The latest pet product recalls

Week of May 22-May 29 2018

Treats recalled for high thyroid levels

At least one dog has become ill after eating Merrick Backcountry treats and Castor & Pollux treats due to high levels of a beef thyroid hormone. The dog has improved and no others have been reported as falling ill. The products include:

Castor & Pollux Good Buddy Prime Patties Real Beef Recipe, 4 oz.
Castor & Pollux Good Buddy Sausage Cuts Real Beef Recipe, 5 oz.
Merrick Backcountry Great Plains Real Beef Jerky, 4.5 oz.
Merrick Backcountry Great Plains Real Beef Sausage Cuts, 5 oz.
Merrick Backcountry Great Plains Real Steak Patties, 4 oz.

The affected bags are only those with “best before” dates falling between May 1 2017 and Sept. 1 2019.

Chicken meal mislabeled as poultry by-products sold to Blue Buffalo

An ingredient supplier has pleaded guilty to mislabeling ingredients sold to the Blue Buffalo dog and cat food company. Wilbur-Ellis Feed may pay nearly $55 million in fines and be placed on probation for three years. The company allegedly sold ingredients containing poultry by-product meal to Blue Buffalo, that were labelled as chicken meal. The case stems from charges brought against Blue Buffalo by Purina, for claiming that no poultry by-products were used in their foods. Independent lab testing, commissioned by Purina, showed by-product meal in the foods tested. Subsequently, Blue Buffalo had to pay $32 million into a settlement fund. The company is now trying to recoup those costs by going after Wilbur-Ellis Feed.

Week of April 22-April 29

OC Raw Dog, LLC 

OC Raw Dog Freeze Dried Sardines, UPC# 095225853043, is recalled because some of the fish exceed 5″ in length, and per the FDA, salt-cured, dried, or fermented uneviscerated fish longer than 5″ are at risk of harboring Clostridium botulinum, the bacteria that causes botulism.

OC Raw Dog LLC is also recalling four lots of Chicken, Fish & Produce, Lot #3652, due to possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes.

Week of April 15-April 21

Sugar Glider Food recalled

Vitakraft Sun Seed has recalled Lot# 271393 of its Vita Prima Exotics formula, with an expiration date of 12/20/19, due to contamination with Salmonella bacteria. The food can be returned for a full refunds. Anyone with questions can call Vitakraft at 1-800-221-6175.

Vital Essentials Beef products recalled

Carnivore Meat Company, maker of Vital Essentials dog and cat foods, has recalled two varieties of beef out of concern that some of the products may be contaminated with Salmonella bacteria:

Freeze-Dried Beef Toppers (for dogs and cats), 6 oz packages, Lot #1381

Frozen Beef Chub Entree for Dogs, 5 lb. chubs, Lot #13816

You can reach the company at 920 370-6542.

TruPet LLC withdraws Boost Me

TruPet LLC is withdrawing a single lot of its beef-flavored TruDog Boost Me Mighty Beef Booster, Lot #20190531 13815, due to a risk from Salmonella.

You can contact the company at 1-800-476-8808 for a refund.

K9 Natural Frozen Chicken recall

The recalled products include K9 Natural Frozen Chicken Feast in 2.2 pound bags: Lot #s is 170517, 150517, and 160517.

The recall is due to possible contamination with the bacteria Listeria.

Week of March 26-April 1 2018

Milo’s Kitchen treats recalled

The J.M. Smucker Company, maker of Milo’s Kitchen treats for dogs, has recalled several lots of Steak Grillers ad Grilled Burger Bites because of elevated levels of thyroid hormone, presumably from the beef in the product. The FDA said that “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.” 

For a complete list of the recalled lots, click here.

Blue Ridge Beef product recalled for Salmonella and Listeria bacteria

Recalled: 2 lb. chubs of Blue Ridge Beef Complete dog food, Lot #GA0131. According to the FDA, no consumer or pet illnesses have been reported in association with this product. This is a voluntary company recall.

Darwin’s Natural Pets recalled for Salmonella and E. Coli

Darwin’s Natural Selections and Zoologic pet foods are once again in the news, with another recall. For a complete list of lot numbers, check here.

Week of March 18-March 25 2018 

Rad Cat Raw Diet recalled for Listeria

Radagast Pet Food Inc. of Portland, OR, is recalling one lot each of Rad Cat Raw Diets. The brands are “Free-Range Chicken” and “Free-Range Turkey.” Random government testing showed contamination with Listeria, a type of bacteria that can make both pets and people sick. Consumers with questions can call Radgast Pet Food Inc. at 503-736-4649.

Week of March 12-March 17 2018

Redbarn Dog Treats recalled for Salmonella

An earlier recall of Redbarn Pet Products has been expanded to include all lots of several varieties of dog treats, after some of the raw product used in making them tested positive for Salmonella. The recalled products include Redbarn, Chewy Louie, Good Lovin’, and Dentleys bully stick chews. The treats were shipped to specialty and grocery retail stores nationwide.

Week of March 5-March 11 2018

Tucker’s Pork-Bison Boxes recalled for Salmonella

Raw Basics has recalled one lot of Tucker’s Pork-Bison Boxes after it tested positive for Salmonella, a bacteria that can cause sickness and even death in pets and people. The recalled lot is No. 27727, with a best buy date of 4/17/2019. 108 5-pound boxes are in the lot, sold at retail pet speciality stores. Consumers with questions can call the company at : 800-219-3650.

Bacteria in Kitten Grind raw pet food has killed at least one kitten

The FDA has ordered a recall of one lot of Kitten Grind raw pet food, after two kittens died. Testing showed the food was contaminated with Salmonella and Listeria, two types of bacteria. It was confirmed that one of the kittens died of Salmonella poisoning. Both of these foodborne bacteria can cause sickness and even death in humans, especially to children.

The recalled food is Lot No. GA1102, packaged and manufactured on 11/2/2017, and distributed in NC, SC, TN, GA, and TX. The product, from Blue Ridge Beef, is sold in frozen 2-pound chubs. Questions to the company can be sent to:

Dog eating from bowlSalmonella found in dog food; recall reaches 21 states

One lot of Steve’s Real Food’s Raw Frozen Dog Food Turkey Canine Recipe has been recalled. The NE Dept. of Agriculture found salmonella after testing a sample that had already been sold.

The Lot No. is E178, with a best buy date of 9/17/2018. 52 cases of 5-pound frozen turkey nuggets have been sold in at least 21 states. Consumers with questions can call 888-526-1900.
Another dog food recall due to Salmonella

Carnivore Meat Co. has recalled its Vital Essentials Freeze-Dried Beef Nibblets for Dogs because of Salmonella bacteria. The affected batch includes 73 cases of Lot No. 13753. The food was distributed through and Questions can be directed to Vital Essentials at 902-370-6542.

Euthanasia solution found in Smucker dog foods

The J.M. Smucker Co. has voluntarily withdrawn shipments of Gravy Train, Kibbles ’N bits, Ol’ Roy, and Skippy canned dog foods after low levels of pentobarbital were found in samples of these products. Pentobarbital is drug used to euthanize primarily dogs and cats. It is not allowed to be used on animals in the food supply. The company says the contamination came from beef fat sourced from one supplier. However, beef fat is not one of the ingredients listed on the labels. The company has also declined to answer how many cans were pulled off the shelf.