2013 Pet Food and Supplement Issues & Recalls

January 6, 2013
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Welcome to the 2013 log of pet food and treat recalls and problems (click here for the 2012 list). Check back here any time for updates, which sometimes occur daily but almost certainly every week. Click on links for specific product details. New items will be added to the TOP of the list.

Note: Chicken and sweet potato jerky pet treats made in China have sickened at least 2,200 pets and killed 360 dogs and one cat since 2007. The FDA has not found the cause, nor have any products been recalled (except some products that, in addition to the mystery toxin, also contained several illegal antibiotics. Signs in affected pets include increased thirst, increased urination, loss of appetite, vomiting, diarrhea (which may be bloody), and lethargy or weakness. We recommend avoiding ALL pet treats and foods made in China.

November 7, 2013

Bailey’s Choice Dog Treats of Waleska, GA, has recalled its chicken treats in various sizes due to Salmonella contamination.

August 30, 2013

A limited amount of Purina ONE “BeyOnd” White Meat Chicken & Whole Barley Recipe dry dog food has been recalled due to Salmonella contamination. 

August 25, 2013

Goldenfeast bird foods recalled due to Salmonella contamination of parsley ingredients.  

August 14, 2013

The Procter & Gamble Company (P&G) has voluntarily recalled multiple lots of Iams and Eukanuba brand dry cat and dog foods because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. These foods were distributed throughout the United States. These recalls follow on those of Natura brand products (also owned by Procter & Gamble) from April to June (see below).

July 26, 2013 

Dogswell is “withdrawing” their dog and cat jerky treats made from chicken and duck meat, including  Breathies, Happy Heart, Happy Hips, Mellow Mut, Shape Up, Veggie Life, Vitality, and Vitakitty. The don’t-call-it-recall is being conducted due to trace illegal antibiotics found in the treats. Dogswell still gets their chicken (and duck) jerky from China.

June 18, 2013

Natura Pet (wholly owned by Procter & Gamble) announced a massive recall of all Innova, California Natural, EVO, Healthwise, Mother Nature and Karma branded dry pet food and biscuit/bar/treat products with expiration dates prior to June 10, 2014. Natura claims that this was done “partly” because of a single positive test for Salmonella, but a recall of every dry product they make–both cat and dog foods–certainly indicates a larger problem, especially on top of major product recalls announced in March and April (see below).

May 23, 2013

Not pet food, but Royal Canin’s line of heating-cooling mats for dogs and cats is being recalled because they contain diethylene glycol. The potentially dangerous chemical can be released from the mat if it is damaged, and can cause illness to both kids and pets if ingested.

April 20, 2013 (began March 18, expanded March 31)

Natura Pet is recalling all dry pet food products and treats with expiration dates prior to and including March 24, 2014 due to Salmonella contamination. Brands included in the recall are Evo, Innova, California Natural, Karma, and Healthwise. The recall notice tries to make it sound like Natura is still an independent brand, but it is not–it’s owned by Procter & Gamble, which also makes Iams and Eukanuba foods. It should come as no surprise when those brands get recalled as well, because they all use the same ingredients.

April 16, 2013

Active Choice Dog Biscuits from Breeders Choice recalled due to potential mold contamination.

April 10, 2013

Virbac has recalled Iverheart chewable heartworm tablets. 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.

April 3, 2013

Bravo! is recalling three more Salmonella-contaminated foods, including chicken and beef varieties..

March 23, 2013

Procter & Gamble is recalling 6 oz. Iams Shakeables Turkey dog treats and Iams Shakeables Lamb dog treats due to possible mold.

March 12, 2013

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture issued an alert on Bravo Raw Dog Food due to a positive test for Salmonella. They also warned against the batch of Steve’s Real Food that was recalled 4 days earlier.

March 10, 2013

Diamond Pet Foods has recalled multiple cat foods (Premium Edge Finicky Adult Cat Formula dry cat food, Premium Edge Senior Cat Hairball Management Formula dry cat food,Premium Edge Kitten Formula dry cat food, Diamond Naturals Kitten Formula dry cat food and 4health All Life Stages Cat Formula dry cat food) due to inadequate thiamine (Vitamin B1). Thiamine deficiency is serious and may be fatal, as it was in the similar Wellness cat food recall a couple of years ago. However, so far, Diamond has listed ONLY its kitten food as being recalled, and FDA does not have any of them listed at all.

March 9, 2013

Diggin’ Your Dog™ has recalled one lot of Strippin’ Chicks™ Pet Treats sold in Colorado and Nevada due to Salmonella contamination.

March 8, 2013

Steve’s Real Food, maker of raw dog food, is recalling its 5 lb. bags of “Turducken Canine Diet – 8oz. Patties due to Salmonella contamination.

February 25, 2012

Grocery chain Hy-Vee is recalling dry dog food due to elevated levels of aflatoxin, which is produced by a mold called Aspergillus.

February 22, 2013

Kaytee Pet Products has recalled all products containing parsley, which a supplier reported was contaminated with Salmonella.

February 21, 2013

The Honest Kitchen is recalling five lots of its Verve, Zeal and Thrive as well as 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.

Nutri-Vet is voluntarily recalling its Nutri-Vet and NutriPet Chicken Jerky Products because they may be contaminated with Salmonella. Products were sold online and in stores throughout the U.S. 

February 20, 2013

Kasel Associated Industries is recalling all dog treats made at its Denver, CO facility, including Boots & Barkley, BIXBI, Nature’s Deli, Colorado Naturals, Petco, and Best Bully Stick items, including bones, pig ears, and all types of jerky, due to Salmonella contamination. Products are distributed nationwide. This company previously recalled some treats made at the same facility between April and September 2012. FDA’s follow-up inspection found that all finished pet treat samples and 48 out of 87 environmental samples (i.e., machinery, containers, floors, walls) tested positive for Salmonella; FDA found more than 10 species. Given the chronic, disgusting lack of cleanliness at this plant, we must recommend avoiding all products made by this company. 

February 15, 2013

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

January 30, 2013

Hartz Mountain recalled its Chicken Chews & Oinkies due to illegal antibiotic residues.

January 12, 2013

TruthAboutPetFood2.com is reporting that Publix Super Markets is issuing a voluntary recall for Publix Chicken Tenders Dog Chew Treats because it may contain trace amounts of antibiotic residue. No word yet on Publix’s website or FDA.

January 11, 2013

Cadet Brand chicken jerky dog treats (IMS Trading Corp.) has been recalled after testing by the State of New York found the same illegal antibiotic residue as the other recalled products.

January 9, 2013

Nestlé Purina Announces Voluntary Withdrawal of all Waggin’ Train and Canyon Creek Ranch brand Dog Treats until further notice, due to trace amounts of antibiotic residue.

Milo’s Kitchen® is voluntarily recalling its Chicken Jerky and Chicken Grillers home-style dog treats from retailer shelves nationally, due to antibiotic residues.

January 6, 2013

TruthAboutPetFood2.com is reporting that several cans of Merrick B.G. (Before Grain) cat food appear to have been improperly canned, or handled so that they were not sealed, causing discoloration and even mold growing on the food. See the report here: truthaboutpetfood2.com/mold-found-in-merrick-cat-food-cans.

Note: In the last few months I’ve seen or heard about canning problems in several brands, where the can seemed to be incompletely sealed. So if you have any doubt about any can of food — any difference in color or smell from previous batches, or if there isn’t a distinct “pop” from the pop-top —  do not feed it to your pet! Please notify the manufacturer as well as the store where you purchased it; you may also want to report it to your veterinary care providers, so they are aware of potential problems that may affect their other patients.

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