Pet Food Recalls

Senator leads initiative for FDA petfood product advisories

Sen. Barbara Boxer pushes for legislation to notify consumers of product advisories on store shelves rather than only online.
In the wake of recent US Food and Drug Administration investigations into dog illnesses linked to jerky treats imported from China, Sen. Barbara Boxer of California, USA, is leading a new initiative to reform the way consumers are notified when FDA issues a product advisory. Currently, FDA's website is the only place where product advisories are listed, which puts those consumers without access to the Internet or computers at risk as they are less likely to receive an online warning.
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Bil-Jac recalls dry dog food for possible mold contamination

One batch of 6-pound Adult Select Formula Dog Food recalled after receiving reports of mold in some bags
Dog food manufacturer Bil-Jac Foods is recalling one batch, 256 cases, of 6-pound Adult Select Formula Dog Food from retailers’ stores and warehouses due to a few reports of mold in bags from the batch. The recall includes a total of 1,024 bags of dry dog food marked with batch number 1792-02 and an expiration date of December 27, 2013. 
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Petco recalls petfood bowls for potential contamination

Imported stainless steel petfood bowls may contain radioactive material, Cobalt-60
Pet product retailer Petco is recalling certain stainless steel petfood bowls sold at its store due to the potential that the bowls may contain Cobalt-60, a radioactive material commonly used in industrial gauging equipment and other uses. Petco says it doesn't know how the radioactive material got into the petfood bowls, but believes that it may have come from scrap metal used by foreign suppliers that had Cobalt-60 accidentally mixed in, and which was found to emit low levels of radiation. 
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Class-action lawsuit filed over 2010 Kroger petfood recall

Plaintiffs alledge dog died after two veterinary visits from eating Kroger Old Yeller Chunk dog food
Macuga, Liddle & Dubin filed a class-action lawsuit in federal court against the Kroger Company on behalf of all customers who purchased recalled petfood contaminated with aflatoxin. Beginning December 18, 2010, Kroger recalled a total of 10 petfood brands, more than 68,300 bags, which were possibly contaiminated with aflatoxin.  
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Catswell VitaKitty cat treats recalled for potential health risk

Cat treats may contain propylene glycol based on FDA test of samples
Arthur Dogswell LLC is recalling 1,051 cartons packed as either 10 or 50 packages per case of Catswell brand VitaKitty Chicken Breast with Flaxseed and Vitamins because it has the potential to contain propylene glycol. The recall resulted from a routine surveillance sample collected by the company and the Food and Drug Administration, and the company has since ceased distribution of the affected cat treats. 
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Petfood safety: Fortify weak links in your supply chain

Supplement third-party audits with your own inspections and testing, and ensure foreign suppliers comply with new regulations
As the former director of both the US Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Veterinary Medicine and Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, I have seen my share of pet and human food outbreaks caused by defective supply chains. In 2007, the largest petfood recall in history resulted from a single ingredient—wheat gluten—that had been intentionally adulterated with melamine for economic gains.
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CDC confirms 49 human Salmonella illnesses from recalled petfood

Number of illnesses linked to petfood made at Diamond Pet Foods' South Carolina,USA, facility expected to increase further in coming months
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that at least 49 people have been sickened since October 2011 from a Salmonella infantis outbreak linked to recalled petfood made at Diamond Pet Foods' manufacturing facility in Gaston, South Carolina, USA. In its final outbreak update, CDC increased the number of human Salmonella cases from 22, in its previous update on June 13, to at least 49 cases linked to the recalled dog food and cat food. 
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Nature's Variety recalls kibble dog food variety for 'off-odor' smell

Four sizes of Prairie Beef Meal & Barley Medley Kibble for dogs may not stay fresh for the full shelf life
Nature’s Variety petfood brand is recalling its Prairie Beef Meal & Barley Medley Kibble for dogs due to an "off-odor" smell that may develop over time. The company says the product is not contaminated in any way, but some products are not remaining fresh for the shelf life of the product.
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PMI Nutrition recalls small animal, bird food

LabDiet, Mazuri, Aquamax exotic animal foods recalled for elevated levels of vitamin D
  PMI Nutrition International has initiated a voluntary recall of select varieties of the Aquamax, LabDiet and Mazuri animal feed products, due to the potential for an elevated vitamin D level in these products. The products recalled by PMI include Aquamax, LabDiet and Mazuri foods for small birds, guinea pigs, wolves, primates, aquatic species and other exotic animals.  
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Court rules against petfood packaging company in insurance case

Ohio, USA, court says Express Packaging may not seek compensation for damages relating to Mars Inc. dog food can recall in 2008
A petfood packaging company that damaged cans of dog food leading to a recall cannot seek compensation for damages under its commercial general liability policy, a US appeals court ruled. The petfood packaging company, Express Packaging of OH Inc., cannot seek reimbursement from its CGL policy with American States Insurance Co. after damaging cans of dog food belonging to petfood producer Mars Inc. during a packaging process, according to a ruling by the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA.
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