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



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:

Pet owners who have questions about the recall should call 1-877-568-4463 or visit


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.

Cooking’s Gone to the Dogs

Awhile ago, I wrote a blog entry about Make At Home Pet Treats, well the other day there was a special on Food Network where Rachel Ray was cooking up doggie treats! (By the way I love Rachel Ray for human recipes too!) Come to think of it, there’s a lot of people making and SELLING homemade dog treats. Makes me wonder if I’m not in the wrong business! I love to bake so it would be perfect, right? I’m not so sure it would fly around here there. Being kind of isolated and surrounded by farms, makes me think otherwise.Dog Treats

By making your own dog treats, you’re controlling what your dog is eating. It wasn’t too long ago, and I’m sure you all remember the dog food recall. You’re feeding your dog who knows what and where it came from. Not only that, commercial dog treats are loaded with chemicals and preservatives. By making your own treats, you’re giving your pet a wholesome yummy treat that is safe.

Not only are you giving your dog a wholesome treat, but you are helping reduce his allergies too. If your dog is allergic to common dog food ingredients such as, corn or wheat, you can help stop the itchies by avoiding these foods. By making your own treats, you leave out these allergens if necessary.

There are a couple of other recipes listed in my other homemade treat post, but here are a few more:

Peanut- Carob Isabooscotti — (Isaboo is Rachel’s Dog)

Recipe courtesy Rachael Ray from Every Day with Rachael Ray
Show: Food Network Specials
Episode: Rachael Ray Feeds Your Pets

Difficulty: Easy
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Inactive Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Yield: 16 biscuits
2 cups whole-wheat flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
2 pinches ground cinnamon
1 cup chunky peanut butter
1 cup milk
1 cup carob chipsPreheat the oven to 400 degrees F.In a large bowl, combine that flour, baking powder and cinnamon. Place the peanut butter in a medium bowl and microwave at high power to soften, 5 to 10 seconds. Whisk in the milk, then stir the mixture into the dry ingredients.Shape the dough into a long, flattened log and place on a greased baking sheet. Bake for 20 minutes; remove from the oven and let cool for 10 minutes. Slice the log crosswise on an angle into 1-inch-thick pieces. Set the slices on their sides (they should look like biscotti) and bake until crisp, 10 to 12 minutes more. Transfer to a rack to cool.Melt the carob in a microwave or on the stovetop over low heat. Thin the melted carob with 1 tablespoon water, if needed. Using a spoon, drizzle the melted carob over the biscuits. Let cool completely. Store in an airtight container.

This recipe is from the Three Dog’s Bakery Cookbook:GRRRRRANOLA1/4 c. honey
1/2 c. vegetable oil
1 tsp. vanilla
2 c. cracked wheat
2 1/2 c. rolled oats
2 c. bran flakes
1 c. wheat germ
1 c. sunflower seeds
1 c. chopped, roasted soy beans

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

Heat honey, oil and vanilla in a saucepan.

Pour over all the dry ingredients in a bowl. Mix thoroughly and spread on two greased baking sheets.

Bake for 15 minutes or until nicely golden brown. Stir occasionally during baking to prevent overbrowning.

Cool and store in a sealed container.

Sounds yummy huh?! Got some recipes of your own? Share them with us! Would you guys be interested in a page dedicated to pet recipes? Let us know!

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.

How to Read Pet Food Labels — Part 3

Dog Food

Guaranteed Analysis & Nutritional Adequacy Statement

According to the FDA, “At minimum, a pet food label must state guarantees for the minimum percentages of crude protein and crude fat, and the maximum percentages of crude fiber and moisture.” These guaratees are only for feeding that follows the package directions.

These percentages also make it hard to compare dry food and wet food. We food has a much higher water content, usually about 75%, while dry food has a water content of around 10%. Because of the higher water content, the percentages in the wet food are lower than those of the dry food, which makes comparing the two much harder. Basically, the only comparison that you can do is in the water content.

Ok, here’s where the math comes in….the FDA gives this information to help you compare the contents of both dry and wet pet food.

The percentage of dry matter of the product is equal to 100% minus the percentage of moisture guaranteed on the label. A dry food is approximately 88-90% dry matter, while a canned food is only about 22-25% dry matter. To convert a nutrient guarantee to a dry matter basis, the percent guarantee should be divided by the percentage of the dry matter, then multiplied by 100. For example, a canned food guarantees 8% crude protein and 75% moisture (or 25% dry matter), while a dry food contains 27% crude protein and 10% moisture (or 90% dry matter). Which has more protein, the dry or canned? Calculating the dry matter protein of both, the canned contains 32% crude protein on a dry matter basis (8/25 X 100 = 32), while the dry has only 30% on a dry matter basis (27/90 X 100 = 30). Thus, although it looks like the dry has a lot more protein, when the water is counted out, the canned actually has a little more. An easier way is to remember that the amount of dry matter in the dry food is about four times the amount in a canned product. To compare guarantees between a dry and canned food, multiply the guarantees for the canned food times four first.

When looking at wet food, remember that it can contain up to 78% or more water, depending on the type of food. So if it contains 78% water, that only leaves 22% left for nutrients, meat, etc.

Nutritional Adequacy Statement

The nutrition adequacy statement basically says that this type of food is approved to be a sole nutrition provider, which means, your pet can use this food as its main diet source. This statement will also tell you which life stage that it is approved for, such as kitten/puppy or senior formula.

Stay tuned for feeding directions and more…