Recalls: Stay Informed & Up To Date
We all love our pets; in fact, you often hear people say that their pets eat better than they do. So when there is a recall of a pet product, whether it be voluntary or FDA-ordered, it makes the news and can cause pet parents to have understandable concerns. To help pet parents and pet sitting professionals stay up to date on these recalls, websites such as www.fda.gov/AnimalVeterinary/default.htm, www.dogfoodadvisor.com and www.petful.com/pet-food-recalls/ are extremely useful, and you can sign up for alerts.
This year has already seen several recalls that pet parents should be aware of –
February 14th - Out of an abundance of caution, 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.
February 13th - Blue Buffalo issued a voluntary recall on Homestyle Recipe Healthy Weight, Chicken Dinner With Garden Vegetables, 12.5 ounce can, UPC #8-40243-10017-0, best by Aug. 3, 2019.
February 9th - PetSmart has issued a voluntary recall of one production lot of its Grreat Choice® Adult Dog Food sold on PetSmart.com, Pet360.com, PetFoodDirect.com and in nationwide PetSmart retail stores.
February 3rd - Out of an abundance of caution, Evanger’s Dog & Cat Food of Wheeling, IL is voluntarily recalling specific lots of its Hunk of Beef product because of a potential contaminant Pentobarbital, which was detected in one lot of Hunk of Beef Au Jus.
January 13th - Grange Co-op is initiating a recall of Rogue All Purpose Rabbit Pellets in 25# (25RP) 50# (50RP), 1,500# Tote (RP) no lot codes - purchased between March 1, 2016 and January 12, 2017 in Southern Oregon / Northern California from any Grange Co-op Retail Store or Wholesale Dealer.
January 13th - Blue Ridge Beef is voluntarily recalling one (1) of its frozen products due to their potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.
January 6th - The J.M. Smucker Company announced a limited voluntary recall on certain lots of 9LivesTM, EverPetTM, and Special KittyTM canned cat food due to possible low levels of thiamine (Vitamin B1).
Despite the fact that pet food recalls continue to pop up, there have been major strides toward improving the safety and the quality of the foods we give to our pets. Pet food companies like the ones mentioned above recognize that meeting their customers’ expectations and being trustworthy are big factors in keeping customer goodwill. Many are conducting their own analyses to self-monitor the safety of their food products.
If a pet has eaten something that has been recalled, the first step is to dispose of the recalled product as soon as possible, followed by observation for any signs that the pet is not themselves. If the pet is not behaving normally, a trip to the vet should take place immediately.
As mentioned above, to keep informed on pet food recalls, sign up on websites such as www.fda.gov/AnimalVeterinary/default.htm, www.dogfoodadvisor.com and www.petful.com/pet-food-recalls/ for notification emails whenever there is a new recall.