Pet Food Recall – Food Causing Kidney Failure and Death

Update on the Menu Food Pet Food Recall 

I wanted to give you an update (as much as I know) about the recent pet food recall scare. Over the weekend, there has been a lot of press coverage about a pet food recall. There have been reports of different pet foods causing kidney failure in cats and dogs and death in at least 10 pets.

A pet food maker started recalling products that were sold at over 46 chains. 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.

For information or an updated list, call 1-866-895-2708, or click on the link below:

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

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.

Regards,

Dr. Debra

P.S. If you have any comments or have had problems resulting from these foods, Email me. I’d love to share your comments with other PetPlace.com readers.

P.P.S. Here is some information from a press release that I received this morning:

Menu Foods Income Fund Announces Precautionary Dog and Cat Food Recall

Menu Foods Income Fund (the “Fund”) (TSX:MEW.UN) today announced the precautionary recall of a portion of the dog and cat food it manufactured between December 3, 2006 and March 6, 2007. The recall is limited to “cuts and gravy” style pet food in cans and pouches manufactured at two of the Fund’s United States facilities. These products are both manufactured and sold under private-label and are contract-manufactured for some national brands.

Over the past several days, the Fund has received feedback in the United States (none in Canada) raising concerns about pet food manufactured since early December, and its impact on the renal health of the pets consuming the products. Shortly after receipt of the first complaint, the Fund initiated a substantial battery of technical tests, conducted by both internal and external specialists, but has failed to identify any issues with the products in question. The Fund has, however, discovered that timing of the production associated with these complaints, coincides with the introduction of an ingredient from a new supplier. The Fund stopped using this ingredient shortly after this discovery and production since then has been undertaken using ingredients from another source.

At the same time, the Fund’s largest customer, for which it manufactures on a contract basis, received a small number of consumer complaints and has initiated its own recall. Furthermore, for the time being, the customer has put future orders for cuts and gravy products on hold. This customer’s cuts and gravy purchases in 2006 represented approximately 11% of the Fund’s annual revenue. “We take these complaints very seriously and, while we are still looking for a specific cause, we are acting to err on the side of caution” said Paul K. Henderson, President and CEO, Menu Foods. “We will do whatever is necessary to ensure that our products maintain the very highest quality standards.”

While the number of complaints has been relatively small, Menu is taking this proactive step out of an abundance of caution, because the health and well-being of pets is paramount to the Fund. In addition to changing suppliers, for production after March 6, the Fund has increased testing of all raw materials and finished goods. It is also working closely with regulatory authorities and its customers to learn more and will take whatever additional actions are appropriate. The Fund estimates that based on currently available information, this recall could cost between $30 million and $40 million, which will be financed from a combination of internally generated cash flow and bank credit facilities. Furthermore, the Fund is aggressively producing product, utilizing a different supplier for the ingredient in question, to replenish customers as quickly as possible. In order to determine whether cat and dog food in their possession is subject to recall, consumers should refer to the list of brand names (“listed products”) at ww.menufoods.com/recall.

This came available 6 a.m. Saturday March 17, 2007. Products not identified on the website can continue to be used.

Menu is the leading North American private-label/contract manufacturer of wet pet food products sold by supermarket retailers, mass merchandisers, pet specialty retailers and other retail and wholesale outlets. In 2006, the Fund produced more than one billion containers.

Pet Food Products Recalled Because Of Potentially Contaminated Wheat Gluten

Brand/CompanyProductFormulation
Americas Choice, Preferred PetsFlaked Tuna 24x3ozCan
Americas Choice, Preferred PetsSL Beef/Gravy 24×5.5ozCan
Americas Choice, Preferred PetsSL Chicken/Grvy 24×5.5ozCan
AuthorityAdlt Sl Chk/Sauce Form 24x6ozCan
AuthorityAdlt Sl O Fsh/Sauce Form24x6ozCan
AuthorityAdt Sl Chick/Sauce Form 24x3ozCan
Best ChoiceFlaked Tuna 24x3ozCan
Best ChoiceSl Chicken/Gravy 24×5.5ozCan
Companion12 Count Pouch Variety Pack Cat FoodPouch
CompanionChicken Dinner In Gravy Cat FoodPouch
CompanionMixed Grill In Gravy Cat FoodPouch
CompanionWith Beef In Gravy Cat FoodPouch
CompanionWith Tuna In Gravy Cat FoodPouch
CompanionWith Turkey&Giblets In Gravy Cat FoodPouch
ComplimentsPouch Chicken 24x85gPouch
ComplimentsPouch Ocean Wfish/Tuna 24x85gPouch
ComplimentsPouch w/ Turkey/Giblets 24x85gPouch
ComplimentsPouch with Beef 24x85gPouch
ComplimentsPouch with Tuna 24x85gPouch
Del Monte Pet ProductsPounce Meaty Morsels Moist Chicken Flavor Cat TreatsTreats
Demoulas/Market BasketSl Chicken/Gravy 24×5.5ozCan
EukanubaAdult Cuts with Chicken & Liver in Gravy 3oz CansCan
EukanubaAdult Flaked with Select Seafood in Sauce 3oz CansCan
EukanubaAdult Flaked with Select Tuna in Sauce 3oz CansCan
EukanubaKitten Cuts with Savory Chicken in Gravy 3oz CansCan
EukanubaMature Cuts with Savory Chicken in Gravy 3oz CansCan
EukanubaMorsels in Gravy Adult with Savory Chicken 3oz PouchesPouch
EukanubaMorsels in Gravy Adult with Savory Turkey 3oz PouchesPouch
EukanubaMorsels in Gravy Adult with Select Tuna 3oz PouchesPouch
EukanubaMorsels in Gravy Adult with Select White Fish 3oz PouchesPouch
EukanubaMorsels in Gravy Adult with Shrimp and Cod 3oz PouchesPouch
EukanubaMorsels in Gravy Kitten with Savory Chicken 3oz PouchesPouch
EukanubaMorsels in Gravy Mature with Savory Chicken 3oz PouchesPouch
Fine Feline CatSliced Chicken Entree in GravyCan
Food LionSl Beef/Gravy 24×5.5ozCan
Food LionSl Chicken/Gravy 24×5.5ozCan
FoodtownSl Beef/Gravy 24×5.5ozCan
FoodtownSl Chicken/Gravy 24×5.5ozCan
Giant CompanionSliced Beef Dinner In Gravy Cat FoodCan
Giant CompanionSliced Chicken Dinner In Gravy Cat FoodCan
HannafordSL Beef/Gravy 24×5.5ozCan
Hill Country FareFlaked Salmon/Wfish 24x3ozCan
Hill Country FareFlaked Trout 24x3ozCan
Hill Country FarePouch Beef 24x3ozPouch
Hill Country FarePouch Chicken 24x3ozPouch
Hill Country FarePouch Mixed Grill 24x3ozPouch
Hill Country FarePouch Tuna 24x3ozPouch
Hill Country FarePouch Turkey/Giblets 24x3ozPouch
Hill Country FarePouch VP B/C/T/T 2x12x3ozPouch
Hill Country FareSl Chicken/Gravy 24×5.5ozCan
Hill Country FareSL Turkey/Gravy 24x3ozCan
Hill Country FareVP Only Pouch Beef 24x3ozPouch
Hill Country FareVP Only Pouch Chicken 24x3ozPouch
Hill Country FareVP Only Pouch Tky/Gib 24x3ozPouch
Hill Country FareVP Only Pouch Tuna 24x3ozPouch
Hill's Pet Nutrition, Inc.Prescription Diet m/d Feline dry foodDry food
Hill's Pet Nutrition, Inc.Science Diet Beef Dinner in Gravy Savory Cuts AdultCan
Hill's Pet Nutrition, Inc.Science Diet Beef Dinner in Gravy Savory Cuts Adult 3 ozCan
Hill's Pet Nutrition, Inc.Science Diet Beef Dinner in Gravy Savory Cuts Adult 5.5 ozCan
Hill's Pet Nutrition, Inc.Science Diet Chicken Dinner in Gravy Savory Cuts AdultCan
Hill's Pet Nutrition, Inc.Science Diet Chicken Dinner in Gravy Savory Cuts Adult 3 ozCan
Hill's Pet Nutrition, Inc.Science Diet Chicken Dinner in Gravy Savory Cuts Adult 5.5 ozCan
Hill's Pet Nutrition, Inc.Science Diet Chicken Dinner in Gravy Savory Cuts Mature Adult 7Can
Hill's Pet Nutrition, Inc.Science Diet Chicken Dinner in Gravy Savory Cuts Mature Adult 7 3 ozCan
Hill's Pet Nutrition, Inc.Science Diet Chicken Dinner in Gravy Savory Cuts Mature Adult 7 5.5 ozCan
Hill's Pet Nutrition, Inc.Science Diet Ocean Fish Dinner in Sauce Savory Cuts AdultCan
Hill's Pet Nutrition, Inc.Science Diet Ocean Fish Dinner in Sauce Savory Cuts Adult 3 ozCan
Hill's Pet Nutrition, Inc.Science Diet Ocean Fish Dinner in Sauce Savory Cuts Adult 5.5 ozCan
Hill's Pet Nutrition, Inc.Science Diet Ocean Fish Dinner in Sauce Savory Cuts KittenCan
Hill's Pet Nutrition, Inc.Science Diet Ocean Fish Dinner in Sauce Savory Cuts Kitten 3 ozCan
Hill's Pet Nutrition, Inc.Science Diet Ocean Fish Dinner in Sauce Savory Cuts Kitten 5.5 ozCan
Hy-VeeFlaked Trout Feast 24x3ozCan
Iams Company, TheIams Flakes with Salmon in Sauce 3/6 oz CansCan
Iams Company, TheIams Flakes with Tuna & Ocean White Fish in Sauce 3/6 oz CansCan
Iams Company, TheIams Kitten Slices with Turkey in Gravy 3 oz CansCan
Iams Company, TheIams Select Bites Active Maturity with Chicken in Gravy 3oz PouchesPouch
Iams Company, TheIams Select Bites Adult with Beef in Gravy 3oz PouchesPouch
Iams Company, TheIams Select Bites Adult with Chicken and Wild Rice in Gravy 3oz PouchesPouch
Iams Company, TheIams Select Bites Adult with Chicken in Gravy 3oz PouchesPouch
Iams Company, TheIams Select Bites Adult with Salmon in Sauce 3oz PouchesPouch
Iams Company, TheIams Select Bites Adult with Tuna in Sauce 3oz PouchesPouch
Iams Company, TheIams Select Bites Adult with Turkey in Gravy 3oz PouchesPouch
Iams Company, TheIams Select Bites Kitten with Chicken in Gravy 3oz PouchesPouch
Iams Company, TheIams Select Bites Variety Pack with Beef, Chicken & Turkey 3oz PouchesPouch
Iams Company, TheIams Select Bites Variety Pack with Chicken and Turkey 3oz PouchesPouch
Iams Company, TheIams Select Bites Variety Pack with Salmon and Tuna 3oz PouchesPouch
Iams Company, TheIams Select Bites Weight Control with Tuna in Sauce 3oz PouchesPouch
Iams Company, TheIams Slices with Beef in Gravy 3/6 oz CansCan
Iams Company, TheIams Slices with Chicken in Gravy 3/6 oz CansCan
Iams Company, TheIams Slices with Turkey in Gravy 3/6 oz CansCan
Iams Company, TheIams Variety Pack Flakes with Tuna & Ocean White Fish and Salmon in Sauce 3 oz CansCan
Iams Company, TheIams Variety Pack Slices with Chicken and Beef in Gravy 3 oz CansCan
J.E. MondouFlaked Tuna 24x85gCan
Laura LynnFlaked Tuna 3ozCan
Laura LynnSl Beef/Gravy 24×5.5ozCan
Laura LynnSL Chicken/Grvy 24×5.5ozCan
Laura LynnSliced Beef/Gravy 3ozCan
Li'l RedSl Beef/Gravy 24×5.5ozCan
Li'l RedSl Chicken/Gravy 12×13.2ozCan

Recall on pig ears dog treats

 

Our question this week was:

Are Pig ears a problem? I recently heard about a recall on them and my dog loves them.

Joe M. Indianapolis, IN

Answer

Hi – thanks for your email. I recently got a press release from the FDA about this:

BJ’s Wholesale Club, Inc. is recalling its 25-count packages of “Berkley & Jensen” Full-Cut Pig Ears dog treats with no lot number and only the expiration advisory “BEST IF USED BY 2009” (without referencing a specific month) because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, an organism which can cause serious infections in dogs, and, if there is cross contamination, young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.

Confirmatory testing is ongoing but until the testing is final, consumers should immediately stop feeding the treats to their pets.

Salmonella can potentially be transferred to people handling these dog treats, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the product or any surfaces exposed to these products. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis. Consumers exhibiting these signs after having contact with this product should contact their healthcare providers.

Dogs that become ill from Salmonella generally will have a fever and diarrhea that may contain blood or mucus. Affected animals may seem more tired that usual, and may have vomiting. Some dogs do not have diarrhea, but will have decreased appetite, fever and excess salivation. If your dog has consumed the recalled product and is exhibiting these signs, please contact your veterinarian.

The potential for contamination was noted after testing revealed the potential presence of Salmonella in a 25-count package of “Berkley & Jensen” Full-Cut Pig Ears dog treats.

There have been no confirmed illnesses to date. These products have been removed from sale while the problem is being investigated.

BJ’s members who purchased “Berkley & Jensen” Full-Cut Pig Ears dog treats between January 1, 2006 through March 8, 2007 should discontinue use of the product and may return the unused portion to any BJ’s Wholesale Club for a full refund.

Consumers who have further questions may contact BJ’s toll free Member Care line at 1-800-BJS-CLUB.

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

Best of luck!

Dr. Debra

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FDA Expands Peanut Butter Recall to Include Pet Food Products

Peanut Butter Included in Pet Food Recall

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) continues to investigate potential Salmonella contamination of peanut butter and paste made at the Blakely, Georgia facility of Peanut Corporation of American (PCA), and is informing pet owners that the recall also includes some pet food products.

Many companies that received peanut butter or peanut paste from PCA have in turn issued recalls.

January 26, 2009 –Note: This list includes food products subject to recall in the United States since January 2009 related to peanut butter and peanut paste recalled by Peanut Corporation of America.

List of recalls for Pet Food Peanut Paste Products from Brand:

Recall on Peanut Corporation of America or Parnell’s Pride

Category: Pet Food Peanut Paste
Brand Name: Peanut Corporation of America or Parnell’s Pride
Product Description: Pet Food Paste
Recalling Firm: Peanut Corporation of America
Size: 35 lb
Lot Numbers: 8183 to 8366, 9001 to 9016
Stock Numbers: 561000 Product Code: Label:

Thee are also recalls for:

Recall on Pet Food Products from Brand Grreat Choice

Category: Pet Food
Brand Name: Grreat Choice
Product Description: Extra Large Assorted, Large Assorted,
Recalling Firm: Petsmart
Size: 8 lb.
Product Code: 73725700779, 73725700638

Category: Pet Food
Brand Name: Grreat Choice
Product Description: Peanut Butter
Recalling Firm: Petsmart
Size: 4 lb.
Lot Numbers:
Stock Numbers:
Product Code: 73725700766
Label:

Category: Pet Food
Brand Name: Grreat Choice
Product Description: Small Assorted
Recalling Firm: Petsmart
Size: 32 oz.
Lot Numbers:
Stock Numbers:
Product Code: 73725702900 Label:

Category: Pet Food
Brand Name: Grreat Choice
Product Description: Small/Medium Assorted
Recalling Firm: Petsmart
Size: 10 lb.
Lot Numbers:
Stock Numbers:
Product Code: 73725702755
Label:

Category: Pet Food
Brand Name: Grreat Choice
Product Description: Small/Medium Assorted
Recalling Firm: Petsmart
Size: 4 lb.
Lot Numbers:
Stock Numbers:
Product Code: 73725700601
Label:

Category: Pet Food
Brand Name: Grreat Choice
Product Description: Small/Medium Assorted
Recalling Firm: Petsmart
Size: 8 lb.
Lot Numbers:
Stock Numbers:
Product Code: 73725700605
Label:

http://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/peanutbutterrecall/index.cfm

which includes a separate category of pet food product recalls

http://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/peanutbutterrecall/index.cfm#PetFood.

Other Recalls include:

  • Brand ‘Avanza Supermarket’ Puppy Chow snack mix (All sell-by dates)
  • Econofoods (Excluding Wisconsin stores in Sturgeon Bay, Clintonville, Marquette, Holton and Iron Mou’ – Puppy Chow snack mix (All sell-by dates)
  • ‘Family Fresh Market’ – Puppy Chow snack mix (All sell-by dates)
  • Family Thrift Center – Puppy Chow snack mix (All sell-by dates)
  • ‘Food Bonanza’ – Puppy Chow snack mix (All sell-by dates)
  • ‘Happy Tails ‘ Multi-Flavored Dog Biscuits
  • Brand ‘Pick’n Save (Ohio stores in Van Wert and Ironton only)’ – Puppy Chow snack mix (All sell-by dates)
  • ‘Prairie Market’ – Puppy Chow snack mix (All sell-by dates)
  • ‘Shoppers Valu ‘ -Multi-Flavored Dog Biscuits
  • ‘SunMart Foods’ – Puppy Chow snack mix (All sell-by dates)
  • ‘Wholesale Food Outlet’ – Puppy Chow snack mix (All sell-by dates)http://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/peanutbutterrecall/index.cfm

    which includes a separate category of pet food product recalls http://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/peanutbutterrecall/index.cfm#PetFood.

    As the investigation continues and new information becomes available, FDA will update its list of recalled products.

    In addition, FDA is reminding consumers of steps they can take to help prevent foodborne illness, including Salmonella-related illness, when handling pet foods and treats. These include hand washing with hot water and soap before and after handling pet foods and treats and washing pet food bowls and utensils after each use.

    For more steps to prevent foodborne illness from pet food products, go to http://www.fda.gov/cvm/CVM_Updates/foodbornetips.htm

    Salmonella is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.

    Pets with Salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting. Some pets will have only decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. Well animals can be carriers and infect other animals or humans. If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.
    The FDA has not received any reports of illness associated with the pet food products.

    For additional information related to this Salmonella outbreak, please see http://www.fda.gov/oc/opacom/hottopics/Salmonellatyph.html

 

Are There Any New Pet Food Recalls?

 

Our question this week was:

Dr. Debra – are there any new food recalls? I heard something about Nutra Nuggets?

Regards, Dave Burns

Answer

Hi – thanks for your email. New food recalls have been very few. I did a couple press releases that I’ll include below. They are from the FDA website.

Nutra Nuggets 40 Lb. Lamb Meal and Rice Formula recalled due to cross contamination

Diamond Pet Foods announced that it has recalled a limited quantity of Nutra Nuggets 40 Lb. Lamb Meal and Rice Formula because of confirmatory testing that indicates the product may include traces of melamine resulting from cross contamination during manufacturing. No animal deaths have been reported.

This action is limited to Nutra Nuggets 40 Lb. Lamb Meal and Rice Formula with production codes of NLR0404A2SL, “Best Before” Oct. 9, 2008, and NLR0404B2SL, “Best Before” Oct. 9, 2008. The recalled product was manufactured at the company’s Lathrop, Calif. facility. No other Nutra Nuggets products are affected.

Also,

Costco dog food product recalled because of possible melamine contamination

Kirkland, Washington-based Costco has announced the recall of one of its pet foods after the manufacturer announced that it contained rice protein that may be contaminated.

American Nutrition says the rice protein concentrate in Costco’s “Kirkland Signature Lamb and Rice canned dog food” may contain melamine, an industrial chemical that was found in other recently recalled pet foods.

The other recall was

Royal Canin USA has announced the nationwide recall of eight Sensible Choice dry dog food products and seven Kasco dry dog and cat food products.

This announcement is based on the identification of trace amounts of a melamine derivative in a tainted Chinese ingredient labelled as rice protein concentrate, which was provided to the company by domestic ingredient supplier Cereal Byproducts, headquartered in Illinois.

To read our update, go to Pet Food Recall Update from Dr. Debra. There is a link in the article to all the foods recalled.

Regards,

Dr. Debra

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My Dog Ate Recalled Food but is Fine

 

Our question this week was:

My dog ate some of the recalled food but is acting totally normal. Do I still need to take her in? What is the recommendation?

A.L.

Answer

Hi – thanks for your email. According to the ACVIM*, the best recommendation for pet owners remains to consult with a veterinarian if a pet has eaten the recalled food in all cases, but particularly if the pet is showing any illness including anorexia, lethargy, vomiting, diarrhea, excessive drinking or excessive urinations.

If you suspect your pet has been affected by the food – please read these steps to help your veterinarian with your pet’s diagnosis: Go to Advice to Pet Food Owner After National Recall.

A couple articles that might be helpful to you are on our Petplace.com “Acute Renal Failure” and “Pet Food Recall: Updated Information for Veterinarians“.

Best of luck!

Dr. Debra

*The ACVIM is the national certifying organization for veterinary specialists in large and small animal internal medicine, cardiology, neurology and oncology.

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Mars Petcare US Issues Voluntary Recall due to Potential Salmonella 2008

Mars Petcare US Issues Voluntary Recall due to Potential Salmonella

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Fanklin, Tennessee – September 12, 2008

Today, Mars Petcare US announced a voluntary recall of products manufactured at its Everson, Pennsylvania facility. The pet food is being voluntarily recalled because of potential contamination with Salmonella serotypeSchwarzengrund. This voluntary recall only affects the United States.

Salmonella can cause serious infections in dogs and cats, and, if there is cross contamination caused by handling of the pet food, in people as well, especially children, the aged, and people with compromised immune systems. Healthy people potentially infected with Salmonella should monitor themselves for some or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever. On rare occasions, Salmonella can result in more serious ailments, including arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation, and urinary tract symptoms. Consumers exhibiting these signs after having contact with this product should contact their healthcare providers.

Pets with Salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting. Some pets will have only decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. Animals can be carriers with no visible symptoms and can potentially infect other animals or humans. If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.

The company stopped production at the Everson facility on July 29, 2008 when it was alerted of a possible link between dry pet food produced at the plant and two isolated cases of people infected with Salmonella Schwarzengrund.

Even though no direct link between product produced at Everson and human or pet illness has been made, Mars Petcare US is taking precautionary action to protect pets and their owners by announcing a voluntary recall of all products produced at the Everson facility beginning February 18, 2008 until July 29, 2008 when we stopped production.

The company is continuing to work collaboratively with the FDA to determine the nature and source of Salmonella Schwarzengrund at the Everson facility. Since it has not yet identified the source of the Salmonella Schwarzengrund at the Everson facility, Mars Petcare US does not plan to resume production out of a commitment to the safety of our pet owners and their pets, customers, and associates.

The top priority of Mars Petcare US has always been and continues to be the health and welfare of pets and their owners. Consumers can continue to have confidence in the quality and safety of the products produced at other Mars Petcare US facilities. Only those products which were produced at the Everson facility are impacted by the voluntary recall.

Many of the brands involved in the recall are national brands produced at multiple facilities. A chart for all products is below. For example, PEDIGREE® is manufactured in numerous facilities throughout the country, and Everson represents a very small portion of the manufacturing base – 2.7 percent of total PEDIGREE® production.

Mars Petcare US will work with retail customers to ensure that the recalled products are not on store shelves. These products should not be sold or fed to pets. In the event that consumers believe they have purchased products affected by this voluntary recall, they should return the product to the store where they purchased it for a full refund. Specific product details and other information can be found at www.petcare.mars.com.

Please find recalled pet food UPC information below.

The products listed below are made at our Everson facility on behalf of a variety of retailers. All code dates, with the exception of PEDIGREE®, are listed in a similar format as noted below:

Consumers should look for "17" as the first two digits of the second line. Sample:

Best By Feb 18 09

17 1445 1

For PEDIGREE® the Everson code date format is as follows:

Consumers should look for "PAE" on the bottom line – the sixth, seventh and eighth digits. Sample:

PEDIGREE ® Small Crunchy Bites

Best Before 02/2009

808G1PAE01 12:00

In an effort to prevent the transmission of Salmonella from pets to family members and care givers, the FDA recommends that everyone follow appropriate pet food handling guidelines when feeding their pets. A list of safe pet food handling tips can be found at: www.fda.gov/consumer/updates/petfoodtips080307.html

Pet owners who have questions about the recall should call 1-877-568-4463 or visit www.petcare.mars.com.


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Food Recall Question: What is the melamine and cyanuric acid interaction

 

Our question this week was:

Have you heard anything about melamine and cyanuric acid interaction causing the pet problems?

Answer

Hi – thanks for your email. Yes, I have heard about this. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association,

“Tests conducted on contaminated pet food and necropsies from affected animals have resulted in a new theory to explain how animals are being adversely affected by contaminated pet foods. A chemical reaction between melamine and cyanuric acid is suspected of forming crystals and blocking kidney function.

The investigation into contaminated pet food has focused on melamine contamination of ingredients imported from China, such as wheat gluten, rice protein concentrate and corn gluten (imported into South Africa). It is now believed that cyanuric acid, as well as melamine, has been found in urine samples from animals that died.

Analysis of the crystals in the kidneys of affected animals have revealed that they are approximately 70 percent cyanuric acid and 30 percent melamine, and are extremely insoluble. Furthermore, tests mixing melamine and cyanuric acid in samples of cat urine resulted in almost immediate formation of crystals that were identical to crystals found in the kidneys of affected animals.”

An article that might be helpful to you is on our Petplace.com is Pet Food Recall Update from Dr. Debra.

Best of luck!

Dr. Debra

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Advice to Pet Owners after Nationwide Food Recall

Advice to Pet Owners after Nationwide Food Recall

The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), in response to a national pet food recall, offers the following information and advice to concerned pet owners:

Menu Foods, Inc., a Canadian private-label pet food manufacturer based in Streetsville, Ontario, has issued a recall on all its “cuts and gravy” style dog and cat food products produced at its facility in Emporia, Kansas, between December 3, 2006, and March 6, 2007. This recall includes 90 brands across the entire manufacturing spectrum. A complete list of affected foods including date and product information codes is available through the AVMA Web site at: http://www.avma.org/aa/menufoodsrecall/070318.asp

If you have any of the products identified on these lists, immediately stop feeding them to your pet.

If you suspect that your pet has been affected by a recalled food, do the following three steps to help your veterinarian with your pet’s diagnosis:

  • Retain food samples for analysis.
  • Document product name, type of product and manufacturing information.

    – Retain all packaging.

    – Identify date codes or production lot numbers.

    – Retain purchase receipts.

  • Document product consumption.

    – Dates products or products were fed.

    – Consumption and palatability history.

    – Time of onset of clinical signs.

    – Detailed dietary history (ie, all products fed and feeding methods).

    Although the exact cause is not currently known, animals that have become ill after consuming these products have shown signs of acute kidney failure.

    Dr. Sandra Willis, DVM, a board certified diplomate and communications chair with the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM) and member of the AVMA Council on Communications, advises that signs of kidney failure include loss of appetite, lethargy, vomiting, diarrhea, changes in water consumption and also changes in urination. Anybody who has a pet that exhibits these signs should take the animal to a veterinarian.

    “Owners shouldn’t panic, because there can be a wide variety of reasons a pet might exhibit these symptoms,” Dr. Willis explained. “But it’s always prudent that, when a pet is exhibiting any signs of illness, the pet owner should contact their veterinarian immediately.”

    A veterinarian may call for a urinalysis and blood work, and might also perform additional tests, such as an x-ray or ultrasound, to rule out other possible problems such as bladder and kidney stones. If it has been determined that the cat or dog has been affected by consumption of the recalled pet food, a veterinarian could decided to treat the illness with medications and/or intravenous fluids.

    “If the kidney disease is severe, such as the animal is not urinating at all, the veterinarian can refer or consult with a specialist from the ACVIM for more specialized care,” Dr. Willis explained.

    Owners of pets affected by the recalled pet foods who wish to report the incident should contact the FDA, by going to the FDA Web site at http://www.fda.gov/opacom/backgrounders/complain.html

  • Dogs Beware – New Toxic Ingredient in Peanut Butter!

    Peanut Butter Can Cause Xylitol Toxicity in Dogs

    Dogs love peanut butter and many dog lovers commonly give a spoonful now and then to their dog as a treat. I commonly recommend peanut butter it as an easy way to get dogs to take pills, that is until now.

    The traditional peanut butter that we all grew up with and loved contained ground peanuts as the main ingredient and oil to give the peanut butter is creamy smooth texture. Many companies add a bit of sugar, honey or molasses to give the peanut butter some sweetness and salt for more flavor.

    However, some peanut butter manufacturers are now adding xylitol to peanut butter, which is toxic to dogs. Xylitol is a sweeter used in place of sugar primarily because it is lower in calories. Xylitol is also an ingredient in many different gums and even baked goods. It is in many products designed for people with Diabetes due to its low glycemic index. Xylitol is highly toxic to dogs! Learn more – go to Xylitol Toxicity in Dogs. Xylitol can cause low blood sugar and liver failure in dogs.

    Peanut Butters That Contain Xylitol

    The peanut butters that currently contain xylitol include:

    • Go Nuts, Co.
    • Hank's Protein Plus Peanut Butter
    • Krush Nutrition
    • Nuts 'N More
    • P28

    Please – check the ingredients of your peanut butter before sharing with your dog. The above list of peanut butters are available in nutrition stores and online. However, there is discussion that xylitol may be added to even the common grocery store brands of peanut butter and this can happen without any label warning. If you see xylitol as in ingredient – do NOT give it to your dog.

    What to Do If Your Dog Eats Peanut Butter with Xylitol

    If your dog ingests a xylitol containing product and you can't get in touch with your vet, call your closest emergency clinic. Another option is to call a poison control hotline for pets. The two most common are:

    Please read the ingredient labels on any peanut butter product you share with your dog even if it the same brand you have previously used!


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