16 February 2017

HEALTH - Plethora of Pet Food Recalls

If it seems like there have been an awful lot of pet food recalls this year, it’s because there have been 21 products recalled in the first month and a half of 2017.
Compared to 39 pet food products recalled March through December last year (10 months), according to the AVMA’s animal food recalls and alerts webpage.

The most recent is Blue Buffalo Homestyle Recipe Healthy Weight, Chicken Dinner with Garden Vegetables dog food which was voluntarily pulled by the company due to possible metal contamination.

The affected cans are 12.5oz with a UPC code of 8-40243-10017-0, and expiry date of August 3, 2019.

PetSmart’s Grreeat Choice Adult Dog Food with Chicken & Rice, 13.2 oz cans were recalled last week due to metal contamination that could be a choking hazard.

This month there has also been two types of dog food recalled due to the potential presence of pentobarbital, a drug that is most commonly used for pet euthanasia.

The affected dog foods are:
  • Against the Grain Pulled Beef w/ Gravy Dinner, 12 oz can, Lot #2415E01ATB12; second half of the UPC code is 80001; and expiration date of December 2019.

  • Evanger’s Hunk of Beef Canned Food, Lot numbers that start with 1816E03HB, 1816E04HB, 1816E06HB, 1816E07HB, and 1816E13HB, and have an expiration date of June 2020. The second half of the barcode on these products reads 20109, which can be found on the back of the product label.

Other pet foods recalled in 2017:
  • Rogue All Purpose Rabbit Pellets

  • Blue Ridge Beef Turkey with bone, 2lb package

  • 9Lives Meaty Pate Chicken & Tuna, 13oz, 12/case

  • 9Lives Meaty Pate Seafood Platter, 5.5oz and 13oz

  • 9Lives Meaty Pate Super Supper, 5.5oz and 13oz

  • 9Lives Meaty Pate with Chicken and Seafood, 4-pack of 5.5oz pkgs

  • 9Lives Meaty Pate with Chicken and Tuna, 5.5oz

  • 9Lives Meaty Pate with Chicken Dinner, 5.5oz

  • 9Lives Meaty Pate with Liver and Chicken, 4-pack of 5.5oz pkgs

  • 9Lives Meaty Pate with Ocean Whitefish, 5.5oz pkg

  • 9Lives Seafood Poultry Variety Pack, 5.5oz

  • 9Lives Meaty Pate with Chicken & Tuna, 4-pack of 5.5oz pkgs

  • EverPet Mixed Grill Dinner, 13oz pkg

  • Special Kitty Beef and Liver Dinner, 13oz pkg

  • Special Kitty Classic Tuna Dinner, 13oz pkg

  • Special Kitty Mixed Grill Dinner (w/ & w/o printed wrap), 13oz

  • Special Kitty Super Supper, 13oz pkg

A large number of pet food recalls in 2007 resulted in a decrease in trust in the pet food industry.

Today a growing number of class action lawsuits against pet food companies, for incorrect labeling of ingredients, falsely claiming to be made in the US or requiring prescriptions for diets that contain no drugs or other legally controlled substances, could indicate that distrust continues.

For complete details and up-to-date information on pet food recalls, visit the AVMA or FDA websites.

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