Nutro Cat Food Recall

Nutro Products has announced a voluntary recall of select varieties of NUTRO® NATURAL CHOICE® COMPLETE CARE® Dry Cat Foods and NUTRO® MAX® Cat Dry Foods with “Best If Used By Dates” between May 12, 2010 and August 22, 2010. The cat food is being voluntarily recalled in the United States and ten additional countries. This recall is due to incorrect levels of zinc and potassium in their finished product resulting from a production error by a US-based premix supplier.

For more information, visit the Nutro Web Site.

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Yet Another Pet Food Recall – Ridiculous!

Mars Petcare US Announces Extension of Voluntary Recall

Franklin, Tennessee (November 25, 2008) —Today, Mars Petcare US announced an extension of a previously announced voluntary recall of dry cat and dog food products manufactured at its Allentown, Pennsylvania facility with “Best By” dates between August 11, 2009 – October 3, 2009. The pet food is being voluntarily recalled because of potential contamination with Salmonella. This voluntary recall affects product sold at BJ’s Wholesale Club, ShopRite Supermarkets, and Wal-mart locations in Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, North Carolina, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia, Vermont, and West Virginia.

Salmonella can cause serious infections in dogs and cats, and, if there is cross contamination caused by handling of the pet food, in people as well, especially children, the aged, and people with compromised immune systems. Healthy people potentially infected with Salmonella should monitor themselves for some or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever. On rare occasions, 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. Animals can be carriers with no visible symptoms and potentially infect other animals or humans. If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.

This action is an extension of the voluntary recall issued on October 27, 2008 of all sizes of SPECIAL KITTY® Gourmet Blend dry cat food produced at the Allentown facility on August 11, 2008. We recently learned that an additional sample of SPECIAL KITTY® made on September 25, 2008 at the Allentown facility tested positive for Salmonella. There have been no reported cases of human or pet illness caused by Salmonella associated with products produced at this facility. Mars Petcare US is taking an additional precautionary action to protect pets and their owners by extending the October 27, 2008 voluntary recall to include all dry pet food product produced at the facility with “Best By” dates between August 11, 2009 and October 3, 2009.

Recalled Pet Food

The dry cat and dog food listed below are made at our Allentown facility and sold at BJ’s Wholesale Club, ShopRite Supermarkets, and Wal-mart locations in Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, North Carolina, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia, Vermont, and West Virginia.

All code dates, regardless of brand, are listed in a similar format as noted below:
Consumers should look for “50” as the first two digits of the second line.
Best By AUG 15 09 (Sample)
50 1445 1

PRODUCT NAME

UPC CODE

Berkley & Jensen Bistro Blend Premium Cat Food 21.6#

00000 20052

Berkley & Jensen Small Bites & Bones Dog Food 52#

00000 14958

Ol’ Roy Puppy Complete Premium Dog Food 4#

81131 79078

Ol’ Roy Puppy Complete Premium Dog Food 20#

81131 79080

Ol’ Roy Complete Nutrition Premium Dog Food 4#

81131 17550

Ol’ Roy Complete Nutrition Premium Dog Food 4.4#

81131 69377

Ol’ Roy Complete Nutrition Premium Dog Food 8#

05388 67144

Ol’ Roy Complete Nutrition Premium Dog Food 20#

81131 17549

Ol’ Roy Complete Nutrition Premium Dog Food 22#

05388 60342

Ol’ Roy Complete Nutrition Premium Dog Food 44.1#

81131 17551

Ol’ Roy Complete Nutrition Premium Dog Food 50#

78742 01022

Ol’ Roy High Performance Premium Dog Food 20#

05388 60345

Ol’ Roy High Performance Premium Dog Food 50#

78742 05815

Ol’ Roy Meaty Chunks & Gravy Premium Dog Food 22#

81131 69630

Ol’ Roy Meaty Chunks & Gravy Premium Dog Food 50#

81131 69631

ShopRite Crunchy Bites, Bones and Healthy Squares Dog Food 20#

41190 04521

Special Kitty Original Premium Cat Food 3.5#

81131 17557

Special Kitty Original Premium Cat Food 7#

81131 17562

Special Kitty Original Premium Cat Food 18#

81131 17559

Special Kitty Gourmet Blend Premium Cat Food 3.5#

81131 17546

Special Kitty Gourmet Blend Premium Cat Food 7#

81131 17547

Special Kitty Gourmet Blend Premium Cat Food 18#

81131 17548

Special Kitty Kitten Premium Cat Food 3.5#

81131 17553

Special Kitty Kitten Premium Cat Food 7#

81131 17554

In an effort to prevent the transmission of Salmonella from pets to family members and care givers, the FDA recommends that everyone follow appropriate pet food handling guidelines when feeding their pets. A list of safe pet food handling tips can be found at: http://www.fda.gov/consumer/updates/petfoodtips080307.html

Pet owners who have questions about the recall should call 1-877-568-4463 or visit www.petcare.mars.com.

Mars PetCare Pet Food Recall

Mars has announced another pet food recall this week. These products were manufactured at its Everson, Pennsylvania facility and are being voluntarily recalled because of potential contamination with Salmonella serotype Schwarzengrund. This recall only affects the United States.

The brands effected include:

  • Pedigree
  • Paws & Claws
  • Members Mark
  • Doggy Bag
  • Natural Dog & Cat Food (Sam’s Club)
  • Red Flannel
  • Retriever
  • PMI Nutrition
  • Country Acres
  • Special Kitty
  • Pet Pride
  • Ol’ Roy
  • Wegman’s Buju & Ziggie
  • Wegman’s Bruiser

To determine if your food has been recalled look at the UPC symbol.

All code dates, with the exception of PEDIGREE®, are listed in a similar format as noted below:
Consumers should look for “17” as the first two digits of the second line. Sample:
Best By Feb 18 09
17 1445 1

For PEDIGREE® the Everson code date format is as follows:
Consumers should look for “PAE” on the bottom line – the sixth, seventh and eighth digits. Sample:
PEDIGREE ® Small Crunchy Bites
Best Before 02/2009
808G1PAE01 12:00

For more information, you can call 1-877-568-4463.

Pet Food Banks Feeling the Effects of the Economy

With millions of Americans pinching pennies, sometimes it is the family pet that must be sacrificed so that a family can survive. Pet food banks have been feeling the effects of the downturn in the economy as more and more families are trying desperately to keep every member of their families fed.

For some on fixed income that means giving up their own food to feed their pets. I know there are some people out there right now thinking, “Well if they can’t afford a pet, they shouldn’t have one.” In some cases that is true, but in most, the same thing could happen to you or me. You go into work one day at a job where you’re making decent pay and you get the dreaded “pink slip.” Now what? You’re in the same situation as the senior who is on a fixed income that doesn’t compare to the rising costs of food and fuel.

For most pet owners, the pet is part of the family and giving up their dog/cat/whatever would be like losing a child. Pets give us companionship and unconditional love, don’t you think that is enough to do whatever it takes to give back to them, even if that means asking for help?

So, if you are in this same situation, or you know someone who is, please have them contact their local humane society or rescue and ask if they have a pet food bank. And, if you have a little extra cash, please, PLEASE donate so that people who are animals lovers, just like you can keep their fur babies.

Cat Food Flavor Judged by Humans

I co-worker of mine sent over an article about a tasting panel that was done for cat food, with humans as the tasters. I do admit I was a little grossed out by it, but isn’t cat food just cooked fish and ‘bits? Dr. Gary Pickering, who normally compares the flavors of wine decided on this taste test because “he believes it might enable manufacturers to understand why your cat favors certain foods. While manufacturers conduct trials to see what felines prefer, it’s difficult to know exactly which flavors or textures the kitties are responding to, he explains.”

Now, I understand where they are coming from, but according to an article at Columbia Animal Hospital, “It appears, cats have a greater sensitivity to taste than people. They have about twice the number of smell receptors in their nasal passage the humans and have different culinary preferences.” So, if their sense of taste and smell is more heightened than a humans, I don’t see how this taste test can make a difference.

The article goes on to state, “Cats appear to be sensitive to the taste of water itself. While humans generally consider water to be tasteless, cats show a high sensitivity to natural variations in water flavor. This may explain why certain cats are picky in their drinking habits.” Which if they can taste the subtle differences in water (which explains a lot with my kitties) and humans can’t then how can we even compare our tastes to theirs?

What is your opinion? Do you think humans can be an accurate judge of a cat’s taste? Tell me what you think!

How To Read Pet Food Labels — Part 4

Feeding Directions

Feeding directions guide pet owners on the amount of food that is recommended to feed their pets. However, these recommendations are based on the average dog or cat and may not be suitable for every pet. Actual amounts that your pet should consumer vary between species, breed, temperament and activity level. The most accurate way to determine how much to feed your pet would be to look at the calorie statement. The calorie statement tells the amount of calories in a suggested serving of the food. You can use this as a rough guide in determining the amount of food your pet can consume.

To find out the proper amount to feed your pet, your best bet is to work closely with your veterinarian. Your veterinarian can more accurately determine the amount of food your pet should be eating each day. He may also recommend a feeding pattern such as twice-daily or free feeding.

Make at Home Pet Treats

I was browsing around for something to make for dinner and found this interesting recipes for homemade pet treats. I thought I would post them and get your opinions. Have you ever made homemade treats for your pets? Share your recipes and experiences!

Tuna Kitty Treats

1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup nonfat powdered milk
1/2 can tuna, in oil or 1/2 cup cooked chicken, chopped into small pieces
1 tablespoon vegetable or cod liver oil
1 egg, beaten
1/4 cup water
  1. In large bowl, mash the tuna (or chicken). Add the flour and powdered milk, mixing well. Stir in the water, oil and egg, mixing well. Mixture will be sticky.
  2. Shape mixture into 1/2-inch sized balls. Place on greased baking sheets. Press balls to flatten.
  3. Bake at 350*F (175*C) for 10 minutes. Remove treats from oven; let sit 5 minutes and then turn treats over and bake another 10 minutes or until golden brown. Cool completely on wire rack. Store in an air tight container in refrigerator.


Cheddar Cheese Dog Cookies
Recipe submitted by Diana Hatfield – Bixby.

8 ounces shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 cup margarine
1 large egg
1 garlic clove, minced
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1 1/2 cups wheat germ
Pinch of salt
2 tablespoons milk
  1. Cream the cheese and margarine together using an electric mixer. Add the egg and garlic, beating mixture well. Stir in the flour, wheat germ, salt and milk, mixing well. Cover and chill dough for 1 hour.
  2. Roll dough out onto a floured work surface to 1/4-inch thick. Cut into desired shapes. Place on ungreased baking sheet. Bake at 375*F (190*C) for 15 to 18 minutes.