On August 9th, Merrick Pet Foods announced a voluntary recall on their Doggie Wishbone Natural Beef Chews for dogs due to possible Salmonella contamination.

Merrick Pet Care, Inc. of Amarillo, Texas is recalling a single lot of its Doggie Wishbone pet treat (ITEM # 29050, UPC # 2280829050, Lot 11031 Best By 30 Jan 2013) because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. Merrick Pet Care has made the decision to recall the Doggie Wishbone pet treats in the abundance of caution. 248 cases of this lot were manufactured and shipped to distributors in 10 states. Those distributors have been notified. Only one lot of Doggie Wishbone is affected by this recall. No additional Merrick Pet Care products are involved in this recall. No other Merrick brand products are involved.

Salmonella can affect animals and there is risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products. People handling the treats can become infected with Salmonella, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the chews or any surfaces exposed to these products.  Consumers should dispose of these products in a safe manner by securing them in a covered trash receptacle.

Healthy people infected with Salmonella should monitor themselves for some or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever. Rarely, 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 immediately.

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 immediately.

The Doggie Wishbone was shipped to distributors and retailers throughout the US.  These individuals have been notified and have activated their recall procedures.

No illnesses have been reported to date and there have been no consumer complaints for this product. This issue was identified through routine sampling by the Food and Drug Administration.

At Merrick Pet Care, the safety and efficacy of our products are our top priority. We apologize for any inconvenience due to this recall.   Consumers who have purchased the Doggie Wishbone with the lot code 11031 are urged to return the unused portion to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-800-664-7387 M-F 8:00am – 5:00pm CST.

Pretty sure this is the 3rd recall on Merrick Pet products this year so far.  Pretty sure it’s mostly been their dehydrated chews though, no foods (so far that we know of).

Thanks for promptly informing the public, Merrick!

 

Wellness announced on Feb. 28th a voluntary RECALL on certain lots of canned kitty food due to not having sufficient Thiamine.

The lots affected are…


  • Wellness Canned Cat (all flavors and sizes) with best by dates from 14APR 13 through 30SEP13;
  • Wellness Canned Cat Chicken & Herring (all sizes) with 10NOV13 or 17NOV13 best buy dates


Go HERE to read the full press release.

Earlier this week, Hartz Mountain Corp. announced in a Press Release they are voluntarily recalling one specific LOT of their Naturals Real Beef Treats for Small/Medium dogs.

According to the Hartz website:

Hartz Mountain Corporation is recalling 74,700 8-oz bags of Hartz Naturals Real Beef Treats for Dogs, lot code BZ0969101E, UPC number 32700-11519, which were imported by Hartz from a Brazilian supplier, Bertin S.A., and which were distributed to a number of customers in the United States. While regular testing conducted by Bertin (prior to shipment to the US) did not detect the presence of Salmonella in any packages of this product, random sample testing conducted by FDA did indicate the presence of Salmonella. Hartz is aggressively investigating the source of the problem.

Although Hartz has not received any reports of animals or humans becoming ill as a result of coming into contact with this product, Hartz is taking immediate steps to remove the product from all retail stores and distribution centers. Dog owners having purchased this product should check the lot code on their bag, and, if the code is not visible, or if the bag has lot code BZ0969101E imprinted thereon, they should immediately discontinue use of the product and discard it in a proper manner.

Consumers can contact Hartz at 1-800-275-1414 at any time with any questions they may have and for information on how to obtain reimbursement for purchased product.

You can go HERE to read the official press release.

DOG TREAT RECALL EXPANDED

We recently posted about Merrick’s Recall on their Beef Filet Square dog treats.  We just learned that the company announced on Aug. 3 they are expanding to include additional cases and another LOT# of these dog treats as well.

The initial recall was for 86 cases of their Beef Filet Squares with the ITEM# 60016 and LOT# 10084TL7. and expiration date of March 24, 2012.  The new expanded recall includes 83 cases of their 10 oz. packages of “Texas Hold’ems” with the ITEM# 60016 and LOT# 10127, and expiration date of May 6, 2012.  Again, this recall is due to possible Salmonella contamination.

There have been quite a few dog food, dog treats, and supplement recalls lately:

Again, according to Veterinary Practice News:

The recalled Texas Hold’ems treats were shipped to distributors and retailers throughout the United States. Those companies have been notified and have activated their recall procedures, according to Merrick. No illnesses related to the recalled product have been reported.

Pets with salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting. Some pets may have decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. Infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans, according to the company. Dog owners are urged to contact their veterinarian if their pet has consumed the recalled product and is exhibiting these symptoms.

Humans can also become infected, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the raw pet food or surfaces exposed to the recalled product, according to the company. Symptoms in humans may include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fever and headache.

Children, the elderly and people with compromised immune systems are particularly susceptible to infection, according to the company.

Consumers who have purchased 10-ounce packages of Texas Hold’ems are urged to return the unused portion to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-800-664-7387, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. CDT.

We don’t like any of this one bit, and again we’ll keep you updated as quickly as we can.

In late July, Proctor & Gamble, the manufacturer of IAMS® & Eukanuba® pet foods, issued a RECALL on lots of BOTH of these brands, and keeps expanding the list to include other lots due to possible Salmonella contamination.

This is a HUGE recall that includes Veterinary Diets produced by the company.

The food affected by this recall are as follows:

  • ALL IAMS® Veterinary Diet Dry Formulas (and sizes)
  • ALL Eukanuba® Naturally Wild® Formulas (and sizes)
  • ALL Eukanuba® Pure® Formulas (and sizes)
  • ALL Eukanuba® Custom Care Sensitive Skin® Formula (and sizes)

These foods were sold in veterinary clinics and pet specialty stores across the United States and Canada.  Currently, no canned foods, biscuits, or supplements are included.

According to Veterinary Practice News:

The recalled products are manufactured in a single, specialized facility, according to P&G. The company reported that some of the products made at the facility have the potential for salmonella contamination. As a precautionary measure, P&G is recalling all products made at the facility.

No illnesses have been reported, according to the company.

Pets with salmonella infections may have decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain, according to P&G. If left untreated, pets may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever and vomiting. Infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans.

P&G urges pet owners to contact their veterinarian if their pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms.

People handling dry pet food can become infected with salmonella, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with surfaces exposed to this product, according to P&G.

Healthy people infected with salmonella should monitor themselves for some or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever. Rarely, 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 provider, according to the company.

For further details or to receive a product refund, call 1-877-894-4458, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. EDT.

For the full list of UPC codes, go HERE for the official Release Statement from P&G.

If you have ANY bags of food involved in this recall, dispose of them immediately!  Handling the contaminated food can transmit Salmonella poisoning to humans, and should be taken VERY seriously.

We just recently posted about a coupon for $8 off a bag of Eukanuba® Puppy, and as far as I can read, this food was not produced in the same facility as those involved in the recall, thus we’ll leave the post up and running for now.  However, if the list expands to include this food, we’ll let you know.

We’ll keep you updated.

UPDATE: We received an email from P&G this morning (8/6/10) asking us to please remove the image we used in this post, and to use one of theirs due to the inaccurate display of foods NOT involved in the recall.  We promptly are removing the image and will updating it to one they have provided for us.  Thank you, P&G for taking this issue seriously.

DOG NUTRITIONAL SUPPLEMENTS RECALL

United Pet Group, Inc. announced on July 2, 2010 that they were expanding their recall to include dog and cat products due to possible salmonella contamination.  Specific lot #s of Pro-Pet branded products, Excel products, and private label pet supplements have all been included in this announcement.

According to VPN:

“Laboratory testing has revealed that some lots of these products may be contaminated with salmonella, according to the company. The company said it is recalling additional products out of “an abundance of caution.”

The affected products are in tablet and powdered form and were sold nationally at various retailers, including Petco and Doctors Foster and Smith, United Pet Group reported.

The affected products carry expiration dates from “01/2013” through “06/2013.” Products with expirations dates before “01/2013” or after “06/2013” are not included in the recall.

The company had issued a voluntary recall in late June of all unexpired lots of its Pro-Pet Adult Daily Vitamin tablets for dogs. At that time, the company reported that one lot of the vitamin product was contaminated with salmonella.”

Go HERE (.pdf) to read the press release and current list of recalled products from United Pet Group.