CAT FOOD RECALLS

May 6 2017

Weruva Company has recalled it's B.F.F. canned products in Australia due to reports of cats becoming gravely ill.  To date the recall affects the canned products only and only those manufactured in Thailand exclusively for the Australian market, other countries are not affected. Reports indicate that the problem seems to lie in the cans themselves rather that the food product.

"We have recently been made aware of select Best Feline Friend (BFF) canned foods, exclusive to the Australian market, which may have been produced outside of intended formulation guidelines,” Weruva company president David Forman wrote in a statement on the company’s website. “Out of an abundance of caution and in partnership with our exclusive retailer of these goods, Petbarn has removed BFF canned items from shelves in Australia until our analysis is complete”.

April 22 2017

S.O. Truxton Inc. has voluntarily recalled  certain lots of its medication due to a mislabelling error.  They received confimed customer complaints that bottles of their 15 mg tablets contained 30 mg tablets.  This poses a very serious overdose risk.  All pet owners giving their cats or dogs the anti-seizure, anti-convulsant drug penobarbital are encouraged to check their medications immediately.

Further information can be found on their website HERE

 

February 27 2017

AVA Pets At Home has issued a national recall of some types of dry cat food after reports of animals experiencing sudden collapses and spasms.  Three cats needed to be seen by vets just weeks after starting to eat the products when they were all hit by "sudden collapse, fitting, widespread twitching and general unsteadiness".

The four products being recalled are part of the AVA range which the firm describes as "veterinary approved".

Further information can be found on their website HERE

 

February 11 2017

WELLNESS announced they are voluntarily recalling a small amount of canned cat food from retailer's shelves.  From the WELLNESS quality control team, "a foreign material was found in non-WellPet products made in the same facility, and so we are taking this conservative step to ensure the well-being of cats and to put our consumers’ minds at ease.”

The recipes are in 12.5 oz. cans with the following best buy dates:

Wellness Canned Cat 12.5 oz Chicken & Herring – 08/04/2019
Wellness Canned Cat 12.5 oz Chicken –  08/03/2019 & 08/04/2019
Wellness Canned Cat 12.5 oz Chicken & Lobster –  08/04/2019
Wellness Canned Cat 12.5 oz Turkey & Salmon – 08/05/2019
Wellness Canned Cat 12.5 oz Turkey – 08/04/2019 & 08/05/2019
Wellness Canned Cat 12.5 oz Beef & Chicken -08/05/2019
Wellness Canned Cat 12.5 oz Beef & Salmon -08/05/2019

Further information can be found on their website HERE

January 2017

​J.M. SMUCKER CO. announced and then expanded a voluntary recall of several brands of their cat food line. The recalls were due to low levels of thiamin (B1) in the product, which could result in health issues for cats. Brands involved include 9 Lives, EverPet and Special Kitty.  The recall was completely voluntary and issued as a precautionary measure.  A complete list of the foods involved can be found HERE.

 

My daughter, a veterinary technician with a large emergency referral clinic, informed me that the Canadian Veterinary Association made a statement saying NO product affected by this recall was shipped to Canadian retailers.

DOG FOOD RECALLS

While this is a cat-centric page I know that many of us are multi-pet owners. For those of us who also have dog fur babies I am sharing the following:

April 17 2017

Party Animal Inc.  specific lots of two varieties of its Cocolicious canned dog foods because they have each tested positive for the euthanasia drug, pentobarbital.

The following products are affected by the recall:

 

  • Cocolicious Beef and Turkey
    Size: 12 ounce cans
    Lot Number: 0136E15204 04
    Best By Date: July 2019

  • Cocolicious Chicken and Beef
    Size: 12 ounce cans
    Lot Number: 0134E15 237 13
    Best By Date: August 2019

Further information can be found on their website HERE

 

March 27 2017

Potential threat of thyroid hormones in pet food. 

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is advising pet owners and caretakers, veterinarians, and the pet food industry to be aware that pet food and treats made with livestock gullets (meat from the throat region) have the potential to contain thyroid tissue and thyroid hormones. Pets that eat food or treats containing thyroid hormones may develop hyperthyroidism, a disease that is rare in dogs and usually triggered by thyroid cancer.

Symptoms of hyperthyroidism include excessive thirst and urination, weight loss, increased appetite, restlessness, hyperactivity, elevated heart rate, rapid and/or labored breathing, vomiting, and diarrhea. Continued exposure to excess thyroid hormones can cause damage to the heart and in some cases, death.

Three dogs in different household became ill.  After discontinuing feeding the dogs with the food and receiving veterinary treatment the dog's hormone levels returned to normal and symptoms disappeared.

More information on brand involved came be found HERE

February 15 2017

AGAINST THE GRAIN PETFOOD INC.  has recalled one flavor and one lot of their "Against the Grain Pulled Pork" dog food due to the possible contamination with pentobarbital a sedative often used to euthanize animals.  More information can be found HERE.

Consumers can identify the recalled 12-ounce Against the Grain canned dog food by looking for an expiration date of December 2019 and lot number of 2415E01ATB12. The recalled Against the Grain food also has a UPC number ending with 80001.

February 13 2017

BLUE BUFFALO COMPANY has issued a voluntary recall of specific lots of Blue Buffalo Homestyle Recipe Healthy Weight due to possible aluminum metal contamination.  More information can be found HERE.

The recall included the following: Blue Buffalo Homestyle Healthy Weight Chicken Dinner with Garden Vegetables, 12.5 ounce can, UPC 8-40243010017-0, Best by 08/03/2019

February 9 2017

PETSMART  has issued a voluntary recall of one production lot of Companion Dog Food due to possible metal contamination.  No dogs have been reported as becoming ill and this recall is a precautionary measure. Return any remaining cans you may have to your local Petsmart for a full refund. Canadian consumers can report any issues by filling out the Product Safety form found HERE.

The affected lot is the Great Choice Companion Chicken and Rice Classic Ground - 13.2 ounce cans, UPC 7-3725726116-7, Lot 1759338, Best Before 8/5/1

 

February 2017

EVANGER'S Dog and Cat Food Company, Inc. of Wheeling, Illinois, is voluntarily recalling specific lots of its Hunk of Beef product due to potential contamination with the deadly drug, pentobarbital.  Pentobarbital can affect animals that ingest it, and possibly cause side effects such as drowsiness, dizziness, excitement, loss of balance or nausea — or in extreme cases, death.

The affected lots numbers that start with 1816E03HB, 1816E04HB, 1816E06HB, 1816E07HB, and 1816E13HB, and have an expiration date of June 2020.