Here we go again!

Another clutch of dog food recalls!

Here is the email that was issued at 20:45 on the 24th February, 2018.

Dear Fellow Dog Lover,

Because you signed up on our website and asked to be notified, I’m sending you this special recall alert. If you no longer wish to receive these emails, please click the “unsubscribe” link at the bottom of this message.
Important: This message includes 3 different recall alerts.

Northwest Naturals of Portland, OR, is recalling specific lots of its raw frozen dog food due to possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes. Click the following link for details:

Northwest Naturals Dog Food Recall

Carnivore Meat Company of Green Bay, WI, is recalling 73 cases of its Vital Essentials Freeze-Dried Dog Food due to possible contamination with Salmonella bacteria. Click the following link for details:

Vital Essentials Dog Food Recall

TruPet LLC of Milford, OH, is recalling a limited amount of its TruDog Pet Treats due to possible contamination with Salmonella bacteria. Click the following link for details:

TruDog Pet Treats Recall

Please share the news of these recall alerts with other pet owners.

Mike Sagman, Editor
The Dog Food Advisor

P.S. Not already on our dog food recall notification list yet? Sign up to get critical dog food recall alerts sent to you by email. There’s no cost for this

As I do for each alert, I offer more details from those links.

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First, Northwest Naturals Dog Food Recall | February 2018

February 23, 2018 — Northwest Naturals of Portland, Oregon is recalling its 5-pound frozen Chicken and Salmon pet food chubs because it may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

What’s Recalled?

Product is packaged in 5-pound frozen chubs labeled Chicken and Salmon Dog Food with a UPC code of 0 87316 38440 6 and a product best buy date code of 15 082218.

No pet or human illnesses have been reported to date.

About Listeria Monocytogenes

Listeria monocytogenes can affect animals eating the products and there is 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 surfaces exposed to these products.

Listeria monocytogenes is pathogenic to humans.

Healthy people exposed to Listeria should monitor themselves for some or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal cramping, fever.

Listeria monocytogenes can affect animals eating the product.

There is the possibility of risk to humans from handling product that is positive for Listeria monocytogenes especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after and if they have made contact with the product or any surfaces exposed to the product.

Where Was It Distributed?

Product was one (1) isolated batch of 94 cases distributed to distributors in the following states and sold thru specialty pet retail stores:

  • California
  • Georgia
  • Michigan
  • Rhode Island
  • Texas
  • Washington

What Caused the Recall

The product passed lab testing on 12-22-2016 and was sold over 1 year ago to distributors listed above, on or before 1-23-2017.

Reports from distributors indicate there is no product at any distributors.

The company was notified on 2-21-2018 by FDA and the Michigan Dept of Agriculture.

Michigan purchased one chub at a Michigan specialty pet store and tested the sample.

The test was negative for E. coli and Salmonella but tested positive for Listeria moncytogenes.

The company tests all batches of products for all pathogens in a positive release program before releasing for shipping.

The company tests over 600 batches of product per week.

The company is a dual jurisdiction facility regulated by USDA-FSIS every day on every shift and FDA.

The company does dual lab testing several times per month matching USDA- FSIS lab samples and comparing results.

What to Do?

Consumers are encouraged to check the lot code on any 5lb frozen Chicken and Salmon chubs.

Any product with the noted lot code should return product to the specialty retailer where purchased for full refund.

Consumers with questions may contact Northwest Naturals at 1-866-637-1872, Monday-Friday, from 8:00am to 4:00 PM PST or visit http://www.nw-naturals.net

U.S. citizens can report complaints about FDA-regulated pet food products by calling the consumer complaint coordinator in your area.

Or go to http://www.fda.gov/petfoodcomplaints.

Canadians can report any health or safety incidents related to the use of this product by filling out the Consumer Product Incident Report Form.

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Next, Vital Essentials Dog Food Recall | February 2018

February 24, 2018 — Carnivore Meat Company of Green Bay, WI, is voluntarily recalling a limited amount, 73 cases, of Vital Essentials Freeze-Dried Beef Nibblets Entrée for Dogs pet food because the products have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.

What’s Recalled?

The recall includes only the product listed below.

The following affected Vital Essentials Freeze-Dried Beef Nibblets Entrée for Dogs product was distributed in the continental USA through independent retailers and via online retailers Chewys.com and Amazon.com through direct delivery.

Affected products can be identified by comparing the following lot numbers:

  • Vital Essentials Freeze-Dried Beef Nibblets Entrée for Dogs
  • One pound bag
  • Lot #13753

No products other than the specific product identified above are subject to this voluntary recall.

About Salmonella

Salmonella can affect animals eating the products and there is 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 surfaces exposed to these products.

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

Rarely, Salmonella can result in more serious ailments, including arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation, and urinary tract symptoms.

Consumers exhibiting these signs after having contact with this product should contact their healthcare providers.

Pets with Salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting.

Some pets will have only decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain.

Infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans.

If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.

The recall is being issued in an abundance of caution following the Michigan Department of Agriculture’s collection of a retail sample from a single batch which tested positive.

There have been no reports of illness.

What to Do?

Consumers who have purchased Vital Essentials Freeze-Dried Beef Nibblets Entrée for Dogs in a 1 lb. bag are urged to return effected product to the place of purchase for a refund.

Consumers with questions may call the company at 920-370-6542 for additional information.

U.S. citizens can report complaints about FDA-regulated pet food products by calling the consumer complaint coordinator in your area.

Or go to http://www.fda.gov/petfoodcomplaints.

Canadians can report any health or safety incidents related to the use of this product by filling out the Consumer Product Incident Report Form.

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Lastly, TruDog Pet Treats Recall | February 2018

February 23, 2018 — TruPet, LLC of Milford, Ohio, is voluntarily recalling a limited amount of TruDog Treat Me Crunchy Beef Delight Pet treats because they may be contaminated with Salmonella.

What’s Recalled?

The recall includes only the product listed below.

The following affected “Treat Me Crunchy Beef Delight” products were distributed in the continental USA via online retailer Chewy.com and TruDog.com through direct delivery:

Affected product can be identified by comparing the following lot number:

  • TruDog Treat Me Crunchy Beef Delight
  • 2.5 ounce package
  • Lot # 20190514 13753

No products other than the specific product identified above are subject to this voluntary recall.

About Salmonella

Salmonella can affect animals eating the products and there is 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 surfaces exposed to these products.

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

Rarely, Salmonella can result in more serious ailments, including arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation, and urinary tract symptoms.

Consumers exhibiting these signs after having contact with this product should contact their healthcare providers.

Pets with Salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting.

Some pets will have only decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain.

Infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans.

If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.

What Caused the Recall?

The recall is being issued in an abundance of caution following the Michigan Department of Agriculture’s collection of a retail sample from a single batch which tested positive.

No illnesses have been reported to date.

What to Do?

Consumers who have purchased Treat Me Crunchy Beef Delight are urged to return effected product to the place of purchase for a refund.

Consumers with questions may call the company at 800-476-8808 for additional information.

U.S. citizens can report complaints about FDA-regulated pet food products by calling the consumer complaint coordinator in your area.

Or go to http://www.fda.gov/petfoodcomplaints.

Canadians can report any health or safety incidents related to the use of this product by filling out the Consumer Product Incident Report Form.

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As always, we really hope that all your lovely dogs stay clear of these issues and do please share this information far and wide!

15 thoughts on “Here we go again!

  1. Thanks for sharing this Paul. It is so sad, when either our animals or ourselves get ill by the food.
    After having read a lot about raw food of different kind, I see more and more illnesses in the food, what makes me to avoid it even more.

    1. Irene, I don’t know if it’s a growing awareness of the food ‘industry’, or me becoming more cynical with age, or what? But Jean’s focus on staying away from processed foods for us, and for our dogs, as much as possible makes great sense.

      1. I have done as Jean mostly of my life, so I do really understand both of you.
        After my hospitalizing I haven’t got enough energy just to cook warm food daily, so when I cook, I make a lot, so I have easy food for other days and keep this in the freezer. I baked also all bread, but I’m not able to do that yet either. I hope it will come too.
        I think, that much industrial produced animal food are of bad quality. My dog Odin has a sensitive stomach and I have tried much, before I found, what he gets to eat today. This he loves and it doesn’t smell bad, when you open the can. I have had friends smelling and looking at this food and said: “I would like to eat that”
        I would not, but I’m not that happy for meat at all.
        The food as I buy for the cats are also smelling delicious and looking of, what it is: meat.

  2. You’ve blogged about a spate of these recalls recently, Paul. Are these events unusual, or is this kind of thing happening all the time but not highly publicised?

    1. All I can say, Mr. P., is that since I have been subscribing to the Dog Food Recall service, that I guess is now for several years, the release of so many recently is unprecedented! Who knows what the truth is! (Sorry, my cynicism is showing, once again!)

      1. Well I could be reacting in an overly dramatic manner. Just can’t stop myself wondering, as our beloved dogs put their snouts daily into their bowls of ‘dry’ food, just they are truly eating!

        In Jean’s case, the effort to find soaps, toothpaste, creams, and more, that do not contain chemicals and substances that she must not ingest, was, still is, incredibly difficult. And that’s with the contents being published, albeit in very small print!

  3. Saw these over the weekend and posted on social media. Thank you as always for providing the recall info. I continue to shake my head that pet food companies have so many recalls. It’s staggering at the sheer numbers.

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