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Hy-Vee Dog Food Recall
by MIKE SAGMAN




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February 22, 2013 – Hy-Vee, Inc. has issued a voluntary recall of certain packages of Hy-Vee dog food due to elevated levels of a toxic compound commonly found in contaminated corn.
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Routine random tests conducted by the Iowa Department of Agriculture indicated higher than normal levels of aflatoxin in some samples of Hy-Vee dog food.
The products were manufactured at a plant operated by Pro-Pet, LLC of Kansas City.
The FDA
has confirmed the recall in a recent news bulletin.
Aflatoxin is typically caused by the growth of Aspergillus flavus
mold and can be harmful to pets if consumed in significant quantities.
Symptoms of
aflatoxin poisoning include sluggishness or lethargy combined with a reluctance to eat, vomiting, yellowish tint to the eyes or gums or diarrhea.

Where Were the Products Sold?

The recalled products carry three different “Best By” dates and were distributed between October 26, 2012 and January 11, 2013 to Hy-Vee stores in the states of…

  • Iowa
  • Illinois
  • Missouri
  • Kansas
  • Nebraska
  • South Dakota
  • Minnesota
  • Wisconsin

What’s Being Recalled?

The following products are subject to the recall:

  • Hy-Vee Complete Dog Complete Nutrition (Green 34 lb. bag) UPC #07545005647 with lot number ending with 29812KC and a “Best By” date of 11/24/13
  • Hy-Vee Complete Dog Complete Nutrition (Green 8 lb. bag) UPC #07545005667 with a lot number ending with 29812KC and a “Best By” date of 11/24/13
  • Hy-Vee Complete Dog Complete Nutrition (Green 4.4 lb. bag) UPC #07545005665 with a Lot number ending with 29812KC and a “Best By” date of 11/24/13
  • Hy-Vee Complete Dog Complete Nutrition (Green 4.4 lb. bag) UPC #07545005665 with a lot number ending with 29912KC and a “Best By” date of 11/25/13
  • Hy-Vee Complete Dog Bites, Bones & Squares (Yellow 20 lb. bag) UPC #07545005680 with a lot number ending with 29312KC and a “Best By” date of 11/19/13
  • Hy-Vee Complete Dog Bites, Bones & Squares (Yellow 4.4 lb. bag) UPC #07545005560 with a lot number ending with 29312KC and a “Best By” date of 11/19/13
The recall is limited to the products, sizes, codes or dates listed above. No other Hy-Vee dog food products are affected by the recall.
According to the company,
no illnesses have been reported in dogs consuming the product and that the product does not pose a health risk to humans handling it.
The company has removed all potentially affected products from Hy-Vee stores.

What to Do?

Customers are urged to check the “Best By” dates on any product they have at home and refrain from feeding any of the recalled products to their pets.
Any bags of Hy-Vee dog food subject to the recall, whether opened or unopened, may be
returned to Hy-Vee stores for a full refund.
Consumers with questions may
contact the company at (800) 289-8343. This number is staffed Monday through Friday, 8 am to 4 pm CST.
You can report complaints about FDA-regulated pet food products by calling the
consumer complaint coordinator in your area.
Or go to
http://www.fda.gov/petfoodcomplaints.

Honest Kitchen

Honest Kitchen Recalls Five Lots of Dog Food
by MIKE SAGMAN

February 21, 2013 – The Honest Kitchen has today announced it is voluntarily recalling five lots of its Verve, Zeal and Thrive dog foods because they may be contaminated with Salmonella bacteria.
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The items were produced between August and November 2012 and sold nationwide in the US and Canada via retail stores, mail order and online after August 2012.
No other Honest Kitchen production dates, batches, or products are affected.
The recall event has been
confirmed by the FDA in a news bulletin dated February 21, 2013.

About Salmonella

Healthy people infected with Salmonella should monitor themselves for some or all of the following symptoms:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea or bloody diarrhea
  • Abdominal cramping
  • Fever
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.
Animals with Salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting. Some animals will have only decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain.
Infected but otherwise healthy animals can be carriers and infect other animals or humans.
If your animals have consumed the recalled product and display these symptoms, you are advised to contact your veterinarian.

About the Recall

The Company is taking this action after learning that one of its raw ingredients suppliers has recalled a batch of human‐grade parsley that may contain Salmonella .
The batch of parsley was shipped to the Company in 2012 and used in the production of five lots of Honest Kitchen products.
The Honest Kitchen claims to regularly test for Salmonella and other pathogens as part of its quality control process — and has not received (to date) any reports of illness associated with these product lots.
The Company is proceeding with this action to ensure the safety and quality of its products.
According to Lucy Postins, company founder and CEO…
“While our quality control tests did not find evidence of Salmonella in any of our finished products, we are accountable for everything we make, and are taking precautionary action to ensure the safety and integrity of our products.”

What’s Being Recalled?

The lots being recalled are:
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What to Do?

Consumers who purchased the above lots of Honest Kitchen Verve, Zeal or Thrive products should stop feeding the products to their pets, remove the UPC (bar code) and lot code from the packaging, and discard the contents in a covered trash receptacle.
Lot codes are located on the top of product boxes either adjacent to or opposite the UPC.
For questions, consumers are invited to call the company at (866) 437-9729. Or send an email to info@thehonestkitchen.com.
Customer service representatives will be available Monday through Friday, 8 am to 4 pm PST.
You can report complaints about FDA-regulated pet food products by calling the
consumer complaint coordinator in your area.
Or go to
http://www.fda.gov/petfoodcomplaints.

Nutri-Vet

Nutri-Vet Recalls Chicken Jerky Dog Treats
by MIKE SAGMAN
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February 20, 2013 – According to an FDA bulletin, Nutri-Vet, LLC. of Boise, Idaho, is voluntarily recalling its Nutri-Vet and NutriPet Chicken Jerky treats products because they may be contaminated with Salmonella.
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Salmonella can sicken animals that eat these products.
Humans are at risk for Salmonella poisoning from handling contaminated pet products, especially if they have not washed their hands thoroughly enough after having contact with affected items.
Or any surfaces exposed to these products.
Healthy people infected with Salmonella should monitor themselves for some or all of the following symptoms:
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea or bloody diarrhea
  • Abdominal cramping
  • 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 symptoms after having contact with this product should contact their healthcare providers.
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 any of these signs, please contact your veterinarian.

What’s Being Recalled?

Nutri-Vet is recalling the lot numbers below because the producer of an ingredient used in the products below informed the company of the possibility of the presence of Salmonella at the manufacturing facility.
According to the report, no positive test results have been found on Nutri-Vet or NutriPet products to date.
The recalled Chicken Jerky Treats were distributed
nationwide through online sales and in retail stores from April 2012 through February 2013 with Best By Dates ranging from April 20, 2014, through October 3, 2014.
The product comes in a clear plastic bag containing Chicken Jerky Treats as described below:
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The U.S. based supplier has ceased the production and distribution of the ingredient supplied to Nutri-Vet. The FDA and the manufacturer continue their investigation into the source of the contamination.
No other products made by Nutri-Vet are included in the recall.

What to Do?

Consumers who have purchased Nutri-Vet and NutriPet Chicken Jerky Products are urged to stop feeding them to pets and return the product to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact Nutri-Vet at (877) 729-8668 Monday thru Friday from 7am to 5pm MDT.
You can report complaints about FDA-regulated pet food products by calling the
consumer complaint coordinator in your area.
Or go to
http://www.fda.gov/petfoodcomplaints.