Unfortunately, pet food recalls are a regular fact of life these days. From mold and bacteria (like Salmonella), to toxic substances and actual objects in the food (like metal pieces), the list of contaminants is nearly endless. And while some may just cause an upset stomach, others may be life threatening!
There are three good web sites for current pet food recall information (as well as our list below): The FDA Recalls and Withdrawals site and Pet Food Industry.com, and Dogfoodadvisor.com (and all three allow you to sign up for recall alerts).
Find current dog food recall and cat food recall and withdrawal information posted from the FDA and petfoodindustry.com are below (the petfoodindustry.com list is an addition to the FDA list). We will try to keep this page updated regularly, but please let us know if you hear of anything not listed!
Current Pet Food Recalls and Withdrawals
February 15, 2018 — J.M. Smucker Company has initiated a voluntary withdrawal of various wet dog food products due to the potential to contain low levels of pentobarbital, a euthanasia drug.
Affected products include canned wet dog food versions of the following brands:
The following table is reproduced from an email sent by Walmart to its affected customers.
The following text is taken from an email received from Smucker by The Dog Advisor on February 15, 2018:
Out of an abundance of caution we initiated a voluntary withdrawal (not a recall) on specific shipments of Gravy Train, Kibbles ‘N Bits, Ol’ Roy, and Skippy canned/wet dog food because they do not meet our quality specifications.
This means retailers will remove the impacted shipments from their warehouses.
Veterinarians and animal nutrition specialists, as well as the FDA, have confirmed that extremely low levels of pentobarbital, like the levels reported to be in select shipments, do not pose a threat to pet safety.
However, the presence of this substance at any level is not acceptable to us and not up to our quality standards. We sincerely apologize for the concern this has caused.
Although veterinarians and animal nutrition specialists, as well as the FDA, have confirmed that extremely low levels of pentobarbital do not pose a threat to pet safety, we understand pet owners may have concerns.
We encourage them to contact us at 800-828-9980 or via email here.
Please know our internal investigation into this situation is ongoing.
We take this very seriously and are extremely disappointed that pentobarbital was introduced to our supply chain.
We have narrowed the focus of our investigation to a single supplier and a single, minor ingredient, used at one manufacturing facility.
February 9, 2018 — Smokehouse Pet Products, Inc. of Sun Valley, CA is recalling its 4-ounce bags of dog treats labeled as “Beefy Munchies” because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.
“Beefy Munchies” was sold through various retailers using distributors in the following states:
The following product is affected by the recall:
No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem.
The potential for contamination was noted after routine sampling and testing by the Colorado Department of Agriculture revealed the presence of Salmonella in two 4-ounce packages of “Beefy Munchies”.
Consumers who have purchased 4-ounce packages of “Beefy Munchies” should discontinue use of the product and may return the unused portion to the place of purchase for a full refund.
Consumers with questions may contact Smokehouse Pet Products, Inc. at 877-699-7387, Monday through Friday 7 am to 3:30 pm PT.
February 9, 2018 — Raws for Paws of Minneapolis, MN, is recalling its 5-pound and 1-pound chubs of Ground Turkey Pet Food because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.
The recalled Ground Turkey Pet Food was distributed directly to consumers and via online mail order throughout the following states:
The recalled product is packaged into 1-pound and 5-pound sealed plastic tubes, also known as chubs.
The chubs are packaged into regular Turkey Pet Food cases and Pet Food Combo Pack cases, which contain a variety of pet food products.
The products in question have case codes of 9900008, 9900009, 9900014, and 9900015.
The manufacture date of Turkey Pet Food cases is 10/12/2017 and the manufacture dates of Combo Pack cases are between 10/12/2017 and 2/2/2018.
Two illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem.
The potential for contamination was noted after testing by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) revealed the presence of Salmonella in some packages of Turkey Pet Food.
Production of the product has been suspended while MDA and the company continue their investigation as to the source of the problem.
Consumers who have purchased Turkey Pet Food should discontinue the use of the product.
Contact Raws for Paws to determine if your product is subject to this recall and for more information about disposal or return instructions.
Consumers with questions may contact the company at 612-465-0372.
February 10, 2018 — Redbarn Pet Products, LLC of Long Beach, CA is voluntarily recalling its Redbarn Naturals 7-inch Bully Stick Dog Chews 3-pack because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.
The recalled products were distributed in pet specialty retail stores.
Affected product comes in a 2.4 ounce, green plastic bag marked with an expiration date of 112120ABC stamped on the side.
The product UPC is #7 85184 25105 8.
No illnesses, injuries or complaints have been reported.
Consumers are encouraged to check the lot code to see if their product was affected.
Pet owners who are in possession of the affected dog chews are urged to discontinue use of the product immediately.
Consumers who purchased 7-inch Bully Stick multipacks with the affected lot code are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund.
Consumers with questions may contact the company via email at email@example.com or by phone at 800-775-3849, Monday thru Friday, 8 am to 5 pm-5 pm PT.
February 12, 2018 — Darwin’s Natural Pet Products of Tukwila, Washington, has notified its customers that it is recalling select lots of its Darwin’s ZooLogics dog food due to possible contamination with Salmonella bacteria.
Note: No product photos of the affected products were supplied by Darwin’s.
The following image was downloaded from the company’s website and may not be an accurate representation of the actual recalled products.
The following products are affected by this recall:
No further information relative to the actual identity of the affected products has been made available to The Advisor.
The following message was taken from a letter sent to Darwin’s customers by company founder, Gary Tashjian.
“We believe most of this product has already been consumed, for the most part without incident, as most dogs’ and cats’ digestive systems are able to process pathogens such as Salmonella without harm.
“We are aware of a single case of a pet being affected, which involved a dog who was already ill with other conditions.”
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