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Update: Pet Food/Pet Chew Recalls
Release Date: April 09, 2007

NJLINCS Health Alert Network
Public Health Update

Distributed by the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services

Subject: Pet Food/Pet Chew Recalls
Date: 4/9/2007; 10:31:29
Message #: 100439-4-9-2007-PHUP
Contact Inf   Alan L. Talarsky, NJDHSS/CEHS/Food and Drug Safety Program
Phone: 609-588-3123; Email: at2@njlincs.net
Attachments: None

Please review the following messages from Alan Talarsky, Environmental Scientist 1, Food and Drug Safety Program, DHSS regarding the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's Class 1 Recalls of various brands of pet foods due to recalled wheat gluten and American Bullie A.B. Bull Pizzle Puppy Chews and Dog Chews due to possible Salmonella contamination.

1. Menu Foods voluntarily expanded its pet food recall for selected "cuts and gravy" pet food products, manufactured back to November 8, 2006. ChemNutra Inc., a former supplier of wheat gluten to Menu Foods, announced a recall of all wheat gluten it imported from Xuzhou Anying Biologic Technology Development Co. in Wangdien, China. As a result, Menu Foods today announced an expansion of its recall to include all products manufactured with wheat gluten purchased from ChemNutra Inc. which Menu Foods' records show was first used on November 8, 2006 and last used on March 6, 2007.

As a result of actions previously taken by Menu Foods, the vast majority of the products affected by this expansion are already off retailers' shelves. No new brands have been added. A total of 20 varieties have been added to the recall list and the additional varieties are listed below. All Menu Foods products not made with the recalled wheat gluten are safe to consume. A complete and updated list of recalled products is available at the Menu Foods website at http://www.menufoods.com.

Cat Food

Brand Look For This Date The Bottom of Can or Back of Pouch Variety Description Can or Pouch Size UPC

Nov/20/09 Adult Sliced Chicken/Sauce Formula 3oz Can 3oz 37257-37359

Nutro Max Cat Gourmet Classics
Nov/21/08 Pouch Kitten Chicken/Tomato 3oz Pouch 3oz 79105-36263
Nov/21/08 Pouch Senior Whitefish/Crab 3oz Pouch 3oz 79105-36265

Pet Pride
Nov/21/09 Flaked Tuna 3oz Can 3oz 11110-80472
Nov/20/09 Sliced Chicken/Heart/Liver 3oz Can 3oz 11110-86261
Nov/20/09 Sliced Turkey/Gravy 3oz Can 3oz 11110-86257
Nov/20/09 Sliced Beef/Gravy 3oz Can 3oz 11110-86264

Nov/21/09 Flaked Chicken/Tuna 3oz Can 3oz 37257-01287
Nov/20/09 Sliced Beef/Gravy 3oz Can 3oz 37257-01243
Nov/20/09 Sliced Chicken/Heart/Liver 3oz Can 3oz 37257-01285
Nov/20/09 Sliced Salmon/Chicken 3oz Can 3oz 37257-01286

Science Diet Feline Savory Cuts Can (Hill's Pet Nutrition April 5, 2007 Comment on Industry News)

Jun/19/08 Sliced Beef/Gravy 3oz Can 3oz 52742-44120
Jun/19/08 Sliced Chicken/Grvy 3oz Can 3oz 52742-44110
Jun/19/08 Sliced Oceanfish/Sauce 3oz Can 3oz 52742-44010
Jun/19/08 Sliced Senior Chicken/Gravy 3oz Can 3oz 52742-46000

Dog Food

Brand Look For This Date The Bottom of Can or Back of Pouch Variety Description Can or Pouch Size UPC

Grreat Choice
Nov/14/09 London Grill Cuts 13.2oz Can 13.2oz 37257-37002

Pet Pride
Nov/28/08 Pouch Chicken Teriyaki/Gravy 5.3oz Pouch 5.3oz 11110-84172
Dec/01/08 Pouch With Stew 5.3oz Pouch 5.3oz 11110-88124

Springfield Prize
Nov/14/09 Chicken Cuts/Gravy 13.2oz Can 13.2oz 41380-13901

Stater Brothers
Nov/14/09 Chicken Cuts/Gravy 13.2oz Can 13.2oz 74175-12240


2. Sunshine Mills, Inc. ("Sunshine"), a branded and private-label pet food manufacturer based in Red Bay, Alabama, is voluntarily recalling a portion of its branded dog biscuits made at its Red Bay, Alabama biscuit plant during part of March 2007. These brands include: Nurture Chicken & Rice, Nurture Lamb & Rice, Pet Life Large, Pet Life Extra Large, Pet Life Large Variety, Pet Life Large Peanut Butter, Lassie Lamb and Rice, and Pet Life People Pleasers Dog Treats. Private label biscuits for six of Sunshine's customers were also affected. A complete list of affected biscuit brands, sizes, and codes is available below or at our website, www.sunshinemills.com. Sunshine's other biscuit brands and products that include small and medium sized biscuits were not affected. It is also important to note that dry dog and cat food and soft and chewy treats for dogs or cats manufactured by Sunshine are not affected and not included in this recall.

The company is taking this voluntary action of recalling the dog biscuits listed below after learning from the FDA that wheat gluten supplied to Sunshine from a specific manufacturing facility in China contained melamine. Melamine is a substance not approved for use in food. The FDA made this finding as part of its ongoing investigation into the recent pet food recall.

The recalled dog biscuits are marketed nationwide by many pet food retailers including the mass channel, traditional grocery, and pet specialty stores. No dog illnesses or deaths have been reported to date in connection with these dog biscuits. The recalled dog biscuits contain one percent or less by weight of wheat gluten.

Consumers should immediately stop feeding their dog the dog biscuits with the specified date codes and consult with a veterinarian if they have any health concerns with their dog.

The following products are being recalled:
Branded Product and Variety Product Size: UPC Codes Plant Code / Best By Date
Nurture Chicken & Rice Biscuit 26 oz. 70155-13606 Plant code: RB
Best by: 31208
Nurture Lamb & Rice Biscuit 26 oz. 70155-13607 Plant code: RB
Best by: 31308
Pet Life Large Peanut Butter Biscuit 4 lb. 41746-00950 Plant code: RB RB
Best by: 30608 31308
Pet Life Large Biscuit 4 lb. 41746-02545 Plant code: RB RB
Best by: 30308 31908
Lassie Lamb and Rice Biscuit 26 oz. 45352-07005 Plant code: RB RB
Best by: 30708 31908
Pet Life Large Biscuit 25 lb. 41746-00008 Best By Date - last 5 digits
Best by: 30308 31408
Pet Life Extra Large Biscuit 25 lb. 41746-00010
Best by: 30408 30808 31408 31508
Pet Life Large Variety Biscuit 25 lb. 70155-00073
Best by: 30408
Pet Life Peanut Butter Large Biscuit 25 lb. 41746-00078
Best by: 30308 30808
Pet Life People Pleasers Dog Treat 25 lb. 41746-00266
Best by: 31408 31608 32308
Pet Life People Pleasers Dog Treat 50 oz. 70155-11006 Best By Date - 5 digits
Best by: 30208 30508 30808 31308 31408
Pet Life People Pleasers Dog Treat 40 oz. 70155-11007
Best by: 30908 31208 31808
Private Label Product and Variety Product Size: UPC Codes Plant Code / Best By Date
Companion's Best Multi Flavor Biscuit 4 lb. 50700-49270 Plant code: RB RB RB RB RB
Best by: 30308 30808 31108 31408 31608
Plant code: RB RB
Best by: 32308 32708
Stater Brothers Large Biscuit 4 lb. 74175-18801 Plant code: RB RB
Best by: 30908 31308
Ol'Roy Peanut Butter Biscuit 5 lb. 78742-34501 Plant code: RB RB RB RB RB
Best by: 30508 31008 31208 31508 31608
Plant code: RB RB
Best by: 32108 32308
Ol'Roy 4 Flavor Large Biscuit 10 lb. 81131-46959 Plant code: RB RB RB RB RB
Best by: 30308 30408 30508 30608 30708
Plant code: RB RB RB RB RB
Best by: 30808 30908 31208 31308 31408
Plant code: RB RB RB RB RB
Best by: 31508 31608 31708 31908 32008
Plant code: RB RB
Best by: 32108 32408
Ol'Roy Puppy Biscuit 28.8 oz. 81131-92197 Plant code: RB RB RB RB RB
Best by: 30208 30308 30408 30608 30708
Plant code: RB RB RB RB RB
Best by: 30908 31008 31408 31508 31608
Plant code: RB RB RB RB RB
Best by: 31708 31808 32108 32208 32308
Champion Breed Peanut Butter Biscuit 4 lb. 72000-26063 Plant code: RB RB
Best by: 32108 32308
Champion Breed Large Biscuit 4 lb. 72000-26065 Plant code: RB RB
Best by: 32208 32308
Perfect Pals Large Biscuit 4 lb. 12333-00260 Plant code: RB
Best by: 31808
Stater Brothers Large Biscuit 26 oz. 74175-18802 Best By Date - 5 digits
Best by: 30308 31008


3. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today warned consumers not to use American Bullie A.B. Bull Pizzle Puppy Chews and Dog Chews manufactured and distributed by T.W. Enterprises, Ferndale, WA, because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, which can cause serious infections in dogs and cats, and, if there is cross contamination, in people, especially children, the aged, and people with compromised immune systems. Consumers who have the pet treats manufactured or distributed by T.W. Enterprises listed below should not feed them to their pets, but instead dispose of them in a safe manner (e.g., in a securely covered trash receptacle).
Salmonella can potentially be transferred to people handling these pet treats, 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. Well animals 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.
The products covered by this alert include all sizes and lots of:
American Bullie A.B. Bull Pizzle Puppy Chew and Dog Chew (made from all American beef pizzle)
Following is a list of the affected products:
. A.B. Small Chew, small, 3-4 inch
. A.B. Puppy Chew, 4-6 inch
. A.B. Dog Chew Medium, 6 inch
. A.B. Dog Chew Large, 10 inch
. A.B. Dog Chew XL, 13 inch
. A.B. Dog Chew Mega, 16 inch
. A.B. Dog Chew Jumbo, 26 inch
FDA collected samples of packages of three different sizes of bull pizzle (beef) dog chews manufactured by T.W. Enterprises and, after analysis, found Salmonella in one of them. FDA is including in its alert all sizes and all lots of bull pizzle chews manufactured by T. W. Enterprises because pizzles used in manufacturing the chews are processed at the same time, cut into chews of the desired sizes, and then packaged for sale. Differently sized chews are thus obtained from the same batch or lot of pizzles and manufactured under conditions that facilitate cross-contamination within batches or lots. It is impossible to differentiate chews manufactured by T. W. Enterprises by lot or batch numbers or dates of manufacture because packages of the firm's chews are not coded with batch or lot numbers, and do not specify the dates of manufacture or bear expiration dates.
FDA is actively investigating this matter to determine the source of this problem, and will issue future updates as appropriate.

No action is required of local health departments at this time. If any requests for assistance are received from the FDA, the Food and Drug Safety Program will contact you. For additional information regarding these recalls, please click on the weblink below.



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