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Merrick Dog Treats Recall | Merrick Backcountry Treats & Castor Pollux Good Buddy Treats

It has been a while since I’ve had to inform you about a dog treat recall, so that is good news. Unfortunately I have one for you today though. This one is from a very well-known company whose treats you probably could find just about anywhere.

product recallMerrick Pet Care located in Amarillo Texas in cooperation with the FDA has issued a voluntary recall on their Merrick Backcountry treats as well as their Castor & Pollux Good Buddy treats. These treats contain beef that may have elevated levels of a naturally occurring beef thyroid hormone.

How the Recall Started

A consumer complaint spurred this dog treat recall. The FDA had received a consumer complaint regarding a dog whose health was temporarily negatively impacted when eating the Merrick Backcountry Great Plains Real Beef Jerky 4.5 ounce. After the owner discontinued feeding the treats the dog’s health improved to the point of a full recovery.

The FDA notified Merrick of the complaint. To ensure the safety of their consumer’s pets Merrick issued a voluntary recall of the potentially affected treats.

Why the Recall

cowAlthough I could not find it listed anywhere, I am sure that Merrick must have submitted samples of the affected dog treats to a laboratory for testing to determine why the dog became ill. That only makes sense, agreed? Unless they just assumed since the treats were made of beef that the reason would be potentially high beef thyroid hormone levels … but that would be very presumptuous.

However they determined it, Merrick issued this voluntary recall of a limited number of batches of treats containing beef as they might contain elevated levels of a naturally occurring beef thyroid. My guess is the beef used in the recalled treats all came from one supplier.

As of this time there have been no additional reported cases of illness due to the treats.

Recalled Treats

This recall only includes specific production codes of the following beef treats:

  • Merrick Backcountry Great Plains Real Steak Patties, 4 ounce
  • Merrick Backcountry Great Plains Real Beef Sausage Cuts, 5 ounce
  • Merrick Backcountry Great Plains Real Beef Jerky, 4.5 ounce
  • Castor & Pollux Good Buddy Sausage Cuts Real Beef Recipe, 5 ounce
  • Castor & Pollux Good Buddy Prime Patties Real Beef Recipe, 5 ounce

The production codes (UPC codes) affected by this recall are:

No other Merrick or Castor & Pollux products are affected by this voluntary recall.

Production codes are located on the back of the bag of treats down towards the bottom. Here are images from Merrickpetcare.com showing what each bag looks like and where you can find the production (UPC) code.

Castor pollux good buddy prime patties real beef recipeCastor pollux good buddy sausage cuts real beef recipe

Merrick backcountry Great Plains real beef jerky

Merrick backcountry Great Plains real beef sausage cuts

Merrick backcountry Great Plains beef patties

Where They Were Sold

The affected Merrick Backcountry treats and Castor & Pollux Good Buddy treats were distributed in the United States through online, grocery, and specialty retailers. They were also distributed in limited quantities in Canada.

Why Is Beef Thyroid Hormone Bad?

Consuming beef thyroid can cause the following symptoms:

  • Restlessness
  • increased heart rate
  • increased thirst
  • increase urination
  • weight loss

If consumed for a long period of time, the symptoms will likely increase in severity and include:

  • sad sick dograpid or labored breathing
  • diarrhea
  • vomiting

My Dog Is Sick, What Should I Do?

If you dog is consumed the affected products and is exhibiting any of these symptoms contact your veterinarian immediately.

You of course must also stop feeding your dog these treats (but set the bag aside so you can return them to get your money back).

What to Do with the Treats

If you purchased one of the affected lots of the treats listed above, Merrick has indicated you can contact them 1-800-664-7387 between 8 AM and 5 PM Central Time Monday through Friday or anytime at customerservice@Merrickpetcare.com.

They will instruct you how to proceed so that you can get your money back.

You can also fill out a form at their website here => Merrick Dog Treats Recall Form

What Does Merrick Have To Say

Merrick issued this voluntary recall to assure the safety of their customer’s dogs. They indicate that quality and safety is top priority and they are working with the FDA fully regarding this recall. To quote Merrick from their website:

“As a company of pet owners and pet lovers, we know our consumers place a tremendous amount of trust in us when their pet uses our products. The quality and safety of our products are the top priority for our company. We apologize to our retail customers and consumers and sincerely regret any inconvenience and concerns caused by this voluntary recall. We are working with the U.S. Food & Drug Administration on this voluntary recall and will cooperate with them fully.”

Merrick also issues a reminder that these treats are not intended to be a main part of a dog’s diet and should only be given as a treat occasionally.

FDA logo

The FDA

If you would like to read the full recall notice posted by the FDA you can find it HERE.

If you believe your dog became ill because of any of these affected treats you can file a report with the FDA. You can find instructions how to do so on the FDA’s website.

You can also call your states FDA Consumer Complaint Coordinator.

 

Has anyone experienced any problems with these treats? Let us know what happened.

Lynne and Maui

OC Raw Dog Treats | Recent Dog Treat Recall

OC raw dog freeze-dried sardines package front

Package front

It has been a while since I’ve had to tell you about a dog treat recall, but here we go. This one could be pretty serious so if you have purchased or know a dog owner who may have purchased the OC Raw Dog freeze-dried sardines, I definitely recommend reading on!

Recalled Treat

This recent dog treat recall is for the OC Raw Dog Freeze Dried Sardines produced by OC Raw Dog, LLC based in Rancho Santa Margarita California.

This recall involves the 3.2 ounce bag of freeze-dried sardines that have the UPC code 095225853043. You can find this UPC code on the backside of the bag located in the bottom right-hand corner.

Reason for Recall

These freeze-dried sardine Raw Dog treats have been recalled because they have the potential to cause botulism. Botulism toxin is produced by a bacteria called Clostridium botulinum, which means these freeze-dried sardines may potentially be contaminated with Clostridium.

Botulism caused by the botulinum toxin is an incredibly potent poison and can be deadly to pets and humans.

How Was It Discovered?

The Minnesota Department of Food and Agriculture collected a sample of the OC Raw Dog freeze-dried sardines. Upon collection it was determined that the sardines included as these treats exceed the FDA compliance guidelines regarding fish size as they measured in at 6 to 6.5 Inches in length.

Based on former outbreaks of the botulism disease, the FDA has determined fish of this length have a greater likelihood of being contaminated with Clostridium botulinum.

Deeper Explanation

The FDA has found that salt-cured, dried, or fermented un-gutted fish greater than 5 inches in length have been linked to botulism poisoning outbreaks between the years of 1981 and 1987, as well as in 1991. Since fish greater than 5 inches of length have been linked to botulism outbreaks, the FDA instituted a compliance guideline indicating salt cured, dried, or fermented fish over 5 inches of length must be gutted.

Due to this FDA guideline the OC Raw Dog sardine treats have been recalled because it was found their length exceeded the 5 inch requirement.

At this point in time there have been no reported cases of botulism due to these treats in dogs, cats, or humans.

Test Results

It’s important to note that the sardine sample did not test positive for Clostridium botulinum, only that they have a higher likelihood of being contaminated due to their size.

In addition to testing the sample for Clostridium botulinum, the Minnesota Department of Food and Agriculture also tested the sample for Salmonella. These test results were also negative.

Where Could I Have Purchased It?

These freeze-dried sardine treats were shipped to distributors in the following states:

  • California
  • Colorado
  • Florida
  • Maryland
  • Minnesota
  • Pennsylvania
  • Texas

These distributors would sell the treats to wholesalers who then sell them to customers. If these treats made it to the shelf you would have found them in independent pet stores in the listed states.

Info About Botulism

The Clostridium botulinum bacteria creates the botulin toxin which is potentially fatal to animals and humans. Dogs eating these treats or humans who have touched a contaminated treat and then touched their eyes, nose, mouth, etc, could become contaminated with botulism.

Symptoms common with botulism poisoning are:

  • difficulty breathing
  • muscle weakness
  • dizziness
  • trouble speaking or swallowing
  • blurred or double vision
  • constipation
  • abdominal distention

If you or your pet are displaying any of these symptoms after potentially eating or coming in contact with some of the freeze-dried sardine treats seek medical attention immediately!

OC’s Response

OC raw dog logoOC Raw Dog, LLC vouches that quality and safety are of utmost priority. Because of this they are conducting the voluntary recall on their dried sardine treats. In addition, they will be evaluating and changing their sardine suppliers to assure sardines measure less than 5 inches for future batches of treats. If the sardines are larger than 5 inches they will be gutted first.

OC indicates they are dedicated to producing safe products of high quality and that they will continue to use only USDA certified and inspected ingredients and products intended for human consumption.

What should I do?

If you purchased the OC Raw Dog freeze-dried sardine treats it is recommended that you stop feeding them to your dog immediately and bring the remaining sardines in the package back to where you purchased them for a full refund.

You can also contact OC Raw Dog at 844-215-3647, 8AM – 5 PM Monday through Friday with any questions or comments.

To read the original FDA recall alert click HERE.

Observation

While no contaminated freeze-dried sardines have been discovered at this point and no illnesses reported, it’s important to keep an eye on your pet and yourself for the onset of symptoms. If you think your dog is acting strangely after eating some of these treats its best to err on the side of safety and contact your dog’s veterinarian for advice and possibly to schedule an appointment.

Did you purchased these treats for your dog? Let us know about your experience here in the comments.

Lynne and Maui

Treat Recall – Milo’s Dog Treats

Milo's dog treat recallHere we are again with another dog treat recall. A voluntary recall has been issued on limited lots of some Milo’s Kitchen dog treats.

I honestly have to say that until I started monitoring treat recalls a little more closely for this blog, I didn’t realize how often they happened. I’m glad to now be more aware and I am even happier to be able to pass this information on to you.

Here’s what you need to know about the Milo’s dog treats recall.

Who, What, Why

J.M. Smucker Company was notified by the FDA of three dog illnesses caused by consumption of specific lots of two Milo’s dog treat varieties. Immediately upon notification, a voluntarily recall was issued to include a limited number of production lots of the affected treats.

The voluntary recall has been issued as the affected lots of treats may contain elevated levels of beef thyroid hormone.

The varieties of Milo’s dog treats affected by this recall are Milo’s Kitchen Steak Grillers / Steak Grillers Recipe with Angus Steak and Milo’s Kitchen Grilled Burger Bites with Sweet Potato and Bacon. Specific lot numbers and dates are listed here:

Milo's Dog Treats Recall

No other lot numbers of Milo’s Kitchen Steak Grillers are Milo’s Kitchen Grilled Burger Bites are affected by this recall nor are any other varieties of Milo’s dog treats.

About Elevated Beef Thyroid Hormone

Beagle drinking waterA dog that is eating something containing elevated beef thyroid hormone could exhibit symptoms such as:

  • increased urination
  • increased thirst
  • increased heart rate
  • restlessness
  • weight loss

These symptoms would likely go away when the dog is no longer eating food containing the elevated levels of thyroid hormone.

If a dog consumes high levels of beef thyroid hormone for an extended amount of time, the symptoms could become more severe and include:

  • diarrhea
  • vomiting
  • rapid breathing
  • labored breathing

What should I do?

Dog with veterinarianIf you have purchased any of the specific lots of Milo’s dog treats listed above, stop feeding them to your dog immediately! If your dog has eaten these lots of treats and is exhibiting any of these symptoms, it is recommended that you contact your dog’s veterinarian.

To receive a refund or replacement for the recalled product contact the J.M. Smucker Company Monday through Friday, between the hours of 9 AM and 5 PM EST at 888-569-6767 or by completing this form (click here for form).

To see the original recall posted by the FDA click HERE.

Stay safe and stay aware,

Lynne and Maui

 

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Redbarn, Chewy Louie, Good Lovin’ and Dentley’s Dog Chew Recall

Redbarn Pet Products initially issued a voluntary recall of a single type of treats. This recall is now being expanded to include additional treats.

Although no injuries, illnesses, or complaints have yet been received, Redbarn Pet Products, LLC has expanded its voluntary dog chew recall to include multiple brands of their dog chews.

Why the Recall

Redbarn Pet Products is erring on the side of caution and expanding their voluntary recall to include all treats made from raw materials provided by a single supplier.

The initial recall issued February 7, 2018 included a single lot of product after a retail sample collected by the Colorado Department of Agriculture tested positive for Salmonella.

The recall now includes all lots of treats manufactured with raw material provided by the same supplier, as they all have potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.  This decision was made by Redbarn Pet Products after an additional lot of raw material from the supplier came back positive for Salmonella when tested by the FDA.

What Is Included in the Recall

This single supplier’s raw materials were used to produce Chewy Louie, Redbarn, Good Lovin’, and Dentley’s brand products with best-by dates ending with the letters BC.

Included here is a list of products affected by the recall (list obtained from Redbarninc.com).

Item # REDBARN Best By Code Ending UPC
205001 Redbarn 5″ Bully Stick BC 785184205006
207001 Redbarn 7″ Bully Stick BC 785184207000
207016 Redbarn 7″ Bully Stick 6pk BC 785184207161
209001 Redbarn 9″ Bully Stick BC 785184209004
230001 Redbarn 30″ Bully Stick BC 785184230015
236001 Redbarn 36″ Bully Stick BC 785184236017
245002 Redbarn Steer Stick 6pk BC 785184245026
245010 Redbarn 5″ Steer Stick 10pk BC 785184245101
247000 Redbarn 7″ Steer Stick BC 785184247006
251005 Redbarn 7″ Bully Stick 3pk BC 785184251058
290091 Redbarn 9″ Bully 1lb Bag BC 785184290095
C207001 Redbarn 7″ Bully BC 785184207017
C207016 Redbarn 7″ Bully Stick 6pk BC 785184207062
C236001 Redbarn 36″ Bully Stick BC 785184236116
Item# CHEWEY LOUIE Best By Code Ending UPC
807101 Chewy Louie 7″ Bully Stick BC 785184807019
Item# GOOS LOVIN’ Best By Code Ending UPC
2729250 Good Lovin’ 10pk Steer BC 800443272732
2729381 Good Lovin’ 6pk Bully Stick BC 800443272862
2729410 Good Lovin’ 7″ Bully Stick BC 800443272893
2729461 Good Lovin’ 5″ Bully Stick BC 800443272947
2729532 Good Lovin’ XL Bully BC 800443273012
207004 Prime Cuts 7″ Bully Stick BC 800443104798
207005 Time for Joy Holiday 7″ Bully BC 800443287781
207013  Prime Cuts 7″ Bully 3pk BC 800443120446
Item# DENTLEY’S Best By Code Ending UPC
920068 Dentley’s 7” Bully Stick BC 737257479852

Where They Were Sold

The affected lots of these treats were distributed nationwide March 2017 through February 2018 in grocery retail and pet specialty stores. To see examples of product packaging and artwork visit the Redbarn Pet Products website at Redbarn Pet Products.

What to Do

If you purchased an affected lot of these treats discontinue using them immediately. They can be returned to the place of purchase for a full refund.

If you have any questions or concerns you can contact Redbarn by phone at 1-800-775-3849 or by email at info@Redbarnink.com.

To see the expanded recall notice issued March 7 click HERE.

Salmonella

Salmonella is a very common bacteria that is found in the intestines of animals. When food is not handled properly it can become contaminated with Salmonella. If you handle contaminated food you can then spread that bacteria by touching other things with your contaminated hands.

Salmonella can make your dog and you sick.

Symptoms

3D Salmonella up Close

If your dog has eaten some of the recalled dog chews you should monitor them for:

  • lethargy
  • diarrhea or bloody diarrhea
  • fever
  • vomiting
  • decreased appetite
  • abdominal pain

If your dog has eaten the potentially contaminated chews and is exhibiting any of these symptoms be sure to call your veterinarian! Some animals eating the contaminated treats won’t exhibit symptoms but could still infect other animals or humans, so keep an eye on your dog’s furry and human friends as well.

If you have any of the affected lots of chews in your home you should also monitor yourself and others for:

  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • diarrhea or bloody diarrhea
  • abdominal pain
  • fever

Severe human Salmonella infections can cause:

  • arterial infections
  • endocarditis
  • arthritis
  • muscle pain
  • eye irritation
  • urinary tract symptoms

If you have been in contact with these treats and are exhibiting any of these symptoms be sure to call your doctor!

About Redbarn Pet Products

Redbarn Pet Products is a family owned business located in California. Their website indicates they take the safety of their products, pets, and customers as a number one concern. They have a large quality assurance team and the conduct over 400 safety tests on their products every week. A product is declared safe to ship only after it has tested negative for bacteria and pathogens.

President Jeff Sutherland stated “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.”

TruPet Treat Me Crunchy Beef Delight Dog Treat Recall

I love talking to you about awesome yummy (according to the dogs) treats that are available for you to give your pup. Unfortunately ever so often something goes wrong and a treat or maybe just a certain batch of a treat need to be recalled. I feel it’s important that everyone know about recalled products, so I am also going to be letting you know about every dog treat recall whenever they happen.

Recalled Product

Trudog dog treat recallTruPet, LLC has issued a voluntary recall of certain Treat Me Crunchy Beef Delight treats due to possible contamination with Salmonella. This dog treat recall was issued after the Michigan Department of Agriculture detected Salmonella in a retail bag of these treats.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) indicates the recall affects Treat Me Crunchy Beef Delight treats with a lot number of 20190514 13753. You can find this lot number printed on the bag.

Where They Were Sold

These Treat Me Crunchy Beef Delight treats were sold on Chewy.com and TruDog.com and come in 2.5 ounce packages.

Salmonella

Salmonella is a very common bacteria that is found in the intestines of animals. Foods handled improperly can be contaminated with bacteria such as Salmonella. Chicken is a common example of this and  is commonly contaminated with Salmonella.  If you handle contaminated food you can then spread that bacteria by touching other things with your contaminated hands.

Salmonella bacteria magnified

Salmonella bacteria

Salmonella can make your dog sick. It can make you sick as well, especially if you have not washed your hands thoroughly after touching products or surfaces exposed to the treats or other contaminated foods.

 

Symptoms

If your dog has eaten some of the recalled dog treats you should monitor them for:

  • lethargy
  • diarrhea or bloody diarrhea
  • fever
  • vomiting
  • decreased appetite
  • abdominal pain

If your dog has eaten the potentially contaminated treats and is exhibiting any of these symptoms be sure to call your veterinarian! Some animals eating the contaminated treats may not exhibit symptoms but could still infect other animals or humans, so keep an eye on your dog’s furry and human friends as well.

If you have this lot number of Treat Me Crunchy Beef Delight treats in your home you should also monitor yourself and others for:

  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • diarrhea or bloody diarrhea
  • abdominal pain
  • fever

Severe human Salmonella infections can cause:

  • arterial infections
  • endocarditis
  • arthritis
  • muscle pain
  • eye irritation
  • urinary tract symptoms

If you have been in contact with these treats and are exhibiting any of these symptoms be sure to call your doctor!

What to Do

If you purchased lot number 20190514 13753 of these treats you can return them to the retailer you purchased them from and you will get a full refund.

If you have any questions you can call TruPet at 1-800-476-8808.

To see the original FDA press release go to:  FDA recall announcement

Stay safe and stay aware,

Lynne and Maui

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