Fromm Dog Food Recall

Posted March 21st, 2016 by Judy

March 18, 2016 — Fromm Family Foods of Mequon, Wisconsin, has announced it is voluntarily recalling three of its canned dog foods because they may contain elevated levels of vitamin D.

The company is recalling all lots of the following three Fromm Gold canned dog foods:
◾Fromm Gold Chicken Pate Dog Food
12 ounce cans
Can case code: #11893
Individual can UPC: 72705 11892

◾Fromm Gold Chicken & Duck
Can case code: #11895
Individual can UPC: 72705 11894

◾Fromm Gold Salmon & Chicken Pate
Can case code: #11891
Individual UPC: 72705 11890

The affected products were shipped to distributors between December 2015 and February 2016.

The following information is from the Fromm web site:

Fromm Family Pet Food has discovered through our own analysis that 12 oz. cans of our new Gold canned dog food pates do not contain recommended levels of vitamins and minerals. They may contain elevated levels of Vitamin D. We are recalling these products out of an abundance of caution.

These cans were shipped to distributors during the limited time frame from December 2015 through February 2016. If you have any of the above cans, please return them to the place of purchase or any Authorized Fromm Retailer for return to Fromm Family Foods. To find an Authorized Fromm Retailer near you, please visit frommfamily.com/retailers or call (800) 325-6331. There are no other Fromm products affected by this recall, and this effort is being undertaken in coordination with the FDA.

Please see the product labels above to see if any food you have is subject to this recall. If you have any questions, please contact Fromm Family Pet Foods at (800) 325-6331. We very much appreciate your attention to this announcement and, as a family business, look forward to earning your trust every day.

Keri Glassman, MS, RD, CDN, is the president of Keri Glassman, A Nutritious Life, a nutrition counseling and consulting practice that emphasizes a whole-person approach to health. The “Nutritious Life Cycle” includes getting adequate sleep, managing stress, exercising, and having joy in one’s life, in addition to pampering, weight loss maintenance, exercise, and pre- and post-natal nutrition.

Keri Glassman is the author of The O2 Diet: The Cutting Edge, Antioxidant-Based Program That Will Make You Healthy, Thin and Beautiful. Her first book, the Snack Factor Diet, was published in 2007.

Keri makes frequent appearances on popular TV shows including The Today Show, The View, The Rachel Ray Show and CNN to share her nutritional expertise. A regular contributor to People Magazine and Foodnetwork.com, Keri serves in an advisory capacity for Women’s Health Magazine and Yahoo Health.

Keri Glassman holds a Master of Science in clinical nutrition from New York University. She is a member of the American Dietetic Association, the Greater New York Dietetic Association, the American College of Sports Medicine, Sports, Cardiovascular and Wellness Nutritionists, Nutrition Entrepreneurs, the Weight Management Dietetics Practice Group, the Women’s Sports Foundation, and the New York Road Runner’s Club. She was an All-American lacrosse player at Tufts University and has completed the New York City Marathon and triathlons.

Because Keri’s mission so closely aligns with the mission at Life’s Abundance, working together to create this top-quality dietary supplement line was a natural fit. We couldn’t be more pleased with the results!

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Flint River Ranch, an MLM company that markets dog and cat foods has just announced that as of December 31, 2015, they will no longer be a network marketing company.

As a distributor for Life’s Abundance for 17 years, I can only imagine what Flint River Ranch distributors are feeling and how devastated they are.  I have worked full time at my Life’s Abundance business, pouring my heart and soul into it so I can’t begin to imagine what I would do if I was told I had a few days left to restructure my life and my income.

What Flint River Ranch and Life’s Abundance distributors have in common is our love for animals. We want the very best for them and will go that extra mile to help pet parents find the best products to feed and care for their dogs and cats. Each and every pet is special, as are their owners and I want to help you.

Life’s Abundance pet products are formulated by our holistic veterinarian, Dr. Jane Bicks. We have a complete line of dog and cat foods, treats, supplements and pet care products that have never been on a recall list. We also have products for humans and are in the midst of coming out with a whole new line formulated by a famous nutritionist.

If you are a Flint River Ranch distributor and are open to looking for a new home, I would love to work with you and help you build your business. My name is Judy Bishop and I am a 9 star with Life’s Abundance, the highest rank you can reach in our company. I work personally with all of my distributors and would love to talk with you about the possibilities and potential with Life’s Abundance. Please feel free to give me a call 832-408-1936 or 1-800-428-6416. I will help you sustain and continue the lifestyle you’ve worked so hard for.

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Stella & Chewy’s Voluntarily Recall

Posted December 16th, 2015 by Judy

Stella & Chewy’s is voluntarily recalling four of its products sold in the U.S. and Canada due to concerns of a possible presence of Listeria monocytogenes. The recall affects a total of 990 cases (964 cases in the U.S and 26 cases in Canada). The recall was prompted by a positive test confirming Listeria monocytogenes in Stella’s Super Beef Dinner Morsels for Dogs 8.5 oz. frozen bags, lot #165-15, “Use by 6-25-2016″, during routine surveillance testing by the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.

Listeria is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

As a precautionary measure, Stella & Chewy’s is voluntarily recalling all products from Lot # 165-15, which includes:

Product Description/Size/UPC/Lot #/Use By Date

Freeze-Dried Chewy’s Chicken Dinner for Dogs /15oz/UPC: 186011000045/Lot: 111-15 and Use By Date: 4/23/2016

Freeze-Dried Chewy’s Chicken Dinner for Dogs /15oz/UPC: 186011000045/Lot: 111-15 and Use By Date: 4/26/2016

Freeze-Dried Chick, Chick, Chicken Dinner for Cats/12oz/UPC: 186011000434/Lot: 111-15 and Use By Date: 4/29/2016

Freeze-Dried Chick, Chick, Chicken Dinner for Cats/12oz/UPC: 186011000434/Lot: 111-15 and Use By Date: 5/3/2016

Carnivore Crunch – Turkey Recipe/3.25oz/UPC: 186011001103/Lot: 111-15 and Use By Date: 5/3/2016 and 5/4/2016

Frozen Duck Duck Goose Dinner Morsels for Dogs/4lb/UPC: 186011001394/Lot: 111-15 and Use By Date: 4/21/2016

Frozen Chewy’s Chicken Dinner Morsels for Dogs/4lb/UPC: 186011001387/Lot: 111-15 and Use By Date: 4/21/2016

Frozen Surf ‘N Turf Dinner Patties for Dogs/6lb/UPC: 186011000533/Lot: 111-15  and Use By Date: 4/21/2016

Frozen Chewy’s Chicken Dinner Patties for Dogs/6lb/UPC: 186011000120/Lot: 111-15 and Use By Date: 4/21/2016

Frozen Chewy’s Chicken Dinner Patties for Dogs/3lb/UPC: 186011000038/Lot: 111-15 and Use By Date: 4/21/2016

Moreover, while the below listed product has not tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes, in an abundance of caution, we are also recalling the following products which may have come into contact with the affected lot:

Product Description/Size/UPC/Lot #/Use By Date

Freeze-Dried Chick, Chick, Chicken Dinner for Cats/12oz/UPC: 186011000434/Lot: 104-15 and Use By Date: 4/23/2016

Freeze-Dried Chick, Chick, Chicken Dinner for Cats/12oz/UPC: 186011000434/Lot: 109-15 and Use By Date: 4/29/2016

Freeze-Dried Tantalizing Turkey Meal Mixers/18oz/UPC: 186011000229/Lot: 105-15 and Use By Date: 5/3/2016

Freeze-Dried Tantalizing Turkey Meal Mixers/18oz/UPC: 186011000229/Lot: 113-15 and Use By Date: 5/3/2016

Freeze-Dried Tantalizing Turkey Meal Mixers/9oz/UPC: 186011000205/Lot: 105-15 and Use By Date: 5/3/2016

Carnivore Crunch – Chicken Recipe/3.25oz/UPC: 186011001080/Lot: 110-15 and Use By Date: 5/3/2016

Freeze-Dried Chewy’s Chicken Dinners for Dogs/15oz/UPC: 186011000045/Lot: 114-15 and Use By Date: 4/26/2016

Freeze-Dried Tummy Ticklin’ Turkey Dinner for Cats/12oz/UPC: 186011000663/Lot: 114-15 and Use By Date: 5/4/2016

Freeze-Dried Tummy Ticklin’ Turkey Dinner for Cats/12oz/UPC: 186011000663/Lot: 115-15 and Use By Date: 5/4/2016

Freeze-Dried Salmon & Chicken Dinner for Cats/12 oz/UPC: 186011000403/Lot: 107-15 and Use By Date: 4/23/2016

Consumers should look at the product descriptions, UPCs, lot numbers, and “Use By” dates on each bag for an exact match to determine if it is subject to the recall. Anyone who has purchased these products are instructed to dispose of the food or return it to the place of purchase for a full refund.

Source:
http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm477540.htm?source=govdelivery&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery

Bravo Pet Foods of Manchester, CT is recalling a select lot of Bravo Chicken Blend diet for dogs & cats with a best used by date of 11/13/16 due to concerns of the possible presence of Salmonella . Out of an abundance of caution, Bravo is also recalling three additional items that did not test positive for Salmonella , but were manufactured on the same day. Salmonella 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. Always use proper caution when handling raw foods.

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.

These products were sold to distributors, retail stores, internet retailers, and directly to consumers in the U.S.

The following product is being voluntarily recalled because of the possible presence of Salmonella.

Bravo Blend Chicken diet for dogs and cats
Item number: 21-102
Size: 2 pound (32 ounce) chub
Best Used By Date: 11-13-16
UPC: 829546211028

The recall was initiated after routine testing of a 2 lb. chub of Bravo Chicken Blend diet for dogs and cats (Item #21-102) by the Colorado State Department of Agriculture, collected at a single retailer, revealed the presence of Salmonella . Two hundred and one cases of this product were sold to distributors, retail stores, and directly to consumers in the U.S. between 11/21/14 and 1/15/15.

Out of an abundance of caution, Bravo is also recalling three additional items that did not test positive for Salmonella , but were manufactured on the same day: 250 cases of Bravo Blend Chicken diet for dogs & cats – 5 lb. chubs only, 8 cases of Bravo Blend Turkey diet for dogs & cats – 8 oz. patties only and 60 cases of Bravo Balance Turkey diet for dogs – 4 oz. patties only.

These products DID NOT test positive for Salmonella , but are also being voluntarily recalled out of an abundance of caution.

◾Bravo Blend Chicken diet for dogs and cats
Item number: 21-105
Size: 5 pound (90 ounce) chub
Best Used By Date: 11-13-16
UPC: 829546211059

◾Bravo Blend Turkey diet for dogs and cats
Item number: 31-508
Size: 5 lb. bag of 8 ounce patties
Best Used By Date: 11-13-16
UPC 829546315085

◾Bravo Balance Turkey diet for dogs
Item number: 31-401
Size: 3 lb. bag of 4 ounce patties
Best Used By Date 11-13-16
UPC 829546314019

No additional products are affected by this recall. The company has received no reports to date of illness in either people or animals associated with these products.

All products tested negative by a third party independent laboratory prior to release for distribution and sale to consumers.

The recalled product should not be sold or fed to pets. Pet owners who have the affected product at home should dispose of this product in a safe manner (example: a securely covered trash receptacle).

To submit a claim, pet owners should return to the store where they bought the product.

  • To get a refund at the store where you bought the product: Customers should return to the store where they purchased the product and submit the Bravo Recall Claim Form available on the Bravo website,
    http://www.bravopetfoods.com/consumerrecall.htmldisclaimer icon, for a full refund or store credit. See Bravo Product Claim Form for details.

More information on the Bravo recall can also be found at www.bravopetfoods.comdisclaimer icon, or call toll free (866) 922-9222 Monday through Friday 9:00 am to 4:00 pm (EST).

Source:
http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm476860.htm?source=govdelivery&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery

Northwest Farm Food Cooperative of Burlington, WA, is voluntarily recalling frozen raw Cat Food with the code Jul12015B due to their potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.

Salmonella can affect animals eating the products and there is risk to humans from handling contaminated pet 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.

No pet or consumer illnesses from this product have been reported to date. However, because of their commitment to safety and quality, Northwest Farm Food Cooperative is conducting a voluntary recall of this product.

The potentially affected lots of frozen raw Cat Food were sold from our facility 1370 S. Anacortes Street Burlington, WA 98233.

The affected products are sold in 50 pound blocks and cases of six 10 pound chubs; packaged in a white plastic bag labeled Cat Food. The products affected by this recall have the production code Jul12015B and have no UPC code. The production code can be found on the outside of the case (box).

The recall was the result of a sampling done by the Food and Drug Administration which revealed that the finished product contained the bacteria. The company has ceased the production and distribution of the product as FDA and the company continues their investigation as to what caused the problem.

This recall is being made with the knowledge of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Consumers who have purchased the above lots of frozen raw Cat Food are urged to stop feeding them and return product to place of purchase for a full refund or dispose of them immediately. For further information about the recall please call (360) 757-4225 Monday through Friday from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm PST.

Source: http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm457918.htm

Six Steps to Fear-Free Vet Visits

Posted July 25th, 2015 by Judy

No one enjoys going to the doctor, but for many companion animals these trips can cause moderate distress or even outright terror. No matter how we try to soothe them, nothing seems to take the edge off their anxiety. Fortunately, Dr. Sarah knows some easy and effective ways to turn those frowns upside down! This month’s episode of Pet Talk features six steps to dial down the fear level of your pet kid’s vet appointments.

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A Closer Look at Pet Anxiety by Dr. Jane Bicks

Posted July 25th, 2015 by Judy

As pet parents, we’re all vaguely aware that we should minimize the stress our pet kids experience. As a veterinarian, I think it’s important that we also comprehend the health risks of prolonged anxiety, too. The fact is, living in a fearful or anxious state for long periods of time can take a dramatic toll on the health of a companion animal.

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Nature’s Variety has announced a voluntary recall of their Instinct® Raw Chicken Formula for dogs with a “Best By” date of 04/27/16 because these products may be contaminated with Salmonella.

Salmonella 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 the symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.

The affected products are limited to the Instinct Raw Chicken Formula Frozen Diets packaged in the following forms:

  • UPC# 769949611431 – Instinct Raw Chicken Formula Bites for Dogs 4 lb.; Best By 04/27/16
  • UPC# 769949611448 – Instinct Raw Chicken Formula Bites for Dogs 7 lb.; Best By 04/27/16
  • UPC# 769949611486 – Instinct Raw Chicken Formula Patties for Dogs 6 lb.; Best By 04/27/16

The “Best By” date is located on the back of the package below the seal. The affected product was distributed through retail stores in the United States and limited distribution in Canada. No other Nature’s Variety products are affected.

No illnesses have been reported to date. Even though no illnesses have been reported, consumers should follow the Simple Handling Tips published on the Nature’s Variety package when disposing of the affected product.

Nature’s Variety became aware of a potential issue after receiving notification from the FDA that a routine surveillance sample of seven pound Instinct Raw Chicken Bites for dogs tested positive for Salmonella.

Consumers feeding the affected product should discontinue use and monitor their pet’s health, and contact their veterinarian if they have concerns. Consumers who have purchased one of the above products can obtain a full refund or exchange by either returning the product in its original packaging or bringing a proof of purchase back to their retailer.

Consumers with additional questions can call our Consumer Relations team at 888-519-7387 from 8 am to 7 pm Central time, 7 days a week during the recall. Or, consumers can email Nature’s Variety directly via cservice@naturesvariety.com.

From the Nature’s Variety website

Nestlé Purina Buys Merrick Pet Food

Posted July 25th, 2015 by Judy

Nestlé Purina PetCare Company has signed an agreement to acquire Merrick Pet Care, Inc., one of the fastest-growing natural and organic pet food companies. Upon completion of the transaction, which is expected to close over the next several months, Merrick will continue to operate as an independent business, with no planned changes to its management or operations. Merrick has more than 350 employees located primarily in Texas and Illinois, and offers a wide variety of dry and wet foods, as well as treats, for both dogs and cats. Terms were not disclosed.

From the Purina website