FDA Recall Pet Carousel™ Treats

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a special health alert on November 5, 2009. The alert warned consumers about pet treats manufactured by Pet Carousel™, located in Sanger, California, contaminated with Salmonella bacteria. The products in question include pig ears and beef hooves distributed to retail and pet food chain stores.

The affected products include the following brand names sold in both bulk and retail packaging: Pet Carousel™, Doggie Delight™, Dentley’s™, and Choo Hooves™. More specifically, the pig ear products that are part of the alert include those packaged under the brand names Pet Carousel™ and Doggie Delight™. While the affected beef hooves products include those distributed under the brand names Pet Carousel™, Doggie Delight™, Dentley’s™, and Choo hooves™.

It was during routine testing by the FDA during September 2009 that a positive result for Salmonella was detected. This led to further inspections of the manufacturing facility in question by the FDA. This testing detected the presence of further Salmonella contamination in beef hooves and pig ears in particular, and the overall manufacturing area.

Salmonella infection signs to look for in pets include lethargic activity, diarrhea and bloody stool, vomiting, and fever. Some pets only show a decreased appetite, abdominal pains, and fever when exposed to Salmonella, while others may show no signs but still carry the infection, infecting other pets or even humans. Handling of the affected pet treats or contaminated pets can likewise infect humans.

Consumers who want to file a complaint about pet food products regulated by the FDA can call a consumer complaint coordinator in their area.

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PetSmart™ Recall

On November 4, 2009, PetSmart™ issued a recall for two of its Dentley’s Beef Hooves™ products. The affected products shipped from the company’s Pet Carousel plant in Sanger, California, to three of its distribution centers located in Newman, Georgia; Groveport, Ohio; and Ottawa, Illinois.

The affected products include Dentley’s Bulk Cattle Hoof™, UPC number 73725703323 and Dentley’s 10 Pack Beef Hooves™, UPC number 73725736055. Both products were manufactured between October 2, 2009 and November 3, 2009.

In addition to recalling the affected batches, PetSmart™ has also removed the product in question from all of its U.S. stores. As a final measure, PetSmart™ put in place a register block to keep any of the product in question from being sold. PetPerks™ customers with a valid email address, also received an alert from the company, and the product was removed from the PetSmart.com Website.

The reason for the recall was for possible contamination from salmonella bacteria. Salmonella can cause diarrhea and signs of other systemic infections in dogs, though many dogs usually do not show any signs of infection from salmonella.

If you think your dog has been exposed to the affected products, PetSmart™ recommends owners contact a medical professional. In addition, consumers who bought the product can return it to any PetSmart™ retail location for a complete refund or product exchange.

Consumers who wish to contact PetSmart™ for more information about the recall

can call its customer service line at 1-888-839-9638.

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Wysong Expanded Recall

Wysong™ Corporation, which operates out of Midland Michigan, issued an updated recall on October 27, 2009, for its Wysong dry extruded dog food brand. The affected dates include batches manufactured during the months of June, July, and August 2009. The original recall was issued on October 12, 2009.

The recall was expanded due to additional batches being found with mold contamination. The batches affected include Wysong Maintenance™ lot numbers 090617, 090624, 090706, 090720, and 090817; Wysong Senior™ lot numbers 090623 and 090811; and Wysong Synorgon™ lot number 090629.

The batches in question came about due to a faulty moisture-checking device, which caused mold to form within the affected dog food. High humidity on the dates on which the batches were produced made the problem worse.

While high levels of mold can cause a problem for pets, especially when it comes to mycotoxins, the batches affected tested negative for such toxins. The worse that pet owners can expect if their pets consumed the food in the recalled batches is a loose stool, a condition that should clear up upon switching to an unaffected product.

For customers who purchased the recalled batches, Wysong™ recommends that they contact the point of purchase to see about a refund or an exchange.

To reach representatives at Wysong™, consumers can contact them via email at

[email protected], or over the phone at 1-989-631-0009.

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Wysong Recall

Wysong Corporation of Midland, Michigan, issued a recall for eight different batches of Wysong dry extruded dog foods on October 27, 2009. The batches were produced during the months of June, July, and August 2009.

The affected batches include Wysong Maintenance dry extruded dog foods with lot numbers 090617, 090624, 090706, 090720, and 090817. Also affected are Wysong Senior products with lot numbers 090623 and 090811, as well as Wysong Synorgon with lot number 090629.

A faulty moisture-checking device led to high mold levels in the affected batches. Further aggravating the problem was particularly high humidity on the dates the batches were manufactured. These combined factors led the company to issue a recall of the batches listed above.

While there is a danger for pets when consuming products with mold, the levels present in the affected batches are of no danger to pets and have been recalled only as a precaution. If consumed, the most severe symptom a pet might experience is a loose stool, a condition which should clear up when switching to a different, non-affected lot number.

If you have any Wysong dry extruded dog foods in the listed batches, the company recommends you contact the point of purchase for an exchange or refund.

For further assistance, pet owners can contact Wysong through email at

[email protected] or by phone at 1-989-631-0009

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NUTRO® Recall

Nutro Product, Inc. made an announcement on September 30th, 2009 that they have recalled their NUTRO® dry dog and cat food products.

The reason for the recall was due to melted plastic found within the production line of many of the NUTRO® dry food products. In the discovery of this contamination, Nutro Product, Inc. retrieved the affected food products for their distributors, leaving 3 SKU’s that may have reached the retail shelves. The deliveries of the specific SKU’s made its way to a few PetSmart and Petco retail stores.

The melted plastic was discovered to be similar to a workers hard-hat that unknowingly made its way into the manufacturing process of the NUTRO® dry foods production line. When discovered, manufacturing came to a halt and a thorough search of all equipment was made within the building.

Upon the extensive review of the manufacturing production area, Nutro Product, Inc. announced that it is unlikely that the melted plastic made its way into any finished products. Nevertheless, the discovery of this incident concluded that Nutro Product, Inc. voluntarily recalled and accepted any potentially contaminated food products.

Possible contaminated foods that may have made it to stores are located in California, Arizona, Colorado, Texas, New Mexico, Nevada, Utah and Hawaii.

If you believe that you purchased a NUTRO® product that may be contaminated Nutro Product, Inc. has provided information to return the products for a full refund or exchange.

You can contact the Nutro Products Consumer Care team at 1-800-833-5330

NUTRO® Press Release of Recall Dry Pet Food Recall Chart

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