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By Heather Beeson of Morena Pet Hospital
April 05, 2013
Category: Pet Safety
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Protecting your pet from potentially harmful products and contaminated foods is one responsibility that pet owners are becoming more aware of since the massive Pet Food Recall of 2007.  Ensuring that your pet will never come in contact with recalled pet food or treats is never foolproof; however, the Humane Society of the United States has come with the following tips to help reduce your pet’s risk.

1. Stay informed.  Regularly check veterinary advisory boards of recalled pet foods and treats to ensure you are up-to-date on the latest pet-food recall notices.

In addition, the FDA website is a helpful resource that provides updated information for ALL product recalls--you may be shocked to find out how many human food and drug products have also been recalled.  To subscribe simply follow the link: www.fda.gov/AnimalVeterinary/default.htm

The AVMA has created a useful chart that allows pet owners to search quickly and easily for recalled foods by brand, product, and lot numbers: https://www.avma.org/news/issues/recalls-alerts/pages/pet-food-safety-recalls-alerts.aspx

2. If your pet’s food and/or treats have been recalled, immediately stop feeding the product to your pet.  If your pet may have consumed a recalled product, please consult your veterinarian immediately, even if your pet does not appear to have any symptoms.

3. Typically, any recalled products may be returned to the store of purchase for a full-refund or safely thrown away in a secure area not accessible to animals.  If you require additional information regarding the recalled product, please contact the manufacturer.

4. If your pet has become ill or died because of a subsequent recalled pet food and/or treat, please report it to the FDA Consumer Complaint Coordinator in your state. http://www.fda.gov/Safety/ReportaProblem/ConsumerComplaintCoordinators/default.htm


FDA 2013 to date advisories on recalled pet food and treats:

April 2, 2013: Natura Pet Expands Voluntary Recall of Dry Pet Foods Due to Possible Health Risk

March 22, 2013: Jones Natural Chews Co Recalls Woofers Dog Treats Because Of Possible Salmonella Health Risk

March 19, 2013: Natura Pet Issues Voluntary Recall of Specialized Dry Pet Foods Due to Possible Health Risk

March 14, 2013: Bravo! Recalls 2 lb Tubes of Chicken Blend-Raw Frozen Food Diet for Dogs and Cats (One Lot Code) Because of Possible Salmonella Health Risk

March 11, 2013: Premium Edge, Diamond Naturals and 4health Dry Cat Food Formulas Voluntarily Recalled Due to Possibility of Low Levels of Thiamine (Vitamin B1)

March 11, 2013: Diggin' Your Dog Recalls Strippin' Chicks Pet Treats Distributed in Colorado and Nevada Due to Possible Salmonella Hazard

March 8, 2013: Steve’s Real Food Recalls Turducken Canine Recipe Patties Because of Posssible Health Risk

February 28, 2013: United Pet Group Inc., Voluntarily Withdraws "Ultra Blend Gourmet Food for Parakeets," "Ä“Cotrition Grains & Greens Nutritional Supplement for Parakeets," "Ä“Cotrition Grains & Greens Nutritional Supplement for Canaries and Finches," and "Ä“Cotrition Grains & Greens Nutritional Supplement for Cockatiels" Due to Possible Salmonella Contamination

February 22, 2013: The Honest Kitchen® Voluntarily Recalls Limited Lots Of Verve®, Zeal®And Thrive® Products Due To Possible Health Risk

February 22, 2013: Kasel Associates Industries Recalling Certain Pet Treats Due to Salmonella Contamination Boots and Barkley, Colorado Naturals, Nature’s Deli among brands affecteds

February 22, 2013: Kaytee Recalls Bird Treats and Greens Due to Possible Salmonella Contamination from Parsley Flakes

February 21, 2013: Nutri-Vet, LLC Recalls Nutri-Vet and Nutripet Chicken Jerky Products Because Of Possible Salmonella Health Risk

February 19, 2013: Nature's Variety Issues Voluntarily Recall of One Batch of Instinct® Raw Organic Chicken Formula for Dogs & Cats Due to Possible Health Risk

January 27, 2013: The Hartz Mountain Corporation is voluntarily withdrawing its Hartz ® Chicken Chews ™ and Hartz ® Oinkies® Pig Skin Twists wrapped with Chicken for dogs

January 15, 2013: Milo’s Kitchen® Voluntarily Recalls Chicken Jerky and Chicken Grillers Home-style Dog Treats

January 9, 2013: FDA CVM Update on Jerky Treats


References:

Pet Food Safety Recalls and Alerts. American Veterinary Medical Association. 2013. https://www.avma.org/news/issues/recalls-alerts/pages/pet-food-safety-recalls-alerts.aspx

Animal & Veterinary: Pet Food Recall Products List.  U.S. Food and Drug Administration.  http://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/newpetfoodrecalls/.

Pet Food Safety: Common-sense Tips and the Latest Recall Advisories from the FDA. The Humane Society of the United States. http://www.humanesociety.org/animals/resources/facts/pet_food_safety.html. 2013.

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