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    Many dog owners indulge their pets' craving to chew with various rubber and synthetic toys, bones and other popular products like tracheas, tendons and antlers.

    Pig ears are another product that dogs love, and while usually they are safe, one company has issued a recall on one of their products that they want you to be aware of.

    According to the Associated Press as of late Tuesday evening, the Keys Manufacturing Co. Inc. of Paris, Ill. is recalling their called Pig Ears for Pet Treats, after the product had been linked to illness in a dog in Missouri due to possible contamination with salmonella.



    The dog treats were distributed in Arkansas, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas and Virginia.
    The product can be returned to the store at which it was purchased for a full refund.
    Salmonella, also referred to as salmonellosis, causes digestive problems, and dogs will typically present with fever, diarrhea, vomiting and weakness. Other symptoms can occur.
    Salmonella is a zoonotic disease, meaning that it can be passed to humans as well, so care needs to be taken. Hand washing is a must — even when handling dry pet food that may be contaminated with the bacteria.
    Because there are more than 2,000 strains of salmonella, it's the most common cause behind pet product recalls. Very young and very old pets are most susceptible to the bacteria and suffer the effects most profoundly. The most common symptoms associated with salmonella are vomiting, diarrhea and fever. Companion animals presenting with symptoms are treated with IV fluids and antibiotics.
    That being said, salmonella can affect other animals — not just the dogs who chew on the pig ears. There is risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products. People handling dry pet food and/or treats can become infected with salmonella, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the chews or any surfaces exposed to any contaminated product.
    As more in-depth data becomes available from the company — including lot numbers and UPC codes — we'll include updates here on the pets section.
    You can count on AnnArbor.com to have up-to-date information on pet product related recalls available. Click here to search our archives of previous recalls, the most recent being from early March.
    Lorrie Shaw is lead pets blogger for AnnArbor.com and owner of Professional Pet Sitting. Shoot her an email, contact her at 734-904-7279 or follow her adventures on Twitter.

    http://www.annarbor.com/pets/14-sta...ed-by-recall-of-pet-treats-due-to-salmonella/
     
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    PrimeTime and KC Beefhide brand dog chews recalled for salmonella

    By Christie Keith

    May 18, 2011


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    The FDA announced yesterday that PrimeTime and KC Beefhide
    brand pig ears, sold as dog chews, are being recalled due to salmonella contamination. At least one illness in a dog has been reported.
    Blackman Industries, Inc. of Kansas City, KS is recalling all PrimeTime brand 2 ct. and 5 ct. Premium Pig Ears and all KC Beefhide brand 20 ct. Premium Pig Ears because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. Salmonella can affect animals and there is risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products. People handling the recalled pig ears can potentially become infected with Salmonella, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after giving them to their pet.
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    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.
    These products were distributed in Kansas, Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota and sold through many of the following retail outlets: Price Chopper Stores, Hy-Vee Stores, Hen House Markets, Bag N Save Stores, Dahl’s Food Stores, Baldwin City Market, SunFresh Food Stores, Apple Markets, Brookside Market, Franklin Food Stores, No Frills Food Stores, Alps Food Stores, Big V Food Stores, Country Mart Food Stores, Thriftway Food Stores, County Fair Food Stores, Super Saver Food Stores and Russ’s Food Stores and Feldman’s Farm and Home Stores.
    The product was distributed between Jan. 4, 2011 and April 29, 2011. PrimeTime products are in translucent plastic packages with yellow printed headers and are marked with the following UPC codes 7-48976-18316-6 on a 2 ct. package with a $3.49 retail price, 7-48976-09040-2, on a 5 ct. package with a $5.99 retail price and 7-48976-19040-9 on a 5 ct. package with a $6.99 retail price. The KC Beefhide product is packaged in a red mesh nylon bag with a green and white header that says KC Beefhide and has the following UPC code 7-48976-09065-5.
    For more information, read the full release.

    http://www.petconnection.com/blog/2...hide-brand-dog-chews-recalled-for-salmonella/
     
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    Nestlé Purina is recalling bags of dry cat food shipped to Colorado, Idaho and Oregon, which may have been distributed to other Western states. The foods may be contaminated with Salmonella. The following products with both the “Best By” date and production codes shown are included in this recall:


    Name Bag Best By Date* UPC Code
    Cat Chow Naturals Dry Cat Food 6.3 lb. AUG 2012 10331083 13 17800 11320
    Friskies Grillers Blend Dry Cat Food 3.15 lb. AUG 2012 10381083 06 50000 08450
    Friskies Grillers Blend Dry Cat Food 16 lb. AUG 2012 10381083 06 50000 57578
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    * “Best By” Date and Production Code is found on the back or bottom of the bag.
    The bags of dry cat food in this recall were distributed in error in February, 2011, to customers in Colorado, Idaho and Oregon. There have been no consumer complaints and no reports of illness so far.
    Salmonella can affect both humans and animals. You can become infected by simply handling the treats, especially if you have not thoroughly washed your hands after having contact with the treats or any surfaces exposed to the products.
    Healthy people infected with Salmonella may experience…
    • nausea
    • vomiting
    • diarrhea or bloody diarrhea
    • abdominal cramping
    • fever
    Although rare, Salmonella can result in more serious ailments including…
    • arterial infections
    • endocarditis (inflammation of the lining of the heart)
    • arthritis
    • muscle pain
    • eye irritation
    • urinary tract symptoms
    If you have any of these signs after having contact with this product, contact your doctor immediately.
    Pets with Salmonella infections may show…
    • lethargy
    • diarrhea or bloody diarrhea
    • fever
    • vomiting
    Some pets may only experience a decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. Infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans. If your pet has had any of the affected products or is experiencing any of these symptoms, contact your veterinarian immediately.
    If you have purchased any of these dry cat foods, please discard them or ask for a refund by calling Nestlé Purina at 1-800-982-6559 weekdays 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Central Time. You can also visit www.purina.com to ask for a refund.
    http://www.thedailytail.com/news/salmonella-alert-purina-dry-cat-food-recalled-friskies-cat-chow/
     
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    WOW! Thanks for the information, Michele!
     
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    I recommend anyone who hasn't already read it, should go to the library or find a copy cheap on Amazon of Pet Food Politics: The Chihuahua in the Coal Mine by Marion Nestle (no relation to the company, lol).

    Its very good and deals specifically with pet food recalls. I believe it was published in 2008?

    Lets just say I'm very very glad my dogs do not eat commercial pet food and I know exactly where everything they ate came from and how it was fed... if I ever get an apt where I can bring my cat to live with me.... she's getting off the junk food if at all possible too...
     
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    Thanks for that information, monkeys23!:) I'll do that!:) Besides, I try to feed my dog more table scraps or other wholesome, organic foods as much as possible. That way, I reasonably know what is my dog's food just as I would like to know what is in the foods I eat!:)
     
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    Warning To Dog Owners

    Walmart, and other outlets throughout the US, UK and the world in general, are selling rawhide dog chews called Exer-Hide. These chews are been causing major seizures and even deaths among many dogs. When I searched the Internet, I found screens of reports going back to December last year in volume, and one was dated May 2007, yet Walmart and the other outlets are continuing to sell this lethal product unabated.
    [​IMG]These chews are manufactured in Brazil. The symptoms after dogs have eaten the chews are: severe diarrhea and vomiting, causing dehydration, difficulty breathing, fever and seizures. My search revealed many deaths.
    I also read repeated reports of people contacting Walmart and warning of the dangers associated with Exer-Hide Chews, yet they remain on the store’s shelves for sale.
    I have a couple of official sources where I shall be reporting this issue, and I’ll update this post should there be any further developments. I the meanwhile, DON’T BUY Exer-Hide products, and pass this warning on to your friends and family with dogs.
    **Additional Information**
    4PetsOnline has made an official report to the FDA about Exer-Hide Chews. I shall await with interest to see if these products are added to their list of official recalls.
    Whilst on the FDA website, I also found the following pet products under recalls:
    • Digger’s Natural Chews – Pig Ear Pet Treats – Salmonella
    • PrimeTime, KC Beefhide – Pig Ears – Salmonella
    • Keys Manufacturing Company – Pig Ears for Pet Treats – Salmonella
    • PrimeTime brand – Premium Pig Ears – Salmonella
    It really does seem that at the moment, you need to pay particular attention to the safety of the dog treats you are buying for your pets.

    http://4petsonline.com/exer-hide/
     
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    I used to give my house dogs Exer-Hide bones but haven't in quite a while. They love them! I still have a couple of unopened bags of them. I noticed that all of the dogs given the product would vomit shortly after finishing a "bone". This would reoccur a few times throughout the day. They would vomit pieces of the rawhide and then afterwards just foamy spit and finally bile. Their stools would be very loose or watery the next day. I never thought that this was a product problem, I just thought my dogs didn't tolerate the rawhide's well. Since Kinkz sometimes has the same vomit reaction with natural bones or table scraps, I just didn't make any connection.
     
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    Has anyone heard about the class action lawsuit that is starting against Natura Pet (Innova, California Naturals, etc.)?

    It appears that action was brought by the plaintiff because of (allegedly false) statements by Natura about 'human grade' ingredients. A Judge in SFO recently approved the litigation for class action status ...
     
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    I'm not surprised. Companies are often fast and loose with their interpretations of truth or fact.
     
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    And here is the kicker: Natura was purchased by P&G, and many of us (myself included) were concerned about Big Bad Corporation buys little Mom & Pop company - but the false advertising claim that is the basis of the lawsuit goes back to when Natura was a Mom & Pop company.
     
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    The "Mom and Pop" operation was already a large corporation with shareholders at that point too, even if the Mom and Pop still owned the share majority. Thats big business for ya. ;)
     
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    Very true, Monkeys! Yet their reps demonstrating the product line at pet stores would tout the perception of tightly managed 'Mom & Pop' company - it would be almost amusing.
     
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    Merrick Pet Care Recalls
    Doggie Wishbone (Item # 29050, Lot 11031 Best By 30 Jan 2013)
    Because of Possible Salmonella Health Risk​



    Contact:
    Consumer:
    (800) 664-7387

    Media:
    James Witcher, COO (806) 322-2806

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - August 8, 2011 - Merrick Pet Care, Inc. of Amarillo, Texas is recalling a single lot of its Doggie Wishbone pet treat (ITEM # 29050, UPC # 2280829050, Lot 11031 Best By 30 Jan 2013) because they have the potential to be contaminated withSalmonella. Merrick Pet Care has made the decision to recall the Doggie Wishbone pet treats in the abundance of caution. 248 cases of this lot were manufactured and shipped to distributors in 10 states. Those distributors have been notified. Only one lot of Doggie Wishbone is affected by this recall. No additional Merrick Pet Care products are involved in this recall. No other Merrick brand products are involved.​

    Salmonella can affect animals and there is risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products. People handling the treats can become infected with Salmonella, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the chews or any surfaces exposed to these products. Consumers should dispose of these products in a safe manner by securing them in a covered trash receptacle.​

    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 immediately.​

    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 immediately.​

    The Doggie Wishbone was shipped to distributors and retailers throughout the US. These individuals have been notified and have activated their recall procedures.​

    No illnesses have been reported to date and there have been no consumer complaints for this product. This issue was identified through routine sampling by the Food and Drug Administration.​

    At Merrick Pet Care, the safety and efficacy of our products are our top priority. We apologize for any inconvenience due to this recall. Consumers who have purchased the Doggie Wishbone with the lot code 11031 are urged to return the unused portion to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-800-664-7387 M-F 8:00am – 5:00pm CST.​


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    MICHIGAN FIRM RECALLS GROUND BEEF PRODUCTS DUE TO POSSIBLE E. COLI O157:H7 CONTAMINATION

    Recall Release CLASS I RECALL
    FSIS-RC-062-2011 HEALTH RISK: HIGH

    Congressional and Public Affairs
    (202) 720-9113
    Bill Bagley

    WASHINGTON, August 9, 2011 - McNees Meats and Wholesale LLC., a North Branch, Mich., establishment is recalling approximately 360 pounds of ground beef product products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

    The products subject to recall include:
    • 36 - 10 lb. Bags of “McNees Ground Beef Bulk.”
    SAFE PREPARATION OF FRESH AND FROZEN GROUND BEEF
    USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline​
    1-888-MPHOTLINE or visit​
    Wash hands with warm, soapy water for at least 20 seconds before and after handling raw meat and poultry. Wash cutting boards, dishes and utensils with hot, soapy water.​
    Immediately clean spills. Keep raw meat, fish and poultry away from other food that will not be cooked.​
    Consumers should only eat ground beef or ground beef patties that have been cooked to a safe internal temperature of 160° F, whether prepared from fresh or frozen raw meat products.​
    Color is NOT a reliable indicator that ground beef or ground beef patties have been cooked to a temperature high enough to kill harmful bacteria such as E. coli O157:H7.​
    The only way to be sure ground beef is cooked to a high enough temperature to kill harmful bacteria is to use a thermometer to measure the internal temperature.​
    Refrigerate raw meat and poultry within two hours after purchase or one hour if temperatures exceed 90° F. Refrigerate cooked meat and poultry within two hours after cooking.​
    Each clear plastic bag bears establish number “EST. 33971” within the USDA mark of inspection. The products subject to recall were produced on July 15, and July 21, 2011, and sold to restaurants in Armada, Lapeer and North Branch, Mich. The products were also sold from a retail establishment owned by McNees Meats and Wholesale, LLC.

    FSIS was notified of an investigation of E. coli O157:H7 illnesses on August 4, 2011.Working in conjunction with the Michigan Departments of Community Health (MDCH) and Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD), 3 case-patients in Michigan have been identified with illness onset dates between July 18 and July 28, 2011. As a result of the epidemiologic investigation, FSIS determined there is a link between the ground beef products and the illnesses in Michigan. FSIS is continuing to work with the Michigan state public health partners on the investigation. Individuals concerned about an illness should contact a healthcare provider.

    FSIS routinely conducts effectiveness checks to verify recalling firms notify their customers (including restaurants) of the recall and ensure that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers.

    E. coli O157:H7 is a potentially deadly bacterium that can cause bloody diarrhea, dehydration, and in the most severe cases, kidney failure. The very young, seniors and persons with weak immune systems are the most susceptible to foodborne illness.

    Consumers and media with questions about the recall should contact the company’s main contact, Melanie McNees, at (810) 688-2408.

    Consumers with food safety questions can "Ask Karen," the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at AskKaren.gov. The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) is available in English and Spanish and can be reached from l0 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day.

    http://www.fsis.usda.gov/News_&_Events/Recall_062_2011_Release/index.asp
     
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    So yeah, noticed my stepdad had an empty bag of Friskies Grillers last time I was home.... It probably went to the barn cats, but still! I emailed my mom so she could check the bag if we still have it. Ugh I wish he wouldn't buy nasty cheap crap that is so prone to recalls! And yes we live in Idaho and its the 16lb bag. Ugh.
     
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    Are the cats ok?
     
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    I dunno, the barn cats aren't that healthy anyway because he won't f'ing vaccinate them. Hence why it was such hell to get Missy healthy when I made her a housepet. But I am hoping to GOD he did not feed it to Scummy or Zip because they are both still thin after getting abcesses from the ferals that show up and eat the cheap food he leaves out back on the hot tub for Zippy and beat up our house cats. Scummy mostly eats TOTW, Friskies wet, and what she catches. I am really not happy about this!

    And I'm really glad Missy is so picky because she is still living there right now. She refuses everything but her Core kibbles.
     
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    I hope they are ok.
     
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    Wow...sorry to hear that Monkeys. Sad.
    I hope the cats are O.K :confused:
     
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