The Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
sends out notices about voluntary and involuntary pet food recalls.
Check the FDA's Web site (at
regularly for information about current safety alerts and recalls.
Q. My pet may have eaten
some contaminated food or ingested a poisonous substance. What
action(s) should I take?
A. Call your
veterinarian or an emergency veterinary clinic immediately. If you
don't succeed in reaching these contacts, call the ASPCA Animal Poison
Control Center's 24-hour Hotline at (888) 426-4435. A consultation fee
may be applied to your credit card.
Q. Given specific product
recalls lately, I am thinking about feeding a raw meat diet to my dog.
What are the benefits and risks? Karen Peak, a pet
expert and author, provides important information below when she
discusses such a plan. Read all of her remarks in our Dog Articles
A. One of the
benefits with a raw meat diet is you know exactly what is going into
the animal. However, a drawback is you also can end up with a
malnourished pet! Good nutrition is far more than feeding your animal
enough to keep it from getting too thin. Cats, for example, are far
more carnivorous than dogs. The type of raw diet you would use for a
cat would not give a dog what it needs. According to Give
Your Dog a Bone by Dr. [Ian] Billinghurst, a raw diet for a
dog consists of 60% raw meaty bones. The other 40% is a variety of
foods to balance: green vegetables, eggs, milk, and organ meats (liver,
heart, kidneys, etc.).
Feeding a raw diet is far more than
hitting your local grocery store and tossing hamburger or chicken your
pet's way! Proper nutrition involves knowing what your pet needs to be
healthiest in regards to protein, fat, carbohydrates, fiber, various
vitamins and minerals, etc. Deficiencies in any of these categories can
lead to serious problems down the road. For example, if a cat lacks
taurine, he can end up with vision problems. Some breeds of dogs are
prone to bladder stones and some stones may have a protein-related
basis. Too much protein can be bad for these dogs. If you wish to
properly feed a raw diet, you need to take the time to understand the
intricacies of animal nutrition based on species.
Recent Recalls and
- June 23, 2017
ADM Animal Nutrition™ (of Quincy, IL), a Division of Archer Daniels Midland Company, is recalling 50-pound bags of Rough-N-Ready 14 BT cattle feed, product #54787BHB24, because the product contains elevated levels of monensin beyond the recommended dosage, which could be harmful to cattle. At elevated levels, monensin can be toxic to cattle and can cause colic-like symptoms, hypokalemia, myoglobinuria, chronic cardiovascular issues, and possible death. There is one lot number involved in this recall--Lot #2WS01717--which can be found at the bottom of the label. The product was distributed between January 19, 2017 and February 2, 2017, and it could have been purchased directly from ADM Animal Nutrition or through one of three distributors: Midwest Fertilizer, Inc. in Iola, Kansas; CW Feeds in Wichita, Kansas; and Northtown Ace in Mountain Grove, Missouri. ADM Animal Nutrition received reports from two customers claiming this feed may have resulted in death loss on their respective farms. The company immediately began investigating and initiated the recall upon receiving confirmation that the feed contained elevated levels of monensin due to a temporary breakdown in the packaging process. This has now been corrected. Customers who have purchased the recalled feed should immediately stop using it and return it to their distributor or directly to ADM Animal Nutrition for a full refund. Please direct any customer inquiries to 800-217-2007, Monday through Friday, between 8:00 AM and 4:00 PM CDT.
- June 16, 2017
United Pet Group, a Division of Spectrum Brands, Inc. (of Blacksburg, VA), is voluntarily expanding its recall of multiple brands of packages of rawhide dog chew products to include their retail partners' private label brands. The private label product brands subject to the recall are Companion, Dentley's, Enzadent or Dentahex, Essential Everyday, Exer-Hides, Good Lovin' or Petco, Hill Country Fare, and Priority Pet. Consumers who have purchased these dog chew products are urged to dispose of the products or return them directly to United Pet Group or to the retail establishment where they were initially purchased for a full refund. You may also contact the United Pet Group consumer affairs team at 855-215-4962 between the hours of 8:00 AM and 11:00 PM EDT for a refund.
- June 16, 2017
Vitakraft Sun Seed Inc. (of Weston, OH) is voluntarily recalling certain Sunseed Parrot Fruit & Vegetable diet and Sunseed SunSations Rabbit Food due to a potential Listeria monocytogenes contamination. Listeria monocytogenes are present in the gut of birds and rabbits. Household pets such as birds and rabbits carry a risk to humans. Even if the birds and rabbits do not appear to be sick after consuming foods containing Listeria monocytogenes, they can become carriers of Listeria monocytogenes and transfer Listeria monocytogenes to the environment. Vitakraft Sun Seed was notified on June 14, 2017 by its supplier of dried apples that the ingredient has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. Although there has been no reported evidence of direct contamination of the dried apples, our supplier has initiated the recall. To date there have been no reports of any illness. The following products are being recalled: SS Parrot Frt/Veg 25# (Lot #104082), SS Sunsations Rabbit Food 3.5lb 6/C (Lot #104246), MJR Parrot Food 4LB 6/CA (Lot #103980), MJR Parrot Food 4LB 6/CA (Lot #103981), ALT Small Animal Apple Slices 1oz 24/CA (Lot #103435), ALT Small Animal Apple Slices 1oz 24/CA (Lot #103118), NG Guinea Pig Entrée 4lb 6/C (Lot #103440), NG Guinea Pig Entrée 4lb 6/C (Lot #104434), NG Guinea Pig Entrée 4lb 6/C (Lot #103439), NG Rabbit Entrée 4lb 6/C (Lot #104436), NG Rabbit Entrée 4lb 6/C (Lot #103442), NG Rabbit Entrée 4lb 6/C (Lot #103444), NG Rabbit Entrée 4lb 6/C (Lot #103443), DFS Premium Blend Macaw 5lb 5/C (Lot #104094), DFS Premium Blend Macaw 5lb 5/C (Lot #103741), and DFS Premium Blend Macaw 5lb 5/C (Lot #103876). These products were sold in Arizona, Georgia, Illinois, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. Retailers and distributors who received the recalled lots have been contacted and asked to pull these lots from their inventory and shelves. Consumers who have purchased these products may return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. "The health and happiness of our customers and their animal companions is always our top priority. Although there has been no evidence of contamination in our products, we are initiating this voluntary recall as a precautionary measure," said Brent Weinmann, President and CEO of Vitakraft Sun Seed. Customers who have further questions are welcome to contact Customer Service at 800-221-6175, Monday through Friday, between 8:30 AM and 5:00 PM EDT.
- June 14, 2017
Loving Pets (of Cranbury, NJ) is voluntarily recalling a limited number of air-puffed dog treats because of the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. The Loving Pets Barksters™ lot numbers are Item #5700 Sweet Potato and Chicken (UPC 8-4298205700-5, Lot #021619) and Item #5705 Brown Rice and Chicken (UPC 8-4298205705-0, Lot #021419). The Loving Pets Puffsters™ Snack Chips lot numbers are Item #5100 Apple and Chicken (UPC 8-4298205100-3, Lot #051219, #112118, #112918, #012719, #012519, #013019), Item #5110 Banana and Chicken (UPC 8-4298205110-2, Lot #112218, #112818, #112918, #013119), Item #5120 Sweet Potato and Chicken (UPC 8-4298205120-1, Lot #112818, #020119), and Item #5130 Cranberry and Chicken (UPC 8-4298205130-0, Lot #020319, #112918, #020219). The Whole Hearted™ lot numbers are Item #2570314 Chicken and Apple Puff Treats (UPC 8-0044322069-6, Lot #121418, #121918, #122318, #010419, #010619, #010519). Salmonella can affect animals eating the products and there is risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the products or any surfaces exposed to these products. 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. Infected but otherwise healthy pets 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. To ensure the safety of its products, Loving Pets decided to be extra cautious and recall a wider range of lot numbers (noted above) so that no possible contaminated product is available on the market. Consumers may return any bag of treats with any of the aforementioned lot numbers to the retailer where the product was originally purchased. For additional information, please visit www.LovingPetsProducts.com or call 866-599-PETS (7387).
- June 10, 2017
United Pet Group, a Division of Spectrum Brands, Inc. (of Blacksburg, VA), is voluntarily recalling multiple brands of packages of rawhide dog chew products because of possible chemical contamination. The recall was initiated after United Pet Group identified that certain of its rawhide chew manufacturing facilities located in Mexico and Colombia, as well as one of its suppliers in Brazil, were using a quaternary ammonium compound mixture as a processing aid in the manufacturing of rawhide chews. The compound is an anti-microbial chemical that is approved for cleaning food processing equipment, but it has not been approved in the U.S. as a processing aid in the production of rawhide chews for dogs. The product brands subject to the recall are American Beefhide, Digest-eeze, and Healthy Hide (including Healthy Hide -- Good -n- Fun and Healthy Hide -- Good -n- Fit). This recall is limited to dog chew products that contain rawhide. Only products with lot codes listed on the back of packages that start with AH, AV, A, AI, AO, or AB and which list expiration dates from 06/01/2019 through 05/31/2020 are affected by this recall. This includes all package sizes and/or weights. Consumers who have purchased these products are urged to dispose of the products or return them directly to United Pet Group or to the retail establishment where they were initially purchased for a full refund. We take our responsibility to pets and their owners seriously, and we are continuing to investigate the cause of this problem. We are implementing changes across the targeted manufacturing facilities in order to prevent this problem from recurring in the future. United Pet Group is also working with retailers to ensure that the affected products are no longer sold and removed from inventory. You may also contact the United Pet Group consumer affairs team at 855-215-4962 between the hours of 8:00 AM and 11:00 PM EDT for a refund.
- May 08, 2017
C.O. Truxton, Inc. (of Bellmawr, NJ) is issuing a voluntary nationwide recall of Amitriptyline HCL Tablets, USP 50 mg and Phenobarbital Tablets, USP 15 mg, 30 mg, 60 mg, 100 mg because of a potential label mix-up error. Out of an abundance of caution, C.O. Truxton, Inc. is expanding the April 21, 2017 voluntary recall to include all products that were repackaged into a Truxton Incorporated label. The company is notifying all customers on record who purchased the recalled products under Truxton Incorporated label/NDC via US Mail with a recall letter and recall response form. C.O. Truxton, Inc. is arranging for full credit returns, replacements, etc. of all recalled products. Consumers, distributors, and retailers who have the recalled products should stop using them immediately and return the products to the place of purchase. Consumers with questions may contact C.O. Truxton, Inc. at 800-257-7704, Monday to Friday, between 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM EDT. Consumers should contact their physician, healthcare provider, or veterinarian if they have experienced any problem(s) that may be related to taking or administering these drug products.
- May 05, 2017
Smallbatch Pets Inc. (of Portland, OR) is voluntarily recalling two lots of frozen 2-pound chicken blend for dogs and cats, brand name Smallbatch, because of the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. The affected products are identified with the following manufacturing codes and Best-By Dates (on the back of packages): (1) Lot Code D032, UPC 7-0510597097-4, Best-By Date 2/1/2018, and (2) Lot Code E058, UPC 7-0510597097-4, Best-By Date 2/27/2018. Salmonella can affect animals eating the products and there is risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the products or any surfaces exposed to these products. 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. Infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans. If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, contact your veterinarian. The potentially affected lots of chicken blend were distributed to retail pet food stores in California, Colorado, Oregon, and Washington through pet food retailers and distributors. Two hundred eighty-two cases of this product were sold between February 1, 2017 and May 5, 2017. Consumers who have purchased the above lots of chicken blend are urged to stop feeding them to their dogs or cats and return the products to the place of purchase for a full refund or dispose of them immediately. Smallbatch Pets Inc. apologizes for any inconvenience. For consumer questions, please call 888-507-2712, Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM PDT, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- April 24, 2017
Party Animal (of West Hollywood, CA) is recalling 13-ounce cans of their Cocolicious Beef & Turkey dog food (Lot #0136E15204 04, best-by date July, 2019) and Cocolicious Chicken & Beef dog food (Lot #0134E15 237 13, best-by date August, 2019). A customer presented samples of these products to a Texas A&M testing lab and their results were positive for pentobarbital. Party Animal tracked the two lot numbers of the food in question and determined that the food was manufactured and distributed in 2015. Out of an abundance of caution, these lots are being recalled nationwide. The company is working with their distributors and retailers to determine if any additional beef-flavored products manufactured during this 2015 production period remain on shelves and, if so, to retrieve them immediately. The safety of pets is and always will be the first priority of Party Animal. As pet parents themselves, the family owners sincerely regret the reports of the discomfort experienced by the pet who consumed this food.
What are you feeding your precious dogs and cats? Discover the
truth about pet food ingredients in Born Free USA
eye-opening report, Get the Facts: What's Really in
Today, we are importing more food for
animal and human consumption and inspecting less of it. Food
& Water Watch has exposed federal regulatory
problems with food safety inspection as well as the lack of mandatory
country-of-origin labeling on all meat, fruits, and
vegetables. Read the organization's press releases and heed
their call for action.