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Tuffy’s Pet Foods, Inc. has issued a recall of a limited amount of 4 pound bags of Nutrisca Chicken and Chick Pea Recipe Dry Dog Food.  The official FDA report is below and can also be found here.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – February 11, 2015 – Perham, MN – Tuffy’s Pet Foods, Inc. of Perham, MN is voluntarily recalling specific lots of 4 lb. bags of Nutrisca Chicken and Chick Pea Recipe Dry Dog Food because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. Tuffy’s manufactured the product for Nutrisca.nutrisca

Salmonella can affect animals eating the products and there is risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the products 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 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 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.  No Salmonella-related illnesses in people or animals have been reported to date in association with these products.

The recalled product was distributed in the 4 lb. bags nationwide to distributors, brokers, retail stores, and internet retailers. The recalled product is limited to Nutrisca Chicken and Chick Pea Recipe Dry Dog Food in 4 lb. bag sizes, bearing UPC Code “8 84244 12495 7″ (found on lower back of the bag). Products included in the recall are identified by the below first 5 digits of the Lot Code (found on upper back of the bag) and “Best by Dates” (found on upper back of the bag). No other bag sizes or other Nutrisca dog food, cat food, biscuits/treats, supplements or other products, are affected by this announcement.

First five digits of Lot Codes:
4G29P, 4G31P, 4H01P, 4H04P, 4H05P, 4H06P

Best By Dates:
Jul 28 16, Jul 30 16, Jul 31 16, Aug 03 16, Aug 04 16, Aug 05 16

The recall was initiated after a routine sampling program by the Ohio Department of Agriculture revealed the presence ofSalmonella in one 4 lb. bag of product. The company is coordinating this voluntary recall with the FDA, and is issuing the recall action out of an abundance of caution.

Consumers who purchased the 4 lb. bags of the dry dog food product subject to the voluntary recall (as identified above) should stop using the product, discard it in a safe manner (example, a securely covered trash receptacle), and contact Nutrisca at the number below for further information.

For consumer information or questions regarding this voluntary recall, please contact Nutrisca at 1-888-559-8833.

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The FDA has released a pet food recall for 6″ Beef Trachea Pet Treats.  You can find the official report below and here.

Contact:
Consumer:
(305) 591-3338

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — February 11, 2015 — Pet International of Miami, Florida is recalling 1500 units of 6” Beef Trachea Pet Treat because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. Salmonella can affect animals (i.e. dogs) eating the products and there is risk to humans from handling contaminated pet produTracheacts, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the products 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 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.

Dogs with Salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting. Some pets (i.e. dogs) 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 dog has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.

The 6” Beef Trachea Pet Treat was distributed to retail stores in the following Cities: Conifer, and Lakewood in Colorado.

If you have this product, use gloves and put in a double bag and throw it away as soon as possible. Do not touch the product in any way, and if you do, it’s recommended you must wash your hands immediately with an antibacterial soap.

The potentially affected product will pertain to a particular lot number, and are specific to a particular size of the pouch it’s sold in. Anyone having these products should verify the following:

Brand: Buster’s Natural Pet Supply,
Lot Code: 8501450,
Size: 6” Beef Trachea/ 12 Pack Plastic Pouch,
UPC Code: 8501450

No illnesses have been reported to date. We are still warning consumers that if any of the above information is on the package you have, do not feed it to any animals at all. It may be hazardous and should be disposed of immediately.

The recall was as the result of a routine sampling program by the Colorado Department of Agriculture and analyzed by FDA, obtained from Buster’s Natural Pet Supply in Conifer, CO. and found to be positive for Salmonella. The product sampled had a Buster’s Label on it, but was manufactured by Pet International. Buster’s Natural Pet Supply recalled the entire product from the two stores that the distributor sells it. The Pet International Inc. continues their investigation as to what caused the problem.

Consumers who have purchased 6” Beef Trachea with Buster’s Natural Pet Supply Label on it and are wishing to be refunded because of the recall, can take the product back to where bought it from, with receipt. A special form will be provided to be filled out as well. Both the form and the receipt are needed for the refund.

Consumers with any questions about the recall product may contact the company at by phone at (305) 591-3338 Monday through Friday 9:00am too 5:00pm EST or via e-mail at sergioh@petint.com.

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PocketSuite with Apple Pay!

by Ryan on February 5, 2015

in Pet Sitting, PetsitUSA News

The app PocketSuite has recently been added to listing of each pet sitting business.  The latest update is that pet sitters can now accept Apple Pay from an iPhone 6 client.  The official statement is below:

Apple Pay for Dog Trainers

PocketSuite is the quickest and most affordable way for you to get paid for the services you offer.

And now PocketSuite has teamed up with Apple Pay to give your clients the most secure and convenient way to pay you. Using PocketSuite, your customers can now pay any invoice and confirm any job with Apple Pay!

 

 

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The latest pet food recall wasn’t posted by the FDA.  Instead, it was found at PR Newswire and TruthaboutPetFood.com.  The official information:

J.J. Fuds in Valparaiso, IN is recalling a select lot and product of J.J. Fuds Chicken Tender Chunks Pet Food because it has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women. Animals’ ill with Listeria will display symptoms similar to the ones listed above for humans. People who have concerns about whether their pet has Listeria should contact their veterinarian.

The recalled product was distributed regionally in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Indiana and Illinois to wholesale and retail customers. The product can be identified by the batch ID code (manufactured date) and UPC code printed on the back of the individual plastic bag or on the master case label. This product is a frozen raw poultry producJJ Fuds Inc Front Labelt (see Safe Handling Instructions on package) and has a shelf life of one year if kept frozen.

The recalled product is as follows:
J. J. Fuds Premium Natural Blends, Chicken Tender Chunks
All 5 lb. bags with:
Product UPC Number: 654592-345935
Manufacture/Lot Code Date: 5/5/14

The recall was a result of a routine sampling program by the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development resulting in a positive test for Listeria monocytogenes. The company has not received any reports of dogs experiencing nausea and diarrhea that may be associated with these specific products. The company has received no reports of human illness as a result of these products.

J.J. Fuds, Inc. will immediately start working with distributors and retailers to properly dispose of any affected product left on freezer shelves. The company will also be working with distributors and retailers to recall this product from pet owners to ensure the proper disposal of any affected product that has been purchased.JJ Fuds Inc Case Label

J.J.Fuds is issuing this action out of an abundance of caution and sincerely regrets any inconvenience to pet owners as a result of this announcement.

The recalled product should not be sold or fed to pets. Pet owners who have the affected product at home should return to retailer for a refund and proper disposal.

For further information or questions regarding this recall, please contact us at jjfuds.com or by phone at 888-435-5873 Monday-Friday 8AM-4PM CST.

Contact:
Karl Gottschlich
(888) 432-5873

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Omaa’s Pride has recalled Purr Complete Feline Poultry Meal due to the risk of salmonella.  The report can also be found here.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – January 16, 2015 – Oma’s Pride of Avon, CT is recalling Purr-Complete Feline Poultry Meal because it has the potential to be contaminated with SalmonellaSalmonella can affect animals eating the products and there is risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the products or any surfaces exposeducm430728 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, 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 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.

Purr-Complete Feline Poultry Meal was distributed nationwide through retail stores, distributors, and directly to consumers. Purr-Complete Feline Poultry Meal is sold frozen.  It is packaged in clear 12 oz. (UPC: 8 79384 00017 9) and 2 lb. (UPC: 8 79384 00018 6) plastic packaging under the Oma’s Pride brand as a poultry blend with code #1524.  It was manufactured on September 12, 2014 with a use by recommended date of September 12, 2015.

There have been no illnesses reported to date.ucm430729

The recall was as the result of a routine sampling program by Pesticide and Plant Pest Management Division of the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development resulting in a positive test for Salmonella. Oma’s Pride has ceased the production and distribution of the product as FDA and the company continue their investigation as to what caused the problem.

Consumers who have purchased Purr-Complete Feline Poultry Meal are urged to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact Oma’s Pride Monday through Friday, 9:00am – 4:30pm, at 1-800-678-6627.

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FDA Warning Letter to Purina PetCare

by Ryan on January 19, 2015

in Pet Health

The latest update for pet food isn’t a recall, but it is still significant.  The FDA has issued a warning letter to Purina about FDA violations at one of their manufacturing plants.  The violations and the pet food products listed in the warning is below.  The official page with the letter can be found here.

Dear Mr. Christoffersen:
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) conducted an inspection of your low-acid canned food (LACF) manufacturing facility located at 2050 Pope Road, Allentown, PA, from September 15, 2014 through October 1, 2014. The inspection revealed that your firm manufactures a variety of low-acid dog and cat foods. The inspection also revealed that your facility has significant deviations from the LACF regulations, Title 21, Code of Federal Regulations, Parts 108 and 113 (21 CFR Parts 108 and 113).
As a manufacturer of low-acid canned food products, you are required to comply with the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (the Act) and the federal regulations relating to the processing of low-acid canned food products. These regulations are described in 21 CFR 108, Emergency Permit Control, and 21 CFR 113, Thermally Processed Low-Acid Foods Packaged in Hermetically Sealed Containers. The Emergency Permit Control regulations were issued, in part, pursuant to Section 404 of the Act, Emergency Permit Control, 21 United States Code (USC) § 344. A temporary emergency permit may be required for low-acid canned foods whenever a processor has failed to fulfill the requirements of 21 CFR 108.35, including registration and filing of process information, and the mandatory requirements in 21 CFR Part 113.
Based upon certain criteria in 21 CFR 113, low acid foods may be adulterated within the meaning of section 402(a)(4), [21 USC § 342(a)(4)] in that they have been prepared, packed, or held under insanitary conditions whereby they may have become contaminated with filth, or whereby they may have been rendered injurious to health. You can find the Act and the low-acid food regulations through links on FDA’s Internet home page at www.fda.gov.
We acknowledge receipt of your October 15, 2014, written response to the FDA Form-483, Inspectional Observations, issued to your firm on October 1, 2014. Our comments regarding the adequacy of the actions you took to correct the objectionable conditions and practices observed during the inspection are detailed after each violation that is noted below.
The significant violations are as follows:
1.    Your firm failed to process each low-acid canned food in conformity with at least the scheduled process filed with FDA, as required by 21 CFR 108.35(c)(3)(i). Specifically,
  • Your firm’s filed scheduled process (SID # (b)(4)) for Alpo Chop House Rotisserie Chicken flavor in Gourmet Gravy includes (b)(4) different process times for (b)(4) different minimum initial temperatures (IT) of (b)(4) at a minimum sterilization temperature of (b)(4).  The process specified for a minimum IT of (b)(4) is (b)(4) at (b)(4) with a minimum IT of (b)(4) and (b)(4) at (b)(4) with a minimum IT of (b)(4). However, on March 14, 2014, the Daily Process Record – (b)(4) identified a recorded IT of (b)(4) with a recorded cook time of (b)(4) for Lot (b)(4). This is less than the filed process of (b)(4) required for the recorded IT of (b)(4). Further, comments on this processing record state (b)(4) Low IT (b)(4) QA NOTIFIeD (b)(4) Cook satisfied…” The critical factor of process time filed with FDA must reflect the actual time required for delivery of the scheduled process.
We acknowledge that your written response states that your (b)(4) Thermal Process Authority evaluated this process deviation and stated that this product received a sufficient thermal process to achieve commercial sterility. Further, your response states that this instance and actions taken were recorded in a deviation log, on October 3, 2014. Additionally, the response states that, in the future, process deviations will be documented.  We do not consider this response acceptable because your firm did not provide documentation associated with the evaluation of the entire lot of product affected by the process deviation and did not provide documentation and/or the specifics of your corrective action plan in order to ensure that your firm will prevent these occurrences in the future.
  • Your firm’s filed scheduled process (SID #(b)(4)) for FCC Mariner’s Catch 5.5oz. cans and FCC Mixed Grill, 5.5oz. cans for the (b)(4) Retort ((b)(4)) lists critical factors that require the in-feed leg to be at (b)(4), the steam dome (b)(4), and exit leg at (b)(4). However,
o   On February 25, 2014, FCC Mariner’s Catch temperature chart in-feed leg (top) fell below the required (b)(4) to approximately (b)(4), to approximately (b)(4), and to approximately (b)(4). Further, handwritten on the temperature chart is: “(b)(4) Both chain (b)(4)…” and “Both chains down (b)(4)…Both chains down (b)(4)…” Additionally, your firm failed to document indications of a temperature drop at either time on the (b)(4) Retort Daily Process Record.
o   On March 25, 2014, FCC Mixed Grill temperature chart in-feed leg (top) fell below the required (b)(4) to approximately (b)(4). Further, handwritten on the temperature chart is: “(b)(4) Both chain shut off (b)(4)…” Additionally, your firm failed to document indications of a temperature drop on the (b)(4) Retort Daily Process Record.
We acknowledge that your written response states that your (b)(4) Thermal Process Authority evaluated these process deviations and stated that the products received a sufficient thermal process to achieve commercial sterility. Further, your response states that these instances and actions taken were recorded in a deviation log, on September 19, 2014. We do not consider this response acceptable because you did not provide specifics of your corrective action plan in order to insure that your firm will prevent these occurrences in the future.
  • Your firm’s filed scheduled process for formulated pet food chunks in gravy style (SID #(b)(4)) lists a critical factor of (b)(4) as a pouch thickness for the (b)(4) retort. On September 18, 2014, during the loading of Friskies Gravy Sensations with Turkey and Giblets in Gravy into crates, our investigators observed (b)(4) pouches stacked on top of each other entering the retort. Our investigators then obtained (b)(4)previously processed pouches of Friskies Gravy Sensation with Turkey and Giblets in Gravy, Lot #(b)(4), and measured the pouch thickness, which ranged from (b)(4). These processed pouches were from the same production batch as the ones observed entering the retort.
Additionally, pouch thickness is a critical factor for this filed process, and your firm failed to monitor or document pouch thickness as required by 21 CFR 113.100(a). For example, our review of the batch records for Friskies Gravy Sensations with Turkey and Giblets in Gravy 3 oz. pouch processed on March 20, 2014 (Lot #(b)(4)) revealed that pouch thickness was not monitored or documented. This observation was previously discussed with your firm during the FDA inspection in 2007.
We acknowledge that your written response states that your (b)(4) Thermal Process Authority evaluated this process deviation on October 8, 2014 and confirmed that the products received a sufficient thermal process to achieve commercial sterility. Further, your response states that this instance and actions taken were recorded in a deviation log, on October 8, 2014. In addition, your response states that, within the next (b)(4), your processing authority will file the revised SID to ensure the stack height critical factor accounts for the pouch placement process variation noted in this observation. Your response failed to state whether your firm plans to discontinue manufacturing this product until your process authority files the revised process.
2.    Your firm failed to identify, from a processor check or otherwise, deviations from the scheduled process of critical factors which are out of control and failed to record these deviations in a separate log, as required by 21 CFR 113.89.  Specifically, for the instances identified above in item #1, your firm failed to identify deviations from your filed scheduled processes and critical factors. In addition, these process deviations were not recorded in a separate file or log that details both the deviations and actions taken.
We acknowledge that your written response states that your (b)(4) Thermal Process Authority evaluated these process deviations and determined that the products received a sufficient thermal process to achieve commercial sterility and that these instances and actions taken were recorded in a deviation log, as stated in item #1 above. Further, your response states that the HACCP Corrective Action Plan will be reviewed and revised by October 31, 2014. We do not consider this response acceptable because you did not provide specifics of your corrective action plan in order to insure that your firm will prevent these occurrences in the future.
3.    Your firm failed to chlorinate or otherwise sanitize cooling water as necessary for cooling canals and re-circulated water supplies, as required by 21 CFR 113.60(b).  Specifically, on September 16, 2014, our investigators observed that you failed to sanitize the cooling cushion water that is re-circulated in your (b)(4) Retort System during the processing of Friskies Supreme Supper, Lot #(b)(4), in your (b)(4) Retort System.
We acknowledge that your written response states that your firm is actively working with your chemical supplier representative to achieve and implement a solution within the next ninety (90) days. We do not consider this response acceptable because you did not provide specifics of your corrective action plan in order to insure that your firm will prevent these occurrences in the future.
4.    Your firm failed to establish a system for product traffic control in the retort room to prevent un-retorted product from bypassing the retort process, as required by 21 CFR 113.87(b). Specifically, we observed that your can conveyors and the reject chute do not have adequate protection in place to prevent an unprocessed can from falling into the cooling canal in the case of a can jam or other equipment malfunction in your (b)(4) Retort System.  This observation was a discussion point during our November 7, 2007 inspection.
We acknowledge that you informed our investigators that you are in the process of structuring a cover to prevent unprocessed cans from falling into the cooling canal. Additionally, your written response states that you shared this plan with our investigators and that this plan will be completed within the next (b)(4). We do not consider this response acceptable because you did not provide specifics of your corrective action plan in order to insure that your firm will prevent these occurrences in the future.
5.    Your firm failed to install the mercury-in-glass (MIG) thermometers in a location where they can be accurately and easily read, as required by 21 CFR 113.40(a)(1)(v). Specifically, the angle of installation and the location of the permanent ladder system on the (b)(4) and (b)(4) rendered the MIGs unreadable by our investigators. Further, during the inspection, your Corporate Quality Assurance Division Manager attempted to read these MIGs, and he could not provide an exact reading during the inspection.
We acknowledge that during the inspection it was stated that the firm was confident that the trained (b)(4) Retort Operators could accurately read these MIGs and that your written response states that a plan will be developed with your (b)(4) Thermal Process Authority to begin transitioning to alternate Temperature Indicating Devices (aTIDs) for the (b)(4) Retorts in 2015. We do not consider this response acceptable because you did not provide specifics of your corrective action plan in order to insure that your firm will prevent these occurrences in the future.
6.    The records of all processing and production records were not signed or initialed by a representative of plant management who is qualified by suitable training or experience, as required by 21 CFR 113.100(b). Specifically, processing records, production records, and recording temperature charts for various products were stamped with a rubber stamp that read QA REVIEWED, date reviewed, and the name of QA reviewer. The responsible QA reviewer did not initial or sign the records reviewed. The following products, lot codes, and dates were associated with these records, as follows:
(b)(4) Retort System:
(b)(4):
Alpo Chop House Originals Roasted Chicken, Lot (b)(4)
Friskies Indoor Chicken, Lot (b)(4)
Mighty Dog Chicken Egg & Bacon Country Platter, Lot (b)(4)
Mighty Dog Chicken & Smoked Bacon Combo, Lot (b)(4)
Alpo Chop House Originals Filet Mignon, Lot (b)(4)
Mighty Dog Lamb and Rice, Lot (b)(4)
(b)(4):
Friskies Mixed Grill, Lot (b)(4)
ProPlan Senior Beef and Rice Entrée, Lot (b)(4)
Friskies Salmon Dinner, Lot (b)(4)
(b)(4) Retort System:
        (b)(4): Alpo Chop House Rotisserie Chicken in Gravy, Lot (b)(4)
        (b)(4): Alpo Prime Cuts with Beef, Lot (b)(4)
       Alpo Chop House Originals Filet Mignon, Lot (b)(4)
(b)(4) Retort System:
(b)(4): Gravy Sensations with Turkey and Giblets in Gravy, Lot (b)(4)
This letter is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of violations. It is your responsibility to ensure that all of your products comply with the Act, the low-acid canned food regulation (21 CFR 108 and 113), the Current Good Manufacturing Practice regulation (21 CFR 110), and other applicable regulations. You should take prompt action to correct the violations described in this letter and establish and implement procedures which will prevent them from occurring in the future. Failure to take appropriate corrective action may subject your firm and products to further actions, such as emergency permit control, injunction, or seizure.
You should notify this office, in writing, describing the corrective actions that you will take to bring your firm into compliance within fifteen (15) working days of receiving this letter. Your response should include each corrective action that you have or will take to correct these violations and, in particular, what methods and controls you will implement to prevent their recurrence. Please include copies of any documentation that demonstrates the corrections have been implemented. If corrective actions cannot be completed within fifteen (15) working days of receiving this letter, please state the reason for the delay and the time frame in which they will be completed.
Section 743 of the Act, 21 U.S.C. § 379j-31, authorizes FDA to assess and collect fees to cover FDA’s costs for certain activities, including re-inspection-related costs.  A re-inspection is one or more inspections conducted subsequent to an inspection that identified non-compliance materially related to a food safety requirement of the Act, specifically to determine whether compliance has been achieved.  Re-inspection-related costs means all expenses, including administrative expenses incurred in connection with FDA’s arranging, conducting, and evaluating the results of the re-inspection and assessing and collecting the re-inspection fees, 21 U.S.C. § 379j-31(a)(2)(B).  For a domestic facility, FDA will assess and collect fees for re-inspection-related costs from the responsible party for the domestic facility.  The inspection noted in this letter identified non-compliance materially related to a food safety requirement of the Act.  Accordingly, FDA may assess fees to cover any re-inspection-related costs.
Your written response should be sent to Lynn S. Bonner, Compliance Officer, at the address noted above. If you have any questions concerning this letter, please contact Compliance Officer Bonner at 215-717-3074 or by e-mail at Lynn.Bonner@fda.hhs.gov.

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The FDA report for the recall of select Barkworthies Chicken Vittles dog chews is below.  The recall is due to the potential Salmonella risk.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — December 24, 2014 — Richmond, VA — Barkworthies of Richmond, VA is recalling select lots of Barkworthies Chicken Vittles dog chews because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. Salmonella can affect animals eating the products and there is risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the products 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 and 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.

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 recalled product was distributed nationwide beginning on May 6th, 2014. The product can be identified by the Lot Code printed on the backside of the plastic pouch or on the bottom. This product is being recalled as it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.

BARKWORTHIES CHICKEN VITTLES
Lot Code: 1254T1
Size: 16 oz. Plastic Pouch
Best Used by Date: May 2016
UPC: 816807011510

The recall was initiated after routine testing by the Colorado Department of Agriculture revealed the presence of Salmonella in a single lot of the product. This batch tested negative by a third party independent laboratory prior to release for distribution to consumers. No additional products are affected by this recall. The company has received no reports of illness in either people or animals associated with these products to date.

The recalled product should not be sold or fed to pets. For a full refund, pet owners should return all unused product to their place of purchase along with a completed Product Recall Claim Form available on the Barkworthies website www.barkworthies.com/recall.

More information on the recall can also be found at www.barkworthies.com/recall, or call toll free (877) 993-4257 Monday through Friday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (EST).

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Below is the official FDA statement on the recent pet food recall from Jump Your Bones, Inc.  The Roo Bites (Cubes) pet treats are being recalled due to potential salmonella contamination.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – December 31, 2014 – Jump Your Bones, Inc. of Boca Raton, Florida is voluntarily recalling Jump Your Bones brand name Roo Bites (Cubes) because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. No pet or consumer illnesses from this product have been reported to date.Jump Your Bones

Salmonella can affect animals eating the products and there is risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the products or any surfaces exposed to these products.

Healthy people infected with Salmonella should monitor themselves for 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 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 affected lots of Jump Your Bones Pet Treats were distributed to retail pet food stores nationwide and through pet food retailers/distributors.

The affected products are sold in Boutique Bags and online stores. The products affected by this recall are only identified with the following UPC codes:

63633010041 for 80g. / 2.82oz. including samples of .32 oz.

This recall is being made with the knowledge of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Consumers who have purchased the above product of Jump Your Bones, Inc. pet treats are urged to stop feeding them and return product to place of purchase for a full refund or dispose of them immediately. For further information about the recall please call (888) 249-6755 from Monday – Friday 9am – 5PM EST.

The official statement was found here.

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