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8 Holiday Ingredients to Keep Out of the Food Bowl

Holidays bring with them plenty of treats for both the eyes and the stomachs.  Plenty of us leave the family dinner table with indigestion from unfamiliar and extra-rich ingredients, but for your furry family members it can be a once a year opportunity to gorge on new items.  From your cat invading the countertops for a food raid to houseguests sneaking the family dog some scraps from the table, this time of year is also the time for you to keep an extra eye out for dangerous ingredients. 

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Voluntary Cat Food Recall: Wellness

We have learned that there has been a voluntary recall for Wellness cat food.  It appears a foreign material was found in a non-Wellness product; however, the product was manufactured in the same facility as Wellness brand food. The company has stepped up to alert consumers in the remote chance that their food may be affected.  The original statement is posted below. 

We have many clients that feed Wellness and we have fed it in the past. It is a high quality food and we were impressed at the company’s disclosure even though it appears that there’s a low chance that any of this foreign material was actually found in their cat food.

Please share this important information to all you know that may be affected.

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Companion Dog Food Recall of February 2017

February 8, 2017 — Giant Food Stores has issued a voluntary recall for specific lots of Companion Canned Dog Food due to possible metal contamination.
What’s Recalled?

Recalled products include:

Companion Dog Food with Chicken and Rice
13.2 ounce can
UPC: 68826707501
Codes: Best By 08/05/2019

Companion Dog Food with Chicken, Lamb and Rice
13.2 ounce can
UPC: 68826700360
Codes: Best By 08/05/2019

Companion Dog Food with Turkey and Bacon
13.2 ounce
UPC: 68826700356
Codes: Best By 08/05/2019

What to Do?

Customers are invited to return the impacted product for a full refund. For additional information, call 479-935-6145.

U.S. citizens can report complaints about FDA-regulated pet food products by calling the consumer complaint coordinator in your area.

Or go to http://www.fda.gov/petfoodcomplaints.

Canadians can report any health or safety incidents related to the use of this product by filling out the Consumer Product Incident Report Form.

Complete details of the Companion canned dog food recall of 2017 as reported by the editors of the Dog Food Advisor.

Source: Companion Dog Food Recall of February 2017

Blue Ridge Beef Pet Food Recall | January 2017

January 17, 2017 — Blue Ridge Beef of Eatonton, Georgia, has announced it is voluntarily recalling one lot of its Turkey with Bone raw frozen product due to its potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

What’s Being Recalled?

The affected product is sold in 2 pound chubs and can be identified with the following manufacturing codes:

  • Blue Ridge Beef Turkey with Bone
  • Size: 2 pound chubs
  • UPC Code 854298001887
  • Lot #103 mfdga12716

About Listeria

Listeria can affect animals eating the product.

And there is a 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 surface exposed to these products.

Healthy people infected with Listeria monocytogenes should monitor themselves for some or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever.

Consumers exhibiting these signs after having contact with this product should contact their healthcare provider.

Where Was It Distributed?

The affected products were distributed to retail stores in the following states:

  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • North Carolina
  • South Carolina

What Caused the Recall?

This recall was initiated as a result of an FDA inspection and sampling of the product. This recall is being made with the knowledge of the US Food and Drug Administration.

What to Do?

Consumers who have purchased the above lot of Blue Ridge Beef Turkey with Bone raw frozen product are urged to stop feeding the product and return it to the place of purchase for a full refund.

Or dispose of the affected product immediately.

Those with questions can email the company at blueridgebeefga@yahoo.com

U.S. citizens can report complaints about FDA-regulated pet food products by calling the consumer complaint coordinator in your area.

Canadians can report any health or safety incidents related to the use of this product by filling out the Consumer Product Incident Report Form.

Complete details of the Blue Ridge Beef dog food recall of January 2017 as reported by the editors of the Dog Food Advisor

Source: Blue Ridge Beef Pet Food Recall | January 2017

Cesar Dog Food Recall of October 2016

Hi Everyone! I have copied and pasted the recall information below from the original Dog Food Advisor release. Please click on the link for more details and product codes. Don’t forget to share with a friend…this is a widely fed food!

October 7, 2016 — Mars Petcare has announced it has initiated avoluntary recall of a limited number of Cesar Filet Mignon Flavor wet dog food due to a potential choking risk from small pieces of plastic which entered the food during the production process.

What’s Recalled?

Cesar Classics Filet Mignon can be purchased individually as well as in flavor variety multipacks.

The affected dog food can be identified by checking the Best Before and Lot Code on the product lid.

Each product will have a lot code printed on the side of the tray that begins with 631FKKC or 631GKKC and best before date that falls between 08/04/18 and 08/05/18.

Why the Recall?

Select packages of this product may contain small pieces of plastic, which entered the food during the production process.

What to Do?

Mars Petcare encourages consumers who have purchased affected product to discard the food or return it to the retailer for a full refund or exchange.

While a small number of consumers have reported finding the plastic pieces, we have not received any reports of injury or illness associated with the affected product.

At Mars Petcare, we take our responsibility to pets and their owners seriously and are working with all of our distributors and retail customers to ensure the recalled products are no longer sold and are removed from inventory.

Consumers can reach the company at 800-421-6456.

Complete details of the October 2016 Cesar Dog Food recall as reported by the editors of the Dog Food Advisor

Source: Cesar Dog Food Recall of October 2016

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