P&G (Iams & Eukanuba) Expands Voluntary Limited Recall – Potential Salmonella Contamination


iams pet food recall

Here is the press release issued by P&G regarding expanding voluntary limited recall of specialized dry pet foods:

P&G Expands Voluntary Limited Recall of Specialized Dry Pet Foods

Due to Possible Health Risk

CINCINNATI, July 30, 2010 – The Procter & Gamble Company (P&G) (NYSE:PG) is voluntarily expanding its recall to include veterinary and some specialized dry pet food as a precautionary measure because it has the potential to be contaminated with salmonella.  No salmonella-related illnesses have been reported.

The following dry pet food products are included:

Product NameVersion“Best-By” DatesUPC Codes
Iams Veterinary Dry FormulasAll dry sizes and varieties01Jul10 – 01Dec11All UPC Codes
Eukanuba Naturally WildAll dry sizes and varieties01Jul10 – 01Dec11All UPC Codes
Eukanuba PureAll dry sizes and varieties01Jul10 – 01Dec11All UPC Codes
Eukanuba Custom Care Sensitive SkinAll dry sizes01Jul10 – 01Dec11All UPC Codes

The affected products are sold in veterinary clinics and specialty pet retailers throughout the United States and Canada.  No canned food, biscuits/treats or supplements are affected by this announcement.  A full listing of UPC codes can be found at www.iams.com.

These products are made in a single, specialized facility.  In cooperation with FDA, P&G determined that some products made at this facility have the potential for salmonella contamination.  As a precautionary measure, P&G is recalling all products made at this facility.

Consumers who have purchased the specific dry pet foods listed should discard them.  People handling dry pet food can become infected with Salmonella, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with surfaces exposed to this product.  Healthy people infected with Salmonella should monitor themselves for some or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever. Rarely, Salmonella can result in more serious ailments including arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation and urinary tract symptoms. Consumers exhibiting these signs after having contact with this product should contact their healthcare providers.

Pets with Salmonella infections may have decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain.  If left untreated, pets may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever and vomiting.  Infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans. If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.

For further information or a product replacement or refund call P&G toll-free at 877-340-8823 (Monday – Friday, 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM EST).

Media Contact:  Jason Taylor  513-622-3205

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Feline’s Pride Recall – Raw Cat Food Salmonella Contamination


Another cat food recall. FDA posted a press release about an recall issued by Feline’s Pride:

Feline’s Pride Issues Nationwide Recall of its Natural Chicken Formula Cat Food Due to Salmonella Contamination

Contact:
Shelby Gomas,
Tel: 1-716-580-3096

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – July 1, 2010 – Buffalo, NY – Feline’s Pride is announcing a voluntary recall of Feline’s Pride Raw food with ground bone for cats and kittens, Natural Chicken Formula, Net Wt. 2.5 lbs. (1.13 kg., 40 oz.) produced on 6/10/10, because it may be contaminated with Salmonella. People handling raw pet food can become infected with Salmonella, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the raw pet food or any surfaces exposed to the product.

When consumed by humans, Salmonella can cause an infection, salmonellosis. The symptoms of salmonellosis include nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramps, minimal diarrhea, fever, and headache. Certain vulnerable populations, such as children, the elderly, and individuals with compromised immune systems, are particularly susceptible to acquiring salmonellosis from such pet food products and may experience more severe symptoms.

Pets with Salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting. Some pets will have only decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. Infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans. If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.

The product is packaged in uncoded plastic containers and sold frozen to private consumers nationwide. Once thawed, the pet food has a shelf life of about 1 week. The firm manufactures the pet food by an as-ordered basis. This recall affects only those orders placed and shipped from June 10 through June 17, 2010.

The firm and FDA are investigating this matter to determine the source of this problem, and will take any additional steps necessary to protect the public health.

To date, both the firm and the FDA have received no reports of Salmonella infection relating to this product.

This product should not be fed to pets but should instead be disposed of in a safe manner (e.g., in a securely covered trash receptacle). People who are experiencing the symptoms of Salmonella infection after having handled the pet food product should seek medical attention, and report their use of the product and illness to the nearest FDA office.

People should thoroughly wash their hands after handling the pet food – especially those made from raw animal protein such as meat or fish — to help prevent infection. People may risk bacterial infection not only by handling pet foods, but by contact with pets or surfaces exposed to these foods, so it is important that they thoroughly wash their hands with hot water and soap.

Since certain vulnerable populations, such as children, the elderly, and individuals with compromised immune systems, are particularly at risk from exposure they should avoid handling this product.

Consumers with questions should contact the company at (716) 580-3096, Monday –Friday from 10 am – 4 pm EDT.

Iams Canned Cat Food Recall


Iams is voluntarily recalling Iams Canned Cat (wet) Food because of insufficient amounts of vitamin B1 (also known as thiamine).

Here are some important points about the issue:

  • P&G is voluntarily recalling specific lots of its Iams canned cat food in North America as a precautionary measure.  Diagnostic testing indicated that the product may contain insufficient levels of thiamine (Vitamin B1), which is essential for cats.
  • This recall is limited to only Iams canned cat food distributed in North America.  No other Iams pet food is involved.

Affected Products:

Product NameDate on Bottom of Can
Iams ProActive Health canned Cat and Kitten Food – all varieties of 3 oz & 5.5 oz cans09/2011 to 06/2012


  • Cats that were fed these canned products as their only food are at greater risk for developing signs of thiamine deficiency.
  • Early signs of thiamine deficiency may include loss of appetite, salivation, vomiting and weight loss.  In advanced cases, signs may include ventroflexion (downward curving) of the neck, wobbly gait, falling, circling and seizures.
  • Contact your veterinarian immediately if your cat is displaying any of these signs.  If treated promptly, thiamine deficiency is typically reversible.
  • Consumers who have purchased canned cat food with these codes should discard it.  For further information or a product refund call P&G toll-free at 877-340-8826 (Monday – Friday, 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM EST).

Milk Replacement Product Goes Rancid


cute kitten bottle feeding on KMR pic

In a few weeks, the population of cats will go up because of the Spring season. Many shelters will be bottle feeding rescued kittens. However, a warning needs to be put out to all shelters regarding milk replacement products.

A local animal shelter lost a litter of kittens to dehydration because the milk replacement product turned rancid.

Kittens 6 weeks old or younger without their mother should be fed on milk replacement products. The most popular one is called KMR. The product comes in a powder form where the package does not have any warning signs that say the product needs to be refrigerated. However, the powder can spoil without refrigeration. The company recommends that you sniff the powder in order to make sure it has not gone rancid, but there is no warning of such printed on the product.

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Nature’s Variety Pet Food Recall


Nature’s Variety has expanded a recall of its Chicken Formula Raw Frozen Diets for both cats and dogs to include additional “Best If Used By” dates. The company issued a nationwide voluntary recall last month on its Chicken Formula Raw Frozen Diet chicken medallions, patties and chubs with a “Best If Used By” date of Nov. 10, 2010, due to concerns of salmonella contamination.


We want to inform you that Nature’s Variety has initiated a voluntary recall of our Chicken Formula Raw Frozen Diet for dogs and cats with the “Best If Used By” date of 11/10/10 because these products may be contaminated with Salmonella.The only products affected are limited to chicken medallions, patties, and chubs with a “Best If Used By” date of 11/10/10.This includes:

  • 3 lb chicken medallions (UPC# 7 69949 60130 2) with a “Best If Used By” date of 11/10/10
  • 6 lb chicken patties (UPC# 7 69949 60120 3) with a “Best If Used By” date of 11/10/10
  • 2 lb chicken chubs (UPC# 7 69949 60121 0) with a “Best If Used By” date of 11/10/10

The company also decided to clear the market of all of its raw frozen chicken products and replace them with new ones that have been pasteurized. Therefore, the company is also recalling its Chicken Formula and Organic Chicken Formula raw frozen diets for dogs and cats that have a “Best If Used By” date on or before Feb. 5, 2011:

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Survey Reveals Many Cat Owners Miss the Mark on Nutrition


cute kitten cat pic

An interesting survey called the “Pet Parent Purrception Survey” commissioned by 9Lives is aimed to find out if American cat owners are feeding their cats the most nutritious meals possible. 94 percent of Americans believe that their cats are on a healthy and nutritious diet. However, the survey reveals that many of these cat owners have missed the mark when it comes to good feline nutrition.

Table scraps – they can cause quick weight gain and have very little essential nutrients necessary for your cats.

48 percent of cat owners admitted to feeding their cats table scraps on an average of seven times a month. The interesting finding is that men are more likely to feed table scraps to cats than women.

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Should Cats Eat Dog Food?


cute calico cat eating dog food pic

Cat: "nom nom nom.." Dog: "That's mah fud..."

Should cats eat dog food? Many people wonder about this question since many cat owners also have dogs. There are a few reasons why cat owners consider feeding their cats dog food:

1. Dog food is usually significantly cheaper than cat food.

2. Many cat owners have seen their cats stealing dog food and are confused if the food is right for their cats.

3. Dog treats come in more varieties and are usually readily available at most stores. Certain cat treats such as dental treats may not always be available at some stores.

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