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Pet Food Recall: Kaytee Bird Treats and Greens

by Ryan on February 23, 2013

in Pet Food Recall

This is the 3rd pet food recall this week.  All 3 recalls have been due to the risk of salmonella.  The official list is below:

Kaytee Recalls Bird Treats and Greens Due to Possible Salmonella Contamination from Parsley Flakes

You can see the official FDA statement at: FDA Report

Product Code/SKU/ Material # UPC Code Size Product Name/Description Best Before Code (day/month/yr)
100032244 7185940410 2 lb Kaytee Fiesta Max Canary/Finch 9/28/2013 through 5/7/2014
100032881 7185900431 3.5 oz Kaytee Honey Treat – Parakeet 12/6/2013 through 5/29/2014
100032922 7185955027 7 oz Kaytee Honey Treat – Parakeet (Value Pack) 12/4/2013 through 8/2/2014
100032982 7185900434 3.5 oz Kaytee Honey Treat – Parakeet 12/6/2013 through 8/2/2014
100502615 7185999885 3.5 oz Kaytee Fiesta Fruit & Veggie Treat – Parakeet 1/15/2014 through 7/24/2014
100502749 7185999855 9.5 oz Kaytee Fiesta Fruit & Veggie Treat – Parakeet 12/18/2013 through 7/31/2014
100502937 7185994235 3.5 oz Kaytee Forti-Diet ProHealth Honey Treat – Parakeet 12/5/2013 through 7/17/2014
100502940 7185994236 7 oz Kaytee Forti-Diet ProHealth Honey Treat – Parakeet (Value Pack) 12/4/2013 through 8/1/2014
100503001 7185994268 4 ct Kaytee Forti-Diet ProHealth Munchables Shred-A-Box Honey Seed Treats (4 Boxes) 3/7/2014 through 7/30/2014
100503064 7185994264 11 oz Kaytee Forti-Diet ProHealth Molting & Conditioning – Small Birds 12/25/2013 through 8/5/2014
100503808 7185955027 7 oz Kaytee Honey Treat – Parakeet (Value Pack) 12/6/2013 through 7/31/2014
100504021 7185994368 2.25 oz Kaytee Fiesta Nutty Papaya Treat – Parakeet & Cockatiel 12/4/2013 through 6/25/2014
100504029 7185994370 1.5 oz Kaytee Fiesta Foraging Treat for Pet Birds 1/27/2014 through 5/29/2014
100504971 73725727166 3.2 oz Grreat Choice Treat Sticks for Small Birds (2 sticks) 12/13/2013 through 2/4/2014
100504974 73725727165 9.6 oz Grreat Choice Treat Sticks for Small Birds (6 sticks) 12/10/2013 through 3/19/2014
100506593 7185994615 1.5 oz Kaytee Foraging Box O’Fun Treat for Pet Birds 1/28/2014 through 7/30/2014
100510282 7185994708 1 oz Kaytee Bird Greens Foraging Treat 12/1/2013 through 5/28/2014

{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

lucy February 24, 2013 at 1:58 am

I am very mad about this recall because my bird die. How can this poison gets into bird food?. It is awful. Need reimbursement for my bird and the food.

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Barbara February 25, 2013 at 1:13 pm

Nice of Kaytee to inform me about the recall. Unfortunately it was too late for my bird – my 45 (yes 45) year parrot died yesterday morning!! Suddenly and unexplainably going to the bathroom way to much and vomiting – died in less than a day after she got sick. Hopefully my Society Finchs won’t drop dead too! I will NEVER EVER buy Kaytee products again!!

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Lindy Sims March 11, 2013 at 12:48 pm

Our pet bunny just died a horrible death after eating KAYTEE Fiesta Papaya treats for small animals. The related bird treats were pulled but not the rabbit treats. Our vet did an autopsy and cited sudden death from poisoning…by anti-coagulant. We do not have any rat poison or coumadin (blood thinning meds) in our home. There is no way our indoor pet randomly stubled on some poison. The treats poisoned him. They need to pull all their stuff off the shelves before more pets die. Please if this happens to you go to the FDA website and file your report. It is very important.

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Darrell & Paula Whitsett March 11, 2013 at 6:57 pm

Saturday, March 9, 3013 our little 3 year old Pacific Parrottlet died due to a sickness of approximately 2-3 weeks. He had dihreah and regrugating at whick time we took him to his Doctor. He was loosing weight and his Doctor gave him medacine for his symptions.. He seemed to be better, but things kept getting worse. Due to his condition and weight loss, last Saturday he died in our hands. The day prior to his death we received a notice from Pet Smart of some KayTee bird products being contaminated, which was too late for our sweet Little Buddy Bird. When he became sick was eating KayTee Honey Treats and KayTee Forti-diet Molting & Conditioning foods. These both are on your list of contaminating foods.
We are the ages of 76 and 80 and loved this little bird more than lots of children ever gets. It is our opinion that these and other KayTee Products should be banned from sale. If not for the above foods our loving little bird could easily lived to the age of l5 years,

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Amy March 27, 2013 at 10:03 am

My breeder male chestnut white flanked finch has died after eating the Kaytee molting and conditioning for small birds. He was very healthy prior to being fed this food. I cannot believe all the poor people like myself that have to go through the heartbreak of losing their beloved pet . And all petsmart and kaytee can say is sorry your bird died. That does not help!!

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Angela C April 4, 2013 at 1:02 am

My baby 5 month old baby rabbit died after eating Kaytee gourmet recipe rabbit food. She was a happy healthy baby. Do not ever buy this food for your pets!

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Lindy Sims April 5, 2013 at 8:59 am

I hope that all of you are filing reports with the FDA. They have no way of knowing what is going out if you don’t contact them. It is very easy to do online or by phone. Please contact FDA with specifics on the products you were giving your pets. It could save someone else from losing their pet.

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janet April 21, 2013 at 8:02 pm

I buy Kaytee Fori-Diet Cockatiel bird food. for the past 10 years and i have two. A male and female Mali spiny tailed Agama.. I give then bird seeds two times a week and many green kale and alfalfa daily. they live in an 200gal tank. with over 100pds of red sand. I just bought an 5lb bag of Kaytee cockatiel bird seed. i place an half of cup of seed in tank and about two hour later notice bugs in the tank. on the walls of the tank and in sand . since i just bought he seed check it and there were many bugs in the bag.. i’m so mad mad piss off…… now i have to throw away all the sand all the things in the tank and keep an eye on the lizards. the vet told me to throw away every thing in the tank and hopefully the lizards will be fine. this makes me mad because i’m so carefully what i do because i spend over 500.00 on the pair and twice on tank and parts in the tank. you would think Kaytee would be more carefull with there food for pets…. ….

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Bnai April 27, 2013 at 8:30 pm

My six-year-old Budgie (“GiGi”) died a horrible death in late 2012/early 2013 after a brief mystery illness that appeared to last for a couple of weeks. I always fed her KayTee products, including but not limited to the Parakeet Honey Treats and the Dried Flaked Greens. (I still have a video of her standing atop her half-eaten Honey Treat a couple of weeks before her death. Talk about “bitter irony….”) Her symptoms were so subtle at first that only her primary caretaker (me) noticed the symptoms: Her food intake steadily decreased (though she’d actually pretend to eat if closely watched–which I guess is typical sick-bird behavior); she steadily lost weight; the urine portion of her droppings was clear & very watery instead of its normal white, thick consistency; she grew weak, lethargic & depressed. These symptoms only became apparent to others (who didn’t know her as well as I did) a few short days before her death, by which point she was horrifyingly emaciated, very weak, very depressed, and constantly cold despite the heat lamp I got her and which she sat directly in front of nearly every minute day and nite. I called the nearest Avian Veterinarian (Cornell Avian Clinic–almost 2 hours away) and a top Avian Vet generously talked with me at length about GiGi’s entire life history and her current symptoms. He felt that GiGi was too weak to travel that far or even to undergo medical testing. He suggested a nearby vet who has some bird experience (despite not being Avian Certified), and he further told me as gently as possible that based on everything I told him, *immediate* euthanasia would be best for GiGi because he could confidently say based on knowledge and experience that she was definitely actively suffering and in pain–from starvation & dehydration aside from anything else ailing her. (As an aside, how kind & generous of this Avian Vet from Cornell to have engaged in what amounted to a very detailed phone consultation.) Unfortunately, the local vet that he had suggested for me was out of the office for the week. Meanwhile, I struggled with my family over the euthanasia issue because my family couldn’t grasp the gravity of GiGi’s sudden & inexplicable condition and they still hoped recovery was possible. It didn’t help that they are elderly and were very attached to the bird even though they didn’t understand her behavior as well as I, having been her primary caretaker for years. So the last two days of GiGi’s life were gut-wrenching; she grew more skeletal by the hour and became too weak to perch. I knew she felt fear. And she was the happiest, sweetest, smartest, kindest, smallest & most innocent little angel. It kills me remembering the pain, fear, helplessness & suffering she endured. She should never have had to go through that & I was beside myself that there was no local vet around to perform euthansia. (There was a moment when I googled, How To Euthanize a Bird, in a desperate effort to end her agony myself–But my search yielded nothing helpful, no easy and painless “magic” I could perform.) On the second night of her most intense symptoms, my family called me home because they believed GiGi had died. I drove home immediately and discovered that she hadn’t died but rather collapsed, and her legs and feet were streched out in a disfigured position akin to what looked like rigor mortis. But her chest was still rising and falling & she was struggling for air. My mom had placed the bird on her lap, and the bird was flat on her back motionless & stiff except for the clearly laborious rise and fall of her chest. Her eyes were shut. My heart sank as I approached, bending close to her face and saying her name. She heard me because she suddenly opened her eyes in response to my voice. I picked her up & tried comforting her but she began to physically struggle in my hands, kind of clumsily twisting & writhing, and stretching her neck upwards with her eyes still open. She had lost control over her movement and was very close to death. But struggling. I think she may have lost her vision because her eyes seemed “blank” and unfocused. I placed her on my bare chest under my shirt & inside of my coat, and headed out to the closest 24-hour Emergency Vet Clinic. There, the vet asked me to sign some forms and proceeded to ask me about GiGi’s symptoms. I cried as I rambled on, wishing only that they euthanized immediately and not let her suffer a minute more. She was still on my chest under my coat & was physically struggling (albeit, very weakly) when we arrived. But by the time the vet wa ready to actually SEE (and euthanize) her, she was gone. I want to say this: I instinctively immediately “knew” right from the start of the mildest symptoms that some kind of toxin caused this illness and subsequent death. I just really “knew” it, and I can’t explain why other than that I knew that bird like the back of my hand and also I’m an information/knowledge/research fanatic and concluded early on that there was no other feasible explanation for her symptoms. Only toxicity seemed like the not likely cause. As soon as I noticed her symptoms, I wracked my brains trying to think of anything & everything new or different that she could’ve been exposed to. She had a fairly new perch in her play-area; she had a fairly new toy. But over the years she’s had dozens of new perches, new toys, all similar in nature to the newest ones. The only other “new” or “different”exposure that I actually took mental note of as soon as I started to see the earliest mild symptoms was that THE START OF HER SYMPTOMS COINCIDED EXACTLY with when I bought a new bag of her regular food to replenish the one she had just finished (KayTee), and also new treats (KayTee Honey Sticks; Dried Parsley Flakes/Greens; etc.) For weeks after her death I continued pondering what it was that killed her because I really was convinced that she had somehow been slowly poisoned. And about two months later, while innocently browsing a website dedicated to Budgies and their owners, I by sheer coincidence stumbled upon a recent FDA announcement regarding the very KayTee products I had purchased for and fed to GiGi only days before her symptoms appeared. The subject recalled items weren’t recalled until a couple months after her death EVEN THOUGH they had been on store shelves for sale for many months PRIOR TO the recall (as stated by the FDA’s recall notice and by KayTee). I then felt I finally had the answer: I had unwittingly poisoned, sickened and killed my own bird. As a side note, some folks mention having received a recall notice from Petsmart–Sometimes I bought from Petsmart and other times from PetCo. I am “card-carrying members” of both stores and I spend a lot of money at both. Neither store notified me of anything.

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