Pet Food and Product Recalls

Listed below is recent information on Drug and Pet Food recall notices received by the MVMA. Additional information can be found at the following sources:
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MARCH 2017

EuroCan Manufacturing Voluntarily Recalling Barnsdale Farms® Pig Ears Because of Possible Salmonella Health Risk

EuroCan Manufacturing is voluntarily recalling Lot Number 84 consisting of it's individually shrink-wrapped, 6-pack, 12-pack and 25-pack bags of Barnsdale Farms®, HoundsTooth® and Mac's Choice® Pig Ears because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. 

The pig ears were distributed throughout the United States and Canada. The pig ears were packaged as individually shrink-wrapped, 6-pack, 12-pack and 25-pack bags in the Barnsdale Farms®, Barnsdale Farms®-Select, Houndstooth® and Mac's Choice® brands. The lot number being recalled is 84. No illnesses of any kind have been reported to date.

The potential for contamination was noted after routine testing revealed the presence of Salmonella in the product. The company has suspended distribution of the product while FDA and the company continue their investigation as to the source of the problem. Consumers who have purchased any of the above-described Barnsdale Farms® pig ears should return product to the place of purchase for a refund. Consumer with questions may contact the company Monday – Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Eastern Standard Time at 888/290-7606.

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Blue Buffalo Voluntarily Recalls One Lot of BLUE Wilderness® Rocky Mountain Recipe TM Red Meat Dinner Wet Food For Adult DogsDue to Potential Health Risk

Blue Buffalo Company is voluntarily recalling one production lot of BLUE Wilderness® Rocky Mountain RecipeTM Red Meat Dinner Wet Food for Adult Dogs, as the product has the potential to contain elevated levels of naturally- occurring beef thyroid hormones.

Although the Blue Buffalo Customer Care Resource Team has not received any reports of dogs exhibiting these symptoms from consuming this product, the FDA advised Blue Buffalo of a single consumer who reported symptoms in one dog, who has now fully recovered. Blue Buffalo immediately began an investigation, however, and after working with the FDA, Blue Buffalo decided it would be prudent to recall the one production lot in question.

The voluntary recall is limited to one production lot of the following product: BLUE Wilderness Rocky Mountain Recipe Red Meat Dinner Wet, Food for Adult Dogs 12.5 oz can, 840243101153, June 7, 2019 (found on the bottom of the can). Affected products were distributed nationally through pet specialty and on-line retailers. No other Blue Buffalo products are impacted by this issue.

If your pet has consumed the product listed above and has exhibited any of these symptoms, please discontinue feeding and contact your veterinarian. Consumers who have purchased the product subject to this recall should dispose of it or return it to the place of purchase for full refund.

Consumers with questions may contact Blue Buffalo at 866/201-9072 from 8 AM to 5 PM Eastern Time Monday through Friday, or by email at CustomerCare@bluebuffalo.com for more information.

Read Full FDA Recall Notice Here

Wellpet Voluntarily Recalls a Limited Amount of One Recipe of Canned Topper For Dogs Due to Potential Elevated Levels of Naturally Occurring Beef Thyroid Hormone

WellPet has initiated a voluntary recall of a limited amount of one canned topper product due to potential elevated levels of naturally occurring beef thyroid hormone. Recalled Product Details: Wellness 95% Beef Topper for Dogs – 13.2 oz, Best-By Dates of 02 FEB 19, 29 AUG 19 and 30 AUG 19, located on the bottom of the can. 

Three best-by date codes of one recipe have the potential to contain elevated levels of naturally occurring beef thyroid hormone. The recipe is a mixer or topper and is intended for intermittent or supplemental feeding only; the likelihood of a dog being affected is remote. Even though the chance of a dog being affected is unlikely, WellPet is voluntarily recalling this recipe with these three best-by dates. No other Wellness products are affected. Affected products were distributed at pet specialty retailers throughout North America and online.

Although the WellPet Consumer Affairs team has received no reports of any health problems to date as a result of feeding this recipe, the FDA advised WellPet of three dogs that were affected. WellPet immediately initiated an investigation, and based on follow-up research, decided to recall the lots in question. The dogs are now fully recovered and doing well.

If you have any of the 13.2 oz recipe with these three best-by dates, please email WellPet at wecare@wellpet.com or call 877/227-9587. For more information, please visit WellPet’s website for a letter from the CEO.

Read Full FDA Recall Notice Here

Evanger’s Pet Food and Against the Grain Voluntarily Recalls Additional Products Out of Abundance of Caution due to Potential Adulteration with Pentobarbital

Out of an abundance of caution, Evanger’s Dog & Cat Food is voluntarily expanding its recall of Hunk of Beef and is also recalling Evanger’s Braised Beef and Against the Grain’s Pulled Beef Products due to potential adulteration with pentobarbital. The 12 oz. cans of dog foods that are being voluntarily recalled have the following barcodes. The numbers listed below are the second half of the barcode, which can be found on the back of the product label: Evanger’s: Hunk of Beef: 20109, Evanger’s: Braised Beef: 20107, Against the Grain: Pulled Beef: 80001.

The three products being voluntarily recalled were manufactured between December 2015 and January 2017, and have expiration dates of December 2019 through January 2021. These products were distributed online and through independent boutique pet stores nationwide. This voluntary recall affects only Hand Packed Beef Products, which is a unique method in which large chunks of meat are manually placed into the can by hand, not machine.

Consumers may return any can of the aforementioned products to their place of purchase for a full refund for the inconvenience. For any questions, customers may contact the company at 847/537-0102 between 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM Central Time, Monday - Friday. Distributors and online retailers were previously notified of this voluntary recall on February 27th. 

Read Full FDA Recall Notice Here
Link to original recall of Evanger's dog food
Link to original recall of Against the Grain dog food
Link to the FDA advisory


FEBRUARY 2017

Wellness Cat Food Recall

From Wellness: Our Quality team learned that a foreign material was found in non-WellPet products made in the same facility, and so we are taking this conservative step to ensure the well-being of cats and to put our consumers’ minds at ease.

The recipes are in 12.5 oz. cans with the following best buy dates:

Wellness Canned Cat 12.5 oz Chicken & Herring 08/04/2019
Wellness Canned Cat 12.5 oz Chicken 08/03/2019 & 08/04/2019
Wellness Canned Cat 12.5 oz Chicken & Lobster 08/04/2019
Wellness Canned Cat 12.5 oz Turkey & Salmon 08/05/2019
Wellness Canned Cat 12.5 oz Turkey 08/04/2019 & 08/05/2019
Wellness Canned Cat 12.5 oz Beef & Chicken 08/05/2019
Wellness Canned Cat 12.5 oz Beef & Salmon 08/05/2019

Please click here for how the best by date appears on your can.

If you have any of the 12.5 oz recipes with these best buy dates, you may email us at info@wellpet.com or call us at 1-877-227-9587 and we’ll replace your product.

Read Full Recall Notice on Wellness Website Here


Blue Buffalo Voluntarily Recalls Limited Number of Homestyle Recipe Healthy Weight, Chicken Dinner with Garden Vegetables, 12.5 Ounce Canned Dog Food

Voluntary recall because of possible presence of aluminum in one of Blue Buffalo's production runs: Blue Buffalo Homestyle Recipe Healthy Weight, Chicken Dinner with Garden Vegetables, 12.5 ounce can, dog food, 8-40243-10017-0, August 3, 2019; the “Best By” date is on the bottom of the can.

No other Blue Buffalo products are involved, and there have not been any reports of illness or injury as a result of the problems giving rise to this recall.

If you have a can of this product, you can return it for a full refund at your local retailer. For more information, please call 866-800-2917.

Read Full Recall Notice on Blue Buffalo Website Here


Against The Grain Pet Food Voluntarily Recalls One Lot of Pulled Beef Due to Potential Adulteration with Pentobarbital

Out of an abundance of caution, Against the Grain Pet Food is voluntarily recalling one lot of Against the Grain Pulled Beef with Gravy Dinner for Dogs that was manufactured and distributed in 2015.

The 12 oz. Against the Grain Pulled Beef with Gravy Dinner for Dogs that is being voluntarily recalled, due to the potential presence of pentobarbital, has an expiration date of December 2019, a lot number of 2415E01ATB12, and the second half of the UPC code is 80001 (which can be found on the back of the product label). Note: To-date, no complaints have been reported to Against the Grain for this single lot number nor any of Against the Grain’s pet foods, since the company was founded. In 2015, this one lot of product was distributed to independent pet retail stores in Washington and Maryland, though it has been verified that this lot is no longer on any store shelves. This voluntary recall only affects one specific lot of food.

Consumers may return any can with the aforementioned lot number, to their place of purchase and receive a full case of Against the Grain food for the inconvenience. For any questions, customers may contact the company at 708/566-4410 between 11:00 am – 4:00 pm Central Time, Monday - Friday.

Read Full FDA Recall Notice Here


PetSmart Voluntarily Recalls Single Lot of Grreat Choice® Canned Dog Food Due to Possible Health Risk

PetSmart has issued a voluntary recall of one production lot of its Grreat Choice® Adult Dog Food sold on PetSmart.com, Pet360.com, PetFoodDirect.com and in nationwide PetSmart retail stores. This product is being voluntarily recalled as a precautionary measure due to metal contamination that could potentially be a choking hazard to pets.

This recall was initiated after receiving notification from the manufacturer of consumer complaints. PetSmart has not received any consumer complaints at this time. The recalled products include Grreat Choice dog food sold between October 10, 2016 and February 7, 2017. The Best By date is found on the bottom of the can. No other Grreat Choice products are impacted by this issue, and PetSmart is not aware of any reported cases of illness or injury related to this product to date.

Customers who purchased the recalled food should stop feeding it to their pets and bring any remaining cans to their local PetSmart store for a full refund or exchange. For more information about the voluntary recall or if customers have any questions, contact PetSmart Customer Service at 888/839-9638 between 7:00 am – 10:00 pm CST.

Read Full FDA Recall Notice Here


Evanger’s Voluntarily Recalls Hunk of Beef Because Of Pentobarbital Exposure in one Batch of Food

Out of an abundance of caution, Evanger’s Dog & Cat Food of Wheeling, IL is voluntarily recalling specific lots of its Hunk of Beef product because of a potential contaminant Pentobarbital, which was detected in one lot of Hunk of Beef Au Jus. Pentobarbital can affect animals that ingest it, and possibly cause side effects such as drowsiness, dizziness, excitement, loss of balance, or nausea, or in extreme cases, possibly death.

The specifically-identified lot numbers (as detailed below) of cans of 12-oz Hunk of Beef being voluntarily recalled were distributed to retail locations and sold online in the following States: Washington, California, Minnesota, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Massachusetts, Maryland, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida, and were manufactured the week of June 6 – June 13, 2016.

Although pentobarbital was detected in a single lot, Evangers is voluntarily recalling Hunk of Beef products that were manufactured the same week, with lot numbers that start with 1816E03HB, 1816E04HB, 1816E06HB, 1816E07HB, and 1816E13HB, and have an expiration date of June 2020. The second half of the barcode reads 20109, which can be found on the back of the product label.

The subject recall affects 5 lots of food that were produced from its supplier’s lot of beef, which is specifically used for the Hunk of Beef product and no other products. To date, it has been reported that five dogs became ill and 1 of the five dogs passed away after consuming the product with lot number 1816E06HB13. Evanger’s is proactively issuing a recall voluntarily so as not to risk potential exposure to pentobarbital in the product.

All Evanger’s suppliers of meat products are USDA approved. This beef supplier provides us with beef chunks from cows that are slaughtered in a USDA facility. We continue to investigate how this substance entered our raw material supply.

Because we source from suppliers of meat products that are USDA approved, and no other products have had any reported problems, we are not extending the recall to other supplier lots. This is the first recall for Evanger’s in its 82 years of manufacturing. Although it has been verified that little or no product remains on store shelves, if consumers still have cans with the aforementioned lot numbers, he or she should return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 847/537-0102 between 10:00 am – 5:00 pm Central Time, Monday - Friday.

Read Full FDA Recall Notice Here


JANUARY 2017

Grange Co-Op Recalls Rogue All Purpose Rabbit Pellets For High Vitamin D Health Risk

Medford, Oregon - Grange Co-op is initiating a recall of Rogue All Purpose Rabbit Pellets in 25# (25RP) 50# (50RP), 1,500# Tote (RP) no lot codes - purchased between March 1, 2016 and January 12, 2017 in Southern Oregon / Northern California from any Grange Co-op Retail Store or Wholesale Dealer. The recall is being initiated because samples tested by the Oregon Department of Agriculture discovered these products may contain higher than acceptable levels of vitamin D.

Rabbits consuming this product would be at risk for developing clinical hypercalcemia when fed diets containing very high levels of vitamin D, as a sole source of nutrition. Clinical signs of hypercalcemia include such things as increased thirst, increased urination, weakness, decreased appetite, and possibly death.

For any purchases of Rogue All Purpose Rabbit Pellets during these dates, please return the unused portion to any Grange Co-op location for a full refund. Any questions regarding this recall may be directed to Brian Wilkerson, Director of Agricultural Operations, at 541/664-1121 or productrecall@grangecoop.com.

Read Full FDA Recall Notice Here


Blue Ridge Beef Recalls Product Because of Possible Health Risk

Eatonton, GA - Blue Ridge Beef is voluntarily recalling one (1) of its frozen products due to their potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. Listeria can affect animals eating the product. There is a risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the products or any surface exposed to these products.

Healthy people infected with Listeria monocytogenes should monitor themselves for some or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting,diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever.

The affected products are sold in 2 lb chubs and can be identified with manufacturing codes. This recall was initiated with FDA inspection and sampling of the product. This recall is being made with the knowledge of the US Food and Drug Administration.

Consumers who have purchased the above lot of turkey for dogs are urged to stop feeding them and return products to the place of purchase for a full refund. Or dispose of them immediately. Those with questions can email the company at blueridgebeefga@yahoo.com.

Read Full FDA Recall Notice Here


The J.M. Smucker Company Expands Limited Voluntary Recall on Certain Lots of Canned Cat Food Due to Low Levels of Thiamine (Vitamin B1)

Orrville, OH - The J.M. Smucker Company is expanding the limited voluntary recall on certain lots of 9LivesTM, EverPetTM, and Special KittyTM canned cat food due to possible low levels of thiamine (Vitamin B1). The issue was discovered by the Quality Assurance team during review of production records at the manufacturing facility. No illnesses related to this issue have been reported to date and the product is being recalled out of an abundance of caution.

Cats fed diets low in thiamine for several weeks may be at risk for developing a thiamine deficiency. Thiamine is essential for cats. Symptoms of deficiency displayed by an affected cat can be gastrointestinal or neurological in nature. Early signs of thiamine deficiency may include decreased appetite, salivation, vomiting, and weight loss. In advanced cases, neurological signs can develop, which include ventroflexion (bending towards the floor) of the neck, wobbly walking, circling, falling, and seizures. Contact your veterinarian immediately if your cat is displaying any of these symptoms. If treated promptly, thiamine deficiency is typically reversible.

The affected product was distributed to a limited number of retail customers from December 20 through January 3, 2017. No other products of The J.M. Smucker Company are affected by this recall. Consumers who have cans of cat food from the impacted lots should stop feeding it to their cats and call us at 800/828-9980 Monday through Friday 9:00 am – 6:00 pm EST or contact us at consumer.relations@jmsmucker.com.

The recall is being conducted in cooperation with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The original recall can be found here.

Read Full FDA Recall Notice Here


DECEMBER 2016

Whitestone Feeds, Inc. Announces Voluntary Recall of all JES Premium 40 Tubs due to Potential Health Risk

Whitestone Feeds, Inc. has initiated a voluntary recall of a single product from its beef cattle feed line. Effective immediately, all JES Premium 40 Tubs are being recalled. A farm located in Alabama reported that five of its beef cows died after having access to the subject batch of cattle tubs. Samples from the subject batch were assayed following a customer complaint.

While the exact cause of the death remains under investigation, elevated levels of non-protein nitrogen (NPN) may be the cause. If producers have animals that have consumed this product and have any of these symptoms, producers should contact their local veterinarian for assistance. In a precautionary move to prevent any further loss of livestock, this particular product will be removed from the line and unavailable for purchase until further notice.

The beef cattle product subject to this recall was purchased by two distributors, one in Georgia and one in Alabama, who resold the product to farm supply dealers and ranchers located in Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Florida and Illinois. The cattle feed subject to this recall can be identified by its label, which describes the product as “JES Premium 40 Tub” and includes the product number JES 3104-8. The subject batch was manufactured between September 29 to December 15, 2016, and packaged in 250-pound blue plastic tubs.

Cattle producers who have purchased JES Premium 40 Tub labeled as product number JES 3104-8 should discontinue use of the product and return any unused tubs to the place of purchase for a refund of the purchase price. Producers should contact their veterinarian for assistance if their cattle have consumed from tubs of product number JES 3104-8. Cattle producers with questions concerning this recall may contact Whitestone Feeds, Inc. at hardin@integrityfeeds.com or by calling 270/970-0787 Monday through Friday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm, Central Time. This voluntary recall is being made with the knowledge of the Food and Drug Administration.

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Ridley Block Operations Announces Voluntary Recall of Ultralyx 24% + 3% Mag Composite

Ridley Block Operations has initiated a voluntary recall of a single batch of its beef cattle feed product, Ultralyx 24% + 3% Mag Composite Block, because it contains elevated levels of non-protein nitrogen (NPN) that may be harmful to beef cattle. 

A farm located in Virginia reported that nine of its beef cows died after having access to the subject batch of cattle feed.

The entire batch of beef cattle feed subject to this recall was purchased by a single distributor in Tennessee who resold the product to farm supply dealers located in Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Georgia and North Carolina. The cattle feed subject to this recall can be identified by its label, which describes the product as “Ultralyx Nutritional Supplements 24% + 3% Mag Composite Block for Beef Cattle on Pasture” and includes, in the lower right corner, the batch number HB01088454 and item number 10636. The subject batch was manufactured on August 26, 2016, and packaged in 200-pound plastic tubs.

Samples from the subject batch were assayed following a customer complaint and found to contain elevated levels of NPN. Tubs associated with this batch contain a quantity of the feed ingredient urea, a nutritional source of NPN, that exceeded formulated specifications.

Cattle producers who have purchased Ultralyx 24% + 3% Mag Composite Block labeled as batch number HB01088454 should discontinue use of the product and return any unused tubs to the place of purchase for a refund of the purchase price. Producers should contact their veterinarian for assistance if their cattle have consumed from tubs of batch number HB01088454. Cattle producers with questions concerning this recall may contact Ridley Block Operations at info@ridleyinc.com or by calling 507/388-9421 Monday through Friday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm, Central Time. This voluntary recall is being made with the knowledge of the Food and Drug Administration.

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Blue Ridge Beef of Eatonton, GA Recalls Product Because of Possible Health Risk

Blue Ridge Beef is voluntarily recalling two (2) of its frozen products due to their potential to be contaminated with Salmonella and/or Listeria monocytogenes. Salmonella and Listeria can affect animals eating the product. There is a risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the products or any surface exposed to these products.

The affected products are sold in 2 lb chubs and can be identified with manufacturing codes. This recall was initiated after the FDA received two complaints associated with these products, including one complaint of two kitten illnesses and one complaint of a puppy death. Subsequent testing by the FDA of a 2 lb chub of beef for dogs and kitten grind collected at a veterinary office revealed the presence of Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes. There is no direct evidence linking these unfortunate instances to contaminated product.

This recall is being made with the knowledge of the US Food and Drug Administration. Consumers who have purchased the above lots of beef for dogs or kitten grind are urged to stop feeding them and return products to the place of purchase for a full refund. Or dispose of them immediately. Those with questions can email the company at blueridgebeefga@yahoo.com.

Read Full FDA Recall Notice Here


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