Diet Rotation for Dogs | DogFoodAdvisor

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Diet Rotation Helps Lower Risk

Diet rotation is a safer way to feed your dog.

That’s because…

Any dog food can contain hidden flaws and defects.

Too much of one nutrient…

Too little of another.

Or the food may contain hidden toxins or industrial contaminants.

Imperfections not yet discovered by the manufacturer.

Or the FDA.

And you’d never even know it.

What’s worse…

The effect of consuming any defective food tends to be magnified… whenever you feed the same food… continuously.

Day-after-day. For a lifetime.

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some of the most common questions we get about diet rotation for dogs.


What is diet rotation?

Unlike a conventional feeding plan where the same food is served at each meal, diet rotation involves intentionally switching your dog’s food on a planned schedule.


Why should I consider diet rotation for my dog?

Since there’s no such thing as a perfect dog food, it’s reasonable to assume every product you buy is deficient (or excessive) in some crucial way.

By periodically switching dog foods, the unhealthy consequences of serving the same imperfect products can be minimized.


Isn’t changing my dog’s diet dangerous?

Diet rotation is not for every dog. That’s because some animals can’t tolerate diet changes as easily as others. While others are on special “prescription” diets that should not be switched without the advice of your dog’s vet.

In any case…

We’ve never been able to find a single scientific study proving diet rotation to be unhealthy or detrimental to a dog.


Does diet rotation mean mixing 2 dog foods and serving them at the same meal?

No. The benefits of diet rotation are optimized only when cycling between different products on a periodic basis.


How often should dog foods be switched?

There’s no rotation feeding plan that works better than the others. It all depends on your own personal feeding preferences.

Some dog parents switch foods monthly. Others more frequently. Most prefer to empty one bag of kibble before beginning the next.


Is there a downside to diet rotation?

There are 2 potential problems with diet rotation…

  1. Digestive upset
  2. Maintaining product freshness

Since some dogs have sensitive stomachs, the potential for GI upset can be an issue for certain pets.

And because alternating between two or more kibbles can make each bag take longer to use up, it can be difficult to maintain the freshness of each product.


How can I switch to a new food without getting my dog sick?

In the following short video

Dr. Gary Richter shares a simple feeding tip that can help lower your dog’s risk of getting sick when you switch to a new food.

It’s best to switch your dog to new food gradually.

Start by mixing 20% “new” with 80% “old” food. Then, slowly increase that amount to a full 100%… over the next 8 to 9 days. Schedule Old Food New Food Days 1 and 2 80% 20% Days 3 and 4 60% 40% Days 5 and 6 40% 60% Days 7 and 8 20% 80% Day 9 0% 100%

Be patient and don’t rush the process. Take your time to minimize the chance of GI upset.


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FDA Warns Pet Treats Maker Due to Safety and Sanitary Violations

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Important — This Is Not a Recall

April 19, 2022 — The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) posted a Warning Letter to Pet Center, Inc., of Los Angeles, California. The letter was originally issued to the pet treats maker on February 28, 2022 but not made public by the FDA until April 19, 2022.

Pet Center produces a sizeable number of dog treats, including Bully Sticks (bull pizzles), Chicken Breast Tenders and multiple flavors of SuperChews.

Editor’s Note

The FDA did not provide a list of the more than 100 pet treats made by Pet Center, Inc. A complete catalog can be found on the company’s website.

Some readers have reported technical problems when attempting to access the Pet Center website. You may need to try again later.

What Caused the FDA Warning?

The inspections were conducted on various dates in 2021 and revealed violations of the FDA’s Current Good Manufacturing Practice requirements for animal food, which caused the maker’s products to be adulterated.

Partial List of FDA Inspector Details

FDA Investigators noted evidence of significant violations of its Current Good Manufacturing Practice requirements. A limited sampling of the inspector’s observations includes the following:

Flies were present throughout the facility and were landing on raw, in-process bull pizzles and chicken.”


“…an employee used a high-pressure hose in a manner that caused blood and raw animal tissue present on the processing floor to splash onto cooked, work-in-process SuperChews that had been removed from the ovens to cool.”


Animal feces in the meat washing room, approximately five feet from an open screen door.”


“You did not take effective measures to exclude pests from the manufacturing, processing, packing, and holding areas and to protect against contamination of animal food by pests…”


“Plastic clamps used to clamp bull pizzles to dry them into a curled shape were covered in dark brown to green filth material.”


Full FDA Warning Letter

The warning letter continues by documenting additional violations.

View the full FDA Warning Letter here.

Reporting Pet Food Problems

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

Or go to the FDA’s “Report a Pet Food Complaint” page.

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

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FDA Stops Sale of Pet Food Due to “Grossly Insanitary Conditions”

Bravo Packing Performance Dog Label March 2021

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Bravo Packing Dog Food Recall — March 2021

March 28, 2022 — Bravo Packing of Carney’s Point, N.J., has been ordered by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to stop selling, manufacturing and distributing pet food due to (among other violations) “grossly insanitary conditions“.

A Federal judge has “entered a consent decree against” Bravo Packing due to violations of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act).

Previous Bravo Packing Recalls
Reported by The Dog Food Advisor

Dog Food Advisor has previously alerted readers about 4 recall events involving Bravo Packing:

Historic Legal Action

This legal ruling marks the first permanent injunction against an animal food manufacturer for violating modern public safety standards in history.

What Caused This Action?

According to Dr. Steven Solomon, director of FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine:

“The FDA has taken this action to protect public health because, despite multiple inspections, notifications of violations, and recalls, this firm continued to operate under insanitary conditions and produce pet food contaminated with harmful bacteria. We will not tolerate firms that put people or animals at risk and will take enforcement actions when needed.”

FDA Warnings and Inspections

The FDA conducted inspections in 2019 and 2021 and issued a warning letter to the facility in 2020.

During these inspections, the FDA found evidence of significant food safety violations including grossly insanitary conditions and the failure to follow good manufacturing practices regulations for animal food.

Multiple samples of finished raw pet food products collected during the inspections tested positive for Salmonella.

Pet food that is contaminated with Salmonella can lead to illness in both the pets consuming the food, as well as humans, who handle the food and care for the pets.

Some of these finished samples as well as environmental samples from the two inspections also tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes.”

What to Do?

Consumers who think they or their pets may have been sickened by these products should seek the assistance of a health care professional.

And contact the FDA to report problems with this or any FDA-regulated product.

Reporting Pet Food Problems

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

Or go to the FDA’s “Report a Pet Food Complaint” page.

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

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Family Dollar Recalls Dog Food, Cat Food, Treats. Multiple Brands

Family Dollar Stores Pet Food and Treats Recall

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February 18, 2022 — Family Dollar, Inc. is recalling multiple brands of dog food, cat food and treats.

The recall was caused by health hazards associated with rodent infestations and may include the presence of Salmonella bacteria.

Which Pet Food and Treats Are Recalled?

The FDA bulletin did not include the names of specific brands that are recalled.

When we contacted Family Dollar, the agent was not able to provide the names of the affected products.

On February 22, 2022, the company website listed the following brands for sale:

  • 57 dry dog foods
  • 36 wet dog foods
  • 38 dog treats
  • 35 dry cat foods
  • 36 wet cat foods
  • 13 cat treats

The retail inventory at each store varies. Some brands are sold only online.

The following represents a sampling of the dog food brands and cat food brands we found for sale on the Family Dollar website.

Unfortunately, The Dog Food Advisor cannot confirm which specific brands are included in the recall. The following list is offered in good faith and may not be accurate or complete.

  • 9 Lives
  • Alpo
  • Alpo Tbonz
  • Ashland Farms
  • Beefeaters
  • Beggin’ Strips
  • Beneful
  • Cesars
  • Friskies
  • Gravy Train
  • Kibble ‘n Bits
  • Kit & Kaboodle
  • Meow Mix
  • Pedigree
  • Pounce
  • Pup-peroni
  • Purina Cat Chow
  • Purina Dog Chow
  • Purina One
  • Snausages
  • Temptations

Where Were the Products Sold?

In a later follow-up email, the FDA advised the affected products were distributed in the 6 states below:

  • Alabama
  • Arkansas
  • Louisiana
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Tennessee

What Caused the Recall?

The affected products are regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and were stored and shipped to 404 stores from Family Dollar Distribution Center in West Memphis, Arkansas.

The violations occurred during the period from January 1, 2021 through the present due to the infestation with rodents and rodent activity at Family Dollar Distribution Center.

About Salmonella

Use or consumption of affected products may present risk of illness due to the potential presence of Salmonella, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in infants, young children, frail or elderly people, pregnant persons, persons with pre- existent pathology (e.g., patients with cancer undergoing chemotherapy treatments, organ transplant recipient, etc.) and others with weakened immune systems.

Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain.

In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.

About the Recall

To date, Family Dollar is not aware of any consumer complaints or reports of illness related to this recall.

Products covered by this retail level recall include all: (i) drugs; (ii) medical devices; (iii) cosmetics; (iv) dietary supplements; and (v) human and animal (pet) food products.

The recall does not apply to products shipped directly to the stores by the distributor or manufacturer, such as all frozen and refrigerated items.

The 404 stores to which this recall applies are listed on the attached schedule. The recall does not apply to other store locations.

Family Dollar is notifying its affected stores by letter asking them to check their stock immediately and to quarantine and discontinue the sale of any affected product.

What to Do?

Customers who may have purchased affected goods may return such product to the Family Dollar store from where they were purchased, without receipt.

Customers with questions regarding this recall may contact Family Dollar Customer Service at 844-636-7687 between 9am and 5pm EST.

Customers should contact their physician or health care provider if they have experienced any problems that may be related to using these products.

Customers with concerns about their pets who have eaten the recalled animal food products should contact their veterinarian.

Adverse reactions or quality problems experienced with the use of this product may be reported to the FDA’s MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program either online, by regular mail or by fax.

Complete and submit the report Online

Regular Mail or Fax: Download form or call 1- 800-332-1088 to request a reporting form, then complete and return to the address on the pre-addressed form, or submit by fax to 1-800-FDA-0178

This recall is being conducted with the knowledge of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Message from the Company

For more than 60 years, Family Dollar has been providing value and convenience to customers in easy-to-shop neighborhood locations.

Family Dollar’s mix of name brands, and quality, private brand merchandise appeals to shoppers in approximately 8,000 stores in rural and urban settings across 48 states.

Helping families save on the items they need with everyday low prices creates a strong bond with customers who refer to their neighborhood store as “my Family Dollar”.

Family Dollar is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Dollar Tree, Inc. headquartered in Chesapeake, Virginia.

For more information, please visit FamilyDollar.com.

Reporting Pet Food Problems

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

Or go to the FDA’s “Report a Pet Food Complaint” page.

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

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Dog Gone Dog Treats Salmonella Warning | DogFoodAdvisor

Dog Gone Dog Treats Mass DPH Salmonella Alert

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February 16, 2022 — The Massachusetts Department of Public Health is reporting three cases of infections with Salmonella bacteria linked to Dog Gone Dog Treats.

What Caused the Warning?

One open bag from a customer and several unopened bags purchased last week all tested positive for Salmonella at the Massachusetts State Public Health Laboratory.

The 3 reported cases of salmonellosis include two adults in their 70s and a child.

The Department of Health has ordered all stores to remove any existing product from their shelves. No additional product is currently being produced.

About Salmonella

According to the Department of Health

People get Salmonella if they eat or handle food that has been contaminated with the bacteria and the food has not been properly handled, prepared, or cooked. Salmonella is common in uncooked food products from animals, such as eggs, poultry, and unpasteurized milk. People who get the germs on their hands can infect themselves by eating, smoking, or touching their mouths. They can also spread the germs to anyone or anything they touch, including food.

Most people with an infection will have diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps that can last up to a week; severe disease is possible but uncommon. Although treatment is not always necessary, people who have weakened immune systems, very young children, adults over 65, and those experiencing severe symptoms should talk to their healthcare providers about treatment. Individuals should consult with their healthcare provider if they have symptoms after contact with the dog treats or an animal that has eaten the dog treats.

Dogs that become ill from Salmonella infection may experience diarrhea that can contain blood or mucus, may seem more tired than usual, and may have a fever or vomit. It is also possible for dogs to have Salmonella infection and not appear sick. Those concerned that their dogs may have become ill after eating the treats should consult their veterinarians.

What to Do?

The Massachusetts Department of Health is urging consumers who have any “Dog Gone Dog Treats” in their possession to dispose of them immediately.

Reporting Pet Food Problems

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

Or go to the FDA’s “Report a Pet Food Complaint” page.

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


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Woody’s Pet Food Deli Recalls Raw Food Due to Salmonella

Woodys Pet Food Deli Raw Cornish Hen Recall

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December 23, 2021 — Woody’s Pet Food Deli of Minneapolis, MN is recalling Raw Cornish Hen pet food due to risk of Salmonella bacteria. The affected recipe contains a “With Supplements” sticker.

What’s Being Recalled?

The recalled products and identifying batch information are included below:

Where Was the Product Sold?

The recalled pet food was distributed in the company’s retail stores in Minneapolis, Saint Paul, and Woodbury, Minnesota.

Two (2) 5-pound tubs were sold in the company’s St Paul store. Twelve (12) 15-ounce containers were distributed through its 3 Twin Cities, MN retail stores.

About Salmonella in Humans

Salmonella can affect animals eating the product and there is risk to humans from handling contaminated products, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the products or any surfaces exposed to these products.

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

Rarely, Salmonella can result in more serious ailments, including arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation, and urinary tract symptoms.

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

About Pets with Salmonella

Pets with Salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting.

Some pets will have only decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain.

Infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans.

If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.

What Caused the Recall?

The recall is a result of FDA sampling due to a consumer complaint on another product, which testing revealed a sample of this product contains Salmonella.

Message from the Company

The company continues its investigation as to the source of the problem and will resume production when the problem is resolved.

For 13 years we have strived to provide quality pet food, and we believe taking this action is the right thing to do.

We are grateful for your support. We sincerely apologize for any inconveniences this may cause.

What to Do?

Consumers who have these products should discontinue use and may return the unused portion to the place of purchase for a full refund.

If you have recalled product in your home, clean refrigerators/freezers where the product was stored and clean and disinfect all bowls, utensils, food prep surfaces, pet bedding, toys, floors, and any other surfaces that the food or pet may have had contact with.

Because animals can shed the bacteria in their feces, it’s important to clean up the animal’s stools in yards or parks where people or other animals may become exposed, in addition to cleaning items in the home.

Consumers should thoroughly wash their hands after handling the affected product or cleaning up potentially contaminated items and surfaces.

Consumers with questions may contact our stores Tuesday through Saturday noon to 6 PM CST at 612-208-0335 (Minneapolis), 651-493-7269 (St Paul), and 651-340-8678 (Woodbury).

Stores are closed from December 25, 2021 to January 3, 2022. So, Woody’s Pet Food Deli is unable to answer phone calls during that time. Please contact the company by email at info@woodyspetdeli.com.

Reporting Pet Food Problems

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

Or go to the FDA’s “Report a Pet Food Complaint” page.

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

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Costco Recalls Irish Rover Advent Calendar Dog Treats – Dog Food Advisor

Irish Rover Advent Calendar 2021 with Dog Treats Costco Recall

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December 11, 2021 — Costco.ca is recalling Irish Rover 2021 Advent Calendar for Dogs (item 2462182) dog treats, claiming only that “these Calendars do not meet our quality standards”.

No further information regarding the cause of this action was provided by Costco in the announcement. Supplier contact information can be found below.

Where Was the Product Sold?

The affected product was distributed from both Costco Warehouse and Costco.ca between October 1, 2021 and December 8, 2021.

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Editor’s Note

Important: Warning! Detailed information regarding this recall is scant.

Keep in mind…

Even though the defective treats were sold only in Canada, they remained on the market for over 2 months.

Which means that by now, some of the product may have found its way into both Canadian and American homes… and may also be intended as gifts.

What to Do?

In its announcement, Costco advised consumers to “stop feeding the treats to your pet immediately as Irish Dog Foods reviews the quality concerns”.

Customers are invited to “return the Calendar to a Costco warehouse for a full refund on your next visit”.

For more information, please contact Irish Dog Foods at info@irishdogfoods.com or by telephone at 888-671-8851 (Monday to Friday 8am to 5pm).

The official announcement concludes, “We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and ask you to please pass this information along to anyone to whom the product may have been given.”

Reporting Pet Food Problems

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

Or go to the FDA’s “Report a Pet Food Complaint” page.

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

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BioLifePet Liquid Probiotics for Dogs and Cats Recalled

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BioLifePet Liquid Probiotics for Dogs Recalled

December 1, 2021 — Livia Global, Inc. of Visalia, CA, is recalling two lots of its BioLifePet Liquid Probiotics due to the possibility of contamination with Pseudomonas aeruginosa bacteria.

The image above was not included in the company’s original recall notice. It is offered here in good faith by The Dog Food Advisor in an effort to help readers identify the affected product.

What Is Pseudomonas?

Pseudomonas aeruginosa is a potentially dangerous, disease-causing bacterium found in the environment. If ingested, Pseudomonas can cause a life-threatening infection in immune-compromised individuals.

Pseudomonas infections are generally limited to hospital settings.

What’s Recalled?

This recall event only affects the following products with the Lot# 001005-1 Best by: 04/2023 as well as LiviaOne Nasal Probiotics with Lot# 010620-1 Best by 08/2023 with the following ship dates:

  • LiviaOne Daily Probiotics 2oz
    UPC 030915 107112
    Ship dates 04/16/2021 – 08/30/2021 (1067 units)
  • LiviaOne Daily Probiotics 4oz
    UPC 030915 107167
    Ship dates 07/09/2021 – 08/30/2021 (384 units)
  • LiviaOne Topical Spray Probiotics 4oz
    UPC 030915 107105
    Ship dates 07/08/2021 – 07/30/2021 (571 units)
  • LiviaOne Nasal Probiotics 1oz
    UPC 030915 107198
    Ship dates 04/21/2021 – 05/12/2021 (480 units)
  • LiviaOne Nasal Probiotics 1 oz
    UPC 030915 107198
    Ship dates 07/14/2021 – 08/24/2021 (600 units)
  • LiviaOne Nasal Probiotics 1 oz
    Lot# 010620-1
    UPC 030915 107198
    Ship dates 10/27/2021 – 11/25/2021 (50 units)
  • BioLifePet Probiotics for Cats
    UPC 030915 107044
    Ship dates 05/05/2021 – 07/26/2021 (128 units)
  • BioLifePet Probiotics for Dogs
    UPC 030915 107037
    Ship dates 05/05/2021 – 08/25/2021 (128 units)

Lot numbers are located on the side of the bottle and on the bottom of the outer container in which the product is sold. (See below)

No other lots or ship dates or any other LiviaOne products are affected by this recall.

These products are distributed nationwide through Amazon, wholesale, and direct sales from the company’s website.

Editor’s Note: We find this FDA announcement to be confusing in that it appears to contain both human and pet products together on the same page.

Message from the Company

The company discovered the potential issue during routine 3rd party laboratory testing, which is part of Livia Global’s quality assurance procedures and safety protocols and decided to take this precautionary measure.

Even though the company has not received a direct complaint from using their products, we felt compelled to do this out of abundance of caution.

According to Chief Operations Officer, Deborah Moreno…

“We apologize for any concern or inconvenience this situation causes our customers and are here to support them… Livia Global is dedicated to the safety, health and welfare of its customers above all else. We continue to invest in the safety and quality protocols to ensure we produce only the best products.”

What to Do?

The company is asking consumers who have product from the above-mentioned Lot and ship dates to dispose of products.

Impacted consumers may contact Livia Global Customer Care to request a full refund (please have order # available), see contact information provided below.

For more information, please contact Deborah Moreno, Livia Global via phone, 1-559-372-8593 or email support@liviaglobal.com.

Hours of operations are from 8:30AM – 4:30PM PST Monday – Friday.

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

Or go to the FDA’s “Report a Pet Food Complaint” page.

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

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Sam’s Club Dog Treats Recall

Sams Club Members Mark Beef Sticks Dog Treats Recall November 2021

November 16, 2021 — Sam’s Club of Bentonville, Arkansas, is recalling Member’s Mark Beef Stick Dog Treats due to the potential presence of metal material.

What Caused the Recall?

The recall was initiated across all Sam’s Clubs following a limited number of customer reports.

See section below for the product description, UPC and product type.

What’s Recalled?

The following identifying information is provided by Sam’s Club Members Mark in its official news release dated November 16, 2021.

Member’s Mark Beef Stick Dog Treats
Package Size: 2.2 pounds
UPC: 19396-804731
Date: All products sold since March 1, 2021

What to Do?

If you have the affected product in your possession, do not feed it to your pets.

Affected treats should be discarded or may be returned to Sam’s Club for a full refund.

If you have resold any of this product, the company requests that you contact your customers and notify them of the recall.

If you have any questions or concerns about this recall, please contact Member’s Mark customer service at 1-888-301-0332 from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. CST Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. CST on Sundays.

Members may also contact the Sam’s Member Care Center via the live chat on https://help.samsclub.com/.

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

Or go to the FDA’s “Report a Pet Food Complaint” page.

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

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Tell the FDA to Enact Stronger Pet Food Safety Regulations | Take Action @ The Animal Rescue Site

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Pet food has long been a source of worry for pet owners and health officials. Reports of salmonella contamination are frequent, and threaten not only animals eating the food but also the owners handling it. Nutritional deficiencies and toxins have been found in pet foods as well — including melamine and salmonella which has led to multiple pet deaths.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulates the manufacture of cat food, dog food, and dog treats or snacks you have in your pantry1. One of the ways it does that is through the the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act requires that all animal foods, like human foods, be safe to eat, produced under sanitary conditions, contain no harmful substances, and be truthfully labeled2.

However, we regularly see violations of this law in tragic headlines reporting pet illness and death.

The FDA’s new proposal includes safety requirements similar to those in place for manufacturers of human food, ensuring that manufacturers are proactive in their efforts to keep pet food safe3. The current system is reactive; the government does not respond to pet food safety issues until after they are reported. In the past, it’s taken weeks of reports from consumers before contaminations were discovered and recalls announced, and thousands of dogs and cats are believed to have died.

The FDA is proposing that pet food companies follow rules very similar to those that manufacturers of human food must follow. That means that companies that take part in manufacturing any pet food component would be required to keep a record of, monitor for effectiveness, and report their manufacturing practices4.

Important pieces of this proposal include sanitation, hygienic practices and training, processes and controls, storage and distribution of pet food, and equipment design, use and maintenance.

Manufacturers will be required to develop procedures to prevent foodborne illness, and have plans in place to correct any problems, under the new law5.

This long-awaited move by the FDA is likely to be opposed, and possibly diluted, by large pet food manufacturers and importers. Make your voice heard now: It’s past time for the FDA to help ensure that the food we feed our pets is safe!

More on this issue:

  1. U.S. Food & Drug Administration (19 February 2021), “Pet Food.”
  2. U.S. Food & Drug Administration (12 May 2020), “FDA’s Regulation of Pet Food.”
  3. Federal Register (29 October 2013), “Current Good Manufacturing Practice and Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based Preventive Controls for Food for Animals.”
  4. USA Today (25 October 2013), “FDA proposes rules to make animal food safer.”
  5. Saundra Young, CNN (25 October 2013), “For the first time, FDA addresses pet food safety.”

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To the FDA Commissioner:

As you know, the discovery and recall of contaminated pet food happens on far too frequent a basis. Recalls of pet food are announced regularly.

The melamine scandal of 2007, which caused the tragic loss of thousands of beloved pets and even made it into the human food supply via chicken feed, should have served as a warning of how sweeping pet food contamination can be.

It seems the lessons from that tragedy have not been learned, as pets continue to die every year from pet food contamination.

Still today, dozens of pets die from food contamination every year and far more become seriously ill.

I am incredibly supportive of your proposal to enact stronger pet food manufacturing safety regulations similar to those in place for food for humans. No doubt you will receive many communications from organizations determined to dilute and weaken your proposal. I choose to support strong regulation to protect health and lives. Please continue to consider the health of our animals and our population, and enact these regulations faithfully and completely.

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Ingredient Splitting – Deceptive Dog Food Labeling Trick

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Ingredient splitting is one of the pet food industry’s most misleading marketing practices.

Of course…

Dog food companies deny any wrongdoing. They claim they’re simply following Federal labeling guidelines.

Yet perceptive shoppers cry foul. 

They insist ingredient splitting is a deliberate attempt by pet food companies to mislead consumers… and a deceptive trick designed to make an ingredients list look more attractive to potential buyers.

So…

What Is Ingredient Splitting?

Ingredient splitting is the creative practice of dividing a more abundant (inferior) ingredient into smaller portions of similar items.

It’s a sneaky way to artificially boost a more desirable item (like meat) to a higher spot on the ingredients list… while lowering the ranking of a less desirable item (like rice or corn).

And it’s all completely legal.

Here’s How It Works

Let’s say you have a dog food in which corn and rice are the main ingredients in the recipe.

Now…

Because grains are less appealing to a dog food shopper than meat, designers are compelled to lower the positions of non-meat items on the ingredients list.

Keep in mind…

Pet food manufacturers are required by law to arrange each item on every ingredients list in order of its precooking weight.

Check out this example…

Ingredient Splitting Comparison Table

Notice that corn and rice rank #1 and #2… before ingredient splitting.

Now…

What happens if we “split” the first two items on the list into smaller portions of similar ingredients?

With that goal in mind…

Let’s divide corn into smaller amounts of corn meal and corn flour… and let’s split the rice into smaller portions of brown and white rice.

And like magic

Even though the amount of chicken meal remains unchanged, it’s now been raised to the first position on the ingredients list.

Avoid ‘The First Ingredient’ Trick

Can you see how a dog food company could use ingredient splitting to mislead shoppers?

Here’s a real life example.

Have you ever noticed a dog food package boasting, “meat is the first ingredient”?

Like this…

Chicken is the number one ingredient
What does “#1 ingredient” really mean?

It’s easy for a pet food shopper to misunderstand this claim.

For example…

Do the words, “Chicken is the #1 ingredient” mean chicken is the most plentiful ingredient in the recipe?

Or do they mean that the food’s designer was able to successfully use ingredient splitting to manipulate the order of the list?

Or…

Do they mean chicken is the first ingredient because the recipe actually contains a generous amount of chicken meal?

The Bottom Line

Ingredient splitting is neither goodor bad.

Unless a company chooses to use ingredient splitting to mislead consumers.

Bottom line…

Don’t place excessive value on claims that meat is the first ingredient. Keep in mind, ingredients can be manipulated to change their order.

Which is why…

The first 5 ingredients in any recipe tend to provide a much more accurate picture of a pet food’s actual content.

What to Look for?

When searching for ingredient splitting, follow these suggestions:

  1. Ingredients matter. Begin every dog food evaluation with the label. After all, how could any food be magically better than the ingredients that were used to make it?
  2. Don’t overvalue the first ingredient. Ignore scammy claims. Instead, consider the healthiest and most plentiful components at the top of the recipe.
  3. Study the first 5 ingredients to determine the most abundant items in any dog food formula
  4. Look for evidence of ingredient splitting. Be skeptical when you find multiple versions of similar ingredients clustered together near the top of the list. For example, if you find white rice, brown rice and rice flour included in the first 5 items of a recipe, you can be fairly certain the main ingredient in the food is not meat.

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If you’d like to save time, consider visiting one of our “Best Dog Food” pages below. We’ve already assessed over 5700 recipes to uncover these top-rated dog and puppy foods.



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NutriSource Pure Vita Dog Food Recall

NutriSource Pure Vita Salmon Entree Dog Food Recall October 2021

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October 11, 2021 — Tuffy’s Pet Foods is recalling approximately 1,600 cases of NutriSource Pure Vita Salmon Entree Dog Food in a Tetrapak carton following notification from the product manufacturer of potentially elevated levels of Vitamin D.

About Vitamin D Toxicity

According to the Food and Drug Administration:

“…extremely high levels of vitamin D can cause serious health problems. Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin, so unlike water-soluble vitamins, when a dog… gets too much, the excess is not rapidly excreted in his or her urine. Instead, it’s stored in fat tissue and the liver. Excessive vitamin D can lead to kidney failure and even death.”

Tuffy’s Pet Foods Company Statement

Consuming elevated levels of vitamin D in dog food can cause adverse reactions in dogs of all sizes, including symptoms such as vomiting, loss of appetite, increased thirst, increased urination, excessive drooling and weight loss.

When ingested at excessive levels, vitamin D can lead to serious health issues in dogs including renal dysfunction.

While no reports of illness or injury have been reported from consumers to date, Tuffy’s is acting out of an abundance of caution and is removing the specific lots of product listed below from distribution.

As such, consumers should stop feeding the product listed below to their pets immediately.

Tuffy’s recommends consumers whose dogs have consumed the potentially affected product and are exhibiting any of the above mentioned symptoms contact their veterinarian.

Where Was the Product Sold?

The recalled product was distributed nationwide to distributors and retail stores.

What’s Being Recalled?

The recalled product is limited to Pure Vita Salmon Entrée Dog Food in a Tetrapak carton, bearing UPC Code “0 73893 96202 1” (found on side of the carton).

NutriSource Pure Vita Salmon Entree Dog Food Recall October 2021 Lot Numbers

Products included in the recall are identified by the “Best by Dates” and “Lot Numbers” (found on the top of the carton) as listed in the grid below.

NutriSource Pure Vita Dog Food Lot Number Info October 2021

No other Pure Vita dog or cat foods, or treats are affected by this announcement.

What Caused the Recall?

The recall was initiated after Tuffy’s was notified by the product manufacturer that this product may contain elevated levels of vitamin D.

The manufacturer of the affected product has identified and isolated the error and corrective actions are in progress to prevent this from happening again.

There are no other Pure Vita products affected by this recall.

This voluntary recall is being made with the knowledge of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and is being made out of an abundance of caution.

What to Do?

Consumers who purchased the Pure Vita Salmon Entrée dog food product subject to this voluntary recall (as identified above) are urged to return the product to their retailer for a full refund.

For consumer information or questions regarding this voluntary recall, please contact Tuffy’s Pet Foods, Inc. at (800) 525-9155 from Monday-Friday, 8:00am-5:00pm Central Time, or by email at tufcustservice@klnfamilybrands.com.

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

Or go to the FDA’s “Report a Pet Food Complaint” page.

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

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Fromm Dog Food Recalled Due to High Levels of Vitamin D

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October 1, 2021 — Fromm Family Foods of Mequon, Wisconsin, is recalling approximately 5,500 cases of Fromm Shredded Entrée wet dog food due to potentially elevated levels of Vitamin D.

What’s Being Recalled?

The following 4 products are affected by this recall.

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Product Lot Numbers and Best By Dates

Products are packaged in 12 ounce cans with Best By Date 08/2024. A full list of affected products is below:

  • Four-Star SHREDDED BEEF IN GRAVY ENTRÉE food for dogs, 12 cans per case, 11877
    12 oz. per can
    UPC 7270511876
    Best By Date 082024
  • Four-Star SHREDDED CHICKEN IN GRAVY ENTRÉE food for dogs, 12 cans per case, 11881
    12 oz. per can
    UPC 7270511880
    Best By Date 082024
  • Four-Star SHREDDED PORK IN GRAVY ENTRÉE food for dogs, 12 cans per case, 11879
    12 oz. per can
    UPC 7270511878
    Best By Date 082024
  • Four-Star SHREDDED TURKEY IN GRAVY ENTRÉE food for dogs, 12 cans per case, 11883
    12 oz. per can
    UPC 7270511882
    Best By Date 082024

There are no other Fromm products affected by this recall.

About the Recall

Recalled products were distributed nationwide at neighborhood pet stores.

Potential adverse reactions could occur in all size dogs. No reports of illness or injury have been reported from consumers to date.

However, Fromm management has determined it is prudent to pull these four lots out of distribution.

Fromm Company Statement

“The recall was initiated after we discovered, through our own analysis, that these products may contain elevated levels of Vitamin D.

“We have identified and isolated the error, and in addition to our existing safety process, we have put corrective actions into place to prevent this from happening again.”

This voluntary recall is being made with the knowledge of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

About Vitamin D Toxicity

According to the Food and Drug Administration:

“…extremely high levels of vitamin D can cause serious health problems. Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin, so unlike water-soluble vitamins, when a dog… gets too much, the excess is not rapidly excreted in his or her urine. Instead, it’s stored in fat tissue and the liver. Excessive vitamin D can lead to kidney failure and even death.”

According to the FDA recall bulletin:

Dogs ingesting elevated levels of Vitamin D may exhibit symptoms such as vomiting, loss of appetite, increased thirst, increased urination, excessive drooling, and weight loss.

Vitamin D when consumed at very high levels can lead to serious health issues in dogs including renal dysfunction.

Consumers who have dogs that have consumed any of the affected products and are exhibiting these symptoms should contact their veterinarian.

What to Do?

Consumers should stop feeding the affected products to their dogs.

Consumers who have purchased Fromm Four-Star Shredded Entrée canned dog food are urged to return the product to their retailer.

Consumers with questions are invited to contact the company at 1-800-325-6331 from Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Central Time. Or they may contact Fromm at info@frommfamily.com.

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

Or go to the FDA’s “Report a Pet Food Complaint” page.

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

https://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/dog-food-recall/fromm-recall-2021/

Aflatoxin… Avoiding the Deadliest Natural Toxin in Dog Food

Aflatoxin is a deadly natural poison that can cause serious illness or death in dogs

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Aflatoxin can cause life-threatening illness in dogs

Aflatoxin is one of the most dangerous natural poisons known to food scientists. And many times, it can be found in some of the most popular dog foods on the market.

Recently…

Aflatoxin has led to the tragic death of hundreds of dogs… and has caused an increasing number of life-threatening dog food recalls.

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What Is Aflatoxin?

Aflatoxin is a potent ‘natural’ poison that’s produced by a common type of food mold known as Aspergillus flavus.

But it’s NOT the mold you need to worry about.

It’s aflatoxin… the deadly poison produced by that mold… that can cause liver failure, cancer and death… in dogs.

Which Ingredients Contain Aflatoxin?

In nature…

Aspergillus mold is a gray-green, fuzzy-looking substance that can be found growing on the surface of cereal grains.

Grains like wheat, millet, sorghum, and rice.

However, since 2009…

Corn has been the most common source of aflatoxin in every poison-related dog food recall.

Here’s what corn contaminated with Aspergillus mold looks like: Aspergillus mold on corn and producing aflatoxin

What’s worse…

Much of the corn rejected for use in human food… like so many other inferior ingredients… frequently finds its way into commercial pet food.

What Makes Aflatoxin So Dangerous?

Contaminated corn in storage bin

Compared to almost any other dog food contaminant, aflatoxin has the potential to be FAR more dangerous.

That’s because…

Aflatoxin is invisible. So, you can’t see it… not even with a high-power microscope.

Yet it can still be present… even when there’s no visible sign of mold on the surface of the food.

What’s more…

Unlike Salmonella and other disease-causing bacteria

Aflatoxin is a poisonous chemical.

Which means… it’s NOT alive.

So You Can’t Kill It

And you can’t cook it out of a dog food, either.

In fact…

Aflatoxin is so resistant to heat

It even survives the germ-killing process of pasteurization… a process required by law when making canned dog foods.

Or the high heat methods used for making dry dog food.

Which is why, after cooking, the deadly poison can still be found inside an unopened can of wet dog food…

Or a sealed bag of dry kibble. Corn contaminated with mold during storage

How Toxic Is Aflatoxin?

Compared to other natural poisons…

Aflatoxin has the highest toxicity of all mold toxins.1   And for this reason, it’s one of the leading causes of liver failure and liver cancer in dogs.2

What’s worse…

There’s no known anti-toxin to neutralize it. So, once aflatoxin enters a dog’s body… there’s no way to remove it.

Two Ways Aflatoxin Can Kill Your Dog

Dogs are highly susceptible to aflatoxin poisoning.

That’s because unlike humans, who eat a varied diet

Dogs tend to eat the same food… meal after meal… day after day… for a lifetime.

Which is why there are 2 ways aflatoxin can kill a dog.

  1. Acute poisoning
  2. Chronic poisoning

Acute Poisoning

Dogs exposed to higher doses of aflatoxin can experience sudden and severe reactions to the poison.

Acute reactions like these can progress so quickly that a dog can die before ever receiving treatment.

These are the cases you hear about the most… and they represent the leading cause of aflatoxin-related recall events.

Chronic Poisoning

In contrast…

Dogs exposed to lower, non-lethal doses of aflatoxin over a longer period of time may survive.

But chronic, long term exposure to smaller doses can be just as deadly.

That’s because…

Tiny, invisible amounts of poison can accumulate in the body… over time… and can ultimately cause liver cancer later in your dog’s life.3

Which is what makes chronic poisoning so much more dangerous.

The Bottom Line

Chronic, long-term exposure to tiny, undetectable amounts of aflatoxin in your pet’s food has the potential to cause serious damage to the future health of your dog.

How to Protect Your Dog from Aflatoxin

On this page…

You’ve learned about aflatoxin and why it’s so dangerous. Here are 3 things you can do right now to protect your dog from this deadly poison.

  1. Become aware of recalls early. So you can take action… before smaller doses of aflatoxin can accumulate in your dog’s body. Click here to get free lifesaving dog food recall alerts by email as soon as they happen.
  2. Don’t rely on grain-based dog foods alone. Keep in mind, aflatoxin is only rarely found in grain-free recipes. Instead, consider diet rotation to diversify your pet’s menu.
  3. Mold toxins can be hidden in any dog food. To lower the risk, avoid brands with troubled recall histories… especially those known for being repeat offenders when it comes to aflatoxin or other matters of product safety. Repeat offenders are removed from each of The Dog Food Advisor’s “best” lists as soon as they’re discovered. So, visit one of the many Editor’s Choice categories from our Best Dog Food page for some exceptional selections.

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Sign Petition: This company sold mold-infested food to dog families, leading hundreds of pets to die

 


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When feeding our beloved companion animals, as pet parents, we all want the same thing: to feed our fur babies delicious, nutritious meals that keep them healthy and happy. But for many pet owners who served foods manufactured by Midwestern Pet Foods, Inc., mealtime instead turned into a deadly disaster.

Recently, upwards of 220 pet dogs became seriously sick, and more than 130 died as a result of eating the manufacturing company’s food products. And it’s all because they broke the law and cut corners to value their profits over the lives of animals.

Sign the petition to demand justice!

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) quickly began looking into the business’s multiple processing plants and inspectors were deeply alarmed at what they found. After investigating the rash of dog deaths, the FDA announced in August 2021 that inspectors had discovered samples of some Midwestern Pet Foods’ products to be highly contaminated with a dangerous mold — meaning this company was selling food that poisoned animals to death.

On top of that, Midwestern had violated multiple other federal U.S. laws, including around hazard analysis, setting preventative controls to reduce food risks, and more.

So far, the FDA has only issued a written warning to Midwestern Pet Foods, Inc., demanding a response about what the company will do to fix its many errors. But hundreds of dogs have already died or become gravely ill, and it’s all because this company didn’t care to follow the law.

Midwestern broke the law. It sold poisoned food. And, by extension, it killed families’ dogs. We can’t let it think it’s going to get away with this — otherwise, more dogs will be in danger in the future. An FDA letter just isn’t good enough.

Sign the petition to demand Midwestern Pet Foods be fined and ordered to change their leadership now!

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FDA Issues Important Warning to Maker of 12 Dog Food Brands

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August 17, 2021 — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a formal warning to Midwestern Pet Foods, Inc., maker of 12 pet food brands and sub-brands, after inspections of manufacturing plants revealed serious violations.

The FDA claims conditions at the firm’s facilities likely contributed to the illness or death of hundreds of dogs and cats.

What Caused the FDA’s Action?

According to the FDA…

“Analysis of these subsequent samples found that additional SPORTMiX branded products, spanning multiple products and lot codes, contained aflatoxin at levels as high as 558 ppb. FDA considers that aflatoxin levels in dog and cat food above 20 ppb will support a charge of adulteration… because of the reasonable possibility that a regular diet of such food will be fatal or injurious to the health of the pet. Therefore, these pet food products manufactured in your OK facility are adulterated in that they bear or contain a poisonous or deleterious substance which renders them injurious to health.”

Editor — Aflatoxin levels were nearly 28 times the safe upper limit of 20 parts per billion (ppb) established by the FDA.

More Safety Violations

The FDA’s official warning to Midwestern Pet Foods contained multiple instances of critical safety violations… too many to detail in this short article.

So, for greater detail…

Be sure to read the official FDA Warning letter issued to Midwestern Pet Foods.

Midwestern Pet Foods Brands

The following is a list of brands and sub-brands known to be manufactured by Midwestern Pet Foods.

And any one of them (at any time) can be suddenly affected by changes to these FDA findings:

  • CanineX
  • Earthborn Holistic
  • Meridian
  • Nunn Better
  • Pro Pac
  • Pro Pac Ultimates
  • Splash
  • Sportmix
  • Sportmix Wholesomes
  • Sportstrail
  • Unrefined
  • Venture

Midwestern Pet Foods Recall History

The following list includes all dog food recalls since 2016 related to Midwestern Pet Foods.

You can view a complete list of all dog food recalls since 2009 here.

What to Do?

As of this date…

No additional recalls related to this FDA warning have been reported.

However…

Please keep in mind just how unpredictable a dangerous and deadly dog food recall can be.

So…

Before purchasing ANY dog food, be sure to check The Dog Food Advisor’s Best Dog Foods pages.

That’s because anytime we determine a particular manufacturer has become a high risk, repeat offender

Their products are immediately removed from our Best Dog Foods page.

Our Very Best Advice

Since there’s no such thing as a perfect dog food

And because built-in flaws tend to be magnified when the same food is fed endlessly… day after day for a lifetime.

You may wish to consider diet rotation when feeding your pet.

https://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/dog-food-recall/midwestern-pet-foods-warning/

Top Quality Dog Food Recall of August 2021

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Top Quality Dog Food Beef HVM Package

August 26, 2021 — Top Quality Dog Food of Hyattsville, MD is recalling one batch of its “Beef HVM” product due to possible contamination with Salmonella spp. and Listeria monocytogenes bacteria.

What’s Recalled?

The following product is affected by this recall.

  • Beef HVM recipe
    1-pound packages
    Lot Number 071521

About Salmonella and Listeria

Salmonella, Listeria, can affect animals eating the product and there is risk to humans handling contaminated products, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the products or any surfaces exposed to these products.

Healthy people infected with Salmonella should monitor themselves for the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping, and fever.

Rarely, Salmonella can result in more serious ailments, including arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation, and urinary tract symptoms.

Pets with Salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting.

Some pets will have only decreased appetite, fever, and abdominal pain.

Infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans.

If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.

Listeria monocytogenes can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, vulnerable or elderly people, and others with compromised immune systems.

Healthy people may suffer short-term symptoms such as fever, headaches, stiffness, abdominal pain, and diarrhea.

Listeria monocytogenes infections pose a serious threat to pregnant woman, as it can lead to miscarriages and stillbirths.

Listeria monocytogenes infections are uncommon in pets, but they are possible.

Symptoms may include mild to severe diarrhea; anorexia; fever; nervous, muscular, and respiratory signs; abortion; depression; shock; and death.

Healthy people should monitor themselves and their pets for symptoms.

Where Was the Product Sold?

The recalled “Beef HVM” was distributed in DC, MD, VA, DE, PA, MA, CT, and SC and product was distributed through mail order and direct delivery from 7/27/21 to 8/2/21.

The “Beef HVM” comes in a 1-pound package marked with lot #071521 on the bottom right corner of the label.

No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with the “Beef HVM” 1-pound packages in question.

What Caused the Recall?

The contamination was noted after a state surveillance sample revealed the presence of Salmonella, Listeria monocytogenes, in some 1-pound packages of Beef HVM.

The remaining “Beef HVM” batch in our possession has been quarantined and we have discontinued the distribution of this batch while FDA and our company continue their investigation as to the source of the contamination.

What to Do?

Based on its records, the High Quality claims it has already contacted those who have received this lot number.

In addition, the company encourages all customers who received this product to dispose of any unused product immediately.

If you find the “Beef HVM” 1-pound package with lot number 071521 in your possession, you’re invited to return the product to the place of purchase for a full refund.

You can contact the Top Quality Dog Food company at 240-802-6601, Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM ET.

You can also write to customerservice@topqualitydogfood.com

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

Or go to the FDA’s “Report a Pet Food Complaint” page.

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

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Six Dog Food Brands Recalled Due to Dangerous Mold Toxin

Animal feed corn with mold

Corn mold producing dangerous aflatoxin

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July 29, 2021 — Sunshine Mills is recalling six dog food brands due to dangerous levels of aflatoxin.

Aflatoxin is a potentially deadly toxin produced by Aspergillus mold (typically found on corn)… and which can be harmful to pets if consumed in significant amounts.

What’s Recalled?

Sunshine Mills Dog Food Recall Batch Info July 2021

To date, no illnesses have been reported in association with the related products. No other Sunshine Mills pet foods are affected by this announcement.

Sold Nationwide

The affected products were distributed in retail stores nationally.

Retailers who received the recalled lots have been contacted and asked to pull these lots from their inventory and shelves.

There are no other Triumph®, Evolve®, Wild Harvest®, Nurture Farms®, Pure Being®, or Elm products or other lot codes of these products affected by this recall.

Message from the Company

“While no adverse health effects related to these products have been reported, Sunshine Mills, Inc. has chosen to issue a voluntary recall of the above-referenced products as a precautionary measure in furtherance of its commitment to the safety and quality of its products.”

What to Do?

Pets that have consumed any of the above recalled products and exhibit symptoms of illness including sluggishness or lethargy combined with a reluctance to eat, vomiting, yellowish tint to the eyes or gums, or diarrhea should be seen by a veterinarian.

Consumers who have purchased the recalled dog food should discontinue use of the product… and may return the unused portion to the place of purchase for a full refund.

Consumers may contact Sunshine Mills, Inc. customer service at 800-705-2111 from 7 am to 4 pm Central Time, Monday through Friday.

Or by email at [email protected] for additional information.

This is a voluntary recall being conducted in cooperation with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

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

Or go to the FDA’s “Report a Pet Food Complaint” page.

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

https://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/dog-food-recall/sunshine-mills-july-2021/

Toxic cat food fear as UK vets struggle with mysterious illness

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Cats are still dying in significant numbers from a mystery illness that investigators believe may be linked to widely sold cat food brands, prompting concern that not enough is being done to warn owners about a nationwide product recall.

Vets around the UK are understood to have been swamped by cases of pancytopenia, a condition in which the number of red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets decreases rapidly, causing serious illness.

The Royal Veterinary College (RVC) said this week it was aware of at least 528 cases in cats over the past few months, of which 63.5% have proved fatal. The true number of deaths could be far higher, it said, because many cases are not reported to vets and only a small percentage of vets pass data on to the RVC.

Certain batches of Sainsbury’s hypoallergenic cat foods, Applaws and AVA (a Pets at Home brand) were recalled by their manufacturer, Fold Hill Foods, in mid-June, prompting an investigation by the RVC and the Food Standards Agency (FSA).

The RVC and FSA are yet to confirm the cause of the spate of deaths, more than six weeks after initially raising the alarm. The length of the investigation is said to be causing frustration among cat food suppliers. Both organisations have said they are looking into all possibilities, including those not associated with food.

One cat owner, whose pet died on Tuesday, warned that too few people were aware of the recall and could unwittingly be feeding their cat products that could kill them.

Steven Barrett, a commercial barrister from High Wycombe, said his nine-year-old cat, Freyja, a ragdoll, died on Tuesday after five days of illness.

Barrett said Freya had only ever eaten Applaws and had finished the last of a 7.5kg bag of its dry chicken food shortly before she began vomiting.

He said he had heard nothing about the product recall until he tried to buy more food online and saw it wasn’t available, prompting him to look into why.

“My heart went through the floor,” he said. “She was a member of our little family, which is how we treated her. I just wanted her to have the best food.”

The cat was not allowed outside where she could have been exposed to other toxins, he added.

When Barrett phoned his usual vet he was unable to get an appointment because the clinic had been overwhelmed with similar cases.

“When the receptionist heard the name of the cat food she just told me to get an emergency appointment at another vet. I took her yesterday and she was dead by the end of the day,” he said.

“My worry is that a lot of cat owners bulk buy dry food and this is a massive recall, so there could be toxin in bags of dried food that will be opened and given to cats and more cats will die.”

Although the RVC and FSA investigations are ongoing, a statement on the RVC website referred to the possibility that the illness could be caused by mycotoxins, which are toxic compounds naturally produced by various fungi.

Mycotoxins can grow on crops before or after harvest and appear on foodstuffs including cereals, nuts, spices, dried fruits, apple juice and coffee, often under warm and humid conditions.

All of the brands that have been recalled are dry foods manufactured by Fold Hill Foods, part of the Lincolnshire-based farming business JW Grant.

A spokesperson for Fold Hill said: “As stated by the FSA, there is no definitive evidence to confirm a link at this stage between the cat food products and feline pancytopenia.

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“We continue to fully cooperate with both the FSA and the RVC as they continue to investigate all potential causes of the pancytopenia cases, feed and non-feed related.

“As cat owners ourselves, we fully understand how upsetting and stressful this situation is and the urgent need to establish why there has been an increase in cases of pancytopenia in the UK.”

Sainsbury’s said it was assisting with an investigation involving two of its hypoallergenic cat foods and was offering full refunds, while Pets at Home said it had recalled AVA and Applaws products and was assisting investigators. Applaws said it was “heartbroken” at the suggestion that any food it sold could be linked to cat deaths, adding that it was helping with the inquiry.

https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2021/aug/05/toxic-cat-food-fear-as-vets-struggle-with-mysterious-illness

Simply Nourish Dog Food Recall | Dog Food Advisor

Simply Nourish Cooked Frozen Dog Food Recall

Simply Nourish Recalls 8 Products

August 13, 2021 — Wet Noses Natural Dog Treat Company of Monroe, Washington, is recalling approximately 51,000 packages of Simply Nourish frozen dog food due to it elevated levels of Vitamin D.

What’s Being Recalled?

Recalled products are marketed in 2-pound and 4.5-pound packages across specific “Best By” dates.

A full list of affected products is included below:

Simply Nourish Dog Food Recall Batch Info

Affected Simply Nourish frozen food products were distributed at select PetSmart stores nationwide.

No illnesses have been reported to date. No other products have been affected.

About Vitamin D Toxicity in Dogs

Dogs ingesting elevated levels of Vitamin D may exhibit symptoms such as vomiting, loss of appetite, increased thirst, increased urination, excessive drooling, and weight loss.

Vitamin D when consumed at very high levels or over a long period of time can lead to serious health issues in dogs… including kidney failure and death.

Consumers who have dogs that have consumed any of the products listed above and are exhibiting these symptoms, should contact their veterinarian.

What Caused the Recall?

The recall was initiated after a routine nutrition test confirmed elevated Vitamin D levels on certain Simply Nourish frozen food products.

Subsequent investigation indicates the problem arose as a result of the vitamin mix dosage being significantly reduced by the vitamin mix manufacturer, and this change was not detected or properly communicated.

As a result, the dosage was not reduced.

Company Message

We care deeply about our customers and their pets, and have put corrective actions into place to ensure this issue does not reoccur.

This recall is being made with the knowledge of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

What to Do?

Consumers should immediately stop feeding the above products to their dogs.

Consumers who have purchased Simply Nourish Frozen Food are urged to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund.

Consumers with questions may contact the company at 800-938-6673 Monday to Friday, 8 am to 4:30 pm PST.

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

Or go to the FDA’s “Report a Pet Food Complaint” page.

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

https://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/dog-food-recall/simply-nourish/

Freshpet Dog Food Recall

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June 13, 2021 — Freshpet Inc. of Secaucus, New Jersey, is recalling a single lot of Freshpet Dog Food due to potential contamination with Salmonella bacteria.

What’s Recalled?

The following defective dog food is being recalled:

  • Freshpet Select Small Dog Bite Size Beef and Egg Recipe
  • Package size: 1 pound bags
  • Sell by date: 10/30/2021

Sell by date, along with UPC code and lot code, can be found on the bottom and back of each bag. Product images are posted below.

No other Freshpet products or lot codes are impacted by this recall.

What Caused the Recall?

Workers at Freshpet discovered a single lot of dog food that was contaminated with Salmonella bacteria… and had designated it for destruction.

However, the contaminated product was accidentally shipped to retailers in limited geographic markets between June 7 to June 10, 2021.

Where Was the Product Sold?

The recalled products may have been sold at: Publix in Florida, South Carolina, and Georgia. It was also distributed at limited Target locations in Arizona and Southern California.

Most of the product was intercepted at retailer distribution warehouses and not delivered to retail stores.

According to the company, “Freshpet has received no reports of illness, injury, or adverse reaction to date, and has issued this recall because of our deep commitment to the safety of our pet parents and their dogs.”

About Salmonella

Salmonella can affect animals eating the product and there is risk to humans from handling contaminated products, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the products or any surfaces exposed to these products.

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

Rarely, Salmonella can result in more serious ailments, including arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation, and urinary tract symptoms.

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

Dogs with Salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting.

Some dogs will have only decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain.

Infected but otherwise healthy dogs can be carriers and infect other animals or humans.

If your dog has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.

What to Do?

If pet parents have products matching the description above, they should stop feeding it to their dogs and dispose of it immediately.

Consumers are asked to call the company if you have any of the recalled product in your possession.

You may also use the following link to request a refund: https://freshpet.co/ssdb21.

Pet parents who have questions or would like to report adverse reactions should call 1-866-789-3737, Monday through Friday, 9 am to 9 pm ET and Saturday through Sunday, 9 am to 1 pm ET… or visit www.freshpet.com.

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

Or go to the FDA’s “Report a Pet Food Complaint” page.

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

https://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/dog-food-recall/freshpet-june-2021/

Fold Hill Foods recall several cat food products because of safety concerns

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Fold Hill Foods is taking the precautionary action of recalling several hypoallergenic cat food products because of safety concerns.

Product details

Applaws Cat Dry Chicken Pack size 400g, 2kg and 7.5kg Batch code NA Best before December 2022 to June 2023 Applaws Cat Dry Chicken & Salmon Pack size 400g, 2kg and 7.5kg Batch code NA Best before December 2022 to June 2023 AVA Adult Fish Pack size 2kg Batch code All batch codes Best before All date codes AVA Adult Mature Chicken 7+ Pack size 2kg and 4kg Batch code All batch codes Best before All date codes AVA Senior Chicken 12+ Pack size 2kg Batch code All batch codes Best before All date codes AVA Sensitive Skin & Stomach Pack size 1.5kg Batch code All batch codes Best before All date codes AVA Weight Management Pack size 1.5kg Batch code All batch codes Best before All date codes AVA Hairball Pack size 1.5kg Batch code All batch codes Best before All date codes AVA Oral Care Pack size 1.5kg Batch code All batch codes Best before All date codes AVA British Shorthair Pack size 1.5kg Batch code All batch codes Best before All date codes AVA Persian Pack size 1.5kg Batch code All batch codes Best before All date codes AVA Maine Coon Pack size 1.5kg Batch code All batch codes Best before All date codes Applaws Kitten Dry Chicken Pack size 400g, 2kg and 7.5kg Batch code NA Best before December 2022 to June 2023 by Sainsbury’s Hypoallergenic Recipe complete dry cat food with Salmon 1+ Years Pack size 800g Batch code All batch codes Best before All date codes by Sainsbury’s Hypoallergenic Recipe complete dry cat food with Chicken 1+ Years Pack size 800g Batch code All batch codes Best before All date codes Applaws Cat Dry Chicken & Lamb Pack size 400g, 2kg and 7.5kg Batch code NA Best before December 2022 to June 2023 Applaws Cat Dry Chicken & Duck Pack size 400g, 2kg and 7.5kg Batch code NA Best before December 2022 to June 2023 Applaws Cat Dry Ocean Fish Pack size 350g, 1.8kg and 6kg Batch code NA Best before December 2022 to June 2023 Applaws Cat Dry Senior Chicken Pack size 400g, 2kg and 7.5kg Batch code NA Best before December 2022 to June 2023 AVA Kitten Chicken Pack size 300g and 2kg Batch code All batch codes Best before All date codes AVA Adult Chicken Pack size 300g, 2kg and 4kg Batch code All batch codes Best before All date codes

Risk statement

There is concern on the safety of the products listed above. There has been an increase in cases of pancytopenia in cats and there is a possible link to the cat food products listed above. Pancytopenia is a very rare condition wherein the number of blood cells (red, white and platelets) rapidly decreases, causing serious illness.

Action taken by the company

Fold Hill Foods is recalling the above products. Point of sale notices will be displayed in all retail stores that are selling these products. These notices explain to customers why the products are being recalled and tell them what to do if they have bought the product. Please see the attached notices.

Our advice to consumers

If you have bought any of the above products you should stop feeding them to your cat. If you have bought an AVA product contact http://www.petsathome.com and fill out the contact form on the help page or livechat. If you have bought an Applaws product contact http://www.applaws.com/uk/contact-us. If you have bought a Sainsbury’s product contact http://www.sainsburys.co.uk/help or their Customer Careline on 0800 636262. If cat owners are concerned about the health of their pet then they should seek immediate advice from their vet.

About product recalls and withdrawals

If there is a problem with a food product that means it should not be sold, then it might be ‘withdrawn’ (taken off the shelves) or ‘recalled’ (when customers are asked to return the product). The FSA issues Product Withdrawal Information Notices and Product Recall Information Notices to let consumers and local authorities know about problems associated with food. In some cases, a ‘Food Alert for Action’ is issued. This provides local authorities with details of specific action to be taken on behalf of consumers.

Ref: FSA-PRIN-36-2021

https://www.food.gov.uk/news-alerts/alert/fsa-prin-36-2021

Sunshine Mills Recalls Multiple Dog Food Brands | Dog Food Advisor

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June 2, 2021 — Sunshine Mills, Inc. is voluntarily recalling multiple dog food products due to potential contamination with Salmonella bacteria.

What’s Recalled?

The following products were distributed online and in retail stores. The “best by” date and related lot codes can be found on the back of each package.

Sunshine Mills Recall June 2021 Affected Products Table

No other Sportsman’s Pride, Sprout, Intimidator, or FRM Gold Select products or other lot codes of these products are affected by this recall.

According to the company, no illnesses, injuries or complaints have been reported to date.

Retailers who received the recalled lots have been contacted and asked to pull these lots from their inventory and shelves.

What Caused the Recall?

The potential for contamination was noted after the firm was notified by the distributor, Fleet Wholesale Supply Company.

The distributor was informed by Minnesota Department of Agriculture when a 5-pound sample of Sprout Sporting Dog Food was collected.

The specimen tested positive for Salmonella during routine surveillance.

About Salmonella

Salmonella can affect animals eating the products and there is risk to humans from handling contaminated products, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the products or any surfaces exposed to these products.

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

Rarely, Salmonella can result in more serious ailments, including arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation, and urinary tract symptoms.

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

Pets with Salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting.

Some pets will have only decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain.

Infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans.

If your pet has consumed a recalled product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.

What to Do?

Consumers who have purchased the recalled products should discontinue use and may return the unused portion to the place of purchase for a full refund.

Consumers may contact Sunshine Mills, Inc. customer service at (800) 705-2111 from 7 am to 4 pm Central Time, Monday through Friday, or by email at customer.service@sunshinemills.com for additional information.

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

Or go to the FDA’s “Report a Pet Food Complaint” page.

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

https://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/dog-food-recall/sunshine-mills-june-2021/

Popular Dog Treats Removed from Stores | Dog Food Advisor

Zukes Mini Naturals Dog Treats Package

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April 30, 2021 — Zuke’s has voluntarily removed its popular Zuke’s Mini Naturals Dog Treats from retail stores due to “a potential quality issue”.

In an online letter to customers, the company states this is “not a recall” and that the cause is “not a food safety issue”.

Dog Food Advisor has requested and is awaiting a company response. We’ll update this page as soon as more information is available.

Company Response

In response to our request for more information, Zuke’s replied:

“At this time, we are proactively and voluntarily removing our Zuke’s Mini Naturals products from sale due to a quality issue.

“Zuke’s is a natural product, which uses a natural preservation system. We have identified a product quality issue during recent production with instances where the natural preservation system may not be working as effective as it should. While not a food safety issue, we are proactively and voluntarily removing Zuke’s Mini Naturals from sale because we want pet parents to continue to have the best experience with our products.

“Since this step is being taken due to a quality issue, we are not asking pet parents to return the product. If you are not completely satisfied with your Zuke’s purchase, we are always happy to issue a refund. Please reach out to our Pet Parent Relations team here.”

Which Products Have Been Removed?

The following dog treats are affected by the company’s action.

Zukes Mini Naturals Dog Treats Affected by Withdrawal

What to Do?

For more information, consumers may contact Zuke’s Customer Service.

Zuke’s has asked pet food retailers to immediately remove all affected products from sale.

And to “promptly dispose of all Zuke’s Mini Naturals products in a safe and lawful manner that ensures the product does not re-enter the marketplace”.

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

Or go to the FDA’s “Report a Pet Food Complaint” page.

https://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/dog-food-recall/zukes-mini-naturals-dog-treats/

Midwestern Pet Foods Recalls Multiple Dog & Cat Food Brands

March 27, 2021 — Midwestern Pet Foods of Evansville, Indiana is recalling multiple brands of dog and cat food because they have the potential to be contaminated with disease-causing Salmonella bacteria.

What’s Recalled?

Recalled products include specific lots of CanineX, Earthborn Holistic, Venture, Unrefined, Sportmix Wholesomes, Pro Pac, Pro Pac Ultimates, Sportstrail, Sportmix and Meridian produced at its production facility in Monmouth, Illinois.

Midwestern Pet Foods Brands Recalled

Recalled Dog and Cat Food with Lot Numbers

Midwestern Pet Foods March 2021 Recall Lot Numbers

About Salmonella

Salmonella can affect animals eating the products and there is 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 surfaces exposed to these products.

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

Rarely, Salmonella can result in more serious ailments, including arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation, and urinary tract symptoms.

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

Pets with Salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting.

Some pets will have only decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain.

Infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans.

If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.

No human or pet illnesses have been reported to date.

Where Were the Products Sold?

Products were distributed to retail store nationwide and to online retailers.

Lot code information may be found on the back of the bags with the following format:
“EXP AUG/02/22/M1/L#”

Midwestern Pet Food Recall Example of Lot Number Markings

This recall covers only certain products manufactured at Midwestern Pet Foods Monmouth, Illinois facility.

The unique Monmouth Facility identifier is located in the date code as an “M”.

What Caused the Recall?

The recall was as the result of a routine sampling program by the company which revealed that the finished products may contain the bacteria.

What to Do?

Retailers and distributors should immediately pull recalled lots from their inventory and shelves.

Do not sell or donate the recalled products.

Retailers are encouraged to contact consumers that have purchased the recalled products if the means to do so exists.

Do not feed the recalled products to pets or any other animals.

Destroy the food in a way that children, pets and wildlife cannot access them.

Wash and sanitize pet food bowls, cups and storage containers.

Always ensure you wash and sanitize your hands after handling recalled food or any utensils that come in contact with recalled food.

For more information, contact Midwestern Pet Foods Consumer Affairs at info@midwesternpetfoods.com. Or call 800-474-4163, ext 455, from 8 AM to 5 PM CT, Monday through Friday.

This voluntary recall is being conducted in cooperation with the US Food and Drug Administration. All other Midwestern Pet Foods products are unaffected by this recall.

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

Or go to the FDA’s “Report a Pet Food Complaint” page.

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

https://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/dog-food-recall/midwestern-pet-foods-dog-cat-food/

Bravo Packing Recalls Performance Dog Pet Food

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March 3, 2021 — Bravo Packing, Inc. of Carneys Point, NJ, is recalling all Ground Beef and Performance Dog, a frozen raw pet food because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes bacteria.

What’s Recalled?

Performance Dog and Ground Beef both come frozen in 2-pound and 5-pound plastic sleeves with the following labels (provided by the company).

About Salmonella and Listeria

Salmonella can cause illness in animals eating the products, as well as people who handle contaminated pet products… especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the products, infected animals or any surfaces exposed to these products.

Listeria monocytogenes is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.

Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, server headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria monocytogenes infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

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

Rarely, Salmonella can result in more serious ailments, including arterial infections, endocarditis (an infection of the heart muscle), arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation and urinary tract symptoms.

People who have these symptoms after having contact with this product or an animal that has eaten this product should contact their healthcare providers.

Pets with Salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting.

Some pets will have decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain.

Pets exposed to contaminated food can be infected without showing symptoms.

If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.

Infected animals including those without symptoms, can also shed Salmonella through their feces and saliva, spreading pathogens into the home environment and to humans and other animals in the household.

No human or animal illnesses have been reported to date.

About This Recall

Bravo Packing, Inc. is voluntarily recalling the products after samples of Performance Dog and a sample of Ground Beef were collected during an FDA inspection, tested positive for Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes.

Where Were the Products Sold?

Performance Dog generally works with the distributor located in Brooklyn, New York, that fills orders to brick-and-mortar retail stores or to consumers directly nationwide.

What to Do?

If you have an Ground Beef or Performance Dog, please throw it away.

Consumers with questions should contact Bravo Packing, Inc. at 856-299-1044 (Monday – Friday, 9:00AM-2:00PM, EST).

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

Or go to the FDA’s “Report a Pet Food Complaint” page.

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

https://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/dog-food-recall/performance-dog-recall-2021/

Deadly Dog and Cat Food Recall Expands: More Brands, Over 1000 Lots

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January 11, 2021 — The FDA is alerting consumers that Midwestern Pet Foods, Inc. is expanding its recent recall to include over 1000 lots of Sportmix and 2 other brands of dog and cat food because they contain potentially fatal levels of aflatoxin.

As of this date, FDA is aware of more than 70 deaths and 80 illnesses in pets that have eaten the affected products.

This is an ongoing investigation. This count is approximate and may not reflect the total number of pets affected.

What’s Recalled?

On December 30, 2020, Midwestern Pet Foods announced a recall of nine total lots of Sportmix pet food products.

  • Sportmix Energy Plus, 50 lb. bag
    Exp 03/02/22/05/L2
    Exp 03/02/22/05/L3
    Exp 03/03/22/05/L2
  • Sportmix Energy Plus, 44 lb. bag
    Exp 03/02/22/05/L3
  • Sportmix Premium High Energy, 50 lb. bag
    Exp 03/03/22/05/L3
  • Sportmix Premium High Energy, 44 lb. bag
    Exp 03/03/22/05/L3
  • Sportmix Original Cat, 31 lb. bag
    Exp 03/03/22/05/L3
  • Sportmix Original Cat, 15 lb. bag
    Exp 03/03/22/05/L2
    Exp 03/03/22/05/L3

On January 11, 2021, the company expanded its recall to include all pet food products containing corn that were made in the firm’s Oklahoma plant and that expire on or before July 9, 2022.

More than 1000 lot codes are affected, so they are not listed individually.

Lots of the following pet food products have been recalled if the date/lot code includes an expiration date on or before “07/09/22” and includes “05” in the date/lot code, which identifies products made in the Oklahoma plant:

  • Pro Pac Adult Mini Chunk, 40 lb. bag
  • Pro Pac Performance Puppy, 40 lb. bag
  • Splash Fat Cat 32%, 50 lb. bag
  • Nunn Better Maintenance, 50 lb. bag
  • Sportmix Original Cat, 15 lb. bag
  • Sportmix Original Cat, 31 lb. bag
  • Sportmix Maintenance, 44 lb. bag
  • Sportmix Maintenance, 50 lb. bag
  • Sportmix High Protein, 50 lb. bag
  • Sportmix Energy Plus, 44 lb. bag
  • Sportmix Energy Plus, 50 lb. bag
  • Sportmix Stamina, 44 lb. bag
  • Sportmix Stamina, 50 lb. bag
  • Sportmix Bite Size, 40 lb. bag
  • Sportmix Bite Size, 44 lb. bag
  • Sportmix High Energy, 44 lb. bag
  • Sportmix High Energy, 50 lb. bag
  • Sportmix Premium Puppy, 16.5 lb. bag
  • Sportmix Premium Puppy, 33 lb. bag

Lot code information may be found on the back of bag and will appear in a three-line code, with the top line in format “EXP 03/03/22/05/L#/B###/HH:MM”

Sportmix Aflatoxin Recall Package Information

About Aflatoxin

Aflatoxin is a toxin produced by the mold Aspergillus flavus and at high levels it can cause illness and death in pets.

The toxin can be present even if there is no visible mold.

Pets are highly susceptible to aflatoxin poisoning because, unlike people, who eat a varied diet, pets generally eat the same food continuously over extended periods of time.

If a pet’s food contains aflatoxin, the toxin could accumulate in the pet’s system as they continue to eat the same food.

Pets with aflatoxin poisoning may experience symptoms such as sluggishness, loss of appetite, vomiting, jaundice (yellowish tint to the eyes, gums or skin due to liver damage), and/or diarrhea.

In some cases, this toxicity can cause long-term liver issues and/or death.

Some pets suffer liver damage without showing any symptoms.

Pet owners whose pets have been eating the recalled products should contact their veterinarians, especially if they are showing signs of illness.

There is no evidence to suggest that pet owners who handle products containing aflatoxin are at risk of aflatoxin poisoning.

However, pet owners should always wash their hands after handling pet food.

What to Do?

Affected products may still be on store shelves, online, or in pet owners’ homes.

Pet owners should stop feeding their pets the recalled products listed above and consult their veterinarian, especially if the pet is showing signs of illness.

The pet owner should remove the food and make sure no other animals have access to the recalled product.

Contact Midwestern Pet Foods Consumer Affairs at 800-474-4163, ext. 455 from 7 am to 4 pm CT, Monday through Friday, or by email at info@midwesternpetfoods.com for additional information.

Further information regarding this recall can be found in the related FDA Bulletin.

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

Or go to the FDA’s “Report a Pet Food Complaint” page.

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

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Sportmix Dog and Cat Food Recalled Due to Deadly Mold Toxin

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December 30, 2020 — The FDA is alerting consumers that Midwestern Pet Foods, Inc. is recalling nine lots of Sportmix pet food products because they contain potentially fatal levels of aflatoxin.

FDA is aware of at least 28 deaths and 8 illnesses in dogs that ate the recalled products.

This is an ongoing investigation. Case counts and the scope of this pending recall may expand as new information becomes available.

What’s Recalled?

The dry pet food products to be recalled by Midwestern Pet Foods, Inc. on December 30, 2020 include:

  • Sportmix Energy Plus, 50 lb. bag
    Exp 03/02/22/05/L2
    Exp 03/02/22/05/L3
    Exp 03/03/22/05/L2
  • Sportmix Energy Plus, 44 lb. bag
    Exp 03/02/22/05/L3
  • Sportmix Premium High Energy, 50 lb. bag
    Exp 03/03/22/05/L3
  • Sportmix Premium High Energy, 44 lb. bag
    Exp 03/03/22/05/L3
  • Sportmix Original Cat, 31 lb. bag
    Exp 03/03/22/05/L3
  • Sportmix Original Cat, 15 lb. bag
    Exp 03/03/22/05/L2
    Exp 03/03/22/05/L3

Lot code information may be found on the back of bag and will appear in a three-line code, with the top line in format “EXP 03/03/22/05/L#/B###/HH:MM”.

Sportmix Aflatoxin Recall Package Information

As new information becomes available, the product list above may continue to expand.

FDA and the Missouri Department of Agriculture are working with the firm to determine whether any additional products may have been made with the same ingredients containing potentially fatal levels of aflatoxin.

About Aflatoxin

Aflatoxin is a toxin produced by the mold Aspergillus flavus and at high levels it can cause illness and death in pets.

The toxin can be present even if there is no visible mold.

Pets are highly susceptible to aflatoxin poisoning because, unlike people, who eat a varied diet, pets generally eat the same food continuously over extended periods of time.

If a pet’s food contains aflatoxin, the toxin could accumulate in the pet’s system as they continue to eat the same food.

Pets with aflatoxin poisoning may experience symptoms such as sluggishness, loss of appetite, vomiting, jaundice (yellowish tint to the eyes, gums or skin due to liver damage), and/or diarrhea.

In some cases, this toxicity can cause long-term liver issues and/or death.

Some pets suffer liver damage without showing any symptoms.

Pet owners whose pets have been eating the recalled products should contact their veterinarians, especially if they are showing signs of illness.

There is no evidence to suggest that pet owners who handle products containing aflatoxin are at risk of aflatoxin poisoning.

However, pet owners should always wash their hands after handling pet food.

What to Do?

Affected products may still be on store shelves, online, or in pet owners’ homes.

Pet owners should stop feeding their pets the recalled products listed above and consult their veterinarian, especially if the pet is showing signs of illness.

The pet owner should remove the food and make sure no other animals have access to the recalled product.

Further information regarding this recall can be found in the related FDA Bulletin.

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

Or go to the FDA’s “Report a Pet Food Complaint” page.

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

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Albright’s Raw Dog Food Recall

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Albrights Raw Dog Food Chicken Recipe Recall

November 13, 2020 — Albright’s Raw Dog Food of Fort Wayne, Indiana, is voluntarily recalling 67 cases of Chicken Recipe for Dogs because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella bacteria.

What’s Being Recalled?

The product is labeled Albright’s Raw Dog Food Chicken Recipe for Dogs and is packaged in 2-pound chubs/rolls (see image above).

Each chub/roll is printed with:

  • Lot number C000185
  • Best By 19 May 2021

Product was sold frozen, and was distributed from the company to distributors from 7/8/20 to 8/27/20.

One animal illness has been reported. No human illnesses have been reported to date.

Where Was It Sold?

Albright’s Raw Dog Food Chicken Recipe for Dogs was distributed in CA, FL, IL, IN, NH, NJ, NV, NY, PA, and TN.

The affected product was also distributed through retail stores, mail order, and direct delivery.

What Caused the Recall?

The problem bacteria was revealed after testing conducted by the FDA.

The problem was confined to this batch and the company has ceased the distribution of the batch as FDA and the company continue their investigation as to what caused the problem.

About Salmonella in Humans

Salmonella can affect animals eating the products and there is 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 surfaces exposed to these products.

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

Rarely, Salmonella can result in more serious ailments, including arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation, and urinary tract symptoms.

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

About Salmonella in Pets

Pets with Salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting.

Some pets will have only decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain.

Infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans.

If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.

What to Do?

Due to the frozen condition of the product, it is possible that retailers and end users may still have the product in their freezers.

Consumers who have purchased Albright’s Raw Dog Food Chicken Recipe for Dogs are urged to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund.

Consumers with questions may contact the company at 260-422-9440 Monday through Friday, 8 AM to 4 PM ET.

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

Or go to the FDA’s “Report a Pet Food Complaint” page.

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

https://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/dog-food-recall/albrights-raw/

Sunshine Mills Recalls Multiple Dog Food Brands Due to Aflatoxin

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September 2, 2020 — Sunshine Mills, Inc. is issuing a voluntary recall of multiple dog food products due to elevated levels of aflatoxin that are potentially above the acceptable limit.

Aflatoxin is a naturally occurring mold by-product from the growth of Aspergillus flavus and can be harmful to pets if consumed in significant quantities.

What’s Being Recalled?

Here are images of the products affected by this recall:

Sunshine Mills Recall - Family Pet Meaty Cuts
Sunshine Mills Recall - Paws Happy Life Butcher's Choice Dog Food
Sunshine Mills Recall - Heartland Farms Grilled Favorites Dog Food

Here are the lot codes and dates of the products affected by this news:

Sunshine Mills Recalled Products Table

What Caused the Recall?

The potential for aflatoxin levels above the acceptable limit in these products was discovered by routine sampling performed by the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry showing that a sample of a single 4-pound bag of one lot of the product contained elevated levels of aflatoxin.

No illnesses have been reported in association with these products to date, and no other Sunshine Mills, Inc. pet food products are affected by this announcement.

While no adverse health effects related to these products have been reported, Sunshine Mills, Inc. has chosen to issue a voluntary recall of these products as a precautionary measure in furtherance of its commitment to the safety and quality of its products.

About Aflatoxin

Pets that have consumed any of the recalled products and exhibit symptoms of illness including sluggishness or lethargy combined with a reluctance to eat, vomiting, yellowish tint to the eyes or gums, or diarrhea should be seen by a veterinarian.

The affected products were distributed in retail stores nationally.

Retailers who received the recalled lots have been contacted and asked to pull these lots from their inventory and shelves.

There are no other Family Pet, Heartland Farms, or Paws Happy Life products or other lot codes of these products affected by this precautionary recall.

This is a voluntary recall being conducted in cooperation with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

What to Do?

Consumers who have purchased the recalled products should discontinue use of the product and may return the unused portion to the place of purchase for a full refund.

Consumers may contact Sunshine Mills, Inc. Customer Service at 800-705-2111 from 7 AM to 4 PM Central Time, Monday through Friday… or by email at customer.service@sunshinemills.com for additional information.

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

Or go to the FDA’s “Report a Pet Food Complaint” page.

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

https://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/dog-food-recall/sunshine-mills/