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Bravo Recalls Select Chicken Pet Foods Because of Possible Salmonella Health Risk

July 28, 2015

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – July 23, 2015 – Manchester, CT – Bravo Pet Foods of Manchester, CT is recalling select lots of Bravo Chicken pet foods for dogs and cats due to concerns of the possible presence of Salmonella.

The recall was initiated after routine testing by the New York State Department of Agriculture revealed the presence ofSalmonella spp. Poly A contamination.

All products 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 to date of illness in either people or animals associated with these products.

Salmonella can cause serious illness or fatal infection 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 cramping and diarrhea. Consumers exhibiting these signs after having contact with this product should contact their healthcare providers. Always use proper caution when handling raw foods.

The following product is being voluntarily recalled because of the possible presence of Salmonella.

Product Item # Size Best Used by UPC
Bravo Blend Chicken diet for dogs & cats – Chub 21 – 102 2 lb (32 oz.) chub 12-05-16 829546211028

105 cases of this product were sold to distributors, retail stores, internet retailers and directly to consumers in the US.

These products DID NOT test positive for Salmonella, but are also being voluntarily recalled out of an abundance of caution because they were manufactured in the same manufacturing facility on the same day as the product that tested positive.

Product Item # Size Best Used by UPC
Bravo Balance Chicken Dinner for dogs – Patties 21 – 401 3 lb (48 oz.) bag 12-05-16 829546214012
Bravo Balance Chicken Dinner for dogs – Chub 21 – 402 2 lb (32 oz.) chub 12-05-16 829546214029
Bravo Blend Chicken diet for dogs & cats – Patties 21 – 508 5 lb (80 oz.) bag 12-05-16 829546215088

These products were sold to distributors, retail stores, internet retailers and directly to consumers in the US.

The recalled product should not be sold or fed to pets. Pet owners who have the affected product at home should dispose of this product in a safe manner (example, a securely covered trash receptacle).

To submit a claim, pet owners should return to the store where they bought the product.

To get a refund at the store where you bought the product: Customers should return to the store where they purchased the product and submit the Bravo Recall Claim Form available on the Bravo websitehttp://www.bravopetfoods.com/consumerrecall.html for a full refund or store credit. See Bravo Product Claim Form for details.

More information on the Bravo recall can also be found at www.bravopetfoods.com, or call toll free (866) 922-9222 Monday through Friday 9:00 am to 4:00 pm (EST).

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RECALL ALERT: The Natural Dog Company, Inc. Recalls 12″ Tremenda Sticks Because of Possible Salmonella Health Risk

July 23, 2015

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Contact:
Consumer:
1-888-424-4602

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – July 20, 2015 – Windsor, CO – The Natural Dog Company, Inc. of Windsor, CO, is recalling its 12oz bags of 12″ Tremenda Sticks pet chews because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. Salmonella can affect animals eating the product and there is risk to humans from handling contaminated 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.ucm455548

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 12″ Tremenda Sticks were distributed to retail stores in CA, CO, FL, IL, MO MT, NC, OH UT and WA.

The recalled product comes in a 12oz bag without a lot number or expiration date with UPC number: 851265004957. Products with new packaging, which includes both a lot number and expiration date but the same UPC are not affected by this recall.

No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem.

The potential for contamination was noted after a Colorado Department of Agriculture inspection of the product revealed the presence of Salmonella in a sample taken from a 12oz package of 12″ Tremenda Sticks.

Production of the product has been suspended while FDA and the company continue their investigation as to the source of the problem.

Consumers who have purchased 12oz packages of 12″ Tremenda Sticks should discontinue use of the product and may return the unused portion to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-888-424-4602 – Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm MST.

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Vitakraft Sunseed Debuts Updated Long Time Favorite Grainola® Treat Bars

July 22, 2015

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CONTACT: Lisa Kniceley
Vitakraft Sunseed: 419-832-1641
Lisa.kniceley@vitakraft.us

(BOWLING GREEN, OH) –Brent Weinmann, President and CEO of Vitakraft Sun Seed, Inc., is proud to announce the official rebranding of their long time favorite, Grainola® Treat Bars!

“A traditional favorite, our Sunseed® Grainola® Treat Bars have been updated with new formulations featuring fun and exciting ingredients that are mixed throughout the entire treat,” states Brent Weinmann.

Featuring recipes that contain exciting new ingredients like quinoa seed, mountain ash berries, pumpkin seed hearts and flaxseed; these updated Grainola® Treat Bars are both fun and nutritious. Available in 14 new flavors, including Papaya Almond, Fruit ‘n Flaxseed and Banana & Raisin, our Grainola® Treat Bars are available for both birds and small animals and are now a part of the Vita Prima™.

Vitakraft Sunseed products are “By Pet Lovers, for Pet Lovers.”

For more information on Vitakraft Sunseed products, please visit www.vitakraftsunseed.com.

You can also find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/vitakraftsunseed and www.facebook.com/vitakraftsunseedbirds and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/bypetlovers and www.twitter.com/bybirdlovers.

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About Vitakraft Sunseed:
Celebrating over 175 years of expertise in pet care and nutrition, Vitakraft of Germany joined with Sunseed of Ohio, celebrating over 30 years in the pet industry, to create Vitakraft Sunseed, Inc. in 2008.  They now offer a wide range of more than 500 products, including bird and small animal food, treats, supplements and accessories and dog, cat and horse treats.  By offering a wide selection, the company works to help ensure every type of pet gets the proper care and nutrition. www.vitakraftsunseed.com

Vitakraft Sunseed Debuts Sunseed Heavy Duty Odor Control Fresh World® Bedding for Multi-Pet Homes

July 16, 2015

FWBMultiPet2(BOWLING GREEN, OH) –Brent Weinmann, President and CEO of Vitakraft Sunseed, Inc., is proud to announce the debut of Heavy Duty Odor Control Fresh World® Bedding for Multi-Pet Homes by Sunseed®.

“Highly absorbent and controlling odor for up to 14 days, this super soft bedding is tough on odor but gentle to your small animals,” states Brent Weinmann.

Expanding to absorb up to three times its weight in moisture, Sunseed® Heavy Duty Odor Control Fresh World® Bedding for Multi-Pet Homes controls odor for up to 14 days using a unique combination of natural ingredients that eliminates odors by neutralizing the ammonia found in pet urine. Fresh World® is 99.5% dust free and is safe for both pets and pet parents.

Vitakraft Sunseed products are “For Pet Lovers, by Pet Lovers.”

For more information on Vitakraft Sunseed products, please visit www.vitakraftsunseed.com.

You can also find us at www.facebook.com/vitakraftsunseed and www.twitter.com/bypetlovers.

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About Vitakraft Sunseed:
Celebrating over 175 years of expertise in pet care and nutrition, Vitakraft of Germany joined with Sunseed of Ohio, celebrating over 30 years in the pet industry, to create Vitakraft Sunseed, Inc. in 2008.  They now offer a wide range of more than 500 products, including bird and small animal food, treats, supplements and accessories and dog, cat and horse treats.  By offering a wide selection, the company works to help ensure every type of pet gets the proper care and nutrition. www.vitakraftsunseed.com

CONTACT: Lisa Kniceley
Vitakraft Sunseed: 419-832-1641
Lisa.kniceley@vitakraft.us

RECALL ALERT: Stella & Chewy’s Recalls Several Cat and Dog Products

July 6, 2015

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info taken directly from Stella & Chewy’s website

July 4, 2015

Dear Valued Customers:

On Thursday, Stella & Chewy’s was notified by the Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) that it issued a stop sale order on a single lot of Chewy’s Chicken Freeze-Dried Dinner Patties for Dogs, 15 oz. bags (Lot # 111-15) because MDA detected Listeria monocytogenes in the product. There were no reported pet or human illnesses associated with this recall. Since learning this news, we have been working quickly to review the situation to find answers to the important questions on our customers’ minds. As a precautionary measure, we are voluntarily recalling all products from Lot # 111-15 which are listed below.

Furthermore, while they have not tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes, in an abundance of caution, we are also voluntarily recalling a number of products that may have been exposed to the affected lot (please see the second chart below). The health and safety of our customers and their pets is always of the utmost importance to us. We are accountable for every dinner and treat we make and recognize that we have an important obligation to provide customers with the quality products they deserve and have come to expect from us over the years. Please see below for additional details about our recall actions and please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

Sincerely,

Jen Guzman

Chief Executive Officer

What products and lot numbers are being voluntarily recalled by Stella & Chewy’s?

As a precautionary measure, we are voluntarily recalling all products from Lot # 111-15 including:

Product Description/Size/UPC/Lot #/Use By Date

Freeze-Dried Chewy’s Chicken Dinner for Dogs /15oz/UPC: 186011000045/Lot: 111-15 and Use By Date: 4/23/2016

Freeze-Dried Chewy’s Chicken Dinner for Dogs /15oz/UPC: 186011000045/Lot: 111-15 and Use By Date: 4/26/2016

Freeze-Dried Chick, Chick, Chicken Dinner for Cats/12oz/UPC: 186011000434/Lot: 111-15 and Use By Date: 4/29/2016

Freeze-Dried Chick, Chick, Chicken Dinner for Cats/12oz/UPC: 186011000434/Lot: 111-15 and Use By Date: 5/3/2016

Carnivore Crunch – Turkey Recipe/3.25oz/UPC: 186011001103/Lot: 111-15 and Use By Date: 5/3/2016 and 5/4/2016

Frozen Duck Duck Goose Dinner Morsels for Dogs/4lb/UPC: 186011001394/Lot: 111-15 and Use By Date: 4/21/2016

Frozen Chewy’s Chicken Dinner Morsels for Dogs/4lb/UPC: 186011001387/Lot: 111-15 and Use By Date: 4/21/2016

Frozen Surf ‘N Turf Dinner Patties for Dogs/6lb/UPC: 186011000533/Lot: 111-15  and Use By Date: 4/21/2016

Frozen Chewy’s Chicken Dinner Patties for Dogs/6lb/UPC: 186011000120/Lot: 111-15 and Use By Date: 4/21/2016

Frozen Chewy’s Chicken Dinner Patties for Dogs/3lb/UPC: 186011000038/Lot: 111-15 and Use By Date: 4/21/2016

Moreover, while the below listed product has not tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes, in an abundance of caution, we are also recalling the following products which may have come into contact with the affected lot:

Product Description/Size/UPC/Lot #/Use By Date

Freeze-Dried Chick, Chick, Chicken Dinner for Cats/12oz/UPC: 186011000434/Lot: 104-15 and Use By Date: 4/23/2016

Freeze-Dried Chick, Chick, Chicken Dinner for Cats/12oz/UPC: 186011000434/Lot: 109-15 and Use By Date: 4/29/2016

Freeze-Dried Tantalizing Turkey Meal Mixers/18oz/UPC: 186011000229/Lot: 105-15 and Use By Date: 5/3/2016

Freeze-Dried Tantalizing Turkey Meal Mixers/18oz/UPC: 186011000229/Lot: 113-15 and Use By Date: 5/3/2016

Freeze-Dried Tantalizing Turkey Meal Mixers/9oz/UPC: 186011000205/Lot: 105-15 and Use By Date: 5/3/2016

Carnivore Crunch – Chicken Recipe/3.25oz/UPC: 186011001080/Lot: 110-15 and Use By Date: 5/3/2016

Freeze-Dried Chewy’s Chicken Dinners for Dogs/15oz/UPC: 186011000045/Lot: 114-15 and Use By Date: 4/26/2016

Freeze-Dried Tummy Ticklin’ Turkey Dinner for Cats/12oz/UPC: 186011000663/Lot: 114-15 and Use By Date: 5/4/2016

Freeze-Dried Tummy Ticklin’ Turkey Dinner for Cats/12oz/UPC: 186011000663/Lot: 115-15 and Use By Date: 5/4/2016

Freeze-Dried Salmon & Chicken Dinner for Cats/12 oz/UPC: 186011000403/Lot: 107-15 and Use By Date: 4/23/2016

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Additional information and answers to questions can be found here

Zoë Dog Treats Are Nutritious And All-Natural – But Also Irresistible To Dogs And Useful To Pet Parents

June 29, 2015

MANSFIELD, Mass. – (For Immediate Release) Good things come in small packages and now, so do useful things! Zoë Dog Treats from the Rolf C. Hagen (USA) Corp. are all-natural chewy morsels that are more than just canine snacks – they’re tools that offer real benefits for consumers. Zoë Tender Bites and Zoë Tender Chunks make irresistibly healthy training rewards or treats and Zoë Pill Pops are stress-free medication dispensers for dogs.

Zoë dog treats are made in Canada and include only North American ingredients – nothing from China. They include no corn, no wheat, no soy, no artificial flavors or preservatives – the type of treat customers feel good about feeding their dogs. What they do include are carefully selected ingredients that offer top-notch nutrition and delectable flavors.

Zoë Dog Treats include the following products:

Zoe Tender Bites Sale Sheet_USA_ENGZoë Tender Bites and Zoë Tender Chunks are soft & chewy, highly palatable dog treats. With only 4 calories per treat, they’re perfect as a snack or a training reward. Buckwheat is the staple ingredient, which is neither a wheat nor a grain. It’s a fruit seed related to rhubarb and considered a health food powerhouse that is gluten-free and protein-rich. That makes the treats perfect for consumers that have dogs with allergies or sensitive stomachs – and nutritionally rich for all pets. Both treat styles are Canadian-made, 100% natural and ideal for rewarding dogs every day.

Zoe_TenderChunks_GroupZoë Tender Bites come in four delectable varieties: Pumpkin & Ginger; Peanut Butter & Banana; Apple & Cinnamon; and Vanilla & Mint. Zoë Tender Chunks are offered in four flavors: Turkey & Beets; Bistro Beef & Gravy; Chicken & Parmesan; and Grilled Cheese & Bacon.

Zoë Pill Pops are meaty, chewy treats made to conceal canine medication. Like Tender Bites and Chunks, they’re soft, chewy and meaty with only select wholesome ingredients included. The Pill Pops are individually wrapped in 2-packs that hold in moisture and break apart to easily hide any size pill. The moist texture is moldable so the two sides can be sealed back together, hiding the medication. The delectable scent also concealsZoe_PillPops the meds, making dogs eager to participate – it makes inserting pills more pleasant for pet parents, too. Zoë Pill Pops come in three delicious varieties; Roasted Chicken with Rosemary; Grilled Beef with Ginger; and Peanut Butter with Honey.

The name Zoë translates to the Greek word for “life” – it was carefully chosen to represent the company’s feelings about the joy and fulfillment dogs bring to people’s lives. The Zoë product line embodies this philosophy — Every nutritious ingredient is carefully chosen and focuses on the optimal health of dogs. These are philosophies customers can truly get behind.

Zoë dog treats from the Rolf C. Hagen (USA) Corp. are nutritionally complete and completely useful to keep dogs of all shapes and sizes healthy, happy and well behaved. Zoë Tender Bites are ideal training rewards that have an MSRP of $4.99. Zoë Tender Chunks are nutritious anytime treats with an MSRP of $6.49. Zoë Pill Pops offer consumers a simple, stress-free way to give pets their medication and are offered for an MSRP of $6.49.

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Rolf C. Hagen (USA) Corp. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Rolf C. Hagen Inc., Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Founded in 1955, Rolf C. Hagen, Inc. is a leading international manufacturer and distributor of pet products, pet food and pet supplies with facilities located throughout North America, Europe and Asia.

RECALL ALERT: Ainsworth Pet Nutrition Voluntarily Recalls Five Nutrish® Wet Cat Food Varieties For Potentially Elevated Vitamin D Levels

June 8, 2015

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product photos can be found here

Contact:
Consumer:
877-650-3486
www.nutrishforpets.com/newsdisclaimer icon

Media:
Steve Joyce
814-724-7710 ext. 4448
Steve.joyce@ainsworthpets.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – June 4, 2015 – Ainsworth Pet Nutrition of Meadville, PA is voluntarily recalling five varieties of Rachael Ray™ Nutrish® wet cat food, including Ocean Fish-a-licious, Lip Smackin’ Sardine & Mackerel, Ocean Fish & Chicken Catch-iatore, Tuna Purrfection, and certain lot codes of Paw Lickin’ Chicken & Liver due to potentially elevated levels of vitamin D. Symptoms of excessive vitamin D consumption usually develop within 12-36 hours after ingestion and may include vomiting or diarrhea, increased thirst and urination, and muscle tremors or seizures. Any cat experiencing these symptoms should be taken to a veterinarian immediately.

Two variety packs that contain some of these recalled products (the Chicken Lovers Variety Pack, and the Ocean Lovers Variety Pack) will also be recalled. The recalled products are distributed nationwide. No other Rachael Ray™ Nutrish® products are affected by this recall.

Single Pack Unit UPC Code Best By Dates Thru
PAW LICKIN CHICKEN AND LIVER (2.8 oz) 071190007032 AUG 17 2015
OCEAN FISH AND CHICKEN CATCH-IATORIE (2.8 oz) 071190007049 DEC 1 2016
OCEAN FISH A LICIOUS (2.8 oz) 071190007056 DEC 1 2016
TUNA PURRFECTION (2.8 oz) 071190007063 DEC 1 2016
LIP SMACKIN SARDINE AND MACKEREL (2.8 oz) 071190007070 DEC 1 2016
Multi Packs – 12 Count Unit UPC Code Best By Dates Thru
CHICKEN LOVERS VARIETY PACK (12 count pack of 2.8 oz cups) 071190007773 DEC 1 2016
OCEAN LOVERS VARIETY PACK (12 count pack of 2.8 oz cups) 071190007780 DEC 1 2016

The UPC code can be found on the bottom of the cup. The Best By code can be found on the side of the cup.

To date, there have been 11 reports of illness associated with these products.

After conducting a number of product tests, Ainsworth confirmed that the affected products have elevated levels of vitamin D. The high levels result from the natural levels of vitamin D that are found in some of the fish ingredients that were used in these specific formulas.

“At Ainsworth Pet Nutrition and Rachael Ray™ Nutrish®, the safety and quality of our products is our top priority,” says Jeff Watters, CEO. “For the time being, we recommend disposing of any of the affected wet cat varieties. Rest assured we have implemented additional operating procedures to prevent an issue like this from occurring in the future. We sincerely apologize to our loyal consumers everywhere.”

Ainsworth is working to ensure the removal of all affected products from store shelves. Retailers with affected products are asked to contact 888-943-4218 for additional information.

Consumers with questions about the recall are encouraged to contact Ainsworth’s Consumer Care Team at 877-650-3486 or visit www.nutrishforpets.com/newsdisclaimer icon.

Representatives will be available from 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. ET Monday thru Friday and 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. ET Saturday and Sunday.

Vitamin D is important in regulating calcium and phosphorus in a cat’s body. But, when ingested at very high levels, it can lead to serious health issues.

Production of the affected varieties has been suspended and will resume after reformulation.

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