An in-depth look by Susan Thixton of TruthAboutPetFood.com at the past ten years of Pet Food and Treat recalls and what we can learn.
A Decade of Recalls
During the past ten years (January 1, 2009 to November 4, 2018) did you know there’s been 173 pet food recalls posted on the FDA website?
BUT wait; that’s NOT the whole story!
Those 173 recalls represents the number of recall Press Releases issued, NOT the total number of actual pet foods recalled. In addition, some recalls count as “one” recall even though multiple products may actually be involved in the “one” recall.
The Recalls: What’s Actually Included?
The recalls over the past ten years have included the following categories:
- 59 Treat Recalls
- 48 Raw Recalls
- 45 Kibble Recalls
- 17 Canned Recalls
- 3 Dehydrated Recalls
- 1 Cooked, Sold Frozen Pet Food
What Should YOU do Next?
Education is the best defense in keeping your pets safe and healthy.
Learn more about the last decade of recalls at TruthAboutPetFood.com. Learn about the specific causes for the recalls and which ones pose the greatest risk for your pet. (Hint: Salmonella, Listeria and E.coli rank at #1.)
Did you know that some causes behind the recalls even pose health risks to YOU, the pet owner?! (Including infants and children 5 years and younger; adults aged 65 and older; AND people with weakened immune systems.)
Remember, your pet is depending on you to be his advocate and educated consumer!
What you don’t know can hurt your beloved pet!
(Again, we thank Susan Thixton for this in-depth expose about what we can learn from the past ten years of Pet Food and Treat recalls.)
Source: Truth About Pet Food.
Nutrisca (St Louis, MO) is voluntarily recalling one formula of their dry dog food (Chicken and Chickpea). The recall was issued due to the presence of elevated levels of Vitamin D. (Note: The company also issued another recall for their Natural Life Chicken & Potato Dry Dog Food.)
Why the Recall
The recall was issued after an investigation of complaints from 3 pet owners for Vitamin D toxicity after consumption. The investigation revealed a formulation error led to the elevated levels.
The Recall: What and Where
The recall specifically involves:
|4 lbs Nutrisca® Chicken and Chickpea Dry Dog Food
||Bag UPC: 8-84244-12495-7
|15 lbs Nutrisca® Chicken and Chickpea Dry Dog Food
||Bag UPC: 8-84244-12795-8
|28 lbs Nutrisca® Chicken and Chickpea Dry Dog Food
||Bag UPC: 8-84244-12895-5
(Note: Nutrisca Chicken & Chickpea wet dog foods are not impacted by this recall.)
A Best By Date of February 25, 2020 – September 13, 2020 is found on the back or bottom of the bag.
The recalled product was distributed to retail nationwide.
What You Should Know About Elevated Levels of Vitamin D
Dogs who eat elevated levels of Vitamin D may exhibit the following symptoms:
- Loss of appetite
- Increased thirst
- Increased urination
- Excessive drooling
- Weight loss
When consumed at very high levels, dogs can face serious health issues including renal dysfunction.
What to do Next
Consumers should immediately contact their veterinarian if their dogs have consumed this recalled product and are exhibiting the symptoms listed above.
The affected product should be thrown away or returned to the purchase place for a full refund.
Consumers with any questions should contact Natural Life Pet Products at 888-279-9420 (Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm CST) or via email at ConsumerServices@Nutrisca.com for more information.
Sources: Truth About Pet Food and the FDA.