IMPORTANT HEALTH ALERT – Dog & Cat Food Recalls

Recent Dog Food and Cat Food Recalls by FDA

Pet food and treat recalls are common and below is a list of the recalls with the most recent listed recall listed at the top by year. We included recalls from current to 2008 for those of you that may have old boxes of treats or older bags of dog or cat food around that you have not yet fed. 

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Recall List from the FDA. Below is the recall from the FDA, pet product manufacturer, a link for more information and a short blurb regarding the reason for the recall.

Pet Food Recalls 2017

5/8/2017 – RECALL – Bellmawr, New Jersey, C.O. Truxton, Inc. is expanding their 4/21/2017 voluntary recall, as a precaution to include the following C.O. Truxton, Inc. products, registered NDC numbers and corresponding lot numbers, to the consumer/user level. 

5/5/2017 – RECALL – Smallbatch Pets Inc. is voluntarily recalling two lots of frozen 2-lbs. chicken blend for dogs and cats, brand name Smallbatch, due to the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.

4/24/2017 – RECALL – Party Animal is voluntarily recalling lots of 13-ounce-can Cocolicious Beef & Turkey dog food (Lot #0136E15204 04, best by July 2019) and 13-ounce-can Cocolicious Chicken & Beef dog food (Lot #0134E15 237 13, best by August 2019).

4/21/2017 – RECALL – Bellmawr, New Jersey, C.O. Truxton, Inc. is voluntarily recalling lot 70952A of Phenobarbital Tablets, USP, 15 mg, to the consumer/user level.

3/20/2017 – RECALL – EuroCan Manufacturing is voluntarily recalling Lot Number 84 consisting of it’s individually shrink-wrapped, 6-pack, 12-pack and 25-pack bags of Barnsdale Farms®, HoundsTooth® and Mac’s Choice® Pig Ears because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.

3/17/2017 – RECALL – Blue Buffalo Company is voluntarily recalling one production lot of BLUE Wilderness® Rocky Mountain RecipeTM Red Meat Dinner Wet Food for Adult Dogs, as the product has the potential to contain elevated levels of naturally- occurring beef thyroid hormones.

3/17/2017 – RECALL – WellPet has initiated a voluntary recall of a limited amount of one canned topper product due to potential elevated levels of naturally occurring beef thyroid hormone.

3/3/2017 – RECALL – Out of an abundance of caution, Evanger’s Dog & Cat Food is voluntarily expanding its recall of Hunk of Beef and is also recalling Evanger’s Braised Beef and Against the Grain’s Pulled Beef Products due to potential adulteration with pentobarbital. 

2/14/2017 – RECALL – Out of an abundance of caution, Against the Grain Pet Food is voluntarily recalling one lot of Against the Grain Pulled Beef with Gravy Dinner for Dogs that was manufactured and distributed in 2015.

2/9/2017 – RECALL – PetSmart has issued a voluntary recall of one production lot of its Grreat Choice® Adult Dog Food sold on PetSmart.com, Pet360.com, PetFoodDirect.com and in nationwide PetSmart retail stores.

2/3/2017 – RECALL – Out of an abundance of caution, Evanger’s Dog & Cat Food is voluntarily recalling specific lots of its Hunk of Beef product because of a potential contaminant Pentobarbital, which was detected in one lot of Hunk of Beef Au Jus

1/13/2017 – RECALL – Grange Co-op is initiating a recall of Rogue All Purpose Rabbit Pellets in 25# (25RP) 50# (50RP), 1,500# Tote (RP) no lot codes.

1/13/2017 – RECALL – Blue Ridge Beef is voluntarily recalling one (1) of its frozen products due to their potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

1/6/2-17 – RECALL – The J.M. Smucker Company is expanding the limited voluntary recall on certain lots of 9LivesTM, EverPetTM, and Special KittyTM canned cat food due to possible low levels of thiamine (Vitamin B1).

1/3/2017 – RECALL – The J.M. Smucker Company announced a limited voluntary recall on certain lots of 9LivesTM, EverPetTM, and Special KittyTM canned cat food due to possible low levels of thiamine (Vitamin B1).

Pet Food Recalls 2016

12/28/2016 – RECALL – Huvepharma, Inc., which recently acquired the Longmont Colorado manufacturing facility including the respective FDA registration associated with this recall, is voluntarily recalling 1 lot of Duramycin-10 Soluble Powder, distributed by Durvet, to the consumer level.

12/23/2016 – RECALL – Whitestone Feeds, Inc. has initiated a voluntary recall of a single product from its beef cattle feed line.

12/14/2016 – RECALL – Ridley Block Operations has initiated a voluntary recall of a single batch of its beef cattle feed product, Ultralyx 24% + 3% Mag Composite Block.

12/08/2016 – RECALL – Blue Ridge Beef is voluntarily recalling two of its frozen products due to their potential to be contaminated with Salmonella and/or Listeria monocytogenes

11/30/2016 – RECALL – Intermountain Farmers Association (IFA) is recalling its 50-lb. bags of rabbit pellets.

10/7/16 – RECALL – Mars Petcare US has announced a voluntary recall of a limited number of CESAR® Classics Filet Mignon Flavor product.

9/20/16 – RECALL – Wells Pharmacy Network is voluntarily recalling all sterile human and veterinary products prepared between February 22, 2016 and September 14, 2016, and that remain within expiry.

Pet Food Recall Question- How Long Do I Need to Worry?

 

Our question this week was:

Dr. Debra,

First, I would like to say Thank you for having such an easy site to look up this horrible information. I am thinking my dog has been eating the pet food that has been recalled. She will only eat the wet dog food. She currently likes the Alpo Prime Cuts I noticed that it is on the recall list. How long do the symptoms appear and last before you should take them to the vet? Are there any safe foods out there?

Abby Christopherson – Minnesota

Answer

Hi Abby– thanks for your email. It seems as though all the pet foods on the market are being recalled however, the recalled foods actually represent just over 1% of pet foods. So there are a lot of what are believed to be “safe” foods.

As far as the time between eating the foods and the symptoms, a lot is not known. It seems to depend on the individual pet, the level of concentration of the toxin and the individual pets response to it. Cats seem to be more sensitive. There is so much unknown, it has not even been determined with certainty that the melamine is the causative problems. Some believe that it is not. I’m really not sure.

If you have been feeding a recalled food, I’d recommend that you take him to the vet immediately for evaluation. They will most likely do blood work to determine if there is any kidney damage. If your pet has been eating the food, you will be interested in this article Advice to Pet Owners after Nationwide Food Recall.

Stay tuned to our link “Pet Food Recall Update” and I’ll try to keep you updated as new information is released.

Best of luck!

Dr. Debra

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Recalled Dog Food and Symptoms of Kidney Failure

 

Our question this week was:

About the recalled food. How long does it take to show any symptoms of kidney failure? My dog has had about 6 packets of the food and so far has no symptoms.

Diane Gauthier

Answer

Hi – Thanks for your email. I have not read any specific documentation about the exact times from ingestion to symptoms. I would suspect based on my experience that signs would occur with in 1 –5 days post-ingestion.

Depending on how long it has been, if you are worried, see your veterinarian for blood testing in order to evaluate the kidneys.

An article that might be helpful to you is on our Petplace.com is Kidney Failure in Dogs.

Best of luck!

Dr. Debra

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Food Recall only in the United States?

 

Our question this week was:

I have 5 dogs all eat nothing but Hills dog food,2 of them I have them on light dry diet the other 3 eat K9 W/D prescription food canned. I live in the U.K. and have become increasingly concerned about the food recall has the contaminated food spread to other countries or is it just a problem in America? I spoke to my supplier but nobody seems to know anything.

PLEASE HELP A VERY WORRIED DOG OWNER?

K. HOUGH – MANCHESTER ,UNITED KINGDOM

Answer

Hi – thanks for your email. I emailed Hills directly to ask if any foods distributed in the UK have been recalled. To my knowledge, there are none.

However, things are constantly being updated. I’d recommend looking at the recalled code to make sure none was manufactured outside of the UK and shipped in (thus manufactured at a contaminated plant).

FDA list of recalled foods that might be helpful to you: http://www.fda.gov/ora/fed_state/recalls/Recall.xls

Best of luck!

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Sparky died from eating recalled dog food

 

Our question this week was:

My dog Sparky died February the 28th. I had been feeding him Iams, it has the same code, which is on their recall list. His immune system was attacking his body; do you think the dog food is what killed him?

Linda Lamb

Answer

Hi – thanks for your email. I’m very sorry to hear about your dog. I’d recommend reading the following article “Pet Food Recall – Advice to Pet Owners” that tells you what to do if you suspect a problem with the food.

To my knowledge, the food has not caused an immune system reaction – it has only caused kidney failure. Where the kidney values abnormal?

I’d recommend discussing your concerns with your vet. Since he has the blood work results and all – he can help guide you as to if he thinks that the food was a problem.

Best of luck.

Dr. Debra

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Please Help: We Want Your Opinion on the Food Recall

Hi – It’s Dr. Debra here. I’m CEO and founder of PetPlace.com. I’ve been trying to keep you updated on the latest information on the pet food recall.

Please help me understand how you are dealing with this pet food recall. I’m curious about how this is affecting you and what your thoughts are. It will only take a few minutes.

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Pet Food Recall – Veterinarians Seeking Solutions

Veterinarians Seeking Solutions for Dog and Cat Food Recalls

No one knows how many cats and dogs have fallen ill after eating the pet food subject to a massive recall. Many veterinarians are wondering whether this sort of problem is preventable as they struggle to respond to the situation.

Menu Foods Inc., a Canadian manufacturer of wet pet food, recently recalled more than 60 million containers of cuts and gravy-style food from two U.S. facilities because of concerns about the effect of the products on the renal health of pets. The recall represents about 1 percent of pet food in the United States, according to the Food and Drug Administration.

The FDA, which regulates pet food and many ingredients in pet food, stated that the recall resulted from consumer complaints and the deaths of animals in routine palatability studies. A suspect agent at press time in late March was melamine, which had apparently contaminated the wheat gluten that went into food that was recalled.

As the investigation continues, practitioners have been busy calming clients and stabilizing patients. The veterinary community is sharing information and attempting to develop a treatment protocol.

Practitioners also are learning much more about dog and cat food, from details of commercial manufacturing to issues with home preparation.

Tracing the Pet Food Contamination

The veterinary community has been discussing suspect agents, too.

Melamine is used as a fertilizer in Asia and in production of plastics worldwide. An unnamed company first found the melamine in food from the recall. The FDA confirmed the finding and identified melamine in wheat gluten that went into the food.

The Cornell University Animal Health Diagnostic Center also identified melamine in food, urine from cats that ate the food, and the kidney of one cat in the palatability studies. Dr. Donald Smith, dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine, said the relationship between the melamine and the clinical signs in animals is presumptive. Little literature is available about effects of melamine on cats and dogs.

From the beginning, the FDA has looked for a contaminant in the wheat gluten because Menu Foods recently changed suppliers of that ingredient. The agency was tracing shipments from the same supply of wheat gluten, which originated in China.

The FDA determined that another manufacturer of pet food, both wet and dry, received some of the wheat gluten. At press time, the agency was working with the manufacturer to determine whether the ingredient went into any food. The FDA also has begun reviewing and sampling all incoming shipments of wheat gluten from China.

An earlier suspect toxin was aminopterin, an antagonist of folic acid.

The New York State Food Laboratory reported that it found aminopterin in food from the palatability studies. Director Daniel Rice said aminopterin was a cancer drug about 50 years ago in the United States. The Environmental Protection Agency later banned use of the toxin as a rodenticide in this country.

At press time, no laboratory had announced an independent confirmation of the aminopterin finding. Tests continued for other contaminants and ingredients.

Preventing the Pet Food Contamination Problem

Even with the changeable nature of the situation, questions have arisen about whether more inspections could have found the contamination and whether the recall could have gone any better.

The timing and scope of the recall are one subject of analysis.

Menu Foods manufactured the products in the recall between Dec. 3 and March 6. According to the FDA, the company received the first consumer complaint Feb. 20. Shortly afterward, the company initiated tests of the products in question by internal and external specialists, but results of the tests did not reveal evidence of concern.

The company’s routine palatability studies began Feb. 27, according to the FDA, and the first death among those animals was March 2. Menu Foods contacted the FDA March 15 and issued the recall March 16.

The problem appeared to be with cuts and gravy-style food from a Kansas plant, according to the FDA, but Menu Foods extended the recall to the same style of food from a New Jersey plant that was using wheat gluten from the same new supplier. Menu Foods has not confirmed that wheat gluten is the suspect ingredient, but the company stated that production has continued at the plants with another source of the ingredient in question.

Paul K. Henderson, Menu Foods president and chief executive officer, said the company continues to investigate the contamination. The company also is reviewing the manufacturing process and looking for more safeguards.

Henderson said he and his employees are “heart-stricken” by pet owners’ losses.”A pet is an important part of any family,” Henderson said. “We understand that.”

The scope of FDA food inspections was a subject of analysis before this recall. Recent recalls of human food include peanut butter and spinach. Diamond Pet Foods issued a recall in late 2005 because of aflatoxin contamination.

Dr. Stephen Sundlof, director of the FDA Center for Veterinary Medicine, said regulation of human and animal food doesn’t differ substantially. The Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act requires that foods be pure and wholesome and that they contain no harmful or deleterious substances-though the act does not specify how manufacturers should ensure safety. The FDA identifies foods with higher risks for more inspections, Dr. Sundlof said, and pet foods are usually very safe.

The agency has limited resources for inspecting animal food and drugs, so it focuses inspections on manufacturers of drugs and of feed for food-producing animals. The FDA typically inspects manufacturers of pet foods if there is a particular reason, such as a complaint. States also maintain programs for regulating and inspecting manufacturers of pet food. The FDA confirmed that it had never inspected Menu Foods’ Kansas plant before the recent recall.

Federal law does not mandate the frequency of inspections or premarket approval of foods under FDA jurisdiction, unlike the meat and egg products under the jurisdiction of the Department of Agriculture. The FDA regulates much more of the food supply with much less money than the USDA, according to the Government Accountability Office.

Do You Have Any Information on the ALPO Dog Food Recall?

 

Our question this week was:

Do you have any information about a new ALPO Dog Food recall?

Jennifer Willis

Answer

Hi – thanks for your email. I have a press release on this that came out March 30, 2007.

**Alpo® Brand Prime Cuts In Gravy Canned Dog Food Voluntary Nationwide Recall No Dry Purina Products Involved

Nestlé Purina PetCare Company announced it is voluntarily recalling all sizes and varieties of its ALPO® Prime Cuts in Gravy wet dog food with specific date codes. The Company is taking this voluntary action after learning today that wheat gluten containing melamine, a substance not approved for use in food, was provided to Purina by the same company that also supplied Menu Foods. The contamination occurred in a limited production quantity at only one of Purina’s 17 pet food-manufacturing facilities.

Earlier today the FDA announced the finding of melamine in products related to the March 16 Menu Foods recall, and advised Purina of the source of the contaminated supply. Purina then determined that it had received some quantity from the suspect supplier. The company proactively notified the FDA and immediately began this recall process.

Purina is confident that the contaminated wheat gluten has been isolated to this limited production quantity of ALPO Prime Cuts canned products.

The recalled 13.2-ounce and 22-ounce ALPO Prime Cuts cans and 6-, 8-, 12- and 24-can ALPO Prime Cuts Variety Packs have four-digit code dates of 7037 through 7053, followed by the plant code 1159. Those codes follow a “Best Before Feb. 2009” date.* This information should be checked on the bottom of the can or the top or side of the multi-pack cartons.

Purina’s 5.3-ounce Mighty Dog® pouch products, manufactured by Menu Foods, were previously withdrawn from the market as a precaution on March 16 as part of the Menu Foods recall. ONLY Mighty Dog pouch products and specific date codes of ALPO Prime Cuts canned dog food are being recalled.

Importantly, no Purina brand dry pet foods are affected by the recall –including ALPO Prime Cuts dry. In addition, no other Purina dog food products, no Purina cat food products, Purina treat products or Purina Veterinary Diet products are included in this recall, nor have been impacted by the contaminated wheat gluten supply.

Consumers should immediately stop feeding ALPO Prime Cuts products with the above-listed date codes to their dogs and consult with a veterinarian if they have any health concerns with their pet.

Purina guarantees all of its products, and consumers can receive the full replacement value of the recalled products. Consumers can visit us at www.purina.com or call 1-800-218-5898, Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. CDT, to receive more information.

Purina is fully cooperating with the FDA and made the decision to voluntarily recall this product in consultation with the FDA.

At Purina, nothing is more important to us than the health and well-being of the pets whose nutrition has been entrusted to us by their owners, and we deeply regret this unfortunate situation. We will continue to take any and all actions necessary to ensure the quality and safety of our products.

* Due to a product name change in early 2007, this voluntary recall also covers one item with the same date code labeled as ALPO® Prime Entrees in Gravy with Chicken, Rotini Pasta & Vegetables.

Best of luck!

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Dog Affected by the Pet Food Recall?

 

Our question this week was:

My dog has been acting a little funny and wonder if he could be affected by this food recall? What advice can you give me?

Jane Wood

Answer

Hi – thanks for your email. This pet food recall has been awful causing wide spread panic in my clients. It is scary! First, I’d recommend starting by looking at what foods you have fed your pet over the past couple weeks and what you have in your cupboard.

The recall affects primarily canned or pouch foods – and for an updated list –call 1-866-895-2708 or click on the link:

http://www.menufoods.com/recall/

As you may know, food has been recalled from over 46 chain stores. The recall covers several different foods primarily with gravy components with the dates of December 3rd – March 6th. The recall does not affect all varieties of the different food.

The reports indicate that some component in the food is causing kidney failure in cats and dogs and death in at least 10 pets.

The most common signs are vomiting, not eating and lethargy. If your pet is eating one of the recalled for and experiencing any symptoms, please call your veterinarian. I hope none of your pets are affected.

Best of luck!

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Recalled Food on Shelves Warns FDA Warns April 2007

 

Recalled Food on Shelves Warns FDA Warns April 2007

April 12, 2007 Recalled Food by the FDA

FDA is advising pet owners that recalled pet food may still be on the shelves in some retail establishments. FDA urges retailers across the country to be vigilant in removing all products associated with the pet food recall, which began on March 16, 2007.

To verify the effectiveness of the recall, FDA has conducted approximately 400 checks of retail stores across the country. Based on the checks, FDA believes most companies have removed the recalled product; however, some have not. FDA will continue to monitor retailers’ efforts to remove these items from the shelves.

“FDA’s priority is to make sure that cats and dogs have safe food to eat, said Stephen Sundlof, D.V.M., director of FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine.” Many of us are pet owners and animal lovers, and we want pet owners to feel assured that we are doing everything we can to make sure that all contaminated food is off the shelves.”

In related news, Menu Foods, Inc., a private label manufacturer based in Streetsville, Ontario, Canada, expanded its recall on Tuesday, April 10, to cat food not previously subject to the recall. The varieties of cat food in the United States and Canada now being recalled are included in the list at the bottom of this article. A complete list of Menu Foods’ recalled products, including the new items, can be reviewed at www.menufoods.com.

The company acted after receiving information from FDA, which had confirmed test results it received from a laboratory at University of California, Davis. The UC-Davis lab found that canned cat food which had not been included in Menu Food’s earlier recalls tested positive for melamine, a chemical used as a fertilizer and in the manufacture of cutlery and kitchenware.

The company informed FDA that it had shipped wheat gluten purchased from China and contaminated with melamine from its Emporia, Kansas plant to its plant in Streetsville. Some of the products produced with the contaminated wheat gluten also were shipped to the United States. FDA investigators and officials with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency were in the Ontario facility on April 11.

Since March 16, recalls of pet food products, including certain varieties of dog food, have been conducted by Menu Foods, Inc., Hill’s Pet Nutrition, P&G Pet Care, Nestle Purina PetCare Company, Del Monte Pet Products, and Sunshine Mills, Inc. Extensive information about the current pet food situation can be found at the FDA Web site, www.fda.gov.

There is now a single list of all recalled pet food located at http://www.fda.gov/ora/fed_state/recalls/Recall.xls which will be updated with any new recall information when announced.

LIST OF NEWLY RECALLED PRODUCTS:

Brand Look For This Date on The Bottom of Can or Back of Pouch Variety DescriptionCan/PouchSizeUPC
Americas Choice, Preferred PetJan/2/10Flaked Tuna 3ozCan3 oz54807-59114
Your PetDec/19/09Sliced Beef/Gravy 3ozCan3 oz72036-29026
Your PetJan/24/10
Your PetNov 06 09Sliced Variety Pack 3ozCan3 oz72036-40013
Pet PrideDec/19/09Sliced Beef/Gravy 3ozCan3 oz11110-86264
Pet PrideJan/24/10
Pet PrideNov 06 09Sliced Variety Pack 3ozCan3 oz11110-86003
Pet PrideDec 05 09
Pet PrideDec 06 09
Pet PrideJan 23 10
Pet PrideJan 24 10
Laura LynnJan/2/10Flaked Tuna 3ozCan3 oz86854-02407
Laura LynnDec/19/09Sliced Beef/Gravy 3ozCan3 oz86854-02406
NutriplanDec/19/09Sliced Beef/Gravy 3ozCan3 oz41130-06755
Price ChopperDec/19/09Sliced Beef/Gravy 3ozCan3 oz41735-12828
PublixJan/2/10Flaked Tuna 3ozCan3 oz41415-08327
PublixDec/19/09Sliced Beef/Gravy 3ozCan3 oz41415-08827
PublixJan/2/10
PublixJan/24/10
Stop & Shop CompanionJan/2/10Flaked Tuna 3ozCan3 oz88267-00286
Winn DixieDec/19/09Sliced Beef/Gravy 3ozCan3 oz21140-19419
Brand Look For This Date on The Bottom of Can or Back of Pouch Variety DescriptionCan/PouchSizeUPC
Nutro ProductsAll DatesChicken Cacciatore 3ozCan3 oz79105-35205
Nutro ProductsAll DatesOrleans Seafood Jambalaya 3ozCan3 oz79105-35206
Nutro ProductsAll DatesBeef Ragout 3ozCan3 oz79105-35207
Nutro ProductsAll DatesAlaskan Halibut/Rice 3ozCan3 oz79105-35221
Nutro ProductsAll DatesKitten Chicken/Lamb 3ozCan3 oz79105-35202
Nutro ProductsAll DatesCalifornia Chicken 3ozCan3 oz79105-30011
Nutro ProductsAll DatesLamb/Turkey Cutlets 3ozCan3 oz79105-30014
Nutro ProductsAll DatesSalmon/Whitefish 3ozCan3 oz79105-30013
Nutro ProductsAll DatesBeef/Egg 3ozCan3 oz79105-30015
Nutro ProductsAll DatesTurkey/Chicken Liver 3ozCan3 oz79105-30016
Nutro ProductsAll DatesSeafood/Tomato/Bisque 3ozCan3 oz79105-30017
Nutro ProductsAll DatesHunters Stew with Duck 3ozCan3 oz79105-30018
Nutro ProductsAll DatesHunters Stew with Venison 3ozCan3 oz79105-30019