Pet Food Recalls & Chicken Jerky Products Recalls

by Mary Haight on February 23, 2013

Several nationwide pet food recalls have been reported for various reasons over the last 8 days. Here’s the list so far. References to symptoms for humans and dogs were not quoted, but a link to the complete FDA notice is available for each company. (Releases are numbered to prevent confusion):

         1. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – February 15, 2013 – Nature’s Variety has announced a voluntary recall of one batch of Instinct® Raw Organic Chicken Formula with a “Best if Used By” date of 10/04/13. This action is being taken because pieces of clear plastic may be found in some bags and could cause a potential choking risk to pets. The source of plastic has been identified and the issue has been resolved.

The affected product is strictly limited to a single batch of Organic Chicken Formula with the “Best if Used By” date of 10/04/13. This includes:

  • UPC# 7 69949 60137 1 – Instinct Raw Organic Chicken Formula medallions, 3 lbs. bag
  • UPC# 7 69949 70137 8 – Instinct Raw Organic Chicken Formula medallions, 27 lbs. case
  • UPC# 7 69949 60127 2 – Instinct Raw Organic Chicken Formula patties, 6 lbs. bag
  • UPC# 7 69949 70127 9 – Instinct Raw Organic Chicken Formula patties, 36 lbs. case

The “Best if Used By” date is located on the back of the package below the “Contact Us” section. The affected product was distributed through retail stores and internet sales in the United States and Canada. No other products were impacted. More info at FDA

 

        2. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – February 19, 2013 – Kasel Associated Industries of Denver, CO is voluntarily recalling ALL PRODUCTS MANUFACTURED AT ITS DENVER, COLORADO FACILITY FROM APRIL 20, 2012 THRU SEPTEMBER 19, 2012 due to possible Salmonella contamination. Salmonella can sicken animals that eat these products and humans are at risk for salmonella poisoning from handling contaminated pet products, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the pet products or any surfaces exposed to these products. A long list of products: More…

 

        3. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – February 20, 2013 – Nutri-Vet, LLC. of Boise, ID is voluntarily recalling its Nutri-Vet and NutriPet Chicken Jerky Products because they may be contaminated with Salmonella. Salmonella can sicken animals that eat these products and humans are at risk for Salmonella poisoning from handling contaminated pet products, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the pet products or any surfaces exposed to these products.

Nutri-Vet is recalling the lot numbers below because the manufacturer [Kasel Industries] of an ingredient used in the products below informed us of the possibility of Salmonella presence at the manufacturing facility, although no positive test results have been found on Nutri-Vet or NutriPet products to date.

The recalled chicken jerky treats were distributed nationwide through online sales and in retail stores from April 2012 through February 2013 with Best By Dates ranging from April 20, 2014, through October 3, 2014.

The product comes in a clear plastic bag containing chicken jerky treats as described below:

Recalled Products

Item # Description Size UPC
76-0081 NutriPet Natural Chicken Fillet Strips 16oz 76-0081 (No bar code)
50704 Nutri-Vet K9 Natural Chicken Breast Treats for Joint Health 5oz 669125507049
50705 Nutri-Vet K9 Natural Chicken Breast Treats for Joint Health 15oz 669125507056
50706 Nutri-Vet K9 Natural Chicken Breast Treats for Glossy Coat 5oz 669125507063
50707 Nutri-Vet K9 Natural Chicken Breast Treats for Glossy Coat 15oz 669125507070
50708 Nutri-Vet K9 Natural Chicken Breast Treats for Stress and Anxiety 5oz 669125507087
50709 Nutri-Vet K9 Natural Chicken Breast Treats for Stress and Anxiety 15oz 669125507094
50710 Nutri-Vet K9 Natural Chicken Breast Treats for Fresh Breath 5oz 669125507100
50711 Nutri-Vet K9 Natural Chicken Breast Treats for Fresh Breath 15oz 669125507117
50712 Nutri-Vet K9 Natural Chicken Breast Treats for SENIOR Dogs 5oz 669125507124
50714 Nutri-Vet K9 Natural Chicken Breast Treats for Healthy Digestion 5oz 669125507148
50716 Nutri-Vet K9 Natural Chicken Breast Treats for Healthy Weight 5oz 669125507162
50701 Nutri-Vet K9 Natural Chicken Breast Treats 5oz 669125507018
50702 Nutri-Vet K9 Natural Chicken Breast Treats 8oz 669125507025
50703 NNutri-Vet K9 Natural Chicken Breast Treats 16oz 669125507032
99044 Nutri-Vet K9 Hip & Joint Chicken Breast Strips 8oz 669125990445

The United States based supplier has ceased the production and distribution of the ingredient supplied to Nutri-Vet while FDA and the manufacturer continue investigating as to the source of the potential contamination. No other products made by Nutri-Vet, LLC are included in the recall.

Consumers who have purchased Nutri-Vet and NutriPet Chicken Jerky Products are urged to stop feeding them to pets and return the product to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact Nutri-Vet at 1-877-729-8668 Monday thru Friday from 7am to 5pm MDT. (Source: FDA)

 

4. FDA PRESS RELEASE  For Immediate Release: Feb. 21, 2013 Media Inquiries: Jalil Isa 240-402-3157, jalil.isa@fda.hhs.gov or Siobhan DeLancey, 240-276-9356, siobhan.delancey@fda.hhs.gov Consumer Inquiries: 888-INFO-FDA

Kasel Associates Industries recalling certain pet treats due to Salmonella contamination
Boots & Barkley, Colorado Naturals, Nature’s Deli among brands affected

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced today that Kasel Associates Industries Inc. is recalling all pet treats it manufactured from April 20 through Sept. 19, 2012 due to potential contamination with Salmonella. Kasel has issued three previous recall notices for specific products manufactured during this time period.

The move comes after the Colorado Department of Agriculture, under FDA authority, tested a retail sample of a Kasel pet treat product and found it to be positive for Salmonella. Based on FDA’s follow-up inspection at the firm, FDA found that all of the finished pet treat product samples and 48 out of 87 environmental samples collected during the inspection tested positive for Salmonella.  More than ten different species of Salmonella were found in the firm’s products and manufacturing facility, indicating multiple sources of contamination.

The Kasel-manufactured products are sold at various retailers, including Target, Petco, Sam’s Club and Costco. [Ed. May be under a “house” brand label] Most of the products have a two-year shelf life.

All of the products were made in the U.S. This action is not related to FDA’s ongoing investigation of jerky pet treats made in China

See the FDA list of recalled products

 

5. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEFebruary 21, 2013 – The Honest Kitchen today announced that it is voluntarily recalling five lots of its Verve, Zeal and Thrive pet food products produced between August and November 2012 and sold nationwide in the US and Canada via retail stores, mail order and online after August 2012 because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. No other Honest Kitchen batches, production dates or products are affected.

The Company is taking this action after learning that one of its raw ingredients suppliers has recalled a batch of human-grade parsley that may contain Salmonella. The batch of parsley was shipped to the Company in 2012 and used in the production of five lots of finished Honest Kitchen products.

The Honest Kitchen regularly tests for Salmonella and other pathogens as part of its quality control process and has not received to date any reports of illness associated with these lots of products. Nonetheless, the Company is proceeding with this action in order to ensure the full safety and quality of its products.

“We are committed to providing the highest-quality human-grade food available to our customers’ pets,” said Lucy Postins, founder, CEO and CMO of The Honest Kitchen. “While our quality control tests did not find evidence of Salmonella in any of our finished products, we are accountable for everything we make, and are taking precautionary action to ensure the safety and integrity of our products.”

The lots being recalled are:

Item Code Product Name Production Date Expiration Date Size Lot Number
V4 + VR VERVE 8/20/12 8/20/13

4 lb. box,

10 lb. box

2332A (batches 1-3)
VR VERVE 11/1/12 11/1/13 10 lb. box 3062A (batches 8 & 9)
TM THRIVE 9/18/12 9/18/13 1 oz. sample 2622A (batch 3)
Z4 + ZR ZEAL 8/14/12 8/14/13

4 lb. box,

10 lb. box

2272A (batches 1–5)
ZR ZEAL 9/21/12 9/21/13 10 lb. box 2652A (batches 1–4)

Consumers who purchased the above lots of Honest Kitchen Verve, Zeal or Thrive products should stop feeding the products to their pets, remove the UPC (bar code) and lot code from the packaging, and discard the contents in a covered trash receptacle. Lot codes are located on the top of product boxes either adjacent to or opposite the UPC.

Consumers can receive a replacement or full refund of the MSRP of the affected products plus $1 to cover postage, by mailing the UPC and lot code along with a completed Reimbursement Form to The Honest Kitchen, 145 14th Street, San Diego, Calif. 92101, Attn: Reimbursements. All refunds will be processed within five business days (plus postage time).

The Honest Kitchen products use human-food grade ingredients. The Company’s products are made in a human food facility and held to the same high quality control standards as human food products. Employees taste products as part of the quality control and research & development processes.

To supplement its quality control processes while maintaining its commitment to gentle processing that protects natural nutrients, The Honest Kitchen is enacting additional procedures:

  • All dehydrated leafy greens will be steamed, to further protect against the possibility of Salmonella and other pathogens;
  • All leafy greens will receive a second test for pathogens after arrival at the Company’s manufacturing facility, in addition to the testing conducted internally by suppliers;
  • The Company has discontinued its relationship with the supplier who provided the parsley used in the production of the lots being recalled.

For questions or more information, contact The Honest Kitchen by phone at 1-866-437-9729 or email at info@thehonestkitchen.com. Customer service representatives will be available Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. PST to respond to inquiries

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