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Merit Bird Company, LLS Recalls Vitae Because of Possible Health Risk


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - April 18, 2013 - Merit  Bird Company, LLC of Chatsworth, California is recalling the following items  with lot codes; Vitae Cockatiel with Sunflower 2lbs, (#2840081), Vitae Cockatiel  with Sunflower 4lbs, (#2840090), Vitae Small Hookbill 4lbs, (#2840225), Vitae  Small Hookbill 20lbs, (#2840234), Vitae Hookbill with Sunflower 4lbs,  (#2840252), Vitae Large Hookbill 4lbs, (#2840279) shipped between May 2012 to  February 2013, because it has the potential to be contaminated with  Salmonella, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal  infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened  immune systems.

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.

Animals with Salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or  bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting. Some animals will have only decreased  appetite, fever and abdominal pain. Infected but otherwise healthy animals can  be carriers and infect other animals or humans. If your animals have consumed  the recalled product and have these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.  "Vitae bird food was distributed through Southern California retail pet  stores.

The bags in question are packaged in a factory sealed plastic bag or a white  bulk bag for the 20# size.

No illnesses have been reported to date.

This recall was the result of a routine testing performed by Specialty  Commodities, which revealed that the finished products, which include parsley  that is on recall from Specialty Commodities, contain Salmonella. The  company has ceased the production and distribution of the product as FDA and the  company continue their investigation as to what caused the problem.

If you still have any bags on hand, please return them immediately to the  place of purchase or Merit Bird Company for a full refund.

Information on what consumers should do with the product and where they can  get additional information (e.g., consumers) who have purchased Vitae Bird Food  are urged to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund.

Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-818-727-1655.  Monday-Friday 9am-4pm, Pacific Standard Time.

Natura Expands Recall Now Includes All Dry Pet Food Products And Treats (Dog, Cat And Ferret) With Expiration Dates Prior To And Including March 24, 2014

From NaturaPet

On March 18, 2013, we informed you of a voluntary recall on select Natura products.

Innova_Fr_Lg_Breed_PuppyOut of an abundance of caution, we are extending our recall to include all Natura dry dog, cat and ferret food and treats that have expiration dates on or before March 24, 2014. We are sorry for the disruption, but we simply want to ensure that every product meets our highest quality standards.

Natura canned products and Mother Nature biscuits are not affected.

Please read below for more information about the recalled products and how to replace your pet food if it is included.

Your pet’s health and safety are our #1 priority. We are taking all actions necessary to ensure that our products meet both your expectations and ours. Our Fremont plant has been focused on quality enhancements and is now shipping new product to stores that will be on shelves soon.

As fellow pet owners feeding Natura products, we share your disappointment and again, we are very sorry. For additional inquiries, contact us at or (800) 224-6123.

    Employees of Natura Pet Products

Updated Product Information

Natura has issued a voluntarily recall of all dry products with an expiration date on or before March 24, 2014, for the following brands.



California Natural




Size Description UPC Lot Codes Expiration Date
  California Natural All Sizes All dry dog and dry cat food and treat varieties All UPCs All Lot Codes All expiration dates prior to and including March 24, 2014
  Evo All Sizes All dry dog and dry cat food and treat varieties All UPCs All Lot Codes All expiration dates prior to and including March 24, 2014
  Healthwise All Sizes All dry dog and dry cat food and treat varieties All UPCs All Lot Codes All expiration dates prior to and including March 24, 2014
  Innova All Sizes All dry dog and dry cat food and treat varieties All UPCs All Lot Codes All expiration dates prior to and including March 24, 2014
  Karma All Sizes All dry dog and dry cat food and treat varieties All UPCs All Lot Codes All expiration dates prior to and including March 24, 2014

No canned wet food or biscuits are affected by this announcement.

Natura is owned by Proctor & Gamble.



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Dog Treat Recall: Breeder’s Choice Recalls Active Care Biscuits For Dogs

BreederschoiceBreeder’s Choice, a Central Garden & Pet company, has issued a voluntary recall for a single batch of Active Care Biscuits-Healthy Dog Treats due to mold discovered in one of the lots of dog biscuits.

The following product is included in the recall:

Product Code/SKU/ Material #: BCP-080

UPC Code:  0130104895

Size: 24 oz.

Product Name: Active Care Biscuits-Healthy Dog Treats

Best Before Code: 19/Dec/2013

Product and product lots that do not appear above have not been affected.

According to a release from the manufacturer, the mold seems to have occurred due to varying dryer temperature settings for drying biscuits. This exposed the recalled product to excess moisture and has since been remedied.

Pet owners who fed their pets the recalled biscuits should watch for symptoms that may develop. Common symptoms associated with mold exposure include gastrointestinal issues such as loose stool. At the time of this release, there have been no reports of human or pet illnesses associated with this recall.

For more information, call the Central Customer Care line at (866) 500-6286 or visit ****As of right now this is not on their website! This info is coming from PetMD - Hopefully the company will put it on their website.



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Virbac Recalls Six Lots of Iverhart Plus Flavored Chewables For Dogs

Virbac has issued a voluntary recall for six lots of their heartworm prentive, Iverhart Plus Flavored Chewables, due to a failure to meet stability specifications during the life of the product.

The following lots have been included in the recall:

  • Lot 120076 (Large 51-100 pounds)
  • Lot 120086 (Large 51-100 pounds)
  • Lot 120856 (Large 51-100 pounds)
  • Lot 120202 (Medium 26-50 pounds)
  • Lot 120196 (Small up to 25 pounds)
  • Lot 120844 (Small up to 25 pounds)

Virbacrecall (1)According to a Virbac letter obtained by petMD, the recalled lots met all of the specifications at the time of their release to distributers, but further product testing showed that the ivermectin potency failed to meet stability specifications during the life of the product.

The recalled lots may not fully protect dogs in the upper third of each weight range against heartworms. At the time of this letter, no heartworm-related adverse reactions or illnesses have been reported.

For questions or concerns about the Iverhart Plus recall, please contact Virbac Technical Services at 1-800-338-3659 ext. 3052.


*******I checked Virbac's site and as of right now I can not find this recall.


3 More Bravo! Raw Frozen Food Diets For Dogs And Cats Recalled

April, 2013:  Bravo! has issued a voluntary recall for three of our  products.

Bravo! will always stand on the side of caution when it comes to  the dogs and cats that eat our foods. As such, this recall is being issued  solely out of an abundance of caution.

Upfront we want to tell you the  products involved in this recall all tested negative for pathogens by an  independent third party prior to being shipped, but they were run on the same or  next day of a product that tested positive for salmonella. All of the product  that tested positive is under our control and is not subject to this recall.

What products are included in the recall and how to identify them?
  • Item #21-405 - 5 lb chub (tube) of Bravo! Chicken Balance frozen raw  diet with “best used by” dates of 3_6_15 or 3_12_15 printed on the plastic  casing of the package.
  • Item # 21-102 - 2 lb. chub (tube) of Bravo! Chicken Blend frozen raw  diet with a “best used by” date of 3_21_15 printed on the plastic casing of the  package.
  • Item # 51-508 – 5 lb. bag of Bravo! Beef Blend Burgers with the “best  used by dates” of 3_21_15 or 3_22_15 printed on the back panel of the plastic  bag.
No other products or sizes are affected. The recalled  product should not be sold or fed to pets.

The company has received no  reports of illness in either people or animals associated with this product.

To read the recall notice, click here.  For  a refund claim form, click  here.




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