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Mar 9, 2016 - FDA Talks to Pet Food Industry About Food Safety ‘N Stuff (SPOOF)

Mar 7, 2016 - Condemned, Inedible Meat & Poultry: It’s What’s in Pet Food

Mar 2, 2016 - Blue Buffalo customers get shafted in settlement, payoff amounts to chump change

Mar 2, 2016 - Vets in the UK warn: Jerky treats from China are dangerous, cause kidney problems in dogs

Feb 28, 2016 - Encyclopedia of Sh*t You Don’t Want to Know About, But Should: The Pet Food Industry Edition

Feb 22, 2016 - Company warned to stop using revolting feed additives: Industrial grease, sludge and pesticides don’t go in animal feed

Feb 22, 2016 - Obama to stop pet food tied to slavery; closes 85 year old loophole

Feb 15, 2016 - Should ingredients from China be in “Made in the USA” pet food?

Feb 14, 2016 - Class action lawsuits filed for phony claims.

Feb 5, 2016 - Pet food makers accused of lying about “Made in the USA” claims; consumers file multiple lawsuits

Dec 9, 2015 - Settlement sought after 13 horses die from tainted feed.

Nov 25, 2015 - Nestle Purina admits putting fish from slave labor in cat food

Nov 23, 2015 - FDA says: “Food From Genetically Engineered Plants Is Safe To Eat” (if you believe this I have a piece of property to sell in Fl.  Go to to learn the truth about genetically engineered plants.)

Nov 20, 2015 - Horrific abuse of rabbits used in pet food, investigation reveals

Nov 12, 2015 - Tell the FDA What You Think About Natural Claims On Food Labels

Mar 25, 2014 - IDITAROD 2014 Winner Congratulations to Distributor Dallas Seavey on his second Iditarod win on March 11th in a record-shattering time of 8 days, 13 hours, 4 minutes and 19 seconds. Blasting the old record by over 5 and a half hours. An amazing run! Congrats also goes to distributor Mitch Seavey (Dallas's dad) on a third place finish. Mitch's 3rd place finish also beat the old record, set back in 2011, by over 2 hours.

Feb 5, 2014 - Pro-Pet LLC Recalls a Limited Number of Dry Dog and Cat Foods Due to Possible Salmonella Contamination

Nov 6, 2013 - Bailey’s Choice Dog Treats Recall Expanded.  Bailey’s Choice Dog Treats, LLC, of Waleska, Georgia is expanding its voluntary recall to include additional five-ounce packages of its chicken dog treats. According to an FDA news bulletin, the recall was announced by officials of the Georgia Department of Agriculture because of possible contamination of the treats with Salmonella bacteria.

Nov 1, 2013 - Baily's Choice Dog Treats Recall  Bailey's Choice Dog Treats of Waleska, Georgia, has announced a recall of various package sizes of its chicken treats due to possible contamination with Salmonella bacteria.

Oct 22 , 2013 - Jerky treat mystery: Nearly 600 pets dead; still no source, FDA says

August 31, 2013 - Nestle Purina PetCare Company has voluntarily recalled some 3.5 pound bags of Purina One beyOnd dog food. The affected food is Purina ONE beyOnd Our White Meat Chicken & Whole Barley Recipe Adult Dry Dog Food.

This recall is taking place because one bag of the dog food was found to be contaminated with salmonella. The recalled dog food affected has the following information: 3.5 lb. bags with best by date/production code 31071083 and UPC codes 17800 or 12679. The best by date/production code is on the bottom of the bag.

Stop feeding this food if you have it in your house, and return it for a refund. There's more information on this page on the Purina website, and you can call Purina at 1-800-473-8546, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

August 14, 2013 - Proctor and Gamble has just recalled several lots of its Eukanuba and Iams dry dog and cat food because of potential salmonella contamination. Check the press release here for a full list of the recalled foods, which is quite lengthy.

The press release has instructions on how to get a refund if you have any of the affected food. For more information on this voluntary recall, call P&G at 800-208-0172 Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Eastern time.

July 27, 2013 - Dogswell voluntarily recalled its chicken and duck jerky treats after the New York State Department of Agriculture & Markets found that Dogswell Happy Hips Chicken Jerky contained trace amounts of antibiotic residue not approved for use in the United States.

The recall covers both the Dogswell and Catswell brands. The chicken and duck jerky was sold under the Breathies, Happy Heart, Happy Hips, Mellow Mut, Shape Up, Veggie Life, Vitality, and Vitakitty brands. The "Best Before" date is on or before January 28th, 2015. Products with later dates are not part of the recall. Read more about the recall on the Dogswell website.

June 26, 2013 - The Robert Abady Company has recalled two of its frozen dog food products that were distributed to stores and kennels in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and New York due to potential salmonella contamination. You can find more information in a PDF document on the company website.

The affected products are Abady Frozen High Stress/High Performance Dog Food and Abady Frozen Growth Formula for Puppies of the Large and Giant Breed. Both of these foods were sold in frozen three pound packages. The voluntary recall is the results of an FDA test that came up positive for salmonella.  For more information, call the company at 877-99ABADY or 845-473-1900.

June 18, 2013 - Natura issued a recall for all of its dog foods and treats/biscuits with expiration dates prior to June 10, 2014. The recall includes the brands EVO, Innova, HealthWise, California Natural, Mother Nature, and Karma.

This recall is in response to an FDA test in April that showed salmonella in a product manufactured on April 3. Although there was only one positive test, the company is issuing the recall as a precaution.  Visit the recall page on the FDA website for more information or call Natura at 800-224-6123 for further assistance.

May 1, 2013 - Great Life Performance Pet Products has asked retailers to pull two products from store shelves. Great Life Grain Free Buffalo and Dr. E's Grain Free Buffalo are not recalled, but the company issued a voluntary withdrawal because of a strange smell.

Great Life says the products aren't staying fresh through their expiration date. However, it says that recent lab tests show the food has no salmonella, E coli, or micro toxin contamination.

April 19, 2013 - Natura has expanded its recent recall to cover more products. It now includes all of the company's dog and cat food and treats with expiration dates up to and including March 24, 2014 in the Innova, EVO, Karma, HealthWise, and California Natural brands. Read more about it on the Food and Drug Administration website, which provides the comprehensive list of the recalled dog and cat foods and treats.  Here's more information on the FDA website.

April 18, 2013 - Breeder’s Choice voluntarily recalled its Active Care Healthy Joint Dog Treats because mold was present. The mold only affects a single lot of these dog biscuits.

The recalled Breeder’s Choice Active Care Healthy Joint Treats have Product Code/SKU/ Material # BCP-080 and UPC Code 0130104895. The packages are 24 ounces, and the Best Before Code is 19-Dec-2013. If you have these treats, return them for a refund.  For more information, call the Central Customer Care line toll-free at 866-500-6286.

April 11, 2013 - According to the PetMD website, six lots of Iverhart Plus Flavored Chewables heartworm pills have been voluntarily recalled by Vibrac, the maker of the product.

The lots included in the recall are: Lot 120076 (Large 51-100 pounds), Lot 120086 (Large 51-100 pounds), Lot 120856 (Large 51-100 pounds), Lot 120202 (Medium 26-50 pounds), Lot 120196 (Small up to 25 pounds), and Lot 120844 (Small up to 25 pounds).

PetMD says the ivermectin in the recalled lots doesn't meet stability specifications for the life of the product. The medication might not fully protect dogs from heartworm if they're in the upper third of the weight ranges.  Call Virbac Technical Services at 1-800-338-3659, extension 3052, if you have questions about this voluntary recall.

April 3, 2013 - Bravo has expanded its March dog and cat food recall as a precaution. The pet products in question did not test positive for salmonella, but they were made on the same day and the day after a product that come up positive.

The recalled products are: item #21-405 - 5 lb chub (tube) of Bravo! Chicken Balance frozen raw diet with "best used by" dates of 3-6-15 or 3-12-15 printed on the package's plastic casing; item # 21-102 - 2 lb. chub (tube) of Bravo! Chicken Blend frozen raw diet with a "best used by" date of 3-21-15 printed on the package's plastic casing; and item # 51-508 - 5 lb. bag of Bravo! Beef Blend Burgers with the "best used by dates" of 3-21-15 or 3-22-15 printed on the plastic bag's back panel.  Print out a refund form via a link on the company's website.

April 2, 2013 - Barf World has recall three of products for potential salmonella contamination. The raw frozen dog foods included in this recall are Barf Lamb Patties, Barf Combo Patties, and bulk packs of Barf Combo Patties. The recalled dog foods have a July 27, 2013, "use by" date.

You can find the company's official statement about the recall here. Call Christopher Hampson, the customer service manager, at 1-866-282-2273 Monday through Friday from 9:00am to 5:00 Pacific Standard Time with questions.

March 21, 2013 - Petsmart has voluntarily withdrawn Iams Shakeables turkey and lamb dog treats due to potential mold growth. The treats are small nuggets that come in cans.

The withdrawn turkey treats come in six ounce containers with the following lot numbers: [2342]419715A, [2325]419715A, [2331]419715A, [2332]419715A, [2341]419715A, [3016]419715A, [3017]419715A, [3018]419715A, [3046]419715A.

The affected Iams Shakeables lamb treats are also in six ounce containers that have lot number [2338]419715A.

If you have these treats, return them to Petsmart for a full refund. Read more on Petsmart'sspecial web page or call Iams (owned by Procter and Gamble) toll-free at 877-894-4458.

March 19, 2013 - Natura Pet recalled select dog and cat foods in its Innova, EVO, California Natural, HealthWise product lines because of possible salmonella contamination.

The recall list is lengthy and includes both dog and cat products. You'll find more information on the FDA web page.  If you have an affected product, return it for a refund. Call Natura at 800-224-6123 with any questions.

March 14, 2013 - Bravo! has recalled a limited amount of its Raw Frozen Diet Chicken Blend food for dogs and cats. The affected two-pound tubes were made on June 14, 2012.

The product code of the recalled food is 21-102, and the batch ID code is 6 14 12. The tubes may be affected by salmonella because the Minnesota Department of Agriculture found contamination when it tested a batch. Bravo! says the food was tested by an independent laboratory before being sent to retailers and did not have any salmonella.  If you have this product, return it for a refund. There's more information on this page on the company's website.

March 11, 2013 - Diggin' Your Dog has voluntarily recalled a lot of its Strippin' Chicks Pet Treats that were made on 8-30-12 because of potential salmonella contamination. The recalled products are five ounce bags with lot code 250322 and a Use By Date of 2-23-14.

You can get a full refund and $1 to cover postage by sending the UPC and lot code to: Diggin Your Dog LLC, PO Box 17306, Reno, NV 89511. Your refund will be processed and sent out within ten business days. Call 775-742-7295 Mon. to Fri. between 8:30 AM and 4:00 PM Pacific Standard Time with any questions.  There's more information about this recall on the official Food and Drug Administration page.

March 7, 2013 - Steve's Real Dog Food voluntarily recalled five-pound bags of its Turducken Canine Diet (8-ounce patties) that were distributed between Oct. 2012 and Jan. 2013. The recall involves the company's July 27, 2012, production run. You can find out more about it on the Food and Drug Administration website.

The recall was prompted by the possibility of salmonella contamination after the Minnesota Department of Agriculture determined that one bag had "the potential for contamination" during a routine sampling.

The recall involves 40 cases, consisting of 240 bags or 1,200 pounds of patties. The affected bags have lot number B-209-10-27-13 and Oct. 27, 2013 as the "best before" date. The recalled product was The product was distributed by Holistic Pet Source in Nashville, TN; PFX Pet Supply in Cumberland, RI; Newco in Rancho Cucamonga, CA; and Solid Gold Northland in MN to retailers in California, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, New York, Minnesota and Tennessee.

Call Steve's Real Food at 801-540-8481 Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. MST with any questions. If you have the recalled product, bring it back to the retailer for a refund.

February 25, 2013 - Hy-Vee has recalled dog food that may be contaminated with a chemical found to kill dogs in the past. The toxin aflatoxin was found in food samples tested by the Iowa Department of Agriculture at higher than normal levels. The chemical is commonly found in corn.

The food in question was made for Hy-Vee by Pro-Pet, LLC and sold in stores in Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, Minnesota and Wisconsin between October 26, 2012, and January 11, 2013.

The recalled products are: Hy-Vee Complete Dog – Complete Nutrition (Green Bag) – 34-lb., UPC 07545005647, Lot # ending with 29812KC, Best By Date 11/24/13; Hy-Vee Complete Dog – Complete Nutrition (Green Bag) – 8-lb, UPC 07545005667, Lot # ending with 29812KC, Best By Date 11/24/13; Hy-Vee Complete Dog – Complete Nutrition (Green Bag) – 4.4-lb., UPC 07545005665, Lot # ending with 29812KC, Best By Date 11/24/13; Hy-Vee Complete Dog – Complete Nutrition (Green Bag) – 4.4-lb., UPC 07545005665, Lot # ending with 29912KC, Best By Date 11/25/13; Hy-Vee Complete Dog – Bites, Bones & Squares (Yellow Bag) – 20-lb., UPC 07545005680, Lot # ending with 29312KC, Best By” Date 11/19/13; and Hy-Vee Complete Dog – Bites, Bones & Squares (Yellow Bag) – 4.4-lb., UPC 07545005560, Lot # ending with 29312KC, Best By” Date 11/19/13.  You can find more information on Hy-Vee's online recall page. Call 800-289-8343 Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. CST with any questions.

March 6, 2013 - Jones Natural Chews has voluntarily recalled 245 boxes of its Woofers beef patties. A routine test by the Colorado Department of Agriculture Feed Program found salmonella in the product.

These treats were distributed in AZ, CA, CO, PA, VA, and WI between November 1, 2012 and November 12, 2012. Here's how to identify the affected boxes:

Jones Natural Chews Co Woofers (beef patties) in a bulk 50 count box, Item UPC 741956008169, Lot 2962GPS-Best By 10/22/15 and Lot 2892PAL-Best By 10/15/15; Jones Natural Chews Co Woofers (beef patties) in one-pack shrink-wrap, 50 count box, Item UPC 741956008657, Lot 3102, Best By 11/05/15; Jones Natural Chews Co Woofers (beef patties) one-pack shrink-wrap, 50 count box, Item UPC 741956008183, Lot 2892BF-Best By 10/15/15, Lot 2962PWV-Best By 10/22/15, Lot 2962ASC-Best By 10/22/15, and Lot 3032ASL-Best By 10/29/15; and Jones Natural Chews Co Woofers (beef patties) 2pack shrink-wrap, 25 count box, item UPC 741956008190, Lot 2962ASC-Best By 10/22/15 and Lot 3032ASL-Best By 10/29/15.

If you have this product, return it for a full refund. Call the company at 1-877-481-2663, Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM, Central Standard Time with any questions. Read more about this recall on the company's website.

February 23, 2013 - The Honest Kitchen recalled five lots of Verve, Zeal and Thrive dog foods due to potential salmonella contamination. The affected food was produced between August and November in 2012 and sold in both the United States and Canada.

The recalled food includes Verve 4- and 10-pound boxes with an expiration date of 8/20/13, lot number 2332A, batches 1-3; Verve 10-pound boxes with an expiration date of 11/1/13, lot number 3062A, batches 8 and 9; Thrive 1-ounce samples with an expiration date of 9/18/13, lot number 2622A, batch 3; Zeal 4- and 10-pound boxes with an expiration date of 8/14/13, lot number 2272A, batches 1-5; and Zeal 10-pound boxes with an expiration date of 9/21/13, lot number 2652A, batches 1-4.  Call 866-437-9729 for more information or check out the special page on the Honest Kitchen website.

February 22, 2013 - Kasel Associates has recalled all its dog treats made between April 20 and September 19, 2012. The treats have a two-year shelf life and include products sold at major retailers like Target, Sam's Club, and Petco.

The treats, which are made in America, tested positive for salmonella in multiple tests. The FDA has received reports of dogs becoming ill after eating them, although no human illness was reported.

Affected brands include Boots & Barkley, Nature's Deli, K9 Chicken, TDBBS, and Nutri-Pet. View the comprehensive list of all the treats involved in this recall by going to the FDA web page.

February 17, 2013 - Nature's Variety has recalled a batch of its Instinct Raw Organic Chicken Formula For Dogs & Cats because some packages might contain plastic pieces. This could pose a choking hazard to pets.

The recalled batch has a 10/4/13 "Best if Used By" date. The following sizes are recalled: UPC# 7 69949 60137 1 Instinct Raw Organic Chicken Formula medallions, 3 lbs. bag; UPC# 7 69949 70137 8 Instinct Raw Organic Chicken Formula medallions, 27 lbs. case; UPC# 7 69949 60127 2 Instinct Raw Organic Chicken Formula patties, 6 lbs. bag; and UPC# 7 69949 70127 9 Instinct Raw Organic Chicken Formula patties, 36 lbs. case.

The recalled product was distributed in stores and online in the United States and Canada. Learn more about the recall on the company website.

January 27, 2013 - Hartz Mountain recalled chicken-based dog treats because of trace amount of antibiotics. This voluntary recall includes Hartz Chicken Chews Soft and Tenders in 3.5, 8, 16, 20 and 24 ounce packages; Hartz Chicken Chews Soft and Tender Bite Sized treats in 5.7 and 16 ounce packages; and Hartz Oinkies Pig Skin Twists wrapped with Chicken in 5, 7, 15 and 20 packs. Call Hartz at 800-275-1414 with any questions.

January 17, 2013 - Cadet Brand Chicken Jerky Treat products and Publix Chicken Tenders Dog Chew Treats are being voluntarily recalled because they possibly contain trace amounts of antibiotic residue.

The UPC on the Publix treats, which is located on the package's back right-hand corner, is 41415-18527. The recalled treats come in a 3.5 ounce bags. They were sold in Publix grocery stores in Florida, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina and Tennessee. Return them for a full refund and call 800-242-1227 for more information.

If you purchased the recalled Cadet treats, return them to the store where you bought them for a refund. Call IMS Pet Industries at 800-394-4467 for more information.

January 10, 2013 - Finds of trace amounts of antibiotic residue by the New York Department of Agriculture prompted the voluntarily recall of several types of dog treats. Milo's Kitchen has recalled its Chicken Grillers and Chicken Jerky treats, while Nestle Purina has recalled Waggin' Train and Canyon Creek Ranch treats.  If you have these products, return them to the place of purchase for a refund.

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