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DO NOT AND WILL NOT carry Dog or Cat food that contains any of the following ingredients:
wheat, wheat gluten, corn, corn-gluten, rice protein concentrates, by-products,
artificial color, flavor or preservatives, or animal digest.



We are making every attempt to keep our readers up to date on recalls as we become aware of them.

See the results of food testing at Pet Food Products Safety Alliance:


Sept 12, 2008-Mars Petcare recalls Pedigree, Paws n Claws, Special Kitty, Ol Roy brands etc etc etc
Mars Petcare US Issues Voluntary Recall of Everson, PA Plant Dry Pet Food Product due to Potential
Salmonella Contamination

For Immediate Release

Mars Petcare US Announces Nationwide Voluntary Recall
Recalled Pet Food-Note: If you see a product you purchased listed below, please review the code date information samples from below to confirm that your product is included in the recall.

Product Name / Bag Size



Product Name / Bag Size


Country Acres Cat Food  40#

16603 02181


Retriever Bites & Bones Dog Food  8#

79818 96757

Country Acres Ration Dog Food  40#

16603 02333


Retriever Bites & Bones Dog Food  20#

79818 96634

Country Acres 18% Dog Food  40#

16603 02331


Retriever Bites & Bones Dog Food  50#

49394 05666

Country Acres Hi Pro Dog Food  50#

16603 02021


Retriever Gravy Blend Dog Food  50#

49394 05665

Doggy Bag Dog Food  40#

73893 40000


Retriever Gravy Blend Dog Food  8#

79818 96756

Members Mark Complete Nutrition Premium Cat Food  20#

81131 89881


Retriever Hi Protein Dog Food  8#

79818 96755

Members Mark Complete Nutrition Premium Dog Food  50#

05388 67055


Retriever Hi Protein Dog Food  25#

49394 00002

Members Mark Crunchy Bites & Savory Bones Adult Dog Food  50#

05388 67309


Retriever Hi Protein Dog Food  50#

49394 00003

Members Mark High Performance Premium Dog Food  50#

81131 75479


Retriever Mini Chunk Dog Food  8#

79818 96754

Natural Cat Food (Sam's Club)  15#

81131 89883


Retriever Mini Chunk  Dog Food  25#

49394 00006

Natural Dog Food  (Sam's Club)  25#

81131 89884


Retriever Mini Chunk  Dog Food  50#

49395 00005

Ol' Roy Complete Nutrition  4.4#

81131 69377


Retriever Puppy Blend Dog Food  6#

49394 56221

Ol' Roy Complete Nutrition  8#

05388 67144


Retriever Puppy Blend Dog Food  8#

79818 96758

Ol' Roy Complete Nutrition  22#

05388 60342


Retriever Puppy Blend Dog Food  20#

49394 00004

Ol' Roy Complete Nutrition  50#

78742 01022


Retriever Puppy Blend Dog Food  40#

79818 96706

Ol' Roy High Performance Nutrition Dog Food  20#

05388 60345


Special Kitty Gourmet  3.5#

81131 17546

Ol' Roy High Performance Nutrition Dog Food  50#

78742 05815


Special Kitty Gourmet  4#

78742 53199

Ol' Roy Meaty Chunks 'n Gravy Dog Food  8#

81131 69629


Special Kitty Gourmet  7#

81131 17547

Ol' Roy Meaty Chunks 'n Gravy Dog Food  22#

81131 69630


Special Kitty Gourmet  8#

78742 53200

Ol' Roy Meaty Chunks 'n Gravy Dog Food  50#

81131 69631


Special Kitty Gourmet  18#

81131 17548

Ol' Roy Puppy Complete  4#

81131 79078


Special Kitty Gourmet  20#

78742 53201

Ol' Roy Puppy Complete  8#

81131 79079


Special Kitty Gourmet  25#

78742 54314

Ol' Roy Puppy Complete  20#

81131 79080


Special Kitty Kitten  3.5#

81131 17553

Paws & Claws Delicious Mix Cat Food  8#

79818 96632


Special Kitty Kitten  4#

78742 53198

Paws & Claws Delicious Mix Cat Food  20#

49394 05746


Special Kitty Kitten  7#

81131 17554

Paws & Claws Delicious Mix Cat Food  40#

79818 96676


Special Kitty Kitten  8#

81131 24739

Paws & Claws Premium Choice Cat Food  8#

79818 96633


Special Kitty Original  3.5#

81131 17557

Paws & Claws Premium Choice Cat Food  20#

49394 00008


Special Kitty Original  4#

78742 04930

Paws & Claws Premium Choice Cat Food  40#

49394 05747


Special Kitty Original  7#

81131 17562

Pedigree Large Breed Adult Nutrition  20#

23100 29158


Special Kitty Original  8#

78742 05744

Pedigree Large Breed Adult Nutrition  30.1#

23100 31484


Special Kitty Original  18#

81131 17559

Pedigree Large Breed Adult Nutrition  36.4#

23100 31479


Special Kitty Original  20#

78742 05794

Pedigree Large Breed Adult Nutrition  40#

23100 29154


Special Kitty Original  25#

81131 68869

Pedigree Small Crunchy Bites Adult Nutrition  4.4#

23100 05104


Wegman's Bruiser Complete Nutrition Dog Food  4.4#

77890 33654

Pedigree Small Crunchy Bites Adult Nutrition  8.8#

23100 05103


Wegman's Bruiser Complete Nutrition Dog Food  20#

77890 32988

Pedigree Small Crunchy Bites Adult Nutrition  20#

23100 14719


Wegman's Bruiser Complete Nutrition Dog Food  37.5#

77890 32994

Pedigree Small Crunchy Bites Adult Nutrition  32#

23100 31483


Wegman's Bruiser Puppy Dog Food  4.4#

77890 33621

Pedigree Small Crunchy Bites Adult Nutrition  40#

23100 31478


Wegman's Bruiser Puppy Dog Food  17.6#

77890 32991

Pedigree Small Crunchy Bites Adult Nutrition  44#

23100 05100


Wegman's Bruiser Small Crunchy Bites Dog Food  4.4#

77890 33618

Pedigree Small Crunchy Bites Adult Nutrition  52#

23100 05110


Wegman's Bruiser Small Crunchy Bites Dog Food  20#

77890 32982

Pet Pride Indoor Cat  3.5#

11110 74584


Wegman's Buju & Ziggie Complete Cat Food  3.5#

77890 10005

Pet Pride Indoor Cat  18#

11110 74585


Wegman's Buju & Ziggie Complete Cat Food  18#

77890 10004

Pet Pride Weight Management Dog Food  17.6#

11110 74578


Wegman's Buju & Ziggie Indoor Cat Food  3.5#

77890 12038

PMI Nutrition Bites & Bones Dog Food  50#

42869 00174


Wegman's Buju & Ziggie Indoor Cat Food  18#

77890 12039

PMI Nutrition Canine Advantage  50#

42869 00172


Wegman's Buju & Ziggie Kitten  3.5#

77890 12036

PMI Nutrition Feline Medley  20#

42869 00171


Wegman's Buju & Ziggie Original Medley Cat Food  3.5#

77890 10006

PMI Nutrition Gravy Crunches Dog Food  40#

42869 00033


Wegman's Buju & Ziggie Original Medley Cat Food  18#

77890 10003

Red Flannel Active Formula Dog Food  40# 

42869 00063


Red Flannel Adult Formula Dog Food  20#

42869 00055

Red Flannel Adult Formula Dog Food  40# 

42869 00054

Red Flannel Canine Select Dog Food  20#

42869 00068

Red Flannel Canine Select Dog Food  40#

42869 00067

Red Flannel Cat  10#

42869 00059

Red Flannel Cat  20#

42869 00058

Red Flannel Hi Pro Formula Dog Food  50# 

42869 00065

Red Flannel Prime Dog Food  25#

42869 00052

Red Flannel Prime Dog Food  50#

42869 00053

Red Flannel Puppy  40#

42869 00056

Franklin, 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 serotype Schwarzengrund. 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.




"Rothsay-"Canada's largest recycler of animal by-products into end user products, including pet food, animal feed, amino acid supplements, biodiesel and other industrial uses. Rothsay provides an essential service for its customers and other Maple Leaf operations by responsibly managing and recapturing the value of inedible by-products.


Rothsay Fact Sheet

This lists all plants, their operations and what happens to the various products from the rendering.  You see that their proteins are used for animal feed--pet food specifically mentioned--and sent worldwide.

Learn about rendering. http://www.rothsay.ca/r_prod.html


Pet Food Meat and Bone Meal

Pet Food Grade Poultry Fat


Rothsay home page.

So--we have listeria contaminated meats which are being recalled and this company operates a large rendering business which sells at least some of its products for use in pet foods and other animal feeds.
Until all the facts are in, we say BUYER BEWARE! WHEN IN DOUBT, THROW IT OUT!

Mars Petcare US Voluntarily Issues Limited Recall of PEDIGREE(R) Complete Nutrition Small Crunchy Bites at Albertsons in Southern California and Las Vegas STATEMENT
Last update: 12:00 a.m. EDT Aug. 9, 2008
FRANKLIN, Tenn., Aug 08, 2008 /PRNewswire-USNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Today Mars Petcare US announced a voluntary recall of 100 of the 20-pound bags of PEDIGREE(R) Complete Nutrition Small Crunchy Bites sold in Southern California and Las Vegas, Nevada to a limited number of Albertsons locations due to potential Salmonella contamination.
PEDIGREE(R) Complete Nutrition Small Crunchy Bites is a multi-component dry pet food. Last week, a component that should have been on hold due to positive testing results was inadvertently shipped to our Tracy, California facility and used in the production of 100 bags of PEDIGREE(R) Complete Nutrition Small Crunchy Bites with best buy dates of 07/2009


August 14, 2008: Lab results are back on samples believed to be Nutro Natural Choice Chicken Meal, Rice and Oatmeal Formula, Lot # 25/Jul/2009 19:59 and Nutro Max Puppy, lot # unknown

Pfpsa.org acquired and tested these samples in response to numerous consumer complaints, related to suspected problems with Nurto dry dog food, as reported by Consumer Affairs. The samples were sent to the Washington Animal Disease Diagnostic Lab to be tested for e-coli, salmonella, and listeria, which all tested non-detected. WADDL then forwarded the samples to the Analytical Sciences Laboratory, University of Idaho, to be tested for aflatoxin and a variety of minerals and metals. Aflatoxin was non-detected on both samples at 100 ppb.

By AAFCO guidelines levels on a number of these substances are far higher than AAFCO recommendations. Most notable are copper and zinc. Copper in the two samples were approximately 2 and 3 times higher than AAFCO recommendations. As previously reported by pfpsa.org, some species of dogs are exceptionally sensitive to excess copper.

AAFCO recommends zinc in dog food, on a dry matter basis, at a level of 120 ppm (mg/kg), with a maximum acceptable level of 1,000 ppm. At this point, pfpsa.org would openly question the AAFCO recommendation, as it appears to be on the order of 10 times the amount recommended for humans on a body weight basis. Did AAFCO drop a decimal point on zinc? The daily recommended dosage of zinc in humans is 15 mg.. A 60 pound dog, that ate a little over a pound of dry dog food, would receive 60 mg zinc at the AAFCO recommended level of 120 ppm. Unless dogs have dramatically different metabolic requirements for zinc, as compared to humans, the dosage for a 60 pound dog vs. a 150 pound human, would come to exactly 10 times the required amount based on AAFCO recommendations.

The samples believed to be Nutro dry dog food tested positive for zinc at levels of 260 ppm (ug/g) and 400 ppm as fed. Assuming 10% moisture content “as fed”, vs. “dry matter” as calculated by AAFCO, the 400 ppm sample is over 4 times the recommended amount, and at half the maximum amount allowed. This would come to on the order of 40 times the amount of zinc recommended for human dietary requirements.

This report by the College of Veterinary Medicine, at the University of Georgia, describes zinc toxicity in dogs. The symptoms are consistent with the majority of those reported by consumers suspecting problems believed to be associated with feeding Nutro dry dog food.

July 16, 2008: A composite of samples of Nutro Max Cat Gourmet Classics "California Chicken Supreme Dinner" Lot JUN 21 09, Lot SEP 05 09, and Lot MAY 16 09 tested postive for cyanuric acid. This is pet food manufactured prior to the March 2007 recall period. There is a growing body of evidence that Chinese gluten was not solely responsible for the estimated quarter million recall related pet deaths. This body of evidence indicates pet food companies were illegally spiking pet food with cyanuric acid to fraudulently inflate the apparent protein content. A study conducted by UC Davis last year confirmed neither melamine nor cyanuric acid alone are toxic. These tests show the most likely cause of death in many affected pets was the result of a mixture of both illegally adulterated recalled and unrecalled pet food. Test Results

June 14, 2008: Additional test results are back on the Fancy Feast samples we’ve been working on. Ethylene glycol and DEG were not detected. Organic acids were undetected at a level of sensitivity of 1,000 ppm, with the exception of lactic acid, which was present in the food at 2,200 ppm. In a three ounce can of food, at this level of lactic acid, there would be approximately 170 mg. lactic acid present in one can. Based on available research, it is our current view it’s unlikely this level of lactic acid would be toxic. We will continue to investigate the possibility this food either contained toxic adulterants and/or unsafe levels of additives.

A pet owner with unopened samples of pet food manufactured prior to the March 2007 recall period has donated funds to pfpsa.org and supplied samples to be tested through the project. Samples have been submitted to the lab and results should be back in a few weeks.

Pfpsa.org has been helping pet owners with testing pet food suspected in a pet’s illness for almost nine months now. At this time, we felt it would be appropriate to make information on donations and expenses available to persons interested in the progress of this start up phase of the effort. Through June 8, 2008, pfpsa.org has received $2454 in donations and our expenses totaled $2116. To date, pfpsa.org has been operated strictly through the efforts of volunteers. As a result, we’re proud to report that 95% of all funds donated to the effort have been applied directly to the project’s objectives, with the remainder going to merchant services for processing contributions.

May 8, 2008: Unopened samples of Fancy Feast “Ocean White fish & Tuna Feast”, Lot# 80171160L11651036, tested “non-detected” for unknown toxins and below detectable limits for peroxide and mercury. The circumstances surrounding this food, as outlined by the pet owner that supplied the samples, leaves open questions as to the possibility there may be issues with the pet food. It is unknown if other pet owners have experienced similar problems or if this is an isolated incident. Currently, pfpsa.org has approximately $150, which may be used toward ordering additional tests. If any other pet owners have experienced recent health issues in their pets, which could potentially be related to this pet food, we would appreciate any information you may be able to provide, especially if you have lab work available from your vet. We will continue to research the possibility there is a connection between this pet food and the health issues as reported by the pet owner. Pfpsa.org would like to express its heartfelt appreciation to those who have worked with us and contributed toward investigating this particular issue. Thank you.

February 25, 2008: Test results are back on samples received in ziplock bags, believed to be Evangers pheasant and brown rice, best by Oct. 17, 2009, code #001.

Tests ordered: Solanine tested negative.

Aflatoxin and copper. Aflatoxin tested negative. Copper levels were approximately twice the recommended level for dogs. Copper is a necessary element, but excess levels may cause health problems in some breeds.

In a lab report supplied by a private party, a sample believed to be Hill's Science Diet Adult Dry Cat Food - best before 02/09, tested positive for cyanuric acid and melamine. This food is believed to have been manufactured in July 2007, purchased in October 2007, and apparently caused the owner's cat's death shortly after it was purchased.

NOTICE: No funds are currently available to assist pet owners with pet food testing. Donations are needed to further our efforts. In the mean time, we remain committed to working with pet owners suspecting problems with pet food, and will make every effort to provide information and suggest resources to those interested in getting pet food tested at their own expense.

IMPENDING NUTRO RECALL??-July 2, 2008 (Note-we DO NOT carry Nutro, nor any other products listed here. This page is posted to assist our readers who may be feeding these foods.
Although Nutro has not yet issued a formal recall, we felt our readers should be aware of illnesses and deaths related to feeding Nutro pet food over the past few months. More info is available at these sites:

By Lisa Wade McCormick

June 23, 2008
Scores of pet owners report their animals became ill while eating Nutro products, then recovered when they were switched to another brand.
At least six dogs have died in the past two months, according to an analysis of complaints to ConsumerAffairs.com. The company discounts the reports, saying they are isolated and unconfirmed; at least one Nutro employee, sickened by the company's response, told us she resigned.
In related developments, ConsumerAffairs.com has learned:

• The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently investigated the April deaths of two dogs in Indiana. The FDA tested samples of the Nutro food those dogs ate, but did not find any toxins. No one, however, has tested the Nutro food the other dogs ate before they died;

• A pet for Nutro confirmed she's heard complaints about the company's food making dogs and cats sick. She reported those concerns to her supervisor, but said they were ignored. She recently resigned;

• There is a shortage of some varieties of Nutro dog food. The company says this is a supply problem – not a safety or quality issue;

• Some consumers have sent their pets' food to Nutro for testing. They have not received any results. Other pet owners plan to hire private labs to test their food and report their concerns to the FDA and the Animal Poison Control Center run by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA).
The six dogs that recently died include two Italian Greyhounds in Indiana, a Beagle/Whippet mix in Pennsylvania, two German Shepherd puppies in North Carolina, and a Doberman Pinscher in Texas.
The dogs' owners all say their pets were in good health and they're convinced that Nutro's food is somehow connected to their animals' deaths. Those concerns are echoed by pet owners whose dogs and cats have recently become sick after eating the company's food.
Nutro, however, defends its products and says the food is 100 percent safe.
But scores of pet owners across the country -- including longtime Nutro customers -- no longer feel safe feeding this brand of food to their dogs and cats.
June 24, 2008

COMFORTIS® and ivermectin interaction Safety Warning Notification

Today the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM) is announcing that it has received reports of adverse reactions in dogs receiving the drug Comfortis® (spinosad) concurrently with high, extra-label doses of the drug ivermectin. The clinical signs of these adverse reactions are consistent with ivermectin toxicity.

Comfortis® (spinosad), manufactured by Elanco Animal Health, a division of Eli Lilly and Company, is a monthly oral, chewable tablet used for the prevention and treatment of flea infestations on dogs. Veterinarians who use high, extra-label doses of ivermectin to treat dogs with non-responsive demodectic mange and other conditions should be aware that some dogs have developed signs of ivermectin toxicity when ivermectin is used concurrently with Comfortis® (spinosad). 

CVM and Elanco Animal Health are advising veterinarians that dogs receiving extra-label doses of ivermectin should not receive concurrent treatment with Comfortis® (spinosad).

CVM is working with Elanco Animal Health as they address this issue.  Additional information regarding this safety warning can be obtained on the Elanco Animal Health website.

Lilly Companion Animal Health Technical Bulletin:  Spinosad and the Extra-Label Use of High Dose Ivermectin for the Treatment of Generalized Demodicosis in Dogs - http://elms.xh1.lilly.com/10788_03_tech_Bulletin.pdf

Sept 21, 2007 PetSmart pulled various Smokehouse brand chicken and duck dog treats from their shelves as a precautionary measure. The company pulled these treats in response to American Veterinary Medical Association's warning about various treat products from China due to complaints from pet owners about ill dogs.

PetSmart has also pulled Pet n' Shape Chik n' Rings dog treats from their shelves as a precaution. When we spoke to PetSmart last week, there was no word about a Pet n' Shape treat being pulled off shelves last week.

Story continues at:

Sept 19, 2007 Bravo! has announced a recall of certain varieties of its poultry products for pets. Here is the press release dated September 18 that is on their website:

Bravo! announces a voluntary recall of select tubes of three of its poultry products for cats and dogs. The pet food is being recalled because two of the products have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes, while the other product has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

Sept 17, 2007
Expertox, a Texas lab, has found elevated levels of lead, chromium, and cadmium in two Chinese-made pet toys sold at Wal-Mart. But two veterinarians said the levels found by the lab are not a health risk to cats and dogs.

The lab was hired by ConsumerAffairs.com to test two dog toys and two cat toys for heavy metals and other toxins.

A dog chew toy, a green monster, tested positive for what the lab categorizes as high levels of lead and chromium. The lab detected lead levels of 907.4 micrograms per kilogram (almost one part per million). Chromium was found at levels of 334.9 micrograms per kilogram. Levels of cadmium, arsenic and mercury were also found in the green monster toy.

The lab said with that kind of concentration, if a dog puts the toy in his mouth and chews or licks it, he is being exposed to a good amount of lead and runs the risk of metal toxicity that may shorten his life.

Expertox said a cloth catnip toy also tested positive for a "tremendous amount" of the toxic metal cadmium. The levels of cadmium found were 236 micrograms per kilogram.

Two other Wal-Mart pet toys were analyzed, a cloth hedgehog for dogs and a plastic dumbbell toy for cats. Expertox found cadmium in those two pet toys, but the lab toxicologist said the levels found were similar to the amount in one cigarette and not considered significant.

Read the rest of the article at:

Aug 16, 2007
A Philadelphia woman says her dog died after eating tainted dog food treats bought from Wal-Mart. Wal-Mart has quietly pulled the made in China dog treat from its stores. There has been no announcement to the public as of yet. It is also uncertain of how many tainted bags of treats there may still be out among consumers.

Kate Collins said it is hard to talk about. Bella, her two-year-old Chihuahua, died suddenly in July after eating Bestro Chicken Jerky Strips.
Collins said that Bella died within a week after eating the treats. The other dogs did not receive the same treats and are unaffected.

Bella's owner had the animal hospital do an autopsy and they found that Bella died of an infection caused by toxic bacteria.

July 21, 2007 -Natural Balance has announced that it is recalling it's Natural Balance Eatables for Dogs due to a supplier's recall.
The affected formulas include 15oz cans of: Irish Stew, Hobo Chili, Chinese Take-Out and Southern Style Dumplin's with Gravy.
 The supplier, Castleberry Foods, found one instance of botulism in improperly sealed cans.

The recall information was only sent to subscribers to their newsletters. This information is not yet available on the Natural Balance website.

Full details at:

In April, Itchmo posted about a FDA salmonella contamination alert in American Bullie Dog Chew products.

In a follow-up to their salmonella contamination, a FDA warning letter dated June 11, 2007 was sent to T.W. Enterprises, the company that makes American Bullie Dog Chew products. The letter referenced the FDA inspections that were conducted on January 18 and 23.

During these inspections, the FDA not only found salmonella in the products, but they noted that the company had other violations. The company was found to be dipping their products in bleach.

The inspection also revealed that it is a practice of your firm to allow pizzles to [redacted], then to submerge them in [redacted] of water containing [redacted] bleach for [redacted] hours. Household bleach is not approved for use in animal feeds. Firms or individuals who want to use a substance in feeds for a purpose for which the substance is either not generally recognized as safe (GRAS) or approved by the FDA as a food additive are required to first contact the FDA or file a food additive petition to establish the safety and utility of the substance for its intended use.

The warning letter gave T.W. Enterprises 15 days to correct their actions and comply with the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act.

We were completely blown away that a company would dip pet food products in bleach. We contacted the compliance officer to see if T.W. Enterprises had corrected their actions and complied with the act. We are still waiting for a response and will post it as soon as we hear from the officer.

Continue reading: FDA Warning Letter To Company That Makes American Bullie Dog Chew Products


EXCLUSIVE: Lab Reports Cyanuric Acid In Unrecalled Dry Food
May 24th, 2007

Itchmo has learned that a toxicology test reported the presence of cyanuric acid in an opened bag of what is alleged to be Iams Large Breed dry dog food. According to the report obtained by Itchmo, (available on the site) the results have been certified by a forensic toxicologist. The testing method detects concentrations in excess of 0.1%. We have obtained a copy of the toxicology report and you can see for yourself. We have remove personal information for privacy reasons and a correct lot number was obtained.

We have contacted Iams :In response, Iams says they are “fully confident” that no cyanuric acid or melamine entered their products. They also defended their “exceptional response” to handling customer complaints. When asked if they were testing for melamine and cyanuric acid after the manufacture of their products, Iams said that they were “constantly improving their quality control processes.”

Iams Large Breed does not list rice protein concentrate or wheat gluten as ingredients.

We cannot stress this point enough: This test was performed on a sample from an opened bag. We do not know if this is an isolated case of contamination before or after the sale, or if it is widespread.This information requires verification and we are asking for your help.

Itchmo is asking you to find an unopened 20 lb. bag of Iams Large Breed dry dog food that matches the lot number: 260608 70574173 F4 US30940 with the expiration date of 6/26/08.If you find an unopened bag, please email us at tips@itchmo.com and we will provide further instructions. If it's the right bag, we will pay for the cost of the bag of food, shipping and testing. There will be no cost to you.

If an unopened bag is found and tested, we will release the results as soon as they become available regardless of the outcome.
Full Article:


May 23, 2007 Recall Expansion: Menu Foods Adds Two More to Canadian Recall List

In a press release dated today, Menu Foods has added two more items to their Canadian recall list:

1) Western Family Canada Chicken Cuts/Gravy canned dog food dated December 11, 2009 to March 7, 2010 (624g)

2) Western Family Canada Chunks of Chicken/Gravy canned cat food dated December 11, 2009 to March 7, 2010 (374g)

Menu Foods said that these two items should have been added to their recall expansion on May 2 and just recently noticed that they were omitted.

May 22, 2007 Costco brand Nutra Nuggets dog food tested positive for melamine
NEW RECALL: Nutra Nuggets Lamb Meal and Rice Dry Formula for Dogs Recalled

We have been able to confirm that Nutra Nuggets (made by Diamond Pet Foods) is recalling their Lamb Meal and Rice Dry Formula for Dogs with the Best Buy dates of October 9-10, 2008. We spoke with a vet at the Nutra Nuggets recall line and he said that so far, they had only heard of 2 cases in which the dogs had renal diseases (confirming the news report from yesterday).

He said that it was due to cross-contamination due to food being produced for Natural Balance (Natural Balance had recalls in mid-April). At this time, he said that no other food produced by Nutra Nuggets was being recalled.

A central California vet is reporting that tests on a bag of Nutra Nuggets-brand dog food purchased from Costco tested positive for melamine.

Veterinarian Dr. Matt Humason says “We began asking questions…we found the dogs all ate the same food from the same store at the same time… so we sent a sample to get it tested and it came back positive with melamine.” All four dogs ate Nutra Nuggets brand food.
A sample was sent to a lab at UC Davis and [the pet owner’s] fears were confirmed.

NEW RECALLS: More Recalls from Chenango Valley Pet Foods
May 18th, 2007

Last night, there were recalls of Lick Your Chops and Evolve made by Chenango Valley Pet Foods, and there's more to add to that list. According to a FDA press release dated 5/17/07, here is a list of recalls of dry pet food from Chenango Valley Pet Foods
(this list even includes ferret food now):

        * DOCTORS FOSTER & SMITH LAMB & BROWN RICE FORMULA ADULT DOG FOOD, NET WT. 6 LBS. (UPC 25141 28244), 15 LBS. (25141 30074), and 30 LBS. (UPC 25141 06043); Date Codes: Best By Feb 09 09 and Best By Feb 26 09;
        * SHOP RITE REDI-MIXT DOG FOOD FOR DOGS, NET WT. 25 LB. (UPC 41190 00555), Date Code: Code C7107;
        * LICK YOUR CHOPS KITTEN & CAT FOOD, NET WEIGHT 4 LBS. (UPC 32976 25915), and 18 LBS. (UPC 32976 25925); Date Code: Best Used By April 29 08; [We posted this recall last night]
        * SHEP chunk style dog food, NET WT. 20 LBS. (UPC 41498 14142); Date Code: Best By March 14 08;
        * 8 in 1 Ferret ULTRA-BLEND ADVANCED NUTRITION DIET, NET WT. 20 LBS, UPC 26851 00413, Code: C7072;
        * Bulk Lamb & Brown Rice Formula Dog Food, Date Code: Feb 09, 08, sold to one consignee SmartPak.
        * Health Diet Cat Food Chicken & Rice Dinner NET WT. 1.81 kg/4 LB (UPC 78198 01594), 4 kg/8.8 LB (UPC 78198 01599), and 8 kg/17.6 LB (UPC 78198 01585); Code C7072;

UPDATED MAY 18, 2007: NEW RECALL: Evolve Dry Kitten Food Recalled
Evolve is recalling their dry kitten food formula with the Best Used By date of September 13, 2008.

Their Triumph canned food brand was also a part of a previous recall.
Evolve's announcement says:

    Evolve Kitten Food made on March 12, 2007 has now been included in [the recalled pet food] group.

    As of today, 99.4% of the 27,560 lbs. of product made on March 12, 2007 (Best Used By Sep 13 08) has been accounted for and removed from sale. Currently there is 168 lbs. that has not been accounted for. The above 168 lbs. is a total of 9 units in 3# and 7# sizes.

NEW RECALL: Lick Your Chops Recalls Dry Cat Food
May 17th, 2007

Lick Your Chops is recalling their Kitten and Cat dry food in the 4 lb. and 18 lb. bags with a Best By date of 4/29/08, due to the possibility this product may have been cross-contaminated.

The food doesn't contain any wheat gluten, corn gluten or rice protein concentrate, but "it was produced around the same time there may have been other products manufactured that contained rice gluten, even though tests on these products did not indicate any presence of contamination".

Updated May 12, 2007-Royal Canin is recalling more products: eight Sensible Choice dry dog food products and seven Kasco dry dog and cat food products. Royal Canin states small traces of melamine were found in the rice protein concentrate provided by Cereal ByProducts.

These eight Sensible Choice dry dog food products and seven Kasco dry dog and cat food products with Best Before date codes between
July 28, 2007 to April 30, 2008
are being voluntarily recalled

SENSIBLE CHOICE® (available in pet specialty stores nationwide)
- SENSIBLE CHOICE® Chicken and Rice Adult (Dry Dog Food)
- SENSIBLE CHOICE® Chicken and Rice Reduced (Dry Dog Food)
- SENSIBLE CHOICE®  Lamb and Rice Reduced (Dry Dog Food)
- SENSIBLE CHOICE® Chicken and Rice Puppy (Dry Dog Food)
- SENSIBLE CHOICE® Chicken and Rice Large Breed Puppy (Dry Dog Food)

KASCO® (available in pet specialty stores nationwide)
- KASCO® Chunks (Dry Dog Food)
- KASCO® Hi Energy (Dry Dog Food)
- KASCO® Maintenance (Dry Dog Food)
- KASCO® Mealettes (Dry Dog Food)
- KASCO® Mini Chunks (Dry Dog Food)
- KASCO® Puppy (Dry Dog Food)
- KASCO® Cat (Dry Cat Food)

BREAKING NEWS: Menu Foods Recall Expands Dramatically May 2nd, 2007

This recall expansion covers dozens of new brands and foods.

Menu Foods has previously recalled wet cat and dog food produced with contaminated wheat gluten supplied by ChemNutra Inc.

Menu Foods is now expanding the recall due to the possibility of cross-contamination. Menu Foods has received a report from a customer and has received study results, both of which indicate cross-contamination.

Recall includes cuts and gravy and select other products which do not include ChemNutra wheat gluten but which were manufactured at any of Menu Foods’ plants during the period that ChemNutra wheat gluten was used at that plant, to the extent they have not already been subject to a recall,

Recalled Brands List

Due to several recall expansions, we suggest that you avoid all these brands.
(Updated 5/2 with major Menu Foods recall expansion.)

For Cats

For Dogs

Dry Food

1.                  Blue Buffalo Spa Select Kitten

2.                  Drs. Fosters and Smith

3.                  Hills Prescription Diet m/d

4.                  Lick Your Chops

5.                  Natural Balance - Venison

6.                  Royal Canin Veterinary Diet


1.                  Pounce Meaty Morsels


1.                  Americas Choice, Preferred Pets

2.                  Authority (PetSmart brand)

3.                  Best Choice

4.                  Blue Buffalo

5.                  Cat's Choice

6.                  Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover's Soul

7.                  Companion (Stop & Shop, Giant Food Stores)

8.                  Compliments

9.                  Co-Op Gold

10.               Demoulas Market Basket

11.               Despar

12.               Eukanuba

13.               Fame

14.               Feline Classic

15.               Feline Cuisine

16.               Fine Feline Cat

17.               Food Lion

18.               Foodtown

19.               Giant Companion

20.               Giant Eagle

21.               Hannaford

22.               Harmony Farms

23.               Hill Country Fare

24.               Hy-Vee

25.               Iams

26.               J.E. Mondou

27.               La Griffe

28.               Laura Lynn

29.               Li'l Red

30.               Loving Meals

31.               Masters Choice

32.               Max Cat

33.               Medi-Cal

34.               Meijer's Main Choice

35.               Natural Balance

36.               Natural Ultramix (Castor and Pollux)

37.               Nutriplan

38.               Nutro Max Gourmet Classics

39.               Nutro Natural Choice

40.               Paws

41.               Pet Pride (Kroger brand)

42.               Performatrin Ultra

43.               Presidents Choice

44.               Price Chopper

45.               Priority US (Safeway brand)

46.               Publix

47.               Roche Brothers

48.               Royal Canin Medi-Cal Feline Dissolution Formula

49.               Save-A-Lot Special Blend

50.               Schnucks

51.               Science Diet Feline Savory Cuts Cans

52.               Sophistacat (PetSmart brand)

53.               Special Kitty Canada

54.               Special Kitty US (Wal-Mart brand)

55.               Springfield Prize

56.               Sprout

57.               Stop & Shop Companion

58.               Stuzzy Gold

59.               Tops Companion

60.               Trader Joe's

61.               Triumph

62.               Wegmans

63.               Weis Total Pet

64.               Western Family Canada

65.               Western Family US

66.               White Rose

67.               Winn Dixie

68.               Your Pet

Dry Food

1.                  Drs. Fosters and Smith

2.                  Natural Balance - Venison

3.                  Royal Canin Sensible Choice

4.                  Royal Canin Veterinary Diet

5.                  SmartPak


1.                  Beef Sticks

2.                  Blue Buffalo

3.                  Champion Breed

4.                  Companion's Best

5.                  Dollar General

6.                  Gravy Train

7.                  Happy Tails

8.                  Harmony Farms Health Bar

9.                  Jerky Treats

10.               Lassie Lamb

11.               Natural Balance - Venison

12.               Nurture

13.               Ol'Roy

14.               Perfect Pals

15.               Pet Life

16.               Stater Brothers

Wet Food

1.                  ALPO Prime Cuts in Gravy

2.                  Americas Choice, Preferred Pet

3.                  Authority (PetSmart brand)

4.                  Award (PetSmart brand)

5.                  Best Choice

6.                  Big Bet

7.                  Big Red

8.                  Bloom

9.                  Blue Buffalo

10.               Wegmans Bruiser (Wegmans brand)

11.               Cadillac

12.               Canine Caviar Gourmet Beaver

13.               Canine Caviar Gourmet Turkey

14.               Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover's Soul

15.               Companion (Stop & Shop, Giant Food Stores)

16.               Compliments

17.               Co-Op Gold

18.               Demoulas Market Basket

19.               Diamond Lamb and Rice

20.               Eukanuba

21.               Food Lion

22.               Giant Companion (Giant Food stores)


24.               Great Choice

25.               Hannaford

26.               Harmony Farms

27.               Health Diet Gourmet Cusine

28.               Hill Country Fare

29.               Hy-Vee

30.               Iams

31.               Kirkland

32.               La Griffe

33.               Laura Lynn

34.               Lick Your Chops

35.               Loving Meals

36.               Mana Pro Uni-Milk/li>

37.               Masters Choice

38.               Meijers Main Choice

39.               Mighty Dog Pouch (Nestle Purina)

40.               Mixables

41.               Mulligan Stew Chicken

42.               Mulligan Stew Turkey

43.               Natural Balance

44.               Natural Life

45.               Nu Pet

46.               Nutriplan

47.               Nutro Max

48.               Nutro Natural Choice

49.               Nutro Ultra

50.               Nutro

51.               Ol'Roy Canada

52.               Ol'Roy US

53.               Paws

54.               Performatrin Ultra

55.               Pet Essentials (Target brand)

56.               Pet Pride - Good n Meaty (Kroger brand)

57.               Presidents Choice

58.               Price Chopper

59.               Priority Canada

60.               Priority US (Safeway brand)

61.               Publix

62.               Roche Brothers

63.               Save-A-Lot Choice Morsels

64.               Schnucks

65.               Shep Dog

66.               Springsfield Prize

67.               Sprout

68.               Stater Brothers

69.               Stop & Shop Companion

70.               Tops Companion

71.               Trader Joe's

72.               Triumph

73.               Truly

74.               Weis Total Pet

75.               Western Family Canada

76.               Western Family US

77.               White Rose

78.               Winn Dixie

79.               Your Pet



Recalls added recently:

Nestle' Purina Beneful -click here to read more about reported illnesses and deaths related to Purina Beneful pet food









March 29, 2007

The below Eukanuba prescribed foods were the subject of an FDA warning letter because they contain a prohibited food supplement, chromium tripicolinate, the safety of which has not been studied in dogs or cats.Chromium tripicolinate has been linked to acute renal failure in humans. The Iams Co. has not stated a date by which time the compound - which continues to be listed as an ingredient on the Iams Web site - would be removed.


Eukanuba Veterinary Diets Optimum Weight Control dry
Restricted-Calorie/Canine dry and canned



March 29, 2007

The below Eukanuba prescribed foods were the subject of an FDA warning letter because they contain a prohibited food supplement, chromium tripicolinate, the safety of which has not been studied in dogs or cats.Chromium tripicolinate has been linked to acute renal failure in humans. The Iams Co. has not stated a date by which time the compound - which continues to be listed as an ingredient on the Iams Web site - would be removed.

Eukanuba Veterinary Diets Optimum Weight Control dry
Restricted-Calorie/Feline dry and canned


Natural Balance recalls more products
- this time canned. Same ingredient (rice protein concentrate) different manufacturer (American Nutrition). natural-balance-expands-recall-to-canned-foods_20070426 Products recalled are:

    * Chicken Formula Canned Dog Food 13 oz
    * Lamb Formula Canned Dog Food 13 oz
    * Beef Formula Canned Dog Food 13 oz
    * Ocean Fish Formula Canned Cat Food 3 oz & 6 oz

BREAKING NEWS: Blue Buffalo Recalls All Canned Dog and Cat Food, As Well As Treats

Blue Buffalo just announced another expansion of the recall covering:

    * All Blue brand can dog foods
    * All Spa Select brand can cat foods
    * All Blue Health Bar treats.

The release indicates that rice protein was added without their knowledge to these products. Blue Buffalo attributes this to "tampering" by their contract manufacturer American Nutrition, who was connected to several other recalls on Thursday.

Rice Protein Recalls Continue to Expand

April 26th, 2007

American Nutrition is finally recalling their foods containing rice protein concentrate. The recall covers Kirkland Signature Super Premium Canned Food, item # 38436, best buy dates of Aug. 21 08 to April 15 of 09. It is not yet clear if that is the extent of all American Nutrition’s recalls.

Chenango Valley is adding one more product to the list in addition to SmartPak and Drs. Fosters & Smith products.

  • Lick Your Chops Lamb Meal, Rice & Egg Cat Food in packages with a net weight of 4 lbs. and a code date best used by April 29, 2008.

For all recent recalls, check Recall Update: Thursday.

(Thanks to PetSitUSA and PetConnection)

Recall Update: Thursday

April 26th, 2007

Wilbur-Ellis Rice Protein Concentrate Recalls:
UPDATE: AP identifies another (fifth) pet food maker that received tainted rice protein concentrate: American Nutrition in Utah. Their products are listed here.

Five pet food makers were said to have received the tainted rice protein concentrate. Four are listed above. More than a week after Wilbur-Ellis issued a recall for all their RPC, American Nutrition has yet to follow through. The FDA is still mum on a complete list of companies.


Drs. Fosters & Smith Products Recalled Due to Rice Protein
April 25th, 2007

Another pet food maker - Drs. Fosters & Smith - is issuing a recall due to the use of Wilbur-Ellis rice protein.
    Rice protein concentrate has been indicated as a source of melamine recently found in pet food products. As a precautionary measure Wilbur-Ellis company, the supplier of rice protein concentrate, is voluntarily recalling all lots of rice protein concentrate. Full details:http://www.itchmo.com/read/drs-fosters-smith-products-recalled_20070425

The recalled products are:

Royal Canin Canada adds specialty diet pet foods to recall list...READ DETAILS HERE

BREAKING NEWS: Melamine in Corn Gluten Linked to South African Pet Illnesses
April 19th, 2007 
For the full details, go to:http://www.itchmo.com

The 29 cases of renal failure in South Africa has been linked to melamine in corn gluten used in pet food. Corn gluten is used extensively in the US.

Tests have confirmed that Vets Choice and Royal Canin dog and cat dry pet-food products contained corn gluten contaminated with melamine, says the manufacturer. The contaminated corn gluten was delivered to Royal Canin by a South African third-party supplier and appears to have originated from China.

We were tracking cases of the South African pet deaths before and have heard rumors of corn gluten contamination.

At this point, we believe that all corn gluten should be considered at risk for contamination and should be tested by every pet food manufacturer and the FDA.


Due to contaminated Rice Protein Concentrate

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- Pacoima, CA -- April 17, 2007-- Natural Balance, Pacoima, CA, is issuing a voluntary nationwide recall for all of its Venison dog products and the dry Venison cat food only, regardless of date codes. The recalled products include Venison and Brown Rice canned and bagged dog foods, Venison and Brown Rice dog treats, and Venison and Green Pea dry cat food. Recent laboratory results show that the products contain melamine. We believe the source of the melamine is a rice protein concentrate.   Natural Balance has confirmed this morning that some production batches of these products may contain melamine.

The recall was prompted by consumer complaints received by Natural Balance involving a small number of cats and dogs that developed kidney failure after eating the affected product.

Dogs or cats who have consumed the suspect food and show signs of kidney failure (such as loss of appetite, lethargy and vomiting) should be seen by a veterinarian. We recommend our customers immediately stop feeding our recalled venison products regardless of date code and return unused product to their retailer for a full refund.

The products are packaged in bags, cans and zip lock treat bags and sold in pet specialty stores and PetCo nationally.
No other Natural Balance products are involved in this voluntary recall as none of our other formulas include the rice protein concentrate.

Although the problems seem to be focused on a particular production period of the venison products, over the last four days we have notified our distributors and retailers by phone and e-mail to immediately stop selling and return all recalled Venison dog foods and treats and the Venison dry cat food. Venison canned cat food is not involved.

The source of the melamine appears to be a rice protein concentrate, which was recently added to the dry venison formulas. Natural Balance does not use wheat gluten, which was associated with the previous melamine contamination.

None of Natural Balance’s other dry formulas, none of our other canned or roll products and none of our other treats are involved with this voluntary recall.

We continue to work closely with the FDA in their ongoing investigation.

Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-800-829-4493 or email info@naturalblanceinc.com.


Latest recall involves MediCal canned Dissolution formula.
We recommend checking labels of everything you have on hand and prior to making new purchases, and not feed ANY products containing wheat gluten . If you know for a fact that you've fed some of these foods, the pet should be taken to the vet's for immediate bloodwork, which Menu Foods will pay for.

Another brand of cat food is being recalled after Royal Canin Canada discovered from Menu Foods that its product contained contaminated wheat gluten. $50M lawsuit filed against pet food company Royal Canin
Another big pet-food manufacturer is accused of selling tainted food in Canada that has allegedly killed some animals and made others sick..
Read more about Royal Canin here


The affected product is Medi-Cal Feline Dissolution Formula canned food.

One production lot with the best before date of Jan. 8, 2009 contains the tainted ingredient. But Royal Canin is taking the precautionary step of recalling all date codes. The food is prescribed only through veterinary clinics and is not available through retail outlets.

"After being repeatedly reassured by Menu Foods, as reinforced by FDA public statements, that none of the contaminated wheat gluten had made its way to Canada, we were completely shocked to learn yesterday that this was not the case, and that this wheat gluten had been used in the Feline Dissolution Formula canned product," said Xavier Unkovic, CEO of Royal Canin Canada.

"As animal health professionals and pet owners ourselves, we know this recall will cause concern for our customers as it has for our entire Medi-Cal/Royal Canin team," said Dr. Brent Matthew, Veterinary Division Director. "We deeply regret that this has occurred."

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration last month announced that it had found melamine, a chemical used in plastics and some fertilizer, in samples of recalled pet food. Pet owners who are feeding the recalled product to their cats and have questions are asked to call Royal Canin at 1-866-494-6844.


Prompted by reports from the US Food and Drug Administration as to the presence of melamine in cans of cuts and gravy pet food produced in Menu Foods' Canadian production facility, Menu Foods undertook an accounting of all recalled wheat gluten supplied by ChemNutra Inc. to Menu Foods in the United States.
As the result of that review, Menu Foods has identified a single interplant transfer of the ChemNutra supplied wheat gluten, shipped from
Menu Foods' plant in Emporia, Kansas, to its plant in Streetsville, Ontario. This wheat gluten was subsequently used in the production of
pet food in December, 2006 and January, 2007, which is being recalled by Menu Foods.

The new varieties in the United States and Canada have been added to the recall list. The latest recall group is listed below, and a complete list of recalled products, including the new items can be reviewed at www.menufoods.com

What Pet Foods Have Been Withdrawn from the Market?


Updated April 5, 2007
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Cincinnati, Ohio – April 2, 2007 -- Eight In One, a division of United Pet Group, Inc., is voluntarily recalling across Canada all lots of Dingo® CHICK’N JERKY treats due to company concerns that the jerky treats have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, which can cause serious infections in dogs and cats, and, if there is cross contamination, in people, especially children, the aged, and people with compromised immune systems.

The products affected were sold at various retailers. The products subject to this voluntary recall are Dingo CHICK’N JERKY 3.5 oz. and 8 oz. for dogs and Dingo Kitty CHICKEN JERKY 1.5 oz. for cats and Dingo Ferret CHICKEN JERKY 1.5 oz for ferrets.

Laboratory testing has shown that some samples of these chicken jerky treats were contaminated with Salmonella. The company is recalling all these products out of an abundance of caution. More info


FDA testing finds melamine in recalled pet food 30/03/2007 12:26:13 PM   

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has identified the toxic agent melamine in their probe into what sickened pets that consumed products from Menu Foods. 

Melamine is used as a fertilizer in Asia and has some commercial uses, including as a component in utensils and plates, the FDA said during a news conference Friday.

The substance was found both in wheat gluten that was used as an ingredient in the pet food, and in samples of the food itself.

"Additionally, Cornell University scientists have found melamine in the urine and in one kidney in deceased cats that were part of the original taste test study," said FDA official Dr. Stephen Sundlof.

He said there is little information in scientific literature about the effect of melamine on dogs or cats, so it's difficult to determine what would be a lethal dose.

Nor are officials certain melamine caused any deaths.

"Melamine is an ingredient that should not be in pet food at any level, however I want to make it very clear we are not fully yet certain that melamine is the causative agent of the illness and death of pets," Sundlof said.

The FDA said it could not confirm earlier reports from the New York State Food Laboratory that aminopterin, a rat poison and cancer drug, had been found in the samples.

However, officials said melamine may not be the only "causative agent" in the pet food.

Menu Foods recalled 60 million containers of cat and dog food earlier this month after animals died of kidney failure after eating the company's products.

It is unclear how many pets may have been poisoned by the apparently contaminated food, although anecdotal reports suggest hundreds, if not thousands, have died.

Animal advocates have called for the current recall -- which involved nearly 100 brands of "cuts and gravy'' style dog and cat food -- to expand to all dry foods sold by Menu Foods.

Michael O'Sullivan, of the Humane Society of Canada, told CTV Newsnet the only safe option is to issue a complete recall.

"I think I'd rather err on the side of caution, and in our opinion it makes more sense to do a complete recall in order to protect those 13 million dogs and cats," O'Sullivan said.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, or PETA, held a news conference to the same effect on Friday.

"Some people now believe dry food is what caused their animals' deaths, so the question has to be asked, shouldn't dry foods be added to the recall list," said Bruce Friedrich, PETA's vice-president of international grass roots campaigns.

"PETA is calling for precautionary dry food recall until it can be chemically tested and its safety assured."

Both Friedrich and O'Sullivan said more stringent mandatory requirements must be imposed on the pet food industry.

FDA officials have not indicated that the recall will be expanded.

The FDA has received more than 8,000 complaints.

The FDA's primary concern, officials said, is to identify the source of the melamine, ensure the recall is effective and provide information to the public.


March 24, 2007: It has been confirmed that a toxic substance has been found in Menufood products. Traces of aminopterin, an ingredient used in rat poison, were found in tests of food samples suspected of causing kidney failure in cats and dogs. Officials from the New York State Department of Agriculture confirmed reports that rat poison has been found in pet food products blamed for the deaths and illnesses of as many as 16 animals in the U.S. and Canada.Dog and cat food products from two more companies, Purina and Hill’s Science Diet, have been added to the list of recalled products made by Menu Foods. The pet food is widely sold throughout North America under 48 different dog-food brands and 40 cat-food labels, including Iams, Nutro and Eukanuba.

Menufoods first received reports of illnesses and deaths due to kidney failure in late February when customers began reporting problems. Later, during testing this month, the company was notified that some of the animals had become sick from the "cuts-and-gravy'' style food, which prompted the investigation and recall in late March.

We personally recommend that all families check all pet foods manufactured by MenuFoods for any wheat ingredients, and discontinue feeding these foods immediately due to the fact that “A Friday report from ABC News stated that the rodenticide had been used on wheat that was imported from China by Menu Foods.” The pet food company then used the grain in close to 100 brands of dog and cat food.

Our nutritional experience has proven time and again that conscientious pet food companies put their money into quality, human-grade ingredients for your pet while many other companies sacrifice quality ingredients to produce inexpensive foods, while putting their money into advertising instead. We at Creature Comfort strive to ensure that every product in our store is healthy & safe for your pets. We do not believe in carrying any Dog or Cat foods that contain corn, wheat, by-products, artificial chemicals/preservatives/ingredients, or animal digest. We carefully research each and every new product prior to introducing it to our clients, and whenever possible, use our products with our own pets to experience first hand the effectiveness and quality of our products.

Obviously none of us can prevent nor prepare for such a disaster when the issue is tainted food. However, an important lesson for us all can still be learned: read your ingredients, understand what they are and what affects they may have on your pet’s health, learn more about anything that you don’t understand, research your options with the assistance of a knowledgeable pet nutrition professional, and don't fall for marketing nonsense (such as “vet-recommended formula”, “prescription diet” or claims that a pet food is for a specific medical condition or specific breed of dog or cat). The more you know, the more knowledgeable your choices will be.

ur sympathies go out to those who have experienced illness or loss of their pet due to the recent recalled pet food problem. We can only imagine the heartbreak they have experienced, and the betrayal they must also feel.

Recall information update as of March 24, 2007

Aminopterin, now banned in the U.S., has been used as a cancer treatment drug, an abortive and a rat poison. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has said the investigation into the pet deaths focused on wheat gluten imported from China.

When asked whether the firm would provide compensation for medical bills for sick pets, Henderson said "to the extent that we identify that the cause of any expenses incurred are related to the food, Menu will take responsibility for that."

The scientists have not yet determined how much poison made it into the supply, but said they have come up with a minimum amount of 40 parts per million.

There have been varying reports about the number of pets that have died as the result of eating contaminated food. The scientists wouldn't give an estimate, but when pressed by a reporter, Dr. Donald Smith said "based upon what we've heard in the last couple of days, 16 seems like a low number."

Experts say the effects of the poison could be reversed once the type and source of the toxin are confirmed. "It is possible to get injections of folic acid which could potentially reverse the harmful effects," veterinarian Bernie Caplan said.

Last week, Menu Foods ordered a recall of the affected products in Canada and the U.S. after receiving reports that dogs and cats were becoming sick, and in some cases dying. The massive recall affected roughly 60 million cans and pouches of pet food, sold under 91 brand names such as Iams and Eukanuba, and through major retailers including Safeway, Wal-Mart and PetSmart.

Meanwhile, a national class-action lawsuit has been launched in an Ontario court on behalf of pet owners who purchased the affected products. The claim is seeking compensation for anyone who purchased products that were manufactured at the company's Emporia, Kan. plant between Dec. 3, 2006, and March 6.

The lawsuit alleges the company failed to implement proper quality control measures and testing before bringing the products into Canada. Henderson told The Canadian Press the company first received reports of illnesses and deaths due to kidney failure in late February when customers began reporting problems.

Later, during testing this month, the company was notified that some of the animals had become sick from the "cuts-and-gravy'' style food, which prompted the investigation and recall in late March.


We DO NOT carry Dog or Cat food that contains wheat, wheat gluten, corn, by-products or animal digest.

Please view our discount offer below
available to all families who are affected by this pet food recall
including families formerly feeding Royal Canin,
to assist with your transition to safe, natural formulas,
all of which we have full confidence in.

Your pet's health has ALWAYS been our priority!
We only carry natural pet food products
offering human-grade quality ingredients, no by-products,
no corn, no wheat, no chemicals or artificial coloring, no artificial preservatives.

Creature Comfort Pet Emporium is offering coupons valid on the purchase of any of our Natural Pet Foods (view complete list available here) available to clients affected by this recall in order to assist with your transition to another brand/formula of Dog or Cat food. Your pet's health is our priority!
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Please visit www.menufoods.com/recall for a complete list of pet foods affected by this recall.

60 million containers of pet food recalled

Eukanuba, Iams, Nutro and other store brands tied to kidney failure, deaths
Contamination source (updated March 22, 2007)

“The FDA is focusing on wheat gluten as a possible source of the contamination that sparked the recall last week.

Because wheat gluten itself wouldn't cause kidney failure, FDA investigators are examining other ingredients as possible sources of contamination.

Those include heavy metals like cadmium and lead or fungal toxins. Aflatoxin, a corn fungus, sparked a 2005 dog food recall. “

Read more here about kidney failure, kidney stones, urinary crystals…

Veterinarians say the signs of kidney failure are:

Updated: 5:03 a.m. ET March 17, 2007

WASHINGTON - A major manufacturer of dog and cat food sold under Wal-Mart, Safeway, Kroger and other store brands recalled 60 million containers of wet pet food Friday after reports of kidney failure and deaths.

An unknown number of cats and dogs suffered kidney failure and about 10 died after eating the affected pet food, Menu Foods said in announcing the North American recall. Product testing has not revealed a link explaining the reported cases of illness and death, the company said.

“At this juncture, we’re not 100 percent sure what’s happened,” said Paul Henderson, the company’s president and chief executive officer. However, the recalled products were made using wheat gluten purchased from a new supplier, since dropped for another source, spokeswoman Sarah Tuite said. Wheat gluten is a source of protein.

The recall covers the company’s “cuts and gravy” style food, which consists of chunks of meat in gravy, sold in cans and small foil pouches between Dec. 3 and March 6 throughout the U.S., Canada and Mexico.

The pet food was sold by stores operated by the Kroger Co., Safeway Inc., Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and PetSmart Inc., among others, Henderson said.

Menu Foods did not immediately provide a full list of brand names and lot numbers covered by the recall, saying they would be posted on its Web site — www.menufoods.com/recall — early Saturday. Consumers with questions can call (866) 463-6738.

Repeated calls to that number over several hours Friday night got only a busy signal. Attempts to reach a company spokeswoman for an explanation were unsuccessful.

The company said it manufacturers for 17 of the top 20 North American retailers. It is also a contract manufacturer for the top branded pet food companies, including Procter & Gamble Co.

P&G announced Friday the recall of specific 3 oz., 5.5 oz., 6 oz. and 13.2 oz. canned and 3 oz. and 5.3 oz. foil pouch cat and dog wet food products made by Menu Foods but sold under the Iams and Eukanuba brands. The recalled products bear the code dates of 6339 through 7073 followed by the plant code 4197, P&G said.

Menu Foods’ three U.S. and one Canadian factory produce more than 1 billion containers of wet pet food a year. The recall covers pet food made at company plants in Emporia, Kan., and Pennsauken, N.J., Henderson said.

Henderson said the company received an undisclosed number of owner complaints of vomiting and kidney failure in dogs and cats after they had been fed its products. It has tested its products but not found a cause for the sickness.

“To date, the tests have not indicated any problems with the product,” Henderson said.

The company alerted the Food and Drug Administration, which already has inspectors in one of the two plants, Henderson said. The FDA was working to nail down brand names covered by the recall, agency spokesman Mike Herndon said.

Menu Foods is majority owned by the Menu Foods Income Fund, based in Ontario, Canada.

Henderson said the recall would cost the company the Canadian equivalent of $26 million to $34 million.



March 16, 2007

Menu Foods Income Fund Announces Precautionary Dog and Cat Food Recall

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - March 16, 2007) -

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 www.menufoods.com/recall. This will be available by 6 a.m. Saturday March 17, 2007. Products not identified on the

website can continue to be used.


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