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RECALL- NORTHWEST FARM FOOD COOPERATIVE

August 31, 2015

Northwest Farm Food Cooperative Voluntarily Recalls Frozen Raw Cat Food Due To Possible Salmonella Contamination

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Consumer:
(360) 757-4225 Info taken directly from: http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm457918.htmwarning-sign1

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — August 10, 2015 — Burlington, WA — Northwest Farm Food Cooperative of Burlington, WA, is voluntarily recalling frozen raw Cat Food with the code Jul12015B due to their potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.

Salmonella can affect animals eating the products and there is risk to humans from handling contaminated pet 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.

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.

No pet or consumer illnesses from this product have been reported to date. However, because of their commitment to safety and quality, Northwest Farm Food Cooperative is conducting a voluntary recall of this product.

The potentially affected lots of frozen raw Cat Food were sold from our facility 1370 S. Anacortes Street Burlington, WA 98233.

The affected products are sold in 50 pound blocks and cases of six 10 pound chubs; packaged in a white plastic bag labeled Cat Food. The products affected by this recall have the production code Jul12015B and have no UPC code. The production code can be found on the outside of the case (box).

The recall was the result of a sampling done by the Food and Drug Administration which revealed that the finished product contained the bacteria. The company has ceased the production and distribution of the product as FDA and the company continues their investigation as to what caused the problem.

This recall is being made with the knowledge of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Consumers who have purchased the above lots of frozen raw Cat Food are urged to stop feeding them and return product to place of purchase for a full refund or dispose of them immediately. For further information about the recall please call (360) 757-4225 Monday through Friday from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm PST.

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Introducing Hagen Heritage: Bringing 60 Years Of Quality To Wholesome Dog Treats

August 27, 2015

92236MANSFIELD, Mass. – (For Immediate Release) The Rolf C. Hagen (USA) Corp. introduces Hagen Heritage Dog Treats with formulas built around the company’s 92201founding principles – uncompromising excellence and dependability. The new product was created to celebrate Hagen’s 60-year history making simple, classic dog treat recipes in its own facility with only the finest ingredients.

Quality is the focus of Heritage Dog Treats. They include only carefully selected ingredients – with no corn, wheat, soy, artificial flavors or preservatives added. The treats are made In Canada at Hagen’s family-owned facility in Quebec. They’re produced in small batches for superior quality control and come in re-sealable bags to preserve freshness long after opening.

Hagen Heritage Treats are offered in two varieties: Wholesome Oatmeal Treats and Baked Sweet Potato Treats:

Wholesome Oatmeal Treats include delectable natural ingredients with a crunchy texture canines can’t get enough of. With a home-baked taste and only 4.5 calories per treat, they’re perfect for training, rewarding or an anytime treat. They come in three delectable flavors: Banana & Peanut Butter; Blueberry, Honey & Vanilla; and Apple & Cinnamon.

Hagen Heritage Sweet Potato Fries and Sweet Potato Chips offer the highly palatable, vitamin-rich goodness of sweet potato. These wholesome, delicious baked treats make a naturally healthy reward for dogs. The only ingredient? One-hundred percent Canadian grown sweet potatoes! They offer a chewy texture for gnawing and a low-glycemic energy source in a naturally yummy treat.

The Hagen Heritage Series features classic baked dog treat recipes made with the finest ingredients available. Wholesome Oatmeal treats are available in 3.5 oz and 10.6 oz re-sealable bags for MSRPs of $3.19 and $6.49 respectively. Baked Sweet Potato treats come in 16 oz re-sealable bags with an MSRP of $15.99.

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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.

Best Foot Forward! Crazy Dog Introduces Walkies Fit Bites – The First Dog Treat To Celebrate And Support Canine Fitness

August 24, 2015

AZUSA, Calif. – Crazy Dogwalkiesssss, a brand of Cardinal Pet Care, is introducing an all-new category of dog treats. Walkies Fit Bites truly break the mold as a new “active lifestyle” treat.

Shaped Like A Foot

Uniquely aimed at keeping dogs fit and active (with ingredients that benefit heart health and movement), Walkies are appropriately shaped like a foot. They not only offer benefits to support a healthy heart and joints, they also celebrate the importance of walking and the essential benefits dogs – and their owners –receive from it.

Large Category Of Dog Walkers

Why a treat that focuses on walking and fitness? For one, research shows that 73% of all dog parents walk their pets, and that this percentage is growing particularly fast in urban areas. With 40% of U.S. dogs overweight, it’s no wonder that more owners are turning to walking to help trim Fido’s waist line. Yet until now there has never been a treat that supports this large category of dog walkers.

Secondly, recent research reveals just how essential daily walks are for dogs. Walking has been shown to have benefits not only on canine health, but also on reducing stress, promoting good behavior, and strengthening dogs’ bond with their human counterparts. Of course, there are many physical health benefits too, such as weight management, better digestion and strong immune systems.

Walkies’ Formula For Active Lifestyle

Walkies Fit Bites are the first dog treats with ingredients that help keep dogs moving and fit. Taurine, an essential amino acid, is added to promote heart health. Chicken cartilage is added as a natural source of Glucosamine & Chondroitin Sulfate, which support mobility by helping repair cartilage and tissue in joints. L-carnitine, a proven fat burner, is also included to help with canine weight control and to preserve lean muscle.

Tempting Flavors, Thematic Packaging

New Walkies Fit Bites are being introduced in 3 tempting flavors: Bacon, Beef and Chicken. The packaging comes in an appropriately friendly teal-blue color.

A charming, foot-shaped window on the front gives a clear view of the treats inside, which are also foot-shaped to celebrate the importance of staying active. Each variety includes a color-coded bar that corresponds to the type of treat – red for bacon, purple for beef and blue for chicken.

Crazy Pet is proud to be a part of Cardinal Pet Care, a solar-powered company devoted to pets, people and the planet.  In addition to providing pets with the highest quality products, Cardinal is dedicated to the environmental directive of Reduce, Reuse and Recycle whenever possible. Demonstrating its commitment to the environment, Cardinal has a solar-powered home office, warehouse and manufacturing facility in Azusa, CA.

For more information, contact Cardinal Pet Care at 1-800-433-7387, or visit http://cardinalpet.com/crazypet.html. More details are also available on the Crazy Pet Facebook page and they can be found on Twitter @crazypet.

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

July 28, 2015

warning-sign1Info taken directly from:http://www.fda.gov/animalveterinary/safetyhealth/recallswithdrawals/default.htmucm455876

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

warning-sign1info taken directly from fda.gov

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

Updated Logo 2014FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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

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