4 Companies Issue Recalls Of Dog Food, Treats Over Possible Salmonella Risk
The FDA says the recalls include food, chews and treats that could make you and your pup sick!
Dog owners should be aware that four different pet food companies have recently recalled products due to concerns about a potential salmonella contamination.
According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the brands affected include specific products from Raws for Paws, RedBarn, Darwin’s ZooLogics and Smokehouse Pet Products.
Here’s more information about each of the affected products:
1. Raws For Paws—Ground Turkey For Pets
The FDA says Raws for Paws has recalled about 4,000 pounds of its 1-pound and 5-pound “chubs” of Ground Turkey Pet Food. The affected products were sold to customers in Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin. The products have case codes of 9900008, 9900009, 9900014 and 9900015. The manufacture date of the affected food cases is Oct. 12, 2017 and the manufacture dates of Combo Pack cases are between Oct. 12, 2017 and Feb. 2, 2018.
Two illnesses have been reported in connection with these products. Consumers with questions can contact the company at (612) 465-0372.
2. RedBarn Pet Products—Bully Sticks
Red Barn Pet Products is recalling its RedBarn Naturals 7-inch Bully Sticks chews. The chews were sold in three-packs at pet stores nationwide. The products have an expiration date of “112120ABC” stamped on the side of the packaging. The UPC on the affected products is #7 85184 25105 8. See examples of the packaging at RedBarn’s website.
Consumers with questions can contact the company via email at [email protected] or by phone at (800) 775-3849, Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Pacific.
3. Darwin’s Natural—ZooLogics Meals
A pair of varieties of Darwin’s Natural ZooLogics dog food has been recalled after at least six complaints to the FDA that pets had become ill or died after eating it since October 2016. The affected foods are ZooLogics Chicken with Vegetable Meals for Dogs (Lot #41567) and ZooLogics Duck with Vegetable Meals for Dogs (Lot #41957).
Darwin’s Natural only sells its products online through direct-to-consumer sales, according to the FDA. The group has investigated four recalls of the company’s foods since October 2016. Last week, Darwin’s Natural issued a notice to customers about the recall, which was obtained by Dog Food Advisor.
4. Smokehouse Pet Products—Beefy Munchies Treats
Smokehouse Pet Products is recalling 4-ounce bags of Beefy Munchies dog treats. The products were sold through a number of retailers in Colorado, Michigan, North Carolina and Washington. The affected products have the UPC code 78565857957, lot number 449294 and a best-used-by date of Oct. 25, 2019 stamped on the back.
No illnesses have been connected to this recall, according to the FDA. Consumers with questions may contact the company at (877) 699-7387, Monday to Friday, 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Pacific.
If you have any of these products, you should stop feeding them to your pet right away.
The salmonella potentially present in these products can affect both pets and humans who handle the products, so if you or your pet have been in contact with the products and are experiencing symptoms, you should seek medical attention as soon as possible. Humans and dogs will experience similar symptoms from salmonella poisoning, including lethargy, body aches, nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramping and diarrhea.
Other Dog Foods Recalled After Euthanasia Drug Found
This has been a bad week for dogs: A drug used to euthanize animals has also been found in some canned dog food, prompting a recall.
Low levels of the drug pentobarbital were detected in cans of Gravy Train dog food produced by the J.M. Smucker Company, the FDA said in a statement.
Pentobarbital is most commonly used as a sedative, anesthetic or to euthanize animals, it said.
“Pets that eat pet food containing pentobarbital can experience drowsiness, dizziness, excitement, loss of balance, nausea, nystagmus (eyes moving back and forth in a jerky manner) and inability to stand. Consuming high levels of pentobarbital can cause coma and death,” it said.
The FDA said its preliminary evaluation of the testing results of Gravy Train samples indicated the low levels found were unlikely to pose a health risk to pets.
“However, any detection of pentobarbital in pet food is a violation of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act—simply put, pentobarbital should not be in pet food,” it said.
The J.M. Smucker Company said it had initiated a voluntary recall of specific shipments of Gravy Train, Kibbles ‘N Bits, Ol’ Roy and Skippy canned dog food after pentobarbital was found.
“The Company has identified the root cause to be a single supplier and a single, minor ingredient, used at one manufacturing facility,” it said in a statement.
It said it took the issue “very seriously” and was “extremely disappointed” at the contamination.
“Above all, we are a company that loves pets and understand the responsibility we have in providing high quality food for the pets our consumers love.”
Customers who purchased the product could call with any concerns or for a refund or replacement product, the company said.
Here are the exact dog foods that are being recalled:
1. Gravy Train
- Gravy Train with T-Bone Flavor Chunks, 13.2-ounce can, UPC 7910052541
- Gravy Train with Beef Strips, 13.2-ounce can, UPC 791052542
- Gravy Train with Lamb & Rice Chunks, 13.2-ounce can, UPC 7910052543
- Gravy Train with Chicken Chunks, 13.2-ounce can, UPC 7910034418
- Gravy Train with Beef Chunks, 13.2-ounce can, UPC 7910034417
- Gravy Train with Chicken Chunks, 22-ounce can, UPC 7910051645
- Gravy Train with Beef Chunks, 22-ounce can, UPC 7910051647
- Gravy Train Chunks in Gravy with Beef Chunks, 13.2-ounce can, UPC 7910034417
Here is what the Gravy Train logo looks like, but please be aware this is not the only type of dog food being recalled (as you can see from the list above)–we’re just sharing as an example:
2. Kibbles ‘N Bits
- Kibbles ‘N Bits 12-can Variety Pack – Chef’s Choice American Grill Burger Dinner with Real Bacon & Cheese Bits in Gravy, Chef’s Choice Bistro Tender Cuts with Real Turkey Bacon & Vegetables in Gravy, 12 pack of 13.2-ounce cans, UPC 7910010377, 7910010378
- Kibbles ‘N Bits 12-Can Variety Pack – Chef’s Choice Bistro Hearty Cuts with Real Beef, Chicken & Vegetables in Gravy, Chef’s Choice Homestyle Meatballs & Pasta Dinner with Real Beef in Tomato Sauce, 12 pack of 13.2-ounce cans, UPC 7910010382, 7910048367, 7910010378
- Kibbles ‘N Bits 12-Can Variety Pack – Chef’s Choice Homestyle Tender Slices with Real Beef, Chicken & Vegetables in Gravy, Chef’s Choice American Grill Burger Dinner with Real Bacon & Cheese Bits in Gravy, Chef’s Choice Bistro Tender Cuts with Real Beef & Vegetables in Gravy, 12 pack of 13.2-ounce cans, UPC 7910010380, 7910010377, 7910010375
- Kibbles ‘N Bits Chef’s Choice Bistro Tender Cuts with Real Beef & Vegetables in Gravy, 13.2-ounce can, UPC 7910010375
- Kibbles ‘N Bits Chef’s Choice Bistro Tender Cuts with Real Turkey, Bacon & Vegetables in Gravy, 13.2-ounce can, UPC 7910010378
- Kibbles ‘N Bits Chef’s Choice Homestyle Tender Slices with Real Beef, Chicken & Vegetables in Gravy, 13.2-ounce can, UPC 7910010380
Here’s an example of the Kibbles ‘N Bits products being recalled:
3. Ol’ Roy
- Ol’ Roy Strips Turkey Bacon, 13.2-ounce can, UPC 8113117570
- Skippy Premium Chunks in Gravy Chunky Stew, 13.2-ounce can, UPC 79100502469
- Skippy Premium Chunks in Gravy with Beef, 13.2-ounce can, UPC 7910050250
- Skippy Premium Strips in Gravy with Beef, 13.2-ounce can, UPC 7910050245
Here’s what the Skippy logo looks like:
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Story written by Simplemost staff and Susannah Cullinane from CNN.