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May 2015

OC Raw Dog Recalls Turkey & Produce Raw Frozen Canine Formulation Because of Possible Salmonella Health Risk

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — May 15, 2015 — Ranch Santa Margarita, CA — OC Raw Dog of Rancho Santa Margarita, CA is voluntarily recalling 2055 lbs. of Turkey & Produce Raw Frozen Canine Formulation, 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. 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.

Ucm447098Pets 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.

This voluntary recall is limited to Turkey & Produce Raw Frozen Canine Formulations that were packaged into 6.5 lb. Doggie Dozen Patties and 5 lb. Bulk Bags with the lot number 1511 and use by date of 10/8/15.  These products were distributed in Minnesota, Missouri, Pennsylvania, and Colorado and sold to consumers through independent pet specialty retailers.

This recall is a result of a routine sampling program by the Nebraska Department of Food and Agriculture which revealed a presumptive positive to Salmonella

OC Raw Dog has ceased the production and distribution of the product as FDA and the company continues their investigation as to what caused the problem. 

We will be making several changes to our methods of production in order to further protect the product we so firmly believe in. 

If you are in possession of this recalled product please submit a picture of the package with the lot number to Olivia@ocrawdog.com for verification of product in the marketplace.  Please return the product to the retailer where you purchased for a full refund or replacement product.

Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-844-215-DOGS (3647) Monday thru Friday 9am – 5pm PST.

This recall is being conducted with the knowledge of the Food and Drug Administration. 


Is There Mold In FreshPet Pet Food? No Recalls Yet!

Original Article From - http://seekingalpha.com/article/3109866-mold-contamination-in-some-freshpet-skus-introduces-product-recall-risk

It appears that FreshPet Pet Food is having some mold problems and Social Media and Stock Market investors are concerned. To date there has not been a recall and if there is, we will post the information.

Summary

  • In recent weeks, we have observed a number of consumer complaints on social media detailing instances of mold in Freshpet products being sold at retail.        
  • Mold complaints on Facebook have accelerated in recent months and appear to be popping up across multiple states and across multiple retail chains.        
  • We wanted to verify these claims ourselves, so over the weekend, we visited 10 stores in Kansas City and found 3 stores that were selling moldy Freshpet food.        
  • The moldy products we found were unexpired and unopened, with no discernible damage to the packaging.        
  • This article contains a number of graphic pictures - viewer discretion is advised.        
 

Since our first article on Freshpet (NASDAQ:FRPT), the company's stock price has been on a tear. Based on the stock's current valuation, Freshpet appears to have accomplished what no refrigerated pet food company in history has accomplished: curing cancer while simultaneously shifting all of its refrigerators "to the cloud".

One thing that does not appear to be priced into the stock, however, is the risk of a massive nation-wide product recall as a result of growing signs of potential mold problems at Freshpet.

For the past several weeks, we have been actively monitoring the Freshpet Facebook comment board and have found a disturbing pattern of consumers stating that they bought Freshpet food from the store, only to come home and realize that the food was riddled with mold. We summarized our findings in this link.

This is an obvious concern for any pet parent given the health concerns associated with mold in pet food. It is an even more acute concern in the case of Freshpet, given that the food is stored in consumer refrigerators alongside human food, raising potential human health and safety issues.

Continue reading and view pictures at http://seekingalpha.com/article/3109866-mold-contamination-in-some-freshpet-skus-introduces-product-recall-risk

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