Discussion in 'Health and Nutrition' started by Michele, Apr 13, 2010.
Thanks guys, I hope so too.
Well neither of the house cats are sick or dead, so I guess they were tough enough to not be bothered if there was a problem.
Thanks for the update Monkeys. I'm glad they are ok.
Good news !! Those barn cats can be tough little critters !
California Firm Recalls Beef Products Due To Possible E. Coli O157:H7 Contamination
Recall Release CLASS I RECALL
FSIS-RC-078-2011 HEALTH RISK: HIGH
Congressional and Public Affairs
WASHINGTON, Sep 30, 2011 - Manning Beef, LLC, a Pico Rivera, Calif. establishment, is voluntarily recalling approximately 80,000 pounds of beef 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 following products are subject to recall:
Combo bins of BroPack Inc Beef Manufacturing Trimmings "65/35, 50/50 or 85/15" produced on Sept. 23, 2011.
Combo bins of Paso Prime Beef Manufacturing Trimmings "65/35, 50/50 or 85/15" produced on Sept. 23, 2011.
30 and 60 lb. boxes of primal cuts, subprimal cuts and boxed beef produced on Sept. 23, 2011.
The establishment is recalling a variety of beef primal and subprimal cuts (such as top round and tri tip) and manufacturing trimmings due, in part, to insanitary conditions as reflected by an unusually high number of confirmed positive E. coli O157:H7 test results conducted by the establishment on the manufacturing trimmings. When available, the retail distribution list(s) will be posted on FSIS’ website at www.fsis.usda.gov/FSIS_Recalls/
Open_Federal_Cases/index.asp. FSIS and the company are not aware of any illnesses in association with these products.
Each box bears "EST. # 934" on the product label. These beef products were produced on Sept. 23 and were shipped to retail establishments and food service centers in Ariz. and Calif. and to another federally regulated establishment in Neb. These products were destined for further processing and will likely not bear "EST. 934" on products available for direct consumer purchase.
E. coli O157:H7 is a 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. Individuals concerned about an illness should contact a health care provider.
FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify recalling firms notify their customers of the recall and that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers.
FSIS advises all consumers to safely prepare their raw meat products, including fresh and frozen, and only consume ground beef that has been cooked to a temperature of 160° F. The only way to confirm that ground beef is cooked to a temperature high enough to kill harmful bacteria is to use a food thermometer that measures internal temperature.
Consumers or media with questions regarding the recall should contact the company’s Quality Assurance Manager, Daniel Bové at (909) 689-9875 or Breanna Ortega, HACCP Coordinator at (714) 488-8123.
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.
Thanks for posting this Michele! I wonder a lot that with all these food inspectors, what is going on that our food as so much contaminates?
The J.M. Smucker Company Announces a Limited Voluntary Recall on Two Specific Best-If-Used-By Dates of 16 oz. Smucker’s® Natural Peanut Butter Chunky Due to Possible Health Risk
Vice President, Corporate Communications
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - November 16, 2011 - The J.M. Smucker Company today announced a limited voluntary recall on two specific Best-If-Used-By dates of 16 oz. Smucker’s® Natural Peanut Butter Chunky because it may be contaminated with Salmonella, an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, 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. For more information, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website at www.cdc.gov1.
This product was distributed in: Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Texas, Virginia, Wisconsin, and the District of Columbia.
The affected product, which is packaged in 16 oz. jars, is as follows:
UPC: 5150001701 (located on the side of the jar's label below the bar code)
Production Codes: 1307004 and 1308004
Best-If-Used-By dates: August 3, 2012 and August 4, 2012
Chunky product only (not creamy)
Impacted product would have been purchased between November 8 - 17, 2011
No other products of The J.M. Smucker Company are affected by this recall.
No illnesses related to this issue have been reported and the product is being recalled out of an abundance of caution for consumer safety.
The recall was initiated as the result of a routine sampling program by the company, which revealed that these finished products may contain the bacteria.
Consumers who have purchased Smucker’s Natural Peanut Butter Chunky with the above Production Code and Best-If-Used-By dates are urged to discard the product immediately and call the company at 1-888-550-9555 for a replacement coupon. The company may require proof of purchase. Consumers with questions can contact the company to speak to a customer service representative at 1-888-550-9555 between Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM.
The recall is being conducted in cooperation with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
By Ben Fox
Procter & Gamble Co. PG -0.10% said it voluntarily recalled certain bags of Iams ProActive Health Smart Puppy dry dog food, due to detected aflatoxin levels above the accepted limit.
Aflatoxins are toxins produced by mold that grows in nuts, corn, wheat, seeds and legumes. Although they are known to cause cancer in animals, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration allows them at low levels because they are considered unavoidable contaminants and pose little risk over a lifetime in occasional and small amounts.
P&G recalled 7-, 8- and 17.5-pound bags of the Iams dog food with use by or expiration dates of Feb. 5 or Feb. 6, 2013. The company said no illnesses were reported in relation to the affected product, but it was instituting the recall as a precautionary measure.
Pets who consumed the product and exhibit symptoms including sluggishness or lethargy, reluctance to eat, vomiting, yellowish tint in the eyes or gums or diarrhea should be taken to a veterinarian, P&G said.
The affected bags were distributed in Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Maryland, Maine, Mississippi, North Carolina, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Virginia.
Those who bought the product are asked to stop using it immediately, throw it out and contact Iams for a replacement voucher.
No other P&G pet food products are affected by this recall.
Cargill recalls U.S. dog food due to aflatoxin
Wed Dec 7, 2011 6:45pm GMT
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* Dog food produced by Cargill's plant at Lecompte, La.
* No illnesses have been reported
Dec 7 (Reuters) - U.S. agribusiness giant Cargill Incsaid it was voluntarily recalling a year's output of dog food under the brands River Run and Marksman due to high levels of aflatoxin.
The dog food was manufactured at Cargill's Lecompte, Louisiana, plant from Dec. 1, 2010, to Dec. 1, 2011 and distributed in 13 states and two territories: Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, Kentucky, Indiana, Illinois, Hawaii, Florida, California, Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands.
"No illnesses have been reported in association with these products to date, and no other Cargill Animal Nutrition pet food products are involved in this recall," Cargill said in a statement.
Aflatoxin, a toxic substance that can cause liver failure and even death in dogs, is often found as a by-product of a corn fungus. The fungus tends to develop on crops during years of severe heat and drought and is most commonly found in the southern United States.
At least 76 dogs were believed to have died in the United States in 2006 after eating aflatoxin-infected food produced by Diamond Pet Foods. List of recalled products on Cargill's web site:
Advanced Animal Nutrition Recalls Dog Power Dry Dog Food
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - December 8, 2011 – Advanced Animal Nutrition today announced a voluntary recall of its dry Dog Power Dog Food- due to aflatoxin levels that were detected above the acceptable limit. The affected products were manufactured between Jan. 4, 2011, and Nov. 18, 2011. No illnesses have been reported in association with these products to date, and no other Advanced Animal Nutrition pet food products are involved in this recall. Affected products are:
DOG POWER ADULT MAINTENANCE FORMULA 21-12 Dog Food, 50 pound bags
DOG POWER HUNTERS FORMULA 27-14 Dog Food, 50 pound bags
DOG POWER HI-PRO PERFORMANCE FORMULA 26-18 Dog Food, 50 pound bags
The recall only applies to the above products with the following Packaging Date Codes (lot numbers): K0004 through K1322.
The affected dry dog food products were distributed in the following states – Missouri, Arkansas, and Louisiana. Retailers have already been instructed to remove the affected brands and products from store shelves.
While no adverse health effects related to these products have been reported, Advanced Animal Nutrition is implementing this recall as a precautionary measure. Consumers are urged to return affected products – whether in opened or unopened packages – to their place of purchase for a full refund. For more information, contact 866-648-7646.
Aflatoxin is a naturally occurring mold by-product. 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.
Three Dog Food Recalls in Two Days Leave Consumers with Questions
Dog food recalls are always alarming for pet owners. But three dog food recalls in two days all for one reason is something entirely different.
On Dec. 6, Iams recalled ProActive Health Smart Puppy Dry Dog Food for high levels of Alfatoxin, a naturally occurring myctoxin that can be harmful to animals if consumed in large quantities. On the same day, Cargill Animal Nutrition recalled its River Run and Marksman dog food for the same reason.
And on the 8th, Advanced Animal Nutrition recalled its Dog Power dry dog food, also for Alfatoxin.
Laura Alvey, deputy director of communications staff of the Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Veterinary Medicine, said that the FDA couldn’t confirm or deny any connection between the recalling firms or their suppliers.
“With regards to the recent recalls, its unlikely that the P&G [Proctor & Gamble, parent company to Iams] recall is related to the other recalls because most feed manufacturers purchase their corn ingredients locally; however, we continue to investigate,” said Alvey.
Tim Loesch, spokesperson for Cargill, said corn was the alfatoxin culprit in their dog food. They source their corn locally from the Lecompte, La., area.
Calls to Iams and Advanced Animal Nutrition were not returned at the time of publication.
Alfatoxin is a common mycotixin produced by the Aspergillus fungus. The fungus thrives in drought and heat, two conditions prominent across the country this last summer, particularly in the Plains states.
States like Kansas noted higher-than-acceptable levels of Alfatoxin in its harvest following a difficult growing season, as did other states that produce grain, a common and prominent base ingredient for dry dog foods.
The Pet Food Institute, a group of pet food suppliers and manufacturers, records 10 active and affiliate suppliers from Kansas alone and handfuls of others throughout the Plains states.
One problem affecting all states, though, is that lower income families could be disproportionately affected by these recalls. Dry dog foods with grain bases like Iams’ Health Smart Puppy food, which lists corn meal as its second ingredient, costs about $35 for 40 lbs. of food.
Foods without grains like Natural Balance’s sweet potato and fish formula costs over $50 for only 28 lbs. of food.
While pet owners avoid and return affected food, the agriculture industry looks to find a way to manage alfatoxin levels.
The Southwest Farm Press reports that alfatoxin costs farmers $200 million each year. Only 20 parts per billion (ppb) are allowable for human consumption, but levels as high as 1,000 ppb aren’t uncommon.
The FDA set the same 20 ppb as an “action level” for pet food, although food for feedlot animals can have higher levels of alfatoxins. Action levels are not binding on the courts, the pet food industry or the FDA.
Pet food manufacturers are not required by law to test for alfatoxins, though. The FDA can test for alfatoxins in pet food if it has reasons to believe it is “adulterated” or if it receives a consumer complaint, said Alvey. But the path to enforcement isn’t straight forward.
“There may be situations where circumstances warrant enforcement action at levels below an action level or where enforcement action is not warranted even though an action level is exceeded,” says the FDA compliance policy guide.
It is unclear whether or not the country can expect more recalls as a result of alfatoxin levels.
Of course, if they do happen, check back with ConsumerBell. We’ll keep you up-to-date with any developments surrounding alfatoxins in dog food.
April 2, 2012Pet food recall: Popular fish food recalled due to Salmonella fears
A voluntary pet food recall has been issued by Secaucus, New Jersey-based Hartz Mountain Corporation in conjunction with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The recall primarily affects pet fish, but a secondary warning has been issued to humans who come into contact with the product—especially young children.
The item being recalled is Wardley Advanced Nutrition Perfect Protein Tropical Fish Flake Fish Food. It is sold in 1-ounce containers and was shipped to pet stores throughout the country between December 20, 2011 and March 15, 2012. Containers with the UPC 0-43324-00591-7 and lot codes PP34911, PP34912, PP35011 or PP35012 imprinted on the package are thought to be contaminated with Salmonella. If you have a package so labeled, you should immediately discontinue use and discard.
So far, neither Hartz nor the FDA has received reports of illness, but as a precautionary measure, the company has ordered the product removed from retail store shelves and distribution points.
ALERT Vets warn of new treats from China poisoning dogs
April 6th, 2012 § 7 Comments
Despite repeated warnings issued by the FDA, veterinarians are reporting new cases of dogs developing symptoms of kidney failure (Fanconi’s syndrome) similar to dogs who have been poisoned by Chinese-made chicken jerky treats, but this time they are being poisoned with a whole new class of treats: sweet potato treats imported from China.
The brands veterinarians say are associated with the new cases of unexplained acute kidney failure are Canyon Creek Ranch Chicken Yam Good Dog Treats (Nestle-Purina),Beefeaters Sweet Potato Treats (16 types of yam-related treats), Drs. Foster and Smith(exact item not specified in the report) and Dogswell Veggie Life Vitality (4 types of Veggie Life brands).
It is important to remember that although the type of treat most often mentioned in the press is described as a jerky treat, the treats may also be called by a myriad of other names such as stix, chips, poppers, tenders, drumettes, kabob’s, strips, fries, lollipops, twists, wraps, bars, tops and discs (I wish I was making this up).
The report goes on to say that there is speculation the problems may also extend to pork treats and cat treats imported from China.
In 2010 the FDA issued an Import Refusal Report and later issued an Import Alert for sweet potato dog treats imported from a company in China (whose main business is, oddly, in rubber and plastic raw materials) were contaminated with a highly toxic pesticide known as Phorate.
Phorate is an extremely toxic organophosphorus compound and is among the most poisonous chemicals commonly used for pest control. It is used in agriculture as a pesticide and Phorate is identified byPesticide Action Network (PAN) and Californians for Pesticide Reform (CPR) as one of the “most toxic” set of pesticides known (aka a Bad Actor) in the world.
Although Phorate is known primarily as a neurotoxin and not classified as a nephrotoxin and therefore unlikely to cause acute renal failure in dogs, its presence in any food item is a disturbing indication that treats of any kind imported from China could pose a risk to the health and safety of pets and to the consumers handling them.
Holistic veterinarian Dr. Jean Hofve report on the sweet potato treats from Chinafollows:
Sweet Potato Treats from China Causing Kidney Failure?
April 5, 2012
By jhofve77 (Dr. Jean Hofve of Little Big Cat)
On the Veterinary Information Network, several veterinarians have reported cases where dogs have developed symptoms of kidney failure (Fanconi’s syndrome) similar to dogs who have been poisoned by Chinese-made chicken jerky treats.
So far, the brands implicated are all made in China:
Beefeaters Sweet Potato Snacks for Dogs
Canyon Creek Ranch Chicken Yam Good Dog Treats (FDA has issued a warning on this product)
Drs. Foster and Smith (exact item not specified in the report)
Dogswell Veggie Life Vitality
There was also speculation that the problem may also extend to pork products (pig ears) and cat treats made in China. Australian veterinarians have reported similar symptoms from chicken jerky treats, as well as several cases associated with “Veggie Dents,” a dog treat made in Vietnam by Virbac, an American company. Virbac recalled one batch of Veggie Dents in Australia in 2009.
The FDA still claims that there is no pending recall of Chinese-made pet treats, even though it has repeatedly issued warnings about the problems associated with chicken jerky treats since 2007.
Symptoms of Fanconi’s syndrome include:
Increased drinking and urinating
“Accidents” in the house
Blood and urine tests show azotemia (high BUN and Creatinine), dilute urine, and glucose in the urine (that isn’t diabetes).
Most affected dogs have recovered over time with good supportive care.
We strongly recommend that you check the source of all cat or dog treats you may have purchased, and do not give them to your pet if they were made in China. It would be best to avoid any pet food or treat products made in China, and probably a good idea to avoid all dried animal parts, because they are not heated to a temperature that will kill pathogenic bacteria.
Diamond Pet Foods Voluntarily Recalls Limited Number of Dry Dog Food Bags Due to a Potential Health RiskRecall is limited to one formula of Diamond Naturals distributed to 12 states; no illnesses reportedConsumer Contact: 800-442-0402Media Contact: 816-255-1974FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – April 06, 2012 Diamond Pet Foods is voluntarily recalling Diamond Naturals Lamb Meal & Rice. This is being done as a precautionary measure, as the product has the potential to be contaminated with salmonella. No illnesses have been reported and no other Diamond manufactured products are affected. Individuals handling dry pet food can become infected with salmonella, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with surfaces exposed to this product. 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 have decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. If left untreated, pets may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever and vomiting. 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.The product, Diamond Naturals Lamb Meal & Rice, was distributed to customers located in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Virginia, who may have further distributed the product to other states, through pet food channels.Product Name Bag Size Production Code & “Best Before” CodeDiamond Naturals Lamb & Rice 6lb DLR0101D3XALW Best Before 04 Jan 2013Diamond Naturals Lamb & Rice 20lb DLR0101C31XAG Best Before 03 Jan 2013Diamond Naturals Lamb & Rice 40lb DLR0101C31XMF Best Before 03 Jan 2013Diamond Naturals Lamb & Rice 40lb DLR0101C31XAG Best Before 03 Jan 2013Diamond Naturals Lamb & Rice 40lb DLR0101D32XMS Best Before 04 Jan 2013Consumers who have purchased the Diamond Naturals Lamb & Rice with the specific production and “Best Before” codes should discontinue feeding the product and discard it. At Diamond Pet Foods, the safety of our products is our top priority. We apologize for any inconvenience this recall may have caused. For further information or to obtain a product refund please call us at 800-442-0402 or visit www.diamondpet.com. ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________For more information, please contact us directly at: http://diamondpet.com/contact_us/
Sadly I just bought this last weekend and all the baby girls were sick. I gave them vaccines Friday and Primrose and poor Clove stopped eating and drinking. I've been forcing pedialyte and today Prim drank water on her own. They are so puny. I called into to work to watch them. I could not go with my babies being this sick ughhhh.
VERY sad. because we bought this food, but with different production dates and best by dates, but I became violently ill after handeling it and the dog became sick-
Diamond Pet Food Suspends Delivery of All Brands made in SC
One of you great Independent Pet Store People out there sent me a 'heads up' that their Distributor would not be delivering any products made by Diamond Pet Food; though she received no explanation why. I called Diamond and was told...
Paraphrasing 'In light of the recent Diamond Pet Food Recall, out of precaution Diamond is suspending delivery of all products made at the Diamond South Carolina facility until more information is available.' Told to me by Julie, Diamond Pet Food Representative.
Julie did not have a list of Diamond manufactured foods made at the South Carolina Plant. She suggested if a pet owner has a question if the food was made at the South Carolina Diamond Pet Food plant, please contact the respective company.
Foods made by Diamond Pet Food (though not confirmed to be made at the South Carolina Plant)
Kirkland (Costco Brand)
Taste of the Wild
No other information was provided. Julie was very open and did not hesitate to share this with me. I thank Diamond Pet Food for the openness.
Thanks to Kristin for the information leading to this news from Diamond!
Wishing you and your pet(s) the best,
Pet Food Safety Advocate
Author, Buyer BewareCo-Author Dinner PAWsible
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Salmonella concerns prompted Missouri-based Diamond Pet Foods to recall a second batch of dry dog food produced at a South Carolina plant where production has been suspended, the company announced Thursday.The plant in Gaston, S.C., is the same one that made mold-contaminated food that killed dozens of dogs nationwide in 2005.A statement from the company said the recall includes one production run of Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover's Soul Adult Light Formula dry dog food. The Meta, Mo.-based company said one bag tested positive for salmonella, and the recall of four production codes is being conducted as a precautionary measure. No dog illnesses have been reported.The product was distributed to customers in 10 states: Florida, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Michigan, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Virginia.Production was suspended April 8 at the Gaston plant after a recall two days earlier involving a different product, Diamond Naturals Lamb Meal & Rice dry dog food. A cat food recall at the plant in 2009 was prompted because the food didn't contain enough thiamine, an essential nutrient for cats."We've taken swift action and suspended production," said Diamond spokeswoman Janine Smiley. "We take quality issues very seriously and will resume production when we can assure that our products meet our stringent quality standards."The latest recall covers the following production codes:— Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover's Soul 35 lb. CLF0102B31XCW 27/JAN/2013, CLF0102B32XWR 28/JAN/2013— Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover's Soul Adult Light Formula 35 lb. CLF0102B31XCW 28/JAN/2013— Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover's Soul 6lb. CLF0102B3XALW 28/JAN/2013The company said customers should stop feeding the food in question to their pets and discard it. http://online.wsj.com/article/APd62753c60fb84fc291da4d50f1e068bf.html
I feel like i need to check on here before i buy anything for any of my pets anymore... I am so glad I switched Ziggy to locallymade treats and fresh fruit fir treats because these recalls are getting out of hand.