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Yikes! This is a complicated one. What it boils down to is that if you bought pet food at a Family Dollar in
You should NOT give it to your pet. Dog Food Advisor has more...
February 18, 2022 — Family Dollar, Inc. is recalling multiple brands of dog food, cat food and treats.
The recall was caused by health hazards associated with rodent infestations and may include the presence of Salmonella bacteria.
Unfortunately, The Dog Food Advisor cannot confirm which specific brands are included in the recall. The following list is offered in good faith and may not be accurate or complete.
Kibble ‘n Bits
Kit & Kaboodle
Purina Cat Chow
Purina Dog Chow
Where Were the Products Sold?
In a later follow-up email, the FDA advised the affected products were distributed in the 6 states below:
1 October 2017
Wow! Thank you for pointing this out. I rarely go to Family Dollar but if I did Bo's favorite nite nite treat is Pup-peroni. We have a Big Lots that is close by so I like to hop in there once in a while. I heard about the infestation and it never even occurred to me about all the people and furbaby food that they sell. I am glad they were up front about it all.
Jackie, Bo, Andy, Oscar, Phoebe, and the coolest feral tripawd kitty Huckleberry
Well this is interesting, and thank dog it happened. Just in from The Dog Food Advisor:
March 28, 2022 — Bravo Packing of Carney’s Point, N.J., has been ordered by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to stop selling, manufacturing and distributing pet food due to (among other violations) “grossly insanitary conditions“.
What makes this so groundbreaking is that it's "the first permanent injunction against an animal food manufacturer for violating modern public safety standards in history."
This is great news for pets. The FDA system is working in their favor, finally! It's too bad it took four recalls of Bravo Packing foods to make this happen, but we'll take it for now.
Read the rest of the story here
Ugh! Stay away from this company, Sunshine Mills. Here's a new WARNING to a pet food company, not an actual recall. But honestly, with these kinds of warnings, it's wise to stay away from anything they produce or make for other companies.
From the Dog Food Advisor's bulletin:
May 15, 2022 — The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a Warning Letter to Sunshine Mills, Inc., of Red Bay, Alabama due to significant safety violations. The letter was originally issued to the company on March 7, 2022, but was not made public by the FDA until April 18, 2022.
Sunshine Mills produces multiple brands of dog food and treats. However, the FDA did not include a complete list of products affected by its warning letter.
What Caused the Warning?
FDA inspections were performed on various dates in 2021 and revealed violations of the FDA’s Current Good Manufacturing Practice requirements for animal food, which caused the maker’s products to be adulterated.
The following brands are produced by Sunshine Mills. Due to the incomplete nature of the FDA’s report, there’s no way to know which brands are linked to this FDA warning.
- Nurture Farms
- Veterinary Select
- Paula Deen Home Cookin’
- Meaty Treats
- Sportsman’s Pride
- Hunter’s Special
- Pup Corn Plus
- Pet Life
- Crunchin’ Bones
- Dr. Dental Fresh Chews
Other Brands Affected
Other products may also be affected. That’s because Sunshine Mills “co-packs” food and treat products for a number of other (unspecified) brands.
However, since pet food makers are not required to disclose sub-contractor information to consumers, there’s no way to know what other brands may be affected.
Freshpet Dog Food Recall of June 2022
June 18, 2022 — Freshpet Inc. is recalling a single lot of Freshpet Select dog food due to potential contamination with Salmonella bacteria.
What’s Being Recalled?
Details for the recalled product are listed below.
The Sell by date, along with the UPC code, can be found on the bottom and back of each bag.
- Freshpet Select Fresh From the Kitchen Home Cooked Chicken Recipe
- Package size: 4.5 pound bag
- Sell by date: 10/29/22 L3
- Retail UPC code: 627975011673
- Lot code: 10/29/22
Woah. Raw feeding opponents are going to have a field day with this:
July 6, 2022 — Primal Pet Foods is recalling a single lot of Raw Frozen Primal Patties for Dogs Beef Formula due to potential contamination with Listeria monocytogenes bacteria.
Raw Frozen Primal Patties for Dogs Beef Formula
Package size: 6 pound bag
Best by date: 05/22/23
Lot code: #W10068709
18 June 2022
With supply lines being broken and costs rocketing people may need to consider home made food.
Since 2020, prepackaged food lingers longer in warm conditions during slower transportation after being made in factories struggling to meet various costs including higher electric and meat prices.
Buying in bulk and preparing homemade pet food twice a week can be cheaper, healthier and more convenient.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration cautioned pet owners not to feed their pets certain lots of Darwin’s Natural Pet Products raw cat food. Samples from these lots tested positive for Salmonella. These cat foods have been associated with cases of illness in three kittens in a single household.
- Darwin’s Natural Pet Products Natural Selections Antibiotic & Grain Free Chicken Recipe for Cats, Lot 9116, manufactured on May 2, 2022.
- Darwin’s Natural Pet Products Natural Selections Antibiotic & Grain Free Turkey Recipe for Cats, Lot 9121, manufactured on May 4, 2022.
These products are manufactured by Arrow Reliance Inc., doing business as Darwin’s Natural Pet Products, and are sold online direct to consumers.
The FDA collected and analyzed unopened samples of products from these two lots after receiving a report of illness in three kittens in a single household that had consumed the food and developed diarrhea. A stool sample from one of the kittens tested positive for Salmonella. A fourth kitten did not eat the food and did not become sick.
From Dog Food Advisor:
September 6, 2022 — In a private email to customers, Spot and Tango announced it is recalling four batches of its UnKibble Dog Food product line because samples tested positive for Salmonella bacteria.
The lot codes and SKU numbers for affected products listed below can be found on the bottom and back of each pouch.
Yikes! Another recall, this time by Purina:
December 2, 2022 — Nestlé Purina PetCare Company is recalling a limited amount of Purina Pro Plan Veterinary Diets EN Gastroenteric Low Fat prescription wet dog food due to a labeling error.
You can identify the mislabeled product by the UPC (38100 17599), production code (22581159 L4TR6) and “Best Before Sept 2024” date on the bottom of each can.
From the Dog Food Advisor:
February 8, 2023 — Nestlé Purina PetCare Company is recalling a limited amount of Purina Pro Plan Veterinary Diets EL Elemental (PPVD EL) prescription dry dog food due to potentially elevated levels of vitamin D.
Vitamin D, while essential to a healthy diet, can cause health problems if ingested in too high an amount for too long.
Purina Pro Plan Veterinary Diets EL Elemental (PPVD EL) 8lb and 20lb bags. You can identify the recalled product by using the UPC and production codes in the image below.
This is a prescription-only product
The FDA recommended that Arrow Reliance Inc. voluntarily recall these products and notify the public, but the company has not yet done so.
- Darwin’s Natural Pet Products Natural Selections Chicken Recipe with Organic Vegetables for Dogs, Lot 9774, manufactured on Jun 13, 2023.
- Darwin’s Natural Pet Products Natural Selections Chicken Recipe for Cats, Lot 9795, manufactured on Jun 28, 2023.
- Darwin’s Natural Pet Products Natural Selections Chicken Recipe for Cats, Lot 9830, manufactured on Jul 19, 2023.