Monday, March 28, 2016

Smallbatch Pets Inc. Voluntarily Recalling Frozen Dog Duckbatch Sliders

Smallbatch Pets Inc. Voluntarily Recalls Frozen Dog Duckbatch Sliders Due to Possible Salmonella and Listeria Monocytogenes Health Risk

 Smallbatch Pets Inc. is voluntarily recalling one lot of frozen dog duckbatch sliders due to their potential to be contaminated with Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes.

Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes 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 and Listeria monocytogenes should monitor themselves for some or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever. Rarely, Salmonella andListeria monocytogenes 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 and Listeria monocytogenes 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 pet or consumer illnesses from this product have been reported to date. However, because of their commitment to safety and quality, Smallbatch Pets is conducting a voluntary recall of this product. Consumers should also follow the Simple Handling Tips published on the Smallbatch Pets package, when disposing of the affected product.
The potentially affected lots of dog duckbatch sliders were distributed to retail pet food stores in States CA, CO, OR, WA through pet food retailers/distributors. Eighty cases of this product were sold between the dates of 2/23/16 – 3/10/16.
The affected products are sold frozen in 3lbs. bags. The products affected by this recall are identified with the following manufacturing codes:
LOT #Best By DateUPC
The "Best By" date is located on the back of the package below the seal.
This recall was initiated after routine testing by the Food and Drug Administration of a 3lb bag of dog duckbatch sliders, that was collected at a distributor, revealed the presence of Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes.
This recall is being made with the knowledge of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
Consumers who have purchased the above lots of dog duck sliders are urged to stop feeding them and return product to place of purchase for a full refund or dispose of them immediately.
We do apologize for any inconvenience and for all consumer questions, please call us at 888-507-2712, Monday - Friday, 9:00AM - 4:00PM PST or email us

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Fromm Family Pet Food Recalls Their 12 oz. Cans Of New Gold Canned Dog Food

 Read the post from their web page:

                          RECALL NOTICE

 Dear Valued Customers and Pet Parents:

Fromm Family Pet Food has discovered through our own analysis that 12 oz. cans of our new Gold canned dog food pates do not contain recommended levels of vitamins and minerals. They may contain elevated levels of Vitamin D. We are recalling these products out of an abundance of caution.
The impact of the excess Vitamin D should be seen only when dogs have eaten these products as their exclusive meals for an extended period of time. We would expect to see a reduction in appetite. We have not received any reports of this or any other health problems, but recommend that you not feed these products to your dog if you have of the following 12 oz. cans:
  • 12 oz. Gold Chicken Pate Dog can case code#11893, individual can upc : 72705 11892
  • 12 oz. Gold Chicken & Duck can case code #11895, individual can upc: 72705 11894
  • 12 oz. Gold Salmon & Chicken Pate can case code #11891, individual can upc: 72705 11890
These cans were shipped to distributors during the limited time frame from December 2015 through February 2016. If you have any of the above cans, please return them to the place of purchase or any Authorized Fromm Retailer for return to Fromm Family Foods. To find an Authorized Fromm Retailer near you, please or call (800) 325-6331. There are no other Fromm products affected by this recall, and this effort is being undertaken in coordination with the FDA.
Please see the product labels above to see if any food you have is subject to this recall. If you have any questions, please contact Fromm Family Pet Foods at (800) 325-6331. We very much appreciate your attention to this announcement and, as a family business, look forward to earning your trust every day.

Tom Nieman

Friday, March 18, 2016

Have You Read The New Updated Guidelines About Rabies

  Rabies is a fatal viral zoonosis and serious public health problem.1 All mammals are believed to be susceptible to the disease, and for the purposes of this document, use of the term animal refers to mam- mals. The disease is an acute, progressive encephalitis caused by viruses in the genus Lyssavirus.2 Rabies virus is the most important lyssavirus globally. In the United States, multiple rabies virus variants are main- tained in wild mammalian reservoir populations such as raccoons, skunks, foxes, and bats. Although the Unit- ed States has been declared free from transmission of canine rabies virus variants, there is always a risk of reintroduction of these variants.3–7 The rabies virus is usually transmitted from animal to animal through bites. The incubation period is highly variable. In domestic animals, it is generally 3 to 12 weeks, but can range from several days to months, rarely exceeding 6 months.8 Rabies is communicable during the period of salivary shedding of rabies virus. Experimental and historic evidence documents that dogs, cats, and ferrets shed the virus for a few days prior to the onset of clinical signs and during illness. Clinical signs of rabies are variable and include inappetance, dysphagia, cranial nerve deficits, abnormal behavior, ataxia, paralysis, altered vocalization, and seizures. Progression to death is rapid. There are currently no known effective rabies antiviral drugs. The recommendations in this compendium serve as a basis for animal rabies prevention and control programs throughout the United States and facilitate standardization of procedures among jurisdictions, there by contributing to an effective national rabies control program. The compendium is reviewed and revised as necessary, with the most current version replacing all previous versions. These recommendations do not supersede state and local laws or requirements. Prin ciples of rabies prevention and control are detailed in Part I, and recommendations for parenteral vaccination procedures are presented in Part II. All animal ra- bies vaccines licensed by the USDA and marketed in the United States are listed and described in Appendix 1, and contact information for manufacturers of these vaccines is provided in Appendix 2. Modifications of note in this updated version of the compendium, compared with the previous ver- sion,9 include clarification of language, explicit encouragement of an interdisciplinary approach to ra- bies control, a recommendation to collect and report at the national level additional data elements on rabid domestic animals, changes to the recommended management of dogs and cats exposed to rabies that are ei- ther unvaccinated or overdue for booster vaccination, reduction of the recommended 6-month quarantine period for certain species, and updates to the list of marketed animal rabies vaccines.

 Download the article here.

Friday, March 11, 2016

Purina Voluntary Recalls 10-oz. Tubs Of Beneful Prepared Meals

Purina Wet Dog Food 10-oz. Tub Voluntary Recall

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We’re pet owners and pet lovers, too. For that reason, when we discovered through our own internal quality tests that some of our 10-oz. wet dog food tubs may not contain the recommended level of added vitamins and minerals, we took action and voluntarily recalled the product at retail.
This includes select wet dog food 10-oz. tubs under the Beneful Prepared Meals, Beneful Chopped Blends and Pro Plan Savory Meals brands. See a full list of included products by “Best Before” date and production code ranges here.
Although most of the recalled product contains all of the vitamins and minerals your dog needs, we recommend that you discard any of the affected product you may have, and we’ll issue you a refund.
We’re here to ensure you have the best possible consumer experience, so call us at 1-800-877-7919 with any questions you may have or to request a refund. We know your pet is important to you, and they’re important to us, too.
Canadian consumers should visit for information about the Canadian products included in the recall. 

Questions and Answers
1. What products are included in this voluntary recall?
The voluntary recall only includes the following brands with both a “Best Before” date range of June 2017 to August 2017 and production code range starting with the first four digits of 5363 to 6054. See a full list of products here.
  1. Beneful Prepared Meals Wet Dog Food 10-oz. Tubs (all varieties)
  2. Beneful Chopped Blends Wet Dog Food 10-oz. Tubs (all varieties)
  3. Pro Plan Savory Meals Wet Dog Food 10-oz. Tubs (limited to five varieties).
No other Purina products or sizes are included.
2. Why did you recall this product?
We discovered through our own internal quality tests that some 10-oz. wet dog food tubs may not contain the recommended level of added vitamins and minerals, so we took action and issued a voluntary recall of the product at retail.
3. How do I know if my product is included in this voluntary recall?
Dog owners should check both the "Best Before" date and production code on the bottom of each 10-oz. tub and contact Purina at 1-800-877-7919 for a refund if they have an affected tub or may have purchased the affected product(s) (see listhere).
4. What should I do if I have the recalled product?
If you have any of the affected product on-hand, please discontinue feeding the food to your dog and discard it. If you have a 10-oz tub that is not listed as part of the recall, you can and should continue feeding it to your dog. We’ll be happy to give you a refund.
5. What if I fed the recalled product to my dog?
We’re conducting this voluntary recall as a precaution for those dogs who may have eaten the affected product as their only meal for more than several weeks. Anytime you have questions about your pet’s health, contact your veterinarian. 
6. Are any other Purina products are affected?
No other Purina products or sizes are affected.
7. Where were the recalled products produced?
The affected items were produced in only one Purina facility on one production line in St. Joseph, Missouri, and were sold in the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico.
8. When can I buy these products again?
We’re working to get these products back on store shelves as soon as we possibly can.