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EUKANUBA AND IAMS VOLUNTARY RECALL

Posted on August 15, 2013 at 7:17 PM Comments comments (770)
CINCINNATI--(BUSINESS WIRE) -- The Procter & Gamble Company (P&G) has voluntarily recalled specific lots of dry pet food because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. These lots were distributed in the United States and represent roughly one-tenth of one percent (0.1%) of annual production. No Salmonella-related illnesses have been reported to date in association with these product lots.
 
This issue is limited to the specific dry pet food lot codes listed below. This affects roughly one-tenth of one percent (0.1%) of total annual production. The affected product was distributed to select retailers across the United States. These products were made during a 10-day window at a single manufacturing site. P&G’s routine testing determined that some products made during this timeframe have the potential for Salmonella contamination. As a precautionary measure, P&G is recalling the potentially impacted products made during this timeframe. No other dry dog food, dry cat food, dog or cat canned wet food, biscuits/treats or supplements are affected by this announcement.
 
Salmonella can affect animals eating the products and there is risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the products or any surfaces exposed to these products.
  
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.
 
P&G is retrieving these products as a precautionary measure. Consumers who purchased a product listed  should stop using the product and discard it and contact P&G toll-free at 800-208-0172 (Monday – Friday, 9 AM to 6 PM ET), or via website at www.iams.com or www.eukanuba.com. Media Contact: Jason Taylor, 513-622-1111.
 
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Pumpkin-Flaxseed Doggie Treats

Posted on June 3, 2013 at 11:48 PM Comments comments (7)
Ingredients:
  • 2 cups organic canned pumpkin*
  • 1/4 cup packed organic brown sugar*
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil* (melted) or olive oil
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup flax seeds*
  • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
 
* These items can be found in Port Angeles at Country Aire and in Sequim at Sunny Farms and Nash’s Farm Store.
 
Directions:
 
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Line three cookie sheets with parchment paper (not waxed paper).
  3. Mix together the pumpkin and the sugar. Stir in the eggs, oil and water until well blended.
  4. Add the flax seeds. Then mix in the flours. The dough will be fairly stiff.
  5. Roll out the dough to about 3/8" thick.
  6. Cut into desired shapes. You can go simple by using a pizza cutter or fancy and use cookie cutters in the shape of bones, etc.  Place treats on lined cookie sheets.
  7. Bake for about 40 minutes or until a light golden brown and fairly hard (they will harden a bit more when cooled).
  8. Set aside and allow to cool completely.
  9. Feed to your four-legged kids. As with all treats, feed in moderation.
  10. Store in an airtight container.
 
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VIRBAC RECALLS SIX LOTS OF IVERHART PLUS CHEWABLE TABLETS

Posted on April 12, 2013 at 10:17 PM Comments comments (197)
Virbac has issued a voluntary recall for six lots of their heartworm preventative, Iverhart Plus Flavored Chewables, due to a failure to meet stability specifications during the life of the product.
 
The following lots have been included in the recall:
 
Lot 120076 (Large 51-100pounds)
Lot 120086 (Large 51-100 pounds)
Lot 120856 (Large 51-100 pounds)
Lot 120202 (Medium 26-50 pounds)
Lot 120196 (Small up to 25 pounds)
Lot 120844 (Small up to 25 pounds)
 
According to a Virbac letter obtained by petMD, the recalled lots met all of the specifications at the time of their release to distributors, but further product testing showed that the ivermectin potency failed to meet stability specifications during the life of the product.
 
The recalled lots may not fully protect dogs in the upper third of each weight range against heartworms. At the time of this letter, no heartworm-related adverse reactions or illnesses have been reported.
 
For questions or concerns about the Iverhart Plus recall, please contact Virbac Technical Services at 1-800-338-3659 ext. 3052.
 
Source: PetMD website
 
 
 
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Important Holiday Safety Tips from OlyPets In-Home Pet Care

Posted on March 30, 2013 at 8:03 PM Comments comments (8)
Whether you’re celebrating Easter, Passover or simply welcoming the sun back to Port Angeles, it’s important that you keep your furry children safe this weekend. 
 
Here are a few things to be aware of, so that you don't spend your holiday in the emergency room.
 
Most people don’t know that lilies are one of the most dangerous plants that a kitty can get a hold of. Not only are they poisonous when ingested, but merely licking the pollen off of their paws or drinking the water from a vase of these plants can prove fatal. So, please think twice before bringing lilies into your home if you have a kitty or sending them in a bouquet to others who have them.
 
Much like Christmas tinsel, plastic grass from Easter baskets can be very tempting.  When consumed, the grass can get caught in pets’ intestines causing very serious health concerns.  Please keep plastic grass and other small decorations out of reach of your pets.
 
I think most people probably know that chocolate is toxic for dogs, but cats and ferrets can also suffer severe health problems from eating chocolate.  So, please keep all candies, especially those made with chocolate and the artificial sweetener, Xylitol (which is also poisonous to pets) away from your inquisitive critters.
 
OlyPets In-Home Pet Care wishes you and your pets a safe and happy Easter, Passover and sunny day!
 
 
 
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NATURA PET EXPANDS RECALL OF CALIFORNIA NATURAL, INNOVA, EVO, KARMA AND HEALTHWISE FORMULAS

Posted on March 29, 2013 at 10:00 PM Comments comments (9)
FREMONT, NEBRASKA, March 29, 2013 – Natura Pet Products is voluntarily expanding its recall of dry pet food because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. No Salmonella-related illnesses have been confirmed to date.
 
Sampling conducted by the Michigan Department of Agriculture and the Georgia Department of Agriculture confirmed the presence of Salmonella in additional dry cat food and a cat pet treats. In anabundance of caution, Natura is also recalling product made in the surrounding timeframe. This affects dry foods only; no canned wet food is affected by this announcement.
 
The affected products are sold through veterinary clinics and select pet specialty retailers nationwide and in Canada, Hong Kong, Korea, Japan, Malaysia and Costa Rica, as well as online. The dry cat food expiration dates for this expanded recall range from 1/1/2014 to 3/24/2014. The dry cat treats have expiration dates from 7/1/13 to 9/27/13.
 
Consumers who have purchased these pet foods should discard them. For additional information, consumers may visit www.naturapet.com. For further information or a product replacement or refund call Natura toll-free at 800-224-6123.
 
Please click on the .pdf below for specific lot numbers.
 
EXPANDED NATURA RECALL (PDF — 457 KB)
 
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Iams Shakeable Dog Treats Recalled Due to Mold

Posted on March 22, 2013 at 6:34 PM Comments comments (102)
According to PetSmart's website:
 
Proctor and Gamble has issued a voluntary market withdrawal of Iams Shakeables Turkey and Lamb Dog Treats. These treats are being voluntarily withdrawn due to potential for mold growth.

No other products are affected. Proctor and Gamble claims it has not received any reports of human or pet illnesses.

Turkey Lot numbers end in 419715A and start with numbers: 2342,2325,2331,2332,2341,3016,3017,3018 and 3046.

Lamb lot number is 2338-419715A
 
To find the lot code on your can, look at the first 4 numbers of the second line on the bottom of the can as they identify the affected lots.
 
Please stop feeding these products immediately. If you have questions about this voluntary withdrawal, please call Proctor and Gamble (Iams) at 1-877-894-4458.
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NATURA PET FOOD RECALLS CERTAIN SKUS OF EVO, INNOVA, CALIFORNIA NATURAL AND HEALTHWISE DOG, CAT & FERRET FOODS

Posted on March 18, 2013 at 7:04 PM Comments comments (96)
From the Natura website:
 
Natura Pet is voluntarily recalling specific California Natural, Innova, EVO, and Healthwise dry dog, cat, and ferret SKUs as a precautionary measure due to potential Salmonella contamination. No Karma, Mother Nature, wet or treat products are included in this recall. No illnesses have been reported from the recalled products and no other P&G Pet Care brands are impacted by this recall.
 
We were alerted to a single case of Salmonella in a 2.2lb package of EVO Turkey & Chicken Cat Food. We are taking the precautionary measure to voluntarily recall the entire production window that was produced from December 17-January 2. We believe this action is consistent with our ongoing commitment to product quality and animal and human safety.
The voluntary recall is limited to the SKUs with specific lot codes and expiration dates. No other Natura Products are impacted and should be sold and fed with confidence.
 
Please see click on the .pdf below for specific SKUs, location of lot code data and expiration dates of impacted products.
 
NATURA PET FOOD RECALL (PDF — 260 KB)
 
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Bravo! Recalls 2 lb Tubes of Chicken Blend-Raw Frozen Food Diet for Dogs and Cats

Posted on March 16, 2013 at 4:35 PM Comments comments (0)
Manchester, CT– Bravo! is voluntarily recalling its 2 lb tubes of Bravo! Raw Food Diet Chicken Blend for Dogs and Cats, product code: 21-102, batch ID code 6 14 12, because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.
 
The recall involves 2 lb. Bravo! Chicken Blend frozen raw diet tubes (chubs) made on June 14, 2012 only; no other products or sizes are involved. The recalled product should not be sold or fed to pets. This batch tested negative by a third party independent laboratory prior to release for distribution to consumers, however routine testing by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture of product collected from a single retail location tested positive for presence of salmonella. While the testing discrepancy is unclear, in an abundance of caution Bravo is issuing this recall.
 
The company has received no reports of illness in either people or animals associated with this product.
 
The recalled product is distributed nationwide to distributors, retail stores, internet retailers and directly to consumers, and can be identified by the batch ID code 6 14 12 located on the white hang tag attached to the bottom of the plastic film tube.
 
Pet owners should return unopened frozen tubes of food to the store where purchased for a full refund. Pet owners should dispose of opened tubes of product in a safe manner (example, a securely covered trash receptacle) and return the washed plastic batch ID tag to the store where purchased for a full refund.
 
For more information on the Bravo recall, please visit
www.bravorawdiet.com, or call toll free (866) 922-9222 Monday through Friday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (EST).
 
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THE HONEST KITCHEN® VOLUNTARILY RECALLS LIMITED LOTS OF VERVE®, ZEAL® AND THRIVE® PRODUCTS DUE TO POSSIBLE HEALTH RISK

Posted on February 22, 2013 at 7:30 PM Comments comments (100)
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. 
 
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 Honest Kitchen is taking this action after learning that one of its raw ingredients suppliers has recalled abatch of human‐grade parsley that may contain Salmonella. The batch of parsley was shipped to the company in 2012 and used in the production of five lots of finished Honest Kitchen products.
 
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 highest‐quality human‐grade food available to our customers’ pets,” said Lucy Postins, founder, CEO and CMO of The Honest Kitchen. “While our quality control testsdid 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.
 
The lots being recalled are:
 
 
Consumers who purchased the above lots of Honest Kitchen Verve, Zeal or Thrive products should stop feeding the products to their pets, remove the UPC (bar code) and lot code from the packaging, and discard the contents in a covered trash receptacle. Lot codes are located on the top of product boxes either adjacent to or opposite the UPC.
 
Honest Kitchen Sample Packet Consumers can receive a replacement or full refund of the MSRP of the affected products plus $1 to cover postage, by mailing the UPC and lot code along with a completed Reimbursement Form  to:
 
The Honest Kitchen, 145 14th Street, San Diego, Calif. 92101, Attn: Reimbursements.
 
All refunds will be processed within five business days (plus postage time).
 
The Honest Kitchen products use human‐food grade ingredients. The Company’s products are made in a human food facility and held to the same high quality control standards as human food products. Employees taste products as part of the quality control and research & development processes. To supplement its quality control processes while maintaining its commitment to gentle processing that protects natural nutrients, The Honest Kitchen is enacting additional procedures: All dehydrated leafy greens will be steamed, to further protect against the possibility of Salmonella and other pathogens; all leafy greens will receive a second test for pathogens after arrival at the company’s manufacturing facility, in addition to the testing conducted internally by suppliers; the company has discontinued its relationship with the supplier who provided the parsley used in the production of the lots being recalled.
 
For questions or more information, contact The Honest Kitchen by phone at 1‐866‐437‐9729 or email at [email protected]. Customer service representatives will be available Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. PST to respond to inquiries.
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Nutri-Vet and Nutripet Chicken Jerky Products Recalled Due to Possible Salmonella Health Risk

Posted on February 22, 2013 at 7:10 PM Comments comments (195)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - February 20, 2013 - Nutri-Vet, LLC. of Boise, ID is voluntarily recalling its Nutri-Vet and NutriPet Chicken Jerky Products because they may be contaminated with Salmonella. Salmonella can sicken animals that eat these products and humans are at risk for Salmonella poisoning from handling contaminated pet products, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the pet products 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 symptoms 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 any of these signs, please contact your veterinarian.
 
Nutri-Vet is recalling the lot numbers below because the manufacturer of an ingredient used in the products below informed us of the possibility of Salmonella presence at the manufacturing facility, although no positive test results have been found on Nutri-Vet or NutriPet products to date.
 
The recalled Chicken Jerky Treats were distributed nationwide through online sales and in retail stores from April 2012 through February 2013 with Best By Dates ranging from April 20, 2014, through October 3, 2014.
 
The product comes in a clear plastic bag containing Chicken Jerky Treats.
 
The United States based supplier has ceased the production and distribution of the ingredient supplied to Nutri-Vet while FDA and the manufacturer continue investigating as to the source of the potential contamination. No other products made by Nutri-Vet, LLC are included in the recall.
 
Consumers who have purchased Nutri-Vet and NutriPet Chicken Jerky Products are urged to stop feeding them to pets and return the product to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact Nutri-Vet at 1-877-729-8668 Monday thru Friday from 7am to 5pm MDT.
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