Potential Contamination Spurs Dry Pet Food Recall

Recall affects 31 states and includes more than 10 dog food brands.

Posted: September 18, 2008, 5 a.m. EDT

Due to potential contamination with Salmonella Schwarzengrund, Mars Petcare U.S. has issued a voluntary recall of all products manufactured at its Everson, Penn., facility between Feb. 18 and July 29.

The recall affects 31 states and includes brands such as Pedigree, Country Acres, Members Mark, Retriever, Red Flannel, Special Kitty, Doggy Bag, Natural, Ol’ Roy, Paws & Claws, Wegman’s, Pet Pride, and PMI Nutrition.

“Even though no direct link between products produced at the Everson manufacturing plant and human or pet illness has been made, we are taking this precautionary action to protect pets and their owners,” said Catherine Woteki, global director of Scientific Affairs at Mars Inc. “We are continuing to work collaboratively with the FDA to determine the nature and source of Salmonella Schwarzengrund at the Everson facility, and are committed to making sure our consumers and customers have the information they need regarding our voluntary recall.”

The company said it stopped production at the Everson facility on July 29 when it was alerted of a possible link between dry pet food produced at the plant and two isolated cases of people infected with Salmonella Schwarzengrund.

Mars Petcare points out that many of the brands involved in the recall are national brands produced at multiple facilities. For example, the company manufactures Pedigree in numerous facilities throughout the country, and the Everson facility represents a very small portion of the manufacturing base — 2.7 percent of total Pedigree production.

The company said that consumers should look for “17” as the first two digits of the second line on the production lot code for products affected.
    Sample:
    Best By Feb 18 09
    17 1445 1

For Pedigree products, consumers should look for the “PAE” on the bottom line — the sixth, seventh and eight digits.
    Sample:
    Pedigree Small Crunchy Bites
    Best Before 02/2009
    808G1PAE01 12:00

Mars Petcare said that these products should not be sold or fed to pets. If consumers have purchased a product affected by the recall, they should return the product to the store where they purchased it for a full refund.

Pets with Salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever and vomiting. Some pets may have only decreased appetite, fever or abdominal pain. The company urges pet owners to contact a veterinarian if a pet has consumed the recalled product and has any of these symptoms.

In an effort to prevent the transmission of Salmonella from pets to family members and care givers, the U.S Food and Drug Administration has posted food handling guidelines on their website.

For a complete list of recalled products, visit the company’s website. Questions can be directed to 877-568-4463.

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penny   birchwood,tn., TN

7/28/2009 10:20:24 PM

we changed our pit bulls dog food brand,bought olroy brand and three days latter he was dead.as of 7-28-09 he is at the vet office they are runnng test on him as im typing.this dog was part of our family its sad that you cant buy food for your dog any more i guess people are going to have to start doing like the old timers use to do and feed them table food that they have growd their self.bless yyou dozzer may you rest in peace mom &dad will find out who would do this to you

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Judy   Kalamazoo, MI

1/10/2009 4:53:53 PM

Both of my dogs were diagnosed with renal failure on Dec. 17th, 08. They are not related dogs. One was 16 the other 8. After two weeks of subcutaneous and IV therapy the 8 year old passed away on Jan.4. The 16 year old is still very fragile and health outcome is unknown. Both dogs ate food by pedigree and treats from Ol Roy not included on initial recall. It is incomprehensible that this problem continues and the public is not continuing to be updated. I lost a dog, who one month ago was perfectly healthy...how can we stop this from happening to other pet owners? Thanks for your article...it is not coincidental that animals are still dying.

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Paul   Southport, NC

9/21/2008 12:14:41 PM

Why did it take until September for food manufactured between Feb and Aug to finally be recalled?

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LK   n haven, CT

9/18/2008 7:59:29 PM

here we go again

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