by" dates are affected. They were distributed to supermarkets and foodservice operators in California, Connecticut, Florida, Hawaii, Louisiana, … [Read more...]

Kasel Recalls Nature’s Deli Chicken Jerky Dog Treats for Salmonella

Kasel Associated Industries of Colorado is recalling its Nature's Deli Chicken Jerky Dog Treats because they may be contaminated with Salmonella bacteria. Salmonella can make dogs sick and humans as well simply by handling contaminated pet products. The products were distributed to 57 Sam's Club locations in Colorado, Iowa, Idaho, Illinois, Kansas, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming. The product is in a clear plastic bag containing 2.5 pounds of chicken jerky. The UPC number is 647263800208 and code number BEST BY 091913 DEN. This lot code tested positive for Salmonella by the FDA. No illnesses have been reported to date in animals or humans in connection with this product. Pets infected with Salmonella may be lethargic, with diarrhea, bloody … [Read more...]

FDA Updates Investigation into Animal Illnesses Linked to Jerky Treats

The FDA on Thursday issued a report on their investigation into animal illnesses linked to jerky pet treats. The government has been aware of the problem since 2007. Most of the illnesses are linked to chicken jerky treats, tender, and strips, but other complaints have been received about duck and sweet potato treats, and products where chicken or duck jerky is wrapped around dried fruits, sweet potatoes, or yams. There have been about 2,200 reports of pet illnesses that may be related to jerky treats. Most of the complaints are about dogs, but cats have also been affected. In the last year and a half, consumers have reported 360 dog deaths and one cat death. There is no geographic pattern to the reports, and cases have been reported from all 50 states and 6 Canadian provinces. No … [Read more...]

AvoDerm Natural Dog Food Recalled for Possible Salmonella

Breeder's Choice Pet Food is recalling a single batch of AvoDerm Natural Lamb Meal & Brown Rice Adult Dog Formula because it may be contaminated with Salmonella bacteria. Salmonella can affect animals eating the food, and human beings can contract salmonellosis by handling the food or anything the food has touched. The recalled product is sold in 26 pound bags, with UPC number 0 5290702043 8 and product code/SKU/material # 1000065074. The best before codes include 28 Aug 2013, 29 Aug 2013, and 30 Aug 2013. No human or pet illnesses have been reported to date in connection with the consumption of this product. Pets infected with Salmonella may be lethargic, have bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting. Some pets may have only very mild symptoms or no symptoms at all. If your pet has … [Read more...]

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