The Story Behind the Pentobarbital in National Dog Food Recall

ABC7 television station in Washington, DC, investigated and exposed how the euthanasia drug was found at high levels in dog food.  Soon after the FDA investigated to find even higher levels than thought in many nationally distributed dog foods.

Brands involved were:  Smucker’s subsidiary, Big Heart Brands – the maker of Gravy Train, Kibbles ‘N Bits, Ol’ Roy and Skippy dog foods.

I have hyperlinked the two reports to give you the details and history behind the recall and one family that is still mourning the death of their beloved dog.

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RECALL: TruPet LLC Voluntarily Recalls Boost Me Mighty Meaty Beef Topper

TruPet, LLC of Milford, OH, is voluntarily recalling a limited amount of Boost Me Mighty Meaty Beef Topper Meal Enhancer on April 17, 2018 because the products have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. The recall is limited to 400 cases of the product, as identified below.

The following affected “Boost Me” 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: “Boost Me Mighty Meaty Beef Topper Meal Enhancer” with “lot number #20190531 13815 “.

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

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 FDA’s collection of a retail sample from a single batch which tested positive. No illnesses have been reported to date.

Consumers who have purchased Boost Me Mighty Meaty Beef Topper Meal Enhancer 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.

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RECALL: OC Raw Dog Chicken, Fish & Produce Raw Frozen Dog Food

OC Raw Dog Chicken-Fish-Produce         The OC Raw Dog, LLC recalled their 2nd raw frozen products on Friday, April 20, 2018 and involved listeria.

The recall involves OC Raw Dog chicken, fish and produce frozen raw dog food covering four varieties that were recalled after the NJ Dept. of Agriculture found listeria in product samples. The listeria recall is limited to the 3-pound Meaty Rox bags; 4-pound Slider Bags; 6.5-pound Doggie Dozen Patty Bags; or 7-pound Meaty Rox Bags. The information can be found on the back lower left corner with a sticker stating lot #3652 and an expiration date of October 11, 2018.

This recalled lot #3652 went to distributors in Florida, Maryland, California, Colorado,  Minnesota, Vermont and Pennsylvania.  Distribution was to specialty retail stores in an undisclosed amount of states.

The CDC stated that 1,600 people get listeria each year in the USA and 260 directly related deaths.

SYMPTOMS:  Pets with listeria can suffer from diarrhea, fever, anorexia, muscle, respiratory problems, even death.  With light infection and no symptoms, listeria can be  transferred to humans. By handling food with listeria or using unclean surfaces that contaminated food has touched, is another way to pass listeria. Pregnant women, newborns, senior citizens and people with compromised immune systems are most vulnerable to listeria.

Customers with these products should return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Anyone with questions can call 1-844-215-DOGS, Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Eastern time.

RECALL: OC Raw Dog Freeze Dried Sardines

The FDA released the following notification on April 20, 2018: OC Raw Dog, LLC of Rancho Santa Margarita, CA, is recalling the Freeze Dried Sardines because the fish have exceeded the FDA compliance guideline for fish larger than 5 inches. The FDA has determined that salt-cured, dried, or fermented uneviscerated fish larger than 5 inches have been linked to outbreaks of botulism poisoning between 1981 and 1987 and again in 1991. Because OC Raw Dog Freeze Dried Sardines are larger than 5 inches there is a possible health risk. Clostridium botulinum can cause severe and potentially fatal toxicity in both animals consuming the pet treat and people handling the pet treat or coming in contact with contact areas that have been exposed to the product. Common symptoms may include dizziness, blurred or double vision, trouble with speaking or swallowing, difficulty breathing, muscle weakness, abdominal distension, and constipation. Pets or persons experiencing these symptoms should seek immediate medical attention.

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This product of Freeze Dried Sardines was shipped to Distributors in the following states with the intent to be sold to Wholesalers who in turn sell to Consumers. This product would be found in Independent Pet Specialty Stores within the following states:

California, Colorado, Florida, Maryland, Minnesota, Texas, and Pennsylvania.

OC Raw Dog Freeze Dried Sardines are packaged in a 3.2 oz bag with a UPC of 095225853043.

Product Package Nt. Wt. UPC No. Bar Code
OC Raw Dog Freeze Dried Sardines 3.2 oz 095225853043 OC Raw Dog barcode

To date there have been no reported illnesses of dogs, cats, or persons in any connection with the sardines.

OC Raw was notified by the Minnesota Department of Food and Agriculture after a sample of our OC Raw Dog Freeze Dried Sardines were collected and determined to contain un-eviscerated or intact un-gutted fish that measure 6-61/2 inches which is greater than FDA guidelines of 5 inches for un-eviscerated fish.

This product has not tested positive for Clostridium botulinum. Minnesota Department of Food and Agriculture tested the product for Salmonella where the test returned negative.

OC Raw Dog is a family owned and managed by passionate dog enthusiasts who take very seriously the safety and wellbeing of its consumers and clients. We are dedicated to producing a safe and quality product. Because safety and quality is our priority we are conducting this voluntarily recall. We will be changing our sardine suppliers to insure the new Sardines are less than 5 inches or if larger they will be eviscerated. We will continue to only use ingredients and products that are USDA certified and inspected for Human Consumption.

Distributors, Retailers and Consumers who have purchased OC Raw Dog’s Freeze Dried Sardines can return it to the location where it was purchased for a full refund.

Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-844-215-DOGS during the hours of Monday – Friday 8am – 5pm PST.

RECALL: Vital Essentials Dog Food

April 16, 2018 — Carnivore Meat Company of Green Bay, WI, is voluntarily recalling (based on FDA testing), two of its Vital Essentials freeze-dried dog foods because they may be contaminated with Salmonella.

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

  • Vital Essentials Freeze-Dried Beef Toppers
  • 6 oounce (170 g) package size
  • Best by date: 06/04/2019 or 06/20/2019
  • Lot #: 13815
  • Product UPC: 033211006059

Vital Essential Recall 1

  • Vital Essentials Frozen Beef Chub Entrée for Dogs
  • 5 pound (2.27 kg) package size
  • Best by date: 12/27/18
  • Lot #: 13816
  • Product UPC: 033211008817

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What Caused the Recall?

The issue was discovered when a single package of product produced on the same day was collected and tested by FDA for the presence of Salmonella.

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 to Do?

As of this writing, the Dog Food Advisor was unable to locate any public information regarding this event anywhere on the Vital Essentials website. The Diabetic Dog Bakery checked the company Facebook page this morning and requested a response to the recall but no response as of 11am CST.

The company encourages consumers to discard the affected products included above safely in a covered trash receptacle.

Contact your retailer for a replacement or refund.

No other Vital Essentials products are subject to this voluntary recall.

If you have questions, please contact the company at 920-370-6542.

 

Documentary Reveals Why a Raw Diet Can Be Best For Your Pooch

Dr Becker Documentary Fooled

Article written by Pam Powell in the Daily Journal – Kankakee, IL about Dr. Karen Becker’s documentary “Fooled”, directed by Kohl Harrington.  The documentary is about the dangers of ingredients commonly found in big-brand pet foods.

Dr. Karen Becker has the knowledge and understanding on the dangers of what we could feed our furry family members and I have heeded her warnings in the past.  We have fed our bassets hounds homemade cooked meals for about 10 years with confident results in health and wellness. Decide for yourself after viewing her documentary.

Dr. Becker is an integrative wellness veterinarian and an animal advocate. Her goal has always been to help pet parents create wellness in order to prevent illness in the lives of their pets.

RECALL: K9 Natural Dog Food

K9 Natural Ltd is voluntarily recalling four batches of the K9 Natural Frozen Chicken Feast that were imported into the US market from New Zealand in June 2017 because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

Customers with questions may contact the company via phone at 1 888 345 4680, Monday through Friday, 8am-5pm PDT & EDT, and Saturday through Sunday, 14 &15 April 2018, 8am-5pm PDT & EDT or email info@k9natural.com.

RECALL: Bone Treats for Dogs

No Bones (or Bone Treats) About It: Reasons Not to Give Your Dog Bones

FDA INSPECTION REPORT: Evanger Dog Food

If you did not think it could get any worst than five dogs being drugged and becoming serious ill while eating their food on New Year’s Eve and one of those dogs dying; think again!

I read the news release on the expanded recall yesterday for the Evanger Dog & Cat Food Company, Inc. but it was the FDA Inspection Report that made me sick to my stomach.  I took overnight to get my thoughts together and how I wanted to comment on the inspection report.  I would encourage you to read the entire inspection report that four FDA inspectors completed during the month of February 2017.  It also bothers me that no name has been mentioned for the supplier of this tainted meat (beef and horse).  Evanger’s is not the only company purchasing this meat from one supplier.  What other brands are using this supplier??  That really should be our next question of Evanger’s and the FDA.

As you read through the information below from the FDA inspectors, think about this question; ‘Does the family whom owns this company and makes decisions in producing these brands of dog food, really VALUE my family or is it just the almighty dollar?’  I know my answer is “no”!

Here is what the FDA press release had to say about the on-site inspections at both Evanger’s Illinois processing facilities.

The below snips are from the FDA Inspection Report dated February 14, 2017:

This is what we originally heard during the initial voluntary recall.

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We should be appalled that their building is in such poor condition since their food is not a cheap brand.

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I would be interested in knowing how much maintenance they have done on their two processing plants over the years.  It does not sound like much if the entire structure needs major repair.

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Would we feed moldy food to our family members?  If there were flies in the processing facility and they laid eggs in the meat, then we are talking worms here after being eaten. I know this first hand when we rescued our Winston and he lived on the Texas streets and eating out of the garbage cans. I do not feel anyone should have to pay to give worms and treatment to their beloved dog.

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These next two sections speak for themselves.  Appalling on so many levels!!

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Unacceptable processing procedure and/or timeline for processing.  I have always been under the impression that when “hand packing” in a processing facility, the entire area of processing was refrigerated.  Guess NOT!

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Pass this along on social media.  Maybe we can get all pet food manufacturers to be more transparent in their processing facilities and value our trust when purchasing their product.

RECALL: Against the Grain Dog Food

against-the-grain-dog-food-recall  The FDA has announced that 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 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).

Oral exposure to pentobarbital can cause side effects such as drowsiness, dizziness, excitement, loss of balance, nausea nystagmus (eyes moving back and forth in a jerky manner), inability to stand and coma.

The complete FDA press release can be viewed here.

NOTE: 1) It makes one wonder why two recalls in the last two weeks for pentobarbital and how is it getting into the food being produced?   2) Since this one was produced and sold in 2015, why are they just now finding it?   3) Pentobarbital is now most commonly used for euthanasia for dogs and cats, so this drug can kill.