Thanks to the Wheaton Animal Hospital for posting a link on its Facebook page, alerting friends to the American Veterinary Medical Association's list of recalled pet food products. The list, taken from reports and alerts received from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and/or the manufacturers involved, goes back to 2011.
Of greatest importance to pet families are the entries covering the past month or so. These include manufacturers recalling the following product lines:
- Cotrition Grains & Greens nutritional supplements for a variety of pet birds, recalled for possible Salmonella contamination
- 2 HyVee dog food or treat products, presence of aflatoxin
- Honest Kitchen's Verve, Thrive and Zeal dog food brands, possible Salmonella contamination
- NutriPet chicken strips, possible Salmonella contamination
- Nutri-Vet K9 chicken strip treats, about a dozen different varieties, possible Salmonella contamination
- Boots & Barkley, Petco, Best Bully Stick, BIXBI, Nature's Deli, Colorado Naturals: all products manufactured at Kasel Associated Industries’ Denver, Colorado facility from April 20, 2012 thru September 19, 2012 (best by dates ranging from April 20, 2014, through October 3, 2014), possible Salmonella contamination
- TDBBS, Inc, variety of dog treats, possible Salmonella contamination
- Nature's Deli Chicken Jerky, 2 sizes, possible Salmonella contamination
- various Kaytee bird food and treats, possible Salmonella contamination
- Nature's Variety Instinct Raw Organic Chicken Formula medallions or patties, various sizes, presence of plastic
The only other recalls listed so far this year were two Hartz Mountain Corporation dog treats. But if you've bought pet food or treats in the past 6 months, you might want to check this list to see if anything you have around has been recalled. The list gives UPC ad Lot codes so you can identify the problem products. The manufacturers' websites should give you the contact information for you to inquire about getting your recalled food or treats replaced.
The list also gives information about the FDA's role in pet food oversight and a link to the page for reporting problems with pet food or treats.
Want to receive my news and photo essays as soon as they're posted? You can subscribe using the "+ Subscribe" option at the top of this column.