Vitakraft Sun Seed Recalls of Sunseed Vita Prima Sugar Glider Food Due to Possible Salmonella Health Risk

Vitakraft Sun Seed Inc. of Weston, OH, is voluntarily recalling one lot of Sunseed Vita Prima Exotics Sugar Glider Formula because it has the potential to be contaminated with SalmonellaSalmonella can affect animals eating the products and there is risk to humans from handling contaminated pet 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.

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.

Vitakraft Sun Seed was notified on April 13, 2018, by the Michigan Department of Agriculture that Salmonella was detected in an inspection sample of product from Lot Number 271391. The tests which discovered the bacteria were part of random testing regularly performed by the State of Michigan on various consumer products, and not prompted by any consumer concerns. To date there have been no reports of illness.

Products matching the specific lot number below are being recalled:

UPC # DESCRIPTION LOT Exp:
87535-20060 Sunseed Vita Prima Exotics Sugar Glider Formula, 28oz 271391 12/20/19

“The health and happiness of our customers and their animal companions is always our top priority. We initiated our recall procedure as soon as we were notified of this issue so we could make sure pet owners were informed,” said Brent Weinmann, President & CEO of Vitakraft Sun Seed.

The product was distributed to the following states: CA, FL, IL, MI, NJ, NV, OH, PA, and TX, as well as Edmonton, Alberta in Canada. Retailers and distributors who received the recalled lots have been contacted and asked to pull these lots from their inventory and shelves. Consumers who have purchased a product from the recalled lot should discontinue use of the product and may return the unused portion to the place of purchase for a full refund.

Customers who have further questions are welcome to contact Customer Service at 1-800-221- 6175, Monday through Friday between 8:30am and 5:00pm EST.

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Redbarn Pet Products Expands Voluntary Recall of Dog Chews

Redbarn Pet Products, LLC of Long Beach, CA is expanding their voluntarily recall initially issued on February 9th. The recall expanded to include all lots of product manufactured with raw material from a single supplier because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. The recall is limited to products distributed March 2017 through February 2018. This supplier’s raw material was used to produce the Redbarn, Chewy Louie, Dentley’s and Good Lovin’ brand products listed below with best-buy dates ending in BC. In total, 24 SKUs are affected. Salmonella can affect animals eating the products, and there is a risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the products or any surfaces exposed to these products. No illnesses, injuries or complaints have been reported to date.

Redbarn initiated a recall of a single lot of product in early February after being notified that a sample collected at retail by the Colorado Department of Agriculture tested positive for Salmonella. Redbarn is expanding this recall to include all products manufactured from the raw material supplier of the first recalled product. We came to this decision after being notified that the FDA tested a different lot of raw material from this supplier at Redbarn and it tested positive for Salmonella.

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 become 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. Again, no illnesses, injuries or complaints have been reported.

The recalled products were distributed nationwide in pet specialty and grocery retail stores. Affected products are listed below and have best by dates ending in BC. You can see examples of the packaging here or use the illustration below as a guide.

All lots of Redbarn, Chewy Louie, Dentley’s and Good Lovin’ brand products listed below with best by dates ending in BC are included in this expanded recall. The supplier’s raw materials were used to produce each of these products:

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Consumers are encouraged to check the best by code, using the guide above, to see if their product was affected. Pet owners who have this product matching this best by code in their homes are urged to discontinue use of the product. Consumers who purchased the product with the affected lot code are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund.

Family-owned Redbarn takes the safety of our products, pets, and customers as a number one concern. Redbarn employs an extensive Quality Assurance team that run over 400 safety tests on their products every week. All products are tested multiple times, for bacteria like Salmonella, coliforms, and enteros. A product is declared safe to ship only after it tests negatively for these bacteria and other pathogens. As company President Jeff Sutherland explained, “In expanding this voluntary recall, in conjunction with the FDA, we are standing by our core values of quality and integrity. After further investigation, we have decided to recall all products that were produced from raw materials sourced from this supplier to ensure we fully captured all potentially affected product and keep our customers safe.”

Consumers with questions may contact the company via email at info@redbarninc.com or by phone at 1-800-775-3849, M-F, 8am-5pm PST.

 

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FDA warns: Bone treats making dogs sick, causing death

Federal authorities are warning dog owners against giving their pets packaged bones as treats or chew toys after receiving complaints of at least 15 deaths and dozens of illnesses.

The Food and Drug Administration says it has received 68 reports of pet illnesses related to “bone treats,” which are processed and packaged dog treats.

Products associated with the complaints include “Ham Bones,” “Pork Femur Bones,” “Rib Bones,” and “Smokey Knuckle Bones,” the FDA said in a statement last week.

Bone treats were responsible for approximately 15 dog deaths with other reported illnesses being choking; cuts and wounds in the mouth; vomiting; diarrhea; bleeding from the rectum; and blockage of the digestive tract.

“Giving your dog a bone treat might lead to an unexpected trip to your veterinarian, a possible emergency surgery, or even death for your pet,” Carmela Stamper, a veterinarian in the Center for Veterinary Medicine at the FDA, said in a statement.

Packaged and processed bones marketed as dog treats are often dried through smoking or baking and can contain ingredients like preservatives, seasonings, and smoke flavorings, the FDA said, adding that at home, chicken and turkey bones should never be given to dogs because they are too brittle.

“We recommend supervising your dog with any chew toy or treat, especially one she hasn’t had before,” Dr. Stamper added. “And if she ‘just isn’t acting right,’ call your veterinarian right away!”

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Toys They Love

Have you ever noticed how sometimes our pets like the simple things?  I love buying toys for dogs and cats.  We always wrapped toys under the tree for our dogs and they were clearly excited to be included in the whole family ritual of unwrapping gifts.

With a new kitten, I researched safe and fun toys before purchasing anything.  Yes, she enjoys those things I brought home to clutter the floor.  But what does she seem to love best right now?  Try paper towel and toilet paper rolls, dust particles she can see floating to earth in the sunlight, and, finally, chasing the reflection from my watch face as I walk past the sunlight at the front door.  I won’t stop buying toys for Pippa, because she plays with them and likes the interaction when I join in.  And maybe she will lose her fascination with paper rolls, etc. as she ages. Still, it is fun to see the joy that she finds wherever she looks.  I would like to feel that glee, too, from the simple things.

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The Eyes Have It!

Cleaning your kitty’s and dog’s eyes is easy if done everyday.   Eyes that aren’t clean start looking bad with tear stains and can move on to clogging in the tear ducts.  It is pretty gross and probably feels worse for your pet.  Just think if you didn’t wash the “sleepies” out of your eyes each day.  Yuck!  In addition to a cotton wipe with water, you might also like something that dissolves  tears safely and easily — especially when it might have been a few days since the last eye clean up.  Those loving and clean eyes from your pet will look up to you and thank you!  Try these wipes for bright eyes (and clean ears, too).

Eye and Ear Wipes

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