A pet food recall may not necessarily mean that animal food or products under the notice are harmful, but consumers should nonetheless heed the warnings and discard the items. Which pet food recall brands are currently stocked in your pantry… or stable?
January Pet Food Recall: Merrick Pet Care
On January 11, 2010 Merrick Pet Care(1) issued a voluntary recall notice for ‘Beef Filet Squares Dog Treats.’ Even though this recall dates back to the beginning of the year, the fact that the ‘best by’ date is 11-19-11 makes it likely to still be on assorted pantry shelves and in garage storage bins. In addition, the date is removed when the packages are opened, which may leave the consumer with an undated item in the pantry.
As outlined by the FDA(2), the agency found problems with “the packaging and manufacturing processes” after discovering a salmonella tainted sample of the dog treat. In its update, the company stated that 20 cases of the treats were unaccounted for and could quite possibly have already been sold.
On the February Pet Food Recall List: Nature’s Variety
This pet food recall involves Nature’s Variety’s ‘Chicken Formula Raw Frozen Diet‘ products(3) made for dogs and cats. They ‘best if used by’ date is 11/10/10. Nature’s Variety published its warning on February 11th, after the company learned of possible salmonella contamination. Consumers should return unopened packages, receipts or empty bags to retailers for refunds.
March Pet Food Recall: Nature’s Variety Recall Expands
As outlined by the FDA(4), Nature’s Variety decided to expand the pet food recall due to the possible presence of salmonella contamination in Chicken Formula Raw Frozen Diets that also featured ‘best if used by’ dates other than 11/10/10. In the updated recall, the dates to look out for are 10/29/10 and 02/05/11.
All chicken or organic chicken products with these dates are affected. The company outlines that it “now uses High Pressure Pasteurization on their Raw Frozen Diets as a unique process to kill pathogenic bacteria through high-pressure, water-based technology.”
April Pet Food Recall Brands: Response Products and Purina
Response Products(5) recalls ‘Advanced Cetyl M Joint Action Formula for Dogs‘ in 120 and 360 count bottles. The affected lot numbers are 1210903 and 0128010. The company traces a potential salmonella contamination back to a vegetable protein component supplied by Nevada’s Basic Food Flavors. As stated by the FDA(6), Basic Foods was unable to detect any salmonella.
On April 16th, Purina issued a limited recall(7) for 50-pound bags of Strategy Professional Formula GX horse feed and Layena SunFresh Recipe Pellet poultry feed. The products in question were distributed only in Virginia, Missouri, Indiana, Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas, Kentucky and Tennessee. At issue in this recall are metal fragments in the feed. Even though no animal injuries are on record, there are five customer complaints. Look for the lot numbers 0MAR24NST1A1, 0MAR24NST2A1 and 0MAR25NST2A1 and return affected feed to the retailer for refunds.
(1)Merrick Pet Care. “Merrick Issues Voluntary Withdraw of Beef Filet Squares Lot Code: 9323” (accessed April 30, 2010)
(2)FDA. “FDA Health Alert for Merrick Beef Filet Squares Dog Treats Packaged and Distributed by Merrick Pet Care” (accessed April 30, 2010)
(3)Nature’s Variety. “Important Food Safety Information” (accessed April 30, 2010)
(4)FDA. “Nature’s Variety Expands Nationwide Voluntary Recall to Include All Raw Frozen Chicken Diets with Any “Best If Used By” Date On or Before 2/5/11″ (accessed April 30, 2010)
(5)Response Products. “Voluntary Dog Product Recall: Select Lot Numbers Only” (accessed April 30, 2010)
(6)FDA. “Response Products Voluntarily Recalls Advanced Cetyl M Joint Action Formula for Dogs Because of possible Salmonella Health Risk” (accessed April 30, 2010)
(7)Purina. “Purina Mills Undertakes Limited Recall of Strategy Horse Feed and Layena Poultry Feed” (accessed April 30, 2010)