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Jones Natural Chews Co. recalls Woofers Dog Treats

Thursday, March 14th, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 6, 2013 Jones Natural Chews Co (877) 481-2663 or (815) 874-9500

JONES NATURAL CHEWS CO RECALLS WOOFERS DOG TREATS BECAUSE OF POSSIBLE SALMONELLA HEALTH RISK

Jones Natural Chews Co of Rockford, IL is recalling 245 boxes of Woofers (beef patties) because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. Salmonella can affect animals and there is risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products. People handling dry pet food and/or 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.

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.

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.

The recall was the result of a routine sampling program by Colorado Department of Agriculture Feed Program which revealed that the finished products contained the bacteria.

The Jones Natural Chews Woofers were distributed in AZ, CA, CO, PA, VA, and WI. They were shipped to distributors and retailers between November 1, 2012 and November 12, 2012 where they were available for purchase.

Jones Natural Chews Co Woofers (beef patties) bulk 50 count box, Item UPC 741956008169, Lot 2962GPS-Best By 10/22/15 and Lot 2892PAL-Best By 10/15/15

***Woofers in bulk 50 count box may be sold individually***

Jones Natural Chews Co Woofers (beef patties) 1 pack shrink-wrap, 50 count box, Item UPC 741956008657, Lot 3102, Best By 11/05/15.

Jones Natural Chews Co Woofers (beef patties) 1 pack shrink-wrap, 50 count box, Item UPC 741956008183, Lot 2892BF-Best By 10/15/15, Lot 2962PWV-Best By 10/22/15, Lot 2962ASC-Best By 10/22/15, and Lot 3032ASL-Best By 10/29/15.

Jones Natural Chews Co Woofers (beef patties) 2pack shrink-wrap, 25ct box, item UPC 741956008190, Lot 2962ASC-Best By 10/22/15 and Lot 3032ASL-Best By 10/29/15.

No illnesses have been reported to date.

Consumers who have purchased any of these woofers are urged to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-877-481-2663, Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM, Central Standard Time.

Steve’s Real Food and Bravo! recalled for Salmonella bacteria

Thursday, March 14th, 2013

CONTACT: Margaret Hart, Communications Coordinator 651.201.6131, Margaret.Hart@state.mn.us

Minnestoa Department of Agriculture issues consumer advisory for two brands of raw pet food

Samples tested positive for Salmonella bacteria

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is alerting consumers to avoid feeding or handling two separate brands of poultry-based raw pet food after the MDA laboratory found Salmonella bacteria in routine sample tests. The brand varieties include:

Bravo! Raw Food Diet 2 lb. Chicken Blend for Dogs and Cats manufactured by Bravo!, LLC, of Manchester, Connecticut. This is a frozen pet food product with the production code of 06/14/12, which is located on the white tag on the end of the package. This advisory is for the 2 lb. size of Bravo! Chicken Blend with the “best used by date” of 6/12/14 only. No other products, sizes, or production dates are involved. For further information, contact the company at 1-866-922-9222.

Turducken Canine Diet 8oz. Patties, manufactured by Steve’s Real Food, Inc., of Murray, Utah. This is a frozen pet food product with the “Use By” date code of 10/27/13 B209, which is located on the lower front panel of package. For further information, contact the company at 801-540-8481 or gary@stevesrealfood.com.

There are no reports of human or animal illnesses associated with consumption of these products. Consumers are asked to discard any of these products they may have.

Salmonella can affect animals eating the product, and there is a risk to humans from handling contaminated products. People handling contaminated raw 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.

Pets with Salmonella infections may exhibit decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. 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. If your pet has consumed this product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.

Human symptoms of salmonellosis include diarrhea, abdominal pain and cramps and fever. Symptoms usually begin within 12 to 72 hours after exposure, but can begin up to a week after exposure. Salmonella infections usually resolve in 5-7 days, but approximately 20 percent of cases require hospitalization. In rare cases, Salmonella infection can lead to death, particularly in the elderly or those with weakened immune systems. Anyone who has become ill after handling this product should see their health care provider.

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Pet treats recalled over possible Salmonella contamination

Monday, March 11th, 2013

One lot of Strippin’ Chicks Pet Treats, manufactured by Diggin’ Your Dog, is being recalled due to possible contamination with Salmonella bacteria. An infected sample was detected in Colorado. The pathogen puts animals and humans who handle their food at risk.  Food Poisoning Bulletin (3/9)

Below is the FDA Press Release

Contact Consumer: 1-775-742-7295

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – March 7, 2013 – Diggin’ Your Dog™ announced today that they are voluntarily withdrawing one lot of its Strippin’ Chicks™ Pet Treats produced on 8-30-12 because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. The sample was obtained in Colorado and the company has accounted for its distribution in Colorado of this lot.

No other Diggin’ Your Dog™ products, lots, or production dates are affected.

The lot being voluntarily withdrawn is: Strippin’ Chicks™ Pet Treats 5 oz Bag. Lot Code 250322 Use By Date: 2-23-14.

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.

Animals with Salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting. Some animals will have only decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. Infected but otherwise healthy animals can be carriers and infect other animals or humans. If your animals have consumed the recalled product and have these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.

Diggin’ Your Dog™ takes the matter of consumer protection and safety very seriously and strives to deliver only the safest products available.

Diggin’ Your Dog™ is committed to providing the highest-quality pet treats possible to their customers. As a precautionary measure, Diggin’ Your Dog™ will continue to produce all products in very small, handmade lot batches.

No Other Diggin’ Your Dog™ products are affected by this voluntary withdrawal. Customers who have purchased this lot code are urged to stop feeding the product to their pet, remove the lot code from the packaging, and discard the contents.

A full refund, plus $1.00 to cover postage will be received by mailing the UPC and lot code to: Diggin Your Dog, LLC, PO Box 17306 Reno, NV 89511. All refunds will be processed within ten business days (plus postage time).

Diggin’ Your Dog™ values the efforts of all agencies dedicated to the safety of the industry and is committed to consumer safety at all levels.

For questions or more information, contact Diggin’ Your Dog™. By phone at 775-742-7295 Mon-Fri 8:30AM – 4:00PM Pacific Standard Time Email us at info@dydusa.com.

The Honest Kitchen® Voluntuntairly Recalls Limited Lots

Saturday, February 23rd, 2013

info@thehonestkitchen.com

THE LOTS OF OF VERVE®, ZEAL® AND THRIVE® PRODUCTS RECALLED DUE TO POSSIBLE HEALTH RISK

SAN DIEGO – February 21, 2013 –

The Honest Kitchen today announced that it is voluntarily recalling five lots of its Verve, Zeal and Thrive pet food products produced between August and November 2012 and sold nationwide in the US and Canada via retail stores, mail order and online after August 2012 because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. No other Honest Kitchen batches, production dates or products are affected.

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.

Animals with Salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting. Some animals will have only decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. Infected but otherwise healthy animals can be carriers and infect other animals or humans. If your animals have consumed the recalled product and have these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.

The Company is taking this action after learning that one of its raw ingredients suppliers has recalled a batch of humangrade 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.

The Honest Kitchen regularly tests for Salmonella and other pathogens as part of its quality control process and has not received to date any reports of illness associated with these lots of products. Nonetheless, the Company is proceeding with this action in order to ensure the full safety and quality of its products.  “We are committed to providing the highestquality humangrade food available to our customers’ pets,” said Lucy Postins, founder, CEO and CMO of The Honest Kitchen. “While our quality control tests did not find evidence of Salmonella in any of our finished products, we are accountable for everything we make, and are taking precautionary action to ensure the safety and integrity of our products.”

To see the lots being recalled, go to: https://goo.gl/wKpCu

Kaytee Pet Products Recalls Several of their Bird Treats and Greens

Saturday, February 23rd, 2013
Kaytee Pet Products, a Central Garden & Pet company, has issued a voluntary recall due to possible Salmonella contamination.
Click here to view a full list of recalled products.
According to Kaytee’s website, their parsley supplier was notified of possible Salmonella contamination from the parsley flakes that were utilized during production. Although, Kaytee did not have a positive Salmonella test finding, they feel that a recall is necessary to protect both pets and their owners.
It is important to remember that if your pet had contact with the recalled products, you are advised to watch for symptoms that may develop. Common symptoms associated with Salmonella poisoning include diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting. If your pet experiences any of these symptoms, contact a medical professional for further assistance. Owners are also advised to watch for those same symptoms in themselves and family members who may have handled the pet’s food.
Consumers who purchased the affected products are urged to call Kaytee Customer Care at 1-800-KAYTEE-1 (1-800-529-8331). Be sure to have a copy or picture of the UPC Code, Best Before Date, and store receipt from the package ready to verify that the product is part of the recall to receive a Recall Return Response form.

 

Source: Kaytee.com

Kasel Associates Industries Recalling Certain Pet Treats Due to Salmonella Contamination

Saturday, February 23rd, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – February 21, 2013 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced today that Kasel Associates Industries Inc. is recalling all pet treats it manufactured from April 20 through Sept. 19, 2012 due to potential contamination with Salmonella. Kasel has issued three previous recall notices for specific products manufactured during this time period.

The move comes after the Colorado Department of Agriculture tested a retail sample of a Kasel pet treat product and found it to be positive for Salmonella. Based on FDA’s follow-up inspection at the firm, FDA found that all of the finished pet treat product samples and 48 out of 87 environmental samples collected during the inspection tested positive for Salmonella. More than ten different species of Salmonella were found in the firm’s products and manufacturing facility, indicating multiple sources of contamination.

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. Because of the multiple positive tests for Salmonella, and the production practices and conditions observed at the facility during the inspection, FDA believes that there is a reasonable probability that pet treat products manufactured in the facility from April 20, 2012 through September 19, 2012 are contaminated with Salmonella.

Both people and animals can contract Salmonellosis from handling or eating contaminated products. People handling dry pet treats should thoroughly wash their hands after having contact with the treats as well as any surfaces exposed to these products.

Consumers who have any of these products, or who are unsure of the manufacturing date of their pet treats, should dispose of them in ways that people and animals, including wild animals, cannot access them, such as placing them in a securely lidded garbage can.

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.

Salmonella is a public health risk and is one of the most common causes of foodborne illness. Healthy people infected with Salmonella may experience some or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever. Although rare, Salmonella can result in more serious ailments including arterial infections, endocarditis (inflammation of the lining of the heart), arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation and urinary tract symptoms. Consumers exhibiting these signs after having contact with the products subject to this recall should contact their health care provider immediately.

Pets with Salmonella infections may become lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever and vomiting. Some pets may experience only a 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 any of the affected product or is experiencing any of these symptoms, contact your veterinarian immediately.

The elderly, infants and those with impaired immune systems are more likely to become severely ill from Salmonella infection. The bacterium can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in these vulnerable populations. Most healthy individuals recover from Salmonella infections within four to seven days without treatment.

As with humans, dogs who are elderly, very young or have impaired immune systems are more vulnerable to Salmonella infection.

Product Name Distributors Lot/Best By Date UPC
12 PK Natural Pig Ears Petco 04202014 DEN-10032014 DEN 800443092910
12 PK Smoked Pig Ears Petco 04202014 DEN-10032014 DEN 800443092927
16 oz Chicken Chips Petco, Kasel 04202014 DEN-10032014 DEN 647263800291
16 oz Chicken Jerky Petco, Kasel, Menards 04202014 DEN-10032014 DEN 647263800291
16 oz Pork Jerky Petco, Kasel, Menards 04202014 DEN-10032014 DEN 647263700157
16 oz Salmon Jerky Petco, Kasel 04202014 DEN-10032014 DEN 647263900151
25 PK Natural Pig Ears Petco 04202014 DEN-10032014 DEN 800443092903
4 oz Beef Jerky Petco, Kasel 04202014 DEN-10032014 DEN 647263801175
4 oz Chicken Jerky Petco, Kasel 04202014 DEN-10032014 DEN 647263800178
4 oz Lamb Jerky Petco, Kasel 04202014 DEN-10032014 DEN 647263510176
4 oz Salmon Jerky Petco, Kasel 04202014 DEN-10032014 DEN 647263900175
7 PK Natural Pig Ears Petco 04202014 DEN-10032014 DEN 800443092934
7 PK Smoked Pig Ears Petco 04202014 DEN-10032014 DEN 800443092941
BIXBI Hip And Joint Beef Liver Jerky 5oz BIXBI 04202014 DEN-10032014 DEN 091037018106
BIXBI Hip And Joint Chicken Breast Jerky 5oz BIXBI 04202014 DEN-10032014 DEN 091037018083
BIXBI Hip And Joint Lamb Jerky 5oz BIXBI 04202014 DEN-10032014 DEN 091037018120
BIXBI Hip And Joint Pork Jerky 5oz BIXBI 04202014 DEN-10032014 DEN 091037018144
BIXBI Skin & Coat Beef Liver Jerky 5oz BIXBI 04202014 DEN-10032014 DEN 091037018021
BIXBI Skin & Coat Chicken Breast Jerky Treats 5oz BIXBI 04202014 DEN-10032014 DEN 091037018007
BIXBI Skin & Coat Lamb Jerky 5oz BIXBI 04202014 DEN-10032014 DEN 091037018045
BIXBI Skin & Coat Pork Jerky 5oz BIXBI 04202014 DEN-10032014 DEN 091037018069
Boots & Barkley Assorted Natural Parts 32oz Target 20APR2014 DEN-03OCT2014 DEN 490830400086
Boots & Barkley Beef Bully Stick 12″ Target 20APR2014 DEN-03OCT2014 DEN 085239043165
Boots & Barkley Beef Bully Sticks 6ct Target 20APR2014 DEN-03OCT2014 DEN 647263899189
Boots & Barkley Beef Knuckle Target 20APR2014 DEN-03OCT2014 DEN 647263899172
Boots & Barkley Beef Ribs 2ct Target 20APR2014 DEN-03OCT2014 DEN 647263899196
Boots & Barkley Braided Bully Stick 5″ Target 20APR2014 DEN-03OCT2014 DEN 085239043110
Boots & Barkley Chicken Jerky 16oz Target 20APR2014 DEN-03OCT2014 DEN 085239043325
Boots & Barkley Chicken Jerky 8oz Target 20APR2014 DEN-03OCT2014 DEN 085239043400
Boots & Barkley Chicken Stuffed Beef Femur Bone 6″ Target 20APR2014 DEN-03OCT2014 DEN 085239043202
Boots & Barkley Flossie 6-8″ Target 20APR2014 DEN-03OCT2014 DEN 085239043103
Boots & Barkley Pig Ear Strips 8oz Target 20APR2014 DEN-03OCT2014 DEN 085239403440
Boots & Barkley Pig Ears 12ct Target 20APR2014 DEN-03OCT2014 DEN 647263899158
Boots & Barkley Pork Femur Target 20APR2014 DEN-03OCT2014 DEN 647263899165
Boots & Barkley Smoked Beef Femur Bone 3″ Target 20APR2014 DEN-03OCT2014 DEN 085239403495
K9 Chicken Breath Fresh Jerky 15oz Nutri-Vet 04202014 DEN-10032014 DEN 669125507117
K9 Chicken Breath Fresh Jerky 5oz Nutri-Vet 04202014 DEN-10032014 DEN 669125507100
K9 Chicken Calming Jerky 15oz Nutri-Vet 04202014 DEN-10032014 DEN 669125507094
K9 Chicken Calming Jerky 5oz Nutri-Vet 04202014 DEN-10032014 DEN 669125507087
K9 Chicken Coat Jerky 15oz Nutri-Vet 04202014 DEN-10032014 DEN 669125507070
K9 Chicken Coat Jerky 5oz Nutri-Vet 04202014 DEN-10032014 DEN 669125507063
K9 Chicken Digestive Jerky 15oz Nutri-Vet 04202014 DEN-10032014 DEN 669125507155
K9 Chicken Digestive Jerky 5oz Nutri-Vet 04202014 DEN-10032014 DEN 669125507148
K9 Chicken Healthy Weight Jerky 15oz Nutri-Vet 04202014 DEN-10032014 DEN 669125507179
K9 Chicken Healthy Weight Jerky 5oz Nutri-Vet 04202014 DEN-10032014 DEN 669125507162
K9 Chicken Jerky 16oz Nutri-Vet 04202014 DEN-10032014 DEN 669125507032
K9 Chicken Jerky 5oz Nutri-Vet 04202014 DEN-10032014 DEN 669125507018
K9 Chicken Jerky 8oz Nutri-Vet 04202014 DEN-10032014 DEN 669125507025
K9 Chicken Joint Jerky 15oz Nutri-Vet 04202014 DEN-10032014 DEN 669125507056
K9 Chicken Joint Jerky 5oz Nutri-Vet 04202014 DEN-10032014 DEN 669125507049
K9 Chicken Senior Jerky 15oz Nutri-Vet 04202014 DEN-10032014 DEN 669125507131
K9 Chicken Senior Jerky 5oz Nutri-Vet 04202014 DEN-10032014 DEN 669125507124
K9 Hip & Joint Chicken Strips 8oz Nutri-Vet 04202014 DEN-10032014 DEN 669125990445
Nature’s Deli Chicken Jerky 2.5lbs Sam’s Club 04202013 DEN-10032013 DEN 647263800208
Nature’s Deli Chicken Jerky 3lbs Costco 04202013 DEN-10032013 DEN 647263800215
Nutri-Pet 16oz Natural Filet Strips Nutri-Vet 04202014 DEN-10032014 DEN 76-0081
Roasted Pig Ear Dog Treats 28oz Sam’s Club 04202014 DEN-10032014 DEN 681131857246
TDBBS, Inc Beef Lobster Tails 1ct TDBBS, Inc/Best Bully Sticks 04202014 DEN-10032014 DEN Bulk
TDBBS, Inc Buffalo Hearts Sliced 3 lbs TDBBS, Inc/Best Bully Sticks 04202014 DEN-10032014 DEN Bulk
TDBBS, Inc Chicken Jerky 16oz TDBBS, Inc/Best Bully Sticks 04202014 DEN-10032014 DEN Unknown
TDBBS, Inc Hearts of Lamb 4oz TDBBS, Inc/Best Bully Sticks 04202014 DEN-10032014 DEN Unknown
TDBBS, Inc Knee Caps 25 Ct TDBBS, Inc/Best Bully Sticks 04202014 DEN-10032014 DEN Bulk
TDBBS, Inc Lamb Jerky 4oz TDBBS, Inc/Best Bully Sticks 04202014 DEN-10032014 DEN Unknown
TDBBS, Inc Pig Snouts 25ct TDBBS, Inc/Best Bully Sticks 04202014 DEN-10032014 DEN Bulk
TDBBS, Inc Pork Jerky Strips 16oz TDBBS, Inc/Best Bully Sticks 04202014 DEN-10032014 DEN Unknown
TDBBS, Inc Turkey Cubes 4.5oz TDBBS, Inc/Best Bully Sticks 04202014 DEN-10032014 DEN Unknown
TDBBS, Inc Turkey Jerkey Sticks 6ct TDBBS, Inc/Best Bully Sticks 04202014 DEN-10032014 DEN Unknown

Nature’s Variety: voluntary recall of one batch of INSTINCT® RAW ORGANIC CHICKEN FORMULA for dogs and cats

Friday, February 15th, 2013

QUALITY ASSURANCE NOTICE:  Nature’s Variety has announced a voluntary recall of one batch of Instinct® Raw Organic Chicken Formula with a “Best if Used By” date of 10/04/13. This action is being taken because pieces of clear plastic may be found in some bags and could cause a potential choking risk to pets.  The source of plastic has been identified and the issue has been resolved.

The affected product is strictly limited to a single batch of Organic Chicken Formula with the “Best if Used By” date of 10/04/13.  This includes:

• UPC# 7 69949 60137 1 – Instinct Raw Organic Chicken Formula medallions, 3 lbs. bag

• UPC# 7 69949 70137 8 – Instinct Raw Organic Chicken Formula medallions, 27 lbs. case

• UPC# 7 69949 60127 2 – Instinct Raw Organic Chicken Formula patties, 6 lbs. bag

• UPC# 7 69949 70127 9 – Instinct Raw Organic Chicken Formula patties, 36 lbs. case

The “Best if Used By” date is located on the back of the package below the “Contact Us” section.  The affected product was distributed through retail stores and internet sales in the United States and Canada.  No other products were impacted.

Nature’s Variety became aware of a potential issue after receiving a consumer complaint.  The source of the issue was identified and resolved.  To date, there have been no reports of harm to dogs or cats.

Reed Howlett, CEO of Nature’s Variety, stated, “At Nature’s Variety we take quality and safety very seriously.  We believe that under all circumstances, the health and safety of pets comes first.”

Consumers feeding the affected product should discontinue use and monitor their pet’s health, and contact their veterinarian if they have concerns.  Consumers who have purchased one of the above products can obtain a full refund or exchange by either returning the product in its original packaging or bringing a proof of purchase back to their retailer.

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, click here to email us directly.

For media inquiries, please contact Jeff Dezen at JDPR by phone (864.233.3776, ext. 11) or email (jeffd@jdpr.com).

 

Inspection of Chinese poultry-processing plants may signal opening for imported poultry for human consumption

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013
FDA continues to investigate pet illnesses associated with Chinese chicken products.
Jan 25, 2013 DVM News Magazine
The export of poultry from China to the United States is currently prohibited–past food safety concerns, bird flu outbreaks, and even the frequent turnover of Chinese officials are all cited as reasons for the continued ban. According to a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) spokesman, “FSIS is currently working with the Chinese government to develop a timeline to inspect poultry-processing plants in that country.” Some reports indicate that those inspections could be conducted in late January or early February in an apparent step toward lifting the U.S. ban on Chinese poultry.

Although banned from the U.S. poultry market for people, China does export chicken for pet food. But these products have been problematic in recent years. Since 2007, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has conducted extensive testing on chicken jerky treats of Chinese origin. As of Dec. 17, 2012, the FDA has received 2,674 reports involving 3,243 dogs, including 501 deaths, and nine cats, including one death.

Much to the dismay of affected pet owners, the FDA has yet to indentify a contaminant or cause for illnesses associated with chicken imported from China and therefore will not enact a recall. It has issued a warning to pet owners of the possible dangers of feeding pets products such as Nestle’s Waggin’ Train and Canyon Creek Ranch treats and Del Monte’s Milo’s Kitchen Home-style Dog Treats. Presently, Milo’s Kitchen’s Chicken Jerky and Chicken Grillers treats are voluntarily recalled due to the unrelated discovery of trace amounts of prohibited antibiotics on these products.

Politically, the planned inspections could relax tense trade relations between the United States and China, which have been embattled in negotiations for the past seven years. China is anxious to export poultry, and the United States is interested in reversing China’s 2003 ban on American beef. The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, representing U.S. ranchers and beef producers, estimated last year that the U.S. could be exporting $200 million of beef to China per year if the ban was lifted.

However, it seems one ban won’t be lifted unless the other is as well.

Hartz Mountain is voluntarily withdrawing its Chicken Chews and Oinkies Pig Skin Twists wrapped with Chicken

Saturday, January 26th, 2013

SECAUCUS, N.J., Jan. 25, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — The Hartz Mountain Corporation is voluntarily withdrawing its Hartz ® Chicken Chews™ and Hartz ® Oinkies® Pig Skin Twists wrapped with Chicken for dogs in the United States because they contain trace amounts of unapproved antibiotic residue.

 

We are taking this action after recent Hartz testing found trace amounts of unapproved antibiotic residue in samples of Hartz Chicken Chews™ and Oinkies® Pig Skin Twists wrapped with Chicken products. Even though two-thirds of the products we tested did not contain antibiotic residues, we would rather be overly cautious by voluntarily withdrawing these products from the market.

These antibiotics are approved for use in poultry in China and other countries, including European Union member states, but are not among those approved in the U.S. Based on the FDA’s review of the New York State Department of Agriculture & Markets (NYSDAM) results, there is no evidence that raises health concerns, and these results are highly unlikely to be related to the reports of illnesses FDA has received related to jerky pet treats.

Immediately upon learning of this finding, Hartz contacted the FDA to share our test results and execute a nationwide voluntary withdrawal.  There have been no known illnesses to date associated with the consumption of these products.

“Upon learning about the nationwide voluntary withdrawal of several other brands of chicken jerky products through media reports, Hartz acted immediately to begin additional testing to determine if the same unapproved antibiotic residues were present in our products,” said Sean McNear , Sr. Director of Quality and Regulatory at Hartz Mountain.

There is no indication that the trace amounts of unapproved antibiotic residue are linked to the FDA’s ongoing investigation of chicken jerky products produced in China. The trace amounts of antibiotic residue do not pose a health or pet safety risk.

No other Hartz products are affected by this withdrawal.

If you have these products contact the Hartz Consumer Affairs team (24 hours/day 7 days/week) at 1-800-275-1414 for a product refund or go to www.hartz.com for additional information.

SOURCE The Hartz Mountain Corporation

Publix Issues Voluntary Recall on Private Label Chicken Tenders Dog Chew Treats

Sunday, January 13th, 2013

LAKELAND, Fla. —         Publix Super Markets is issuing a voluntary recall for Publix Chicken Tenders Dog Chew Treats because it may contain trace amounts of antibiotic residue. The UPC, located on the back right-hand corner of the product, is 41415-18527 and the product comes in a 3.5oz bag. This product was sold in Publix grocery stores in Florida, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina and Tennessee.

“As part of our commitment to food safety, including that of our four-legged family members, potentially impacted product has been removed from all store shelves,” said Maria Brous, Publix media and community relations director. “To date, there have been no reported cases of pet illness. Consumers who have purchased the product in question may return the product to their local store for a full refund. Publix customers with additional questions may call our Consumer Relations department, Monday-Friday, 8a.m. – 7p.m., at 1-800-242-1227 or by visiting our website at www.publix.com/contact.”

Publix is privately owned and operated by its 157,000 employees, with 2011 sales of $27.0 billion. Currently Publix has 1,067 stores in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Alabama and Tennessee. The company has been named one of FORTUNE’s “100 Best Companies to Work For in America” for 15 consecutive years. In addition, Publix’s dedication to superior quality and customer service is recognized as tops in the grocery business, most recently by an American Customer Satisfaction Index survey. For more information, visit the company’s website, www.publix.com.

Read more here: https://www.miamiherald.com/2013/01/11/3178484/publix-issues-voluntary-recall.html#storylink=cpy