Pet Food Recalls
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.dogfoodadvisor.com and www.petful.com/pet-food-recalls/ are extremely useful, and you can sign up for alerts.
According to Food Safety Magazine, there were at least 28 pet recalls issued in 2015. Salmonella contamination accounted for 35% of these recalls. Others—food and treats for both dogs and cats—included risks of Listeria, along with low levels of thiamine (vitamin B1), high levels of vitamin D, and the presence of mold or propylene glycol.
This year has already seen at least two recalls that pet parents should be aware of. Fromm Family Pet Food is voluntarily recalling their 12-oz cans of Gold dog food after an analysis showed that the food may contain unsafe levels of vitamin D. The product, distributed between December 2015 and February 2016, has not caused any reported illnesses or deaths to date. If pet parents have any concerns, Fromm Family Pet Food can be contacted at 800-325-6331. In addition to this recall, Purina has issued a voluntary recall for its 10-oz tubs of wet dog food because they may not contain the correct levels of vitamins and minerals. Products include Beneful Prepared Meals, Beneful Chopped Blends, and Pro Plan Savory Meals. Any of these products that have a “Best By” date of June 2017 to August 2017 should be discarded. While Purina works to correct the issue, they advise pet parents to call 1-800-877-7919 for a refund.
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.dogfoodadvisor.com and petful.com/pet-food-recalls/ for notification emails whenever there is a new recall.