Kroger Co. Pet Food Recall

Kroger Co. has recalled certain packages of pet food due to a possible contamination of Aflatoxin.  Aflatoxin is a poisonous byproduct from the growth of fungus on common crops such as corn. Aflaxtoxin poisoning can cause liver damage and can be lethal. Symptoms of poisoning due to Aflatoxin include lethargy, loss of appetite, discoloration of eyes or gums, and diarrhea.  If your pet is experiencing these symptoms, contact their veterinarian immediately.

According to the FDA, the Kroger grocery store chain is recalling the following pet foods:

•Pet Pride Cat Food sold in 3.5 lb. packages with a sell by date of OCT 23 11 DP and OCT 24 11 DP under the following UPC code: 1111088128.

•Pet Pride Cat Food sold in 18 lb. packages with a sell by date of OCT 23 11 DP and OCT 24 11 DP under the following UPC code: 1111071357.

•Pet Pride Tasty Blend Poultry & Seafood Cat Food sold in 3.5 lb. packages with a sell by date of OCT 23 11 DP and OCT 24 11 DP under the following UPC code: 1111088152.

•Pet Pride Tasty Blend Poultry & Seafood Cat Food sold in 18 lb. packages with a sell by date of OCT 23 11 DP and OCT 24 11 DP under the following UPC code: 1111074580.

•Pet Pride Kitten Formula Food sold in 3.5 lb. packages with a sell by date of OCT 23 11 DP and OCT 24 11 DP under the following UPC code: 1111071903.

•Old Yeller Chunk Dog Food sold in 22 lb. packages with a sell by date of OCT 23 11 DP and OCT 24 11 DP under the following UPC code: 1111074566.

•Old Yeller Chunk Dog Food sold in 50 lb. packages with a sell by date of OCT 23 11 DP and OCT 24 11 DP under the following UPC code: 1111074563.

•Kroger Value Cat Food sold in 3 lb. packages with a sell by date of OCT 23 11 DP and OCT 24 11 DP under the following UPC code: 1111000018.

•Kroger Value Chunk Dog Food sold in 15 lb. packages with a sell by date of OCT 23 11 DP and OCT 24 11 DP under the following UPC code: 1111071559.

•Kroger Value Chunk Dog Food sold in 50 lb. packages with a sell by date of OCT 23 11 DP and OCT 24 11 DP under the following UPC code:1111000108.

Affected Kroger stores include those locations in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia. For a full list of stores and pet foods affected by the recall, visit http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm237459.htm

Blue Buffalo Company Recall

On October 8, 2010 Blue Buffalo Company, Ltd, recalled certain dry dog food products due to the possibility of harmfully high levels of Vitamin D. Vitamin D is healthy for dogs in small amounts but in high doses may cause dogs to become lethargic, consume an abnormally large amount of water and increase urination. The affected products, Blue Wilderness Chicken, Basics Salmon and Large Breed Adult Chicken dry dog foods, were distributed nationwide to pet specialty stores like vetdepot. If your pet consumed one of the recalled products and is exhibiting symptoms of a Vitamin D overdose, contact your veterinarian as soon as possible.  If you purchased any of the named products please contact the place of purchase for a full refund; you may also call Blue Buffalo Company with any questions or concerns at 1-877-523-9114.

Salmonella Fear Triggers Iams and Eukanuba Recall

Procter and Gamble expanded last week’s recall of Veterinary Formulas Feline Renal Dry Food to include several more types of specialized pet food. The recall was triggered by FDA testing that revealed Salmonella in certain lots of Feline Renal food. P&G extended the recall to include other types of pet food as a precautionary measure because the food is all manufactured in the same facility. If you have purchased any of the following products, discard open bags immediately. Signs of salmonella poisoning include lethargy, diarrhea, vomiting, decreased appetite and abdominal pain. Contact your veterinarian if your pet experiences these symptoms. For more recall information, contact Proctor and Gamble at (877) 340-8823
 
Recalled products include:  Iams Veterinary Dry Formulas (all sizes and varieties, all UPC codes, best by date 01Jul10-01Dec11); Eukanuba Naturally Wild (all sizes and varieties, all UPC codes, best by date 01Jul10-01Dec11); Eukanuba Pure ( all sizes and varieties, all UPC codes, best by date 01Jul10-01Dec11); Eukanuba Custom Care Sensitive Skin (dry food all sizes, all UPC codes, best by date 01Jul10-01Dec11).

Natural Balance Pet Food Recall

After conducting a random sample test of Natural Balance 5 lb and 28 lb bags of sweet potato and chicken dry dog food, the FDA determined the pet foods to be positive for Salmonella contamination.  Products that were affected have a “Best By” date of June 17, 2011 and were sold in pet specialty stores in Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming.  Natural Balance has sent a letter to all pet stores and other sellers who have purchased these products and encourage them to return the products to their place of purchase. The recall notice states that Salmonella can affect both animals and humans who have handled the pet food.  Animals with salmonella may become lethargic; have diarrhea, fever or vomiting. Less noticeable symptoms may be decreased appetite and abdominal pain. Pet owners are being urged to contact their veterinarians if you notice any symptoms.

New Website for Pet Product Safety Reporting

The Food and Drug Administration along with the National Institutes of Health have launched a new website called Safety Reporting Portal for reports of pre- and post- market safety data.    This portal will make it easier for pet owners to report issues or adverse reactions to pet foods and pet medications, as well as for drug manufacturers to quickly report issues.  The FDA and the NIH teamed up to create this portal as a first step toward an electronic reporting system that will be a gateway for consumers and professionals to file a single report to multiple agencies.

The Safety Reporting Portal is a more user-friendly way for producers to submit safety reports which are required by law.  Ultimately this will enable everyone with Internet access to report a safety concern about medical products as well as foods, cosmetics, animal feed and veterinary products.  Voluntary reports will take at least 10 minutes to complete and mandatory reports will take a minimum of 20 minutes, depending on how much information you wish to provide.  The Safety Reporting Portal can be reached at: https://www.safetyreporting.hhs.gov