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August 12, 2015

Pet Food Safety

Commonsense tips, the latest recalls and new FDA rules to protect your pets

  • Learn how to protect your pets from contaminated food and treats. iStockphoto

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While it's nearly impossible to ensure that your pet will never come in contact with tainted pet food or treats, you can reduce your pet's risk. Protect your pet by taking these four important steps:

1. Follow commonsense tips
2. File a complaint
3. Help the U.S. Food and Drug Administration protect your pet
4. Read the latest pet-food recalls

1. Follow commonsense tips for protecting your pet from harmful food

•  Start by practicing good hygiene with your pets' food and water bowls.

•  Check our list of recalled foods and treats regularly for information about items that have been recalled. You may also want to join our online community to receive information about recalls via the Pet of the Week enewsletter.

•  If your pet's food or treats are recalled, immediately stop feeding the product to your pet. You can return recalled products to the store where you purchased them for a full refund or dispose of them in a secure area not accessible to animals. If you have questions about recalled food or treats, contact the manufacturer.

•  If your pet may have consumed a recalled product, consult your veterinarian, even if your pet isn't showing any symptoms.

2. File a complaint with the FDA if your pet has been poisoned

If your pet has become ill or died because of a tainted food or treats, please report it to the FDA Consumer Complaint Coordinator in your state.

3. Watch this video from the FDA's Center for Veterinary Medicine

4. Help the FDA protect your pet

The FDA is proposing stronger rules on tainted pet food. Act now to make those rules effective:

5. Read recent FDA advisories on recalled pet food and treats

August 10, 2015: Northwest Farm Food Cooperative Voluntarily Recalls Frozen Raw Cat Food Due to Possible Salmonella Contamination

July 24, 2015: Nature's Variety Issues Nationwide Voluntary Recall of Instinct® Raw Chicken Formula Because of Possible Salmonella

July 23, 2015: Bravo Recalls Select Chicken Pet Foods Because of Possible Salmonella Health Risk

July 8, 2015: Carnivore Meat Company Voluntarily Issues a Recall on Two Batches of Raw Pet Treats

July 5, 2015: Stella & Chewy’s Voluntarily Recalls Products Due to Possible Health Risk

June 19, 2015: Boulder Dog Food Company Voluntarily Recalls 10 Bags of Chicken Sprinkles (3 oz.) With a “Best By” Date of 05/04/16 Due to Possible Salmonella Health Risk

May 19, 2015: OC Raw Dog Recalls Turkey & Produce Raw Frozen Canine Formulation Because of Possible Salmonella Health Risk

April 28, 2015: TFH Publications, Inc./Nylabone Products Recalls Puppy Starter Kit Due To Possible Salmonella Health Risk

March 13, 2015: Primal Pet Foods Voluntarily Recalls a Single Lot of Raw Frozen Cat Food

February 11, 2015: Pet International Inc. Recalls 6” Beef Trachea Pet Treat Because of Possible Salmonella Health Risk 

February 11, 2015: Tuffy's Pet Foods, Inc. Issues Voluntary Recall of a Limited Quantity of Nutrisca Dry Dog Food Because of Possible Salmonella Health Risk

February 9, 2015: J.J. Fuds, Inc. Expands Recall of Pet Food Because of Possible Health Risk

January 30, 2015: Grill-Phoria LLC Recalls Big Bark All Natural Beef Jerky Treats for Dogs Because of Possible Salmonella Health Risk 

January 20, 2015: J.J. Fuds, Inc. Issues Recall of Pet Food Because of Possible Listeria Contamination

January 16, 2015: Oma's Pride Recalls Purr Complete feline Poultry Meal Because of Possible Salmonella Health Risk

December 31, 2014: Jump Your Bones, Inc. Recalls Roo Bites (Cubes) Pet Food Treats Due to Possible Salmonella Contamination

December 24, 2014: Barkworthies Issues Nationwide Recall of Chicken Vittles Dog Chews Due to Possible Salmonella Contamination

December 10, 2014: Burkmann Feeds Recalls 656-Layer Ration 20% Pellets Because of Possible Monensin Sodium Contamination

December 3, 2014: Lakeland Animal Nutrition Issues Voluntary Horse Feed Recall

November 24, 2014: Natura Pet Recalls 5 Lots of Dry Cat and Dry Ferret Food Due to Vitamin Insufficiency

October 31, 2014: Bartlett Milling Company Issues Recall of Certain Horse Feeds Due to Potential Rumensin Contamination

September 26, 2014: Bravo Recalls Select Chicken and Turkey Pet Foods Because of Possible Salmonella Health Risk

August 31, 2014: PEDIGREE® Adult Complete Nutrition Limited Recall Due to Metal Fragments

June 2, 2014: Hill's Pet Nutrition, Inc. Voluntary Recall of Science Diet® Adult Small & Toy Breed™ Dry Dog Food in California, Hawaii and Nevada Because of Possible Salmonella Contamination

May 27, 2014: Pet Center, Inc. Voluntary Recall of 3 oz bag of Lamb Crunchy’s Because of Possible Salmonella Contamination

May 16, 2014: FDA Provides Latest Information on Jerky Pet Treat Investigation

May 14, 2014: Bravo® Issues Nationwide Recall of Pet Food for Dogs and Cats

April 10, 2014: The Robert Abady Dog Food Co., LLC Recalls "Abady Highest Quality Maintenance & Growth Formula for Cats" Because of Possible Health Risk

February 5, 2014: Pro-Pet LLC Recalls a Limited Number of Dry Dog and Cat Foods Due to Possible Salmonella Contamination

January 28, 2014: PMI Nutrition, LLC Recalls Red Flannel® Cat Food Due to Possible Salmonella Contamination

November 6, 2013: Bailey's Choice Expands Product Recall of Dog Treats in Georgia

October 28, 2013: How to Report a Complaint about Jerky Pet Treats

October 22, 2013: FDA Releases Progress Report on Jerky Pet Treat Investigation

August 30, 2013: Nestlé Purina Voluntarily Recalls Limited Number of Purina ONE beyOnd Our White Meat Chicken & Whole Barley Recipe Adult Dry Dog Food Bags Due to a Potential Health Risk

August 26, 2013: Goldenfeast® Inc. Recalls Bird Food Due to Possible Salmonella Contamination from Parsley

August 14, 2013: P&G Voluntarily Recalls Limited Quantity of Eukanuba and Iams Due to Possible Health Risk

NOTE: Earlier recalls not provided; food older than two years has likely expired and should not be consumed. (Most pet food has an expiration date; look for it on the package or can. As a general rule, unopened dry food usually stays good for a year; unopened canned food for two years.)

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