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Pet Food and Treats: Recall Roundup

By March 5, 2013

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Pet Food Recalls by Janet Tobiassen Crosby DVMThe first part of 2013 has seen many pet food and treat recalls. Some of the recalls are due to possible Salmonella contamination, some are due to unapproved (in the US) antibiotics found in the food, and other recalls are due to possible foreign materials (plastic) found within the foods. 

Here is a recap of recent recalls, with information supplied by the FDA. Note: These recalls are not mandated by the FDA; each company has issued their own recalls.

Possible Salmonella Contamination

Kaytee - Bird Treats and Greens

No human or pet illnesses have been reported to-date.

Recalled products were distributed to retailers and distributors in the states of Arizona, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin; and, into the countries of Canada, China, Guam, Japan, Korea, Kuwait, Pakistan, Singapore, and the UAE.

Consumer info: Kaytee Customer Service representatives and company veterinarians are responding to inquires through the 1-800-Kaytee1 (800 529-8331) phone number and will answer any questions regarding pets that have been fed the product. Pet owners can also visit the Kaytee website for more information http://www.kaytee.com/.

United Pet Group - Ultra Blend Gourmet Food, Nutritional Supplements, and Grains and Greens for pet birds
No human or pet illnesses have been reported to-date.

Affected products products were distributed throughout the USA and Canada between Oct 2012 and Feb 2013.

Consumer info: If you have these products, please contact United Pet Group's Consumer Affairs team at 1-800-645- 5145, Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:30AM - 5:00PM Eastern Standard Time.

Kassel Associates Industries - Many brands of dog treats

While there are no reports of human illness, FDA has received a small number of complaints of illness in dogs who were exposed to the treats.

The Kasel-manufactured products are sold at various retailers, including Target, Petco, Sam's Club and Costco. Most of the products have a two-year shelf life. All of the products were made in the U.S. This action is not related to FDA's ongoing investigation of jerky pet treats made in China.

Consumer info: Consumers who have purchased any listed products are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact Kasel Associated Industries at (800) 218-4417 Monday thru Friday from 7am to 5pm MDT.

The Honest Kitchen - Verve®, Zeal®And Thrive® Products

No human or pet illnesses have been reported to-date.

This affects Honest Kitchen products Verve, Zeal and Thrive pet foods produced between August and November 2012 and sold nationwide in the US and Canada via retail stores, mail order and online after August 2012.

Honest Kitchen is taking this action after learning that one of its raw ingredients suppliers has recalled a batch of human-grade parsley that may contain Salmonella. The batch of parsley was shipped to the Company in 2012 and used in the production of five lots of finished Honest Kitchen products.

Consumer info: Consumers can receive a replacement or full refund of the MSRP of the affected products plus $1 to cover postage, by mailing the UPC and lot code along with a completed Reimbursement Form to The Honest Kitchen, 145 14th Street, San Diego, Calif. 92101, Attn: Reimbursements.

All refunds will be processed within five business days (plus postage time). For questions or more information, contact The Honest Kitchen by phone at 1-866-437-9729 or email at info@thehonestkitchen.com. Customer service representatives will be available Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. PST to respond to inquiries.

Possible Residual Antibiotics Contamination

Milo's Kitchen - Chicken Jerky and Chicken Grillers home-style dog treats

No known health risks from the residual trace antibiotics (used to keep chickens healthy), this is a precautionary measure

These products are distributed nationally in the US at several retailers.

Consumer info: Consumers with questions about Milo's Kitchen products can get further information at 1-877-228-6493.

Possible Residual Chemical Contamination

Hy-Vee Inc. - Complete Dog dog food, various flavors and package sizes

No illnesses have been reported in dogs consuming the product, and the product does not pose a health risk to humans handling it. This recall is due to elevated levels of a chemical contaminant commonly found in corn.

The recalled products carry three different "Best By" dates and were distributed to Hy-Vee stores in Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, Minnesota and Wisconsin between October 26, 2012 and January 11, 2013.

Consumer info: Customers are urged to check the "Best By" dates on any product they have at home and refrain from feeding any of the recalled products to their pets. Any bags of Hy-Vee dog food subject to the recall, whether opened or unopened, may be returned to Hy-Vee stores for a full refund. To learn more, visit the company's Web site at www.hy-vee.com.

Possible Plastic Contamination

Nature's Variety - Instinct® Raw Organic Chicken Formula for Dogs & Cats

Nature's Variety became aware of a potential issue after receiving a consumer complaint. To date, there have been no reports of harm to dogs or cats.

The affected product was distributed through retail stores and internet sales in the United States and Canada.

Consumer info: Consumers with additional questions can call the Nature's Variety Consumer Relations team at 1.888.519.7387 Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. CST. Or, questions can be emailed directly to cservice@naturesvariety.com.

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Image: Dog food bowl and text / Janet Tobiassen Crosby DVM




March 6, 2013 at 2:08 pm
(1) Yorkie Mommy says:

This is why I never give my pets anything but raw meat and real food that we purchase from our natural markets or the organic farmers’ markets in our area. It’s all human-grade food and is much, much safer than anything you can buy that’s commercially made. Sad to say, but businesses cannot be trusted. Their bottom line is profit – not the health and safety of your animals. Educate yourself on raw feeding for your pets, the facts on vaccines and chemical products…you’ll be shocked by what you learn but your animals will be much healthier, live longer lives, and you’ll save lots of money in vet bills.

March 6, 2013 at 3:13 pm
(2) shelly says:

excellent!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I do the same thing

March 6, 2013 at 5:15 pm
(3) Deborah says:

never give anybody including you pets raw food, especially meats. They can get Salmonella just we can.Will you eat anything raw like meat. NO so why give it to your dog.

March 14, 2013 at 10:43 am
(4) carrie says:

Deborah: Please read about the raw diet, or BARF diet. It’s THE healthiest food you could ever give your dog.

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