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Pet food recall: Feline's Pride Chicken Formula Cat Food

by Ryan on July 1, 2010

in Cats, Pet Food Recall

Holy moly! I’m having freakin’ deja vu. Here’s another recall for pet food contaminated with salmonella. This one is for Feline’s Pride Natural Chicken Formula Cat Food.

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.

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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.

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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.

If you have any questions, the FDA is telling pet owners to contact the company at (716) 580-3096, Monday –Friday from 10 am – 4 pm EDT.

Read the rest from the Feline’s Pride Issues Nationwide Recall of its Natural Chicken Formula Cat Food Due to Salmonella Contamination.

I don’t know what’s up with pet food and salmonella, but I sure hope these pet food companies get their stuff together and figure it out!

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Perseus July 2, 2010 at 6:10 pm

See the other side of the story from the owner of Feline’s Pride here: http://bit.ly/ahPcrH

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Kate July 2, 2010 at 11:20 pm

The ‘other’ side of the story said that FDA immediately issued a Class 1 recall but it should have been a Class 3 because no illness have happened? How is that possible when FDA has no recall authority, they cannot force any pet food company to issue a recall. Second, FDA does not issue the press releases for the companies. FDA reviews the notices that the company submits, they dont write them or submit them for the company, they do post them as a courtesy to the public.

This is the definition of a Class 1 recall at FDA’s website:
Class I recalls are those where there is a reasonable probability that the use of, or exposure to, a violative product will cause serious adverse health consequences or death. Examples of products that could fall into this category are a food found to contain botulinum toxin or Salmonella,or a food with undeclared allergens.

So whether or not any illnesses have happened is not how they determine classification of a recall.

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Perseus July 3, 2010 at 11:42 am

Kate, here’s the response directly from the owner of Feline’s Pride, Shelby Gomas. If you want further clarification, you should contact them at customerservice@felinespride.com like I did to get “the other side” of the story. I have found many places on Google searches that confirm the FDA writes the final press release and determines which class of recall it is. From Shelby:
“We didn’t write the press release. Without any advice from counsel, or any of our questions being answered. We were literally forced to issue that statement without even supplying us with their labs reports which are questionable. The way samples were gathered on premises and containers used to hold product is something we would never use. Our ten pound shipments have a minimum of 6 lbs. of refrigerant used. Over 50 lbs. they gathered had less than 3 lbs. that I could observe. The gov’t agencies are not advocates for business, they are the hindrance of business and many mistakes are made at each companies expense.
The recall, should have been a class 3 recall. Neither person or pet had incurred any illness. We applied for federal registration and requested that the FDA come and visit our facility. The Buffalo FDA office are extremely nice to deal with and we were trying to establish a compliant relationship with them as we wanted to make them aware of everything we do and invite them to perform inspections. Our plant is nothing but stainless steel equipment and tile everywhere which approximates USDA qualifications. We do have FDA registration now and a facility number. They requested samples and they sent them off to FDA labs in Jamaica, New York. According to the lab reports they received the food and the color was brown. Our food is never brown unless it has been exposed to heat. We have requested hearings with the FDA as our samples are normally sent to a State lab in New Jersey, called New Jersey Feed Labs. All of our tests have come back negative for salmonella. Why do they ( FDA) find salmonella and our labs don’t? It’s indicative of the food being compromised somewhere along the line somewhere. There are many issues surrounding this recall as we were forced to expedite this without any access to counsel or the FDA’s ombudsman who still haven’t returned calls or e mails. During this whole fiasco we have been totally compliant and cooperative with their requests and at the expense of our company’s reputation of quality over the last 5 years.”

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