More Nationwide Pet Foods Recalled

More Nationwide Pet Foods Recalled

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 Recall — Firm Press Release

FDA posts press releases and other notices of recalls and market withdrawals from the firms involved as a service to consumers, the media, and other interested parties. FDA does not endorse either the product or the company. This listserv covers mainly Class I (life-threatening) recalls. A complete listing of recalls can be found in the FDA Enforcement Report at: http://www.fda.gov/opacom/Enforce.html

SmartPak Canine Voluntarily Recalls LiveSmart Weight Management Formula
Contact:
Paal Gisholt 774 773-1100
Consumers:
800 461-8898

Sierra Pet Products, LLC Issues Nationwide Recall of “Harmony Farms” Canned Dog Foods, “Harmony Farms” Canned Cat Foods and “Harmony Farms” Dog Treats Manufactured at American Nutrition, Inc.
Contact:
Caryn Cox
203-762-2525 EXT. 20

Blue Buffalo Company, Ltd Issues Nationwide Recall of “Blue” Canned Dog Foods, “Blue Spa Select” Canned Cat Foods and “Blue” Dog Treats Manufactured At American Nutrition, Inc.
Contact:
David Petrie
203-762-9751 EXT. 17

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — PLYMOUTH, MA (April 25, 2007) – Wilbur-Ellis, a San Francisco-based supplier of pet food ingredients, has asked all pet food producers that used their rice protein concentrate to recall dog food produced using that ingredient due to a risk that it may have been contaminated with melamine. Melamine is an industrial chemical used to make plastics and fertilizers that can lead to illness or fatalities in animals if consumed.

SmartPak Canine used rice protein concentrate supplied by Wilbur-Ellis for a single, recently produced batch of its LiveSmart – Weight Management Formula dog food. SmartPak is voluntarily recalling that batch of the product. Virtually all of the potentially contaminated batch was recovered by SmartPak before going to customers; only 45 pet owners received shipments of the affected product and all of them have been contacted. SmartPak has not received any reports of pets taking ill as a result of feeding LiveSmart Weight Management food.

SmartPak learned of this issue last Friday April 20th, when its contract manufacturer, Chenango Valley Pet Food, Inc., informed them that a recently produced batch of LiveSmart Weight Management Formula was manufactured using rice protein concentrate sourced from Wilbur-Ellis. Immediately that day SmartPak: 1) stopped offering the LiveSmart Weight Management Formula product for sale on its website, 2) cancelled all pending orders from its customers for LiveSmart Weight Management Formula, 3) diverted monthly shipments on UPS trucks that had not yet been delivered, and 4) contacted all 45 affected customers via telephone and email, informed them of the situation, and told them to stop feeding the product.

SmartPak Canine also sent a complimentary replacement shipment of SmartPak portion paks containing another national brand of weight management food to ensure a consistent supply of food for their pet and to minimize the likelihood of a consumer continuing to feed the possibly contaminated food.

This was the first and only batch of LiveSmart food containing rice protein concentrate sourced from Wilbur-Ellis. No other LiveSmart foods contain rice protein concentrate as an ingredient. The following LiveSmart formulas do not contain either of the ingredients affected in the recall (rice protein concentrate or wheat gluten) and remain available for sale in portion-pak SmartPaks:

a.. LiveSmart Adult – Chicken and Brown Rice
b.. LiveSmart Senior – Chicken and Brown Rice
c.. LiveSmart Puppy – Chicken and Brown Rice
d.. LiveSmart Adult – Lamb and Brown Rice
Paal Gisholt, SmartPak’s President and CEO, commented, “We started SmartPak Canine because we love dogs and wanted to do everything possible to promote their health and well being. We’ve made it a key focus of our business to promote the feeding of higher quality dog foods, in controlled portions, as the cornerstone of canine health. As pet owners ourselves, our hearts go out to the many thousands of dog and cat lovers who have been affected by this terrible situation.”

Consumers with questions about the pet food they use should visit the FDA Web site at www.fda.gov. For more information regarding Wilbur-Ellis’ recall, their press release may be viewed at: http://www.fda.gov/oc/po/firmrecalls/wilburellis04_07.html

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — April 27, 2007 — SIERRA PET PRODUCTS, LLC, Wilton, CT, is initiating a nationwide recall of all canned dog foods, all canned cat food and all dog treats sold under its “Harmony Farms” brand. The Company is taking this voluntary action after learning that the FDA has confirmed the presence of melamine, a substance not approved for use in food, in rice protein concentrate used by the contract manufacturer in the production of some of these products.

It should be noted the “Harmony Farms” canned dog and cat food products were not formulated or labeled to contain rice protein concentrate, and that the manufacturer, American Nutrition, Inc. added the rice protein concentrate to these products without Sierra Pet Products’ knowledge or consent. For this reason, Sierra Pet Products is concerned that it can not have any faith in the integrity, or the accuracy of the ingredient labels of any of its products manufactured by American Nutrition. Therefore Sierra Pet Products is withdrawing all products manufactured by American Nutrition, including products that American Nutrition claims do not contain rice protein. The FDA investigation into the inclusion of the rice protein by American Nutrition in the “Harmony Farms” products is ongoing.

Consumers who have any of the “Harmony Farms” can dog foods, can cat foods, or dog treats that are being recalled should stop using the products immediately, and return any unused or partially used products to the retailer where they were purchased, for a full refund.

Sierra Pet Products has not received any reports of pet illness from any of the recalled products, but consumers are advised to speak with their veterinarian about any concerns for their pet’s health.

The recall includes the following:

a.. All Cans of “Harmony Farms” dog food
b.. All Cans of “Harmony Farms” cat food
c.. All “Harmony Farms” dog treats
NO HARMONY FARMS DRY DOG OR CAT FOODS SOLD IN BAGS ARE MANUFACTURED AT AMERICAN NUTRITION. NONE OF THESE DRY DOG OR CAT FOODS ARE INVOLVED IN THIS RECALL.

FDA has been apprised of this action, and Sierra Pet Products will continue to cooperate with the FDA in its investigation of this matter.

Sierra Pet Products has not received any complaints of illness or renal failure associated with the use of any of the recalled products.

Sierra Pet Products has notified its distributors and retailer customers of this recall by phone and letter and is arranging for return and credit for all recalled products.

Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-800-808-1664.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — April 27, 2007 — Blue Buffalo Company, Ltd, Wilton, CT, is initiating a nationwide recall of all canned dog foods sold under its “Blue” dog food brand, all canned cat food sold under its “Blue Spa Select” cat food brand, and all dog treats sold under its “Blue” dog food brand. The Company is taking this voluntary action after learning that the FDA has confirmed the presence of melamine, a substance not approved for use in food, in rice protein concentrate used by the contract manufacturer in the production of some of these products.

It should be noted the “Blue” canned dog and cat food products were not formulated or labeled to contain rice protein concentrate, and that the manufacturer, American Nutrition, Inc. added the rice protein concentrate to these products without Blue Buffalo Company’s knowledge or consent. For this reason, Blue Buffalo Company is concerned that it can not have any faith in the integrity, or the accuracy of the ingredient labels of any of its products manufactured by American Nutrition. Therefore Blue Buffalo is withdrawing all products manufactured by American Nutrition, including products that American Nutrition claims do not contain rice protein. The FDA investigation into the inclusion of the rice protein by American Nutrition in Blue Buffalo’s products is ongoing.

Consumers who have any of the “Blue” can dog foods, “Blue Spa Select” can cat foods, or “Blue” dog treats that are being recalled should stop using the products immediately, and return any unused or partially used products to the retailer where they were purchased, for a full refund.

Blue Buffalo has not received any reports of pet illness from any of the recalled products, but consumers are advised to speak with their veterinarian about any concerns for their pet’s health.

The recall includes the following:

a.. All Cans of “Blue” dog food
b.. All Cans of “Blue Spa Select” cat food
c.. All “Blue” dog treats

NO BLUE DRY DOG OR CAT FOODS SOLD IN BAGS ARE MANUFACTURED AT AMERICAN NUTRITION. NONE OF THESE DRY DOG OR CAT FOODS ARE INVOLVED IN THIS RECALL.

FDA has been apprised of this action, AND Blue Buffalo will continue to cooperate with the FDA in its investigation of this matter.

Blue Buffalo has not received any complaints of illness or renal failure associated with the use of any of the recalled products.

Blue Buffalo has notified its distributors and retailer customers of this recall by phone and letter and is arranging for return and credit for all recalled products.

Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-800-919-2833.

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