Nutro Recalls Cat Food, Finally


Sadly, this Nutro recall was a long time coming—complaints against Nutro actually started 2 yrs. ago. The FDA announced Nutro is recalling 7 different flavors of dry cat food in all sizes.  Tests show “incorrect levels” of zinc and potasium.  Check the list of the recalled food. And the FDA now has photos of the packaging to make it easier to identify affected varieties.

Complaints have included dog food and I wonder if more Nutro recalls are on the way.

Pet Food Recall: Pet Products With Peanut Butter

There have been a bunch of pet products recalled as part of the peanut butter recall, including bird food. The FDA has a comprehensive list (scroll down for pet products).  Much, much more after the jump.

Pet Food Product Recalls:

Aggieville USA, Mountain Grove, MO

Product Description Recalling Firm Packaging Size Lot Numbers Stock Numbers Product Code Label
Roasted Feed Grade Peanuts Western Trade Group, Inc. Bulk 2,000 lb. totes WT-60802 and WT-14484

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PetSmart Recalls Grreat Choice Dog Biscuits

The risk of salmonella contaminated peanut butter has lead to the recall of Grreat Choice Dog Biscuits at PetSmart. These are the effected products:

  • Small Assorted 32 oz.  barcode 73725702900
  • Small/Medium Assorted 4 lb.  barcode 73725700601
  • Small/Medium Assorted 8 lb.  barcode 73725700605
  • Small/Medium Assorted 10 lb.  barcode 73725702755
  • Large Assorted 8 lb.  barcode 73725700638
  • Extra Large Assorted 8 lb.  barcode 73725700779
  • Peanut Butter 4 lb.  barcode 73725700766

PetSmart also has information on the recall.

Pet Food Recall: Australia, Taiwan, & China

Three countries are recalling pet food. The recalls may not effect most of you, but they do highlight the continuing safety problems with pet food.

Australia is recalling Orijen Cat Food after over 20 cats became ill with symptoms of paralysis.  Some had to be euthanized.  The irradiation of the cat food is suspected to be the cause.  Australia requires that certain foods coming into the country must be irradiated.  Pet food must be irradiated at higher levels than human food.

Approximately 400 stray dogs in Taiwan died of liver failure after being fed Peter’s Kind-Hearted Dog Food in shelters.  The food was manufactured by Ji-Tai Forage Company and was contaminated with aflatoxin. It’s believed none of the food was sold in stores.  Aflatoxin is a toxic mold and one of the most carcinogenic substances on Earth.

China is recalling Optima dog food after it was linked with the deaths of at least 20 dogs in Beijing, Shanghai, Nanjing, and Hangzhou.  It too is believed to be contaminated with aflatoxin. There is some confusion as to the origin of the dog food. It may have been manufactured in Australia by Doane International Pet Products (owned by Mars Pet Care, U.S.), but Doane reportedly only manufactures in the U.S.  It is also possible the food is counterfeit.

I generally don’t run around like Chicken Little shouting the sky is falling, but the idea that gamma irradiation might have made Orijen Cat Food lethal is sobering.  Find out more about irradiation and U.S. policies concerning it from:

FDA Issues Warning For Chicken Jerky


The FDA has issued a warning about the possible danger of feeding pets chicken jerky from China. This follows Australia recalling Chinese chicken jerky. Australia recalled KraMar Supa Naturals Chicken Breast Strips after it was link to dogs falling ill.  If this issue with chicken jerky sounds familiar, it’s because this is a repeat of  the same problem a year ago.

The FDA warns that feeding your dog chicken jerky from China may result in illness and sometimes death.   Signs of illness include:

  • decreased appetite
  • decreased activity
  • vomiting
  • diarrhea (sometimes with blood)
  • increased water consumption
  • increased urination

If your dog shows any of these signs, stop feeding them chicken jerky.  If any of the symptoms above are severe or last more than 24 hours, get your dog to a vet immediately to check for kidney failure and Fanconi syndrome.  Scientists don’t yet know what is causing transient Fanconi syndrome in affected dogs.

Fanconi syndrome is more commonly seen as a genetic disease found in Basenjis affecting the kidneys. The cases of Fanconi syndrome linked to jerky treats are acquired not inherited.