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June 2015

Dog Treat Recall - Boulder Dog Food Company, L.L.C. Voluntarily Recalls Ten Bags of Chicken Sprinkles

Boulder Dog Food Company, L.L.C. Voluntarily Recalls Ten Bags of Chicken Sprinkles, 3 oz. With A “Best By” Date of “05/04/16” Due to Possible Salmonella Health Risk

Contact: Consumer: Ed Withers 303-449-2540

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — June 19, 2015 — Boulder, CO — Boulder Dog Food Company, L.L.C. is voluntarily recalling the Chicken Sprinkles (3 oz.) with a “Best By” date of “05/04/16”, a Lot Number of “998”, and a UPC Code of 899883001231 (the “Product”), because the Product has the potential of being contaminated with SalmonellaSalmonella can affect animals eating the Product, and there is risk to humans who handle the Product, especially if the handler does not thoroughly wash his or her hands after having contact with the Product or any surfaces exposed to the Product.

Boulder-dog-food-company-chicken-sprinkles-recallHealthy people handling a product contaminated by Salmonella should monitor themselves for some or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping, and fever.  Although rare, Salmonella may 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 the Product should contact their healthcare providers immediately.

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.  Infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans.  If your pet has consumed the Product and has exhibited these symptoms, you should contact your veterinarian immediately.

This voluntary recall is limited to Chicken Sprinkles (3 oz.) with a “Best By” date of “05/04/16”, Lot # “998” and a UPC Code of 899883001231.The Product is in a clear poly bag. The UPC Code is located in the lower right hand corner of the product label on the front of the bag.  The “Best By” date and Lot Number are on a label on the reverse side of the bag. 

The recalled Product consists of 10 bags of Chicken Sprinkles (3 oz.) that were distributed to two retail stores in the State of Colorado, one retail store in the State of Washington, and one retail customer in the State of Maryland.  Boulder Dog Food Company, L.L.C. has retrieved 8 of the 10 bags of the recalled Product, and believes that the remaining two bags of the Product have been used or destroyed.  If you are in possession of the recalled Product (“Best By” date of “05/04/16”, a Lot #”998” and a UPC Code of 899883001231) please discontinue use and return the unused Product to either the retailer where it was purchased or directly to Boulder Dog Food Company L.L.C.

The recall is a result of a routine sampling program by the Colorado Department of Agriculture which revealed a “positive” test for Salmonella in one package of Chicken Sprinkles (3 oz.) with a “Best By” date of “05/04/16”, a Lot Number of “998”, and  a UPC Code of 899883001231.

One complaint was received from a consumer who had contact with the Product. 

Consumers with questions may contact Boulder Dog Food Company, L.L.C. at 303-449-2540 Monday through Friday between 8:00 AM and 5:00 PM (M.D.T.)

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9 Tips to Keep Your Cats and Dogs Summer Safe

Summer is here! And your pets cannot be more excited. Here are a few quick tips to help keep your pet safe this summer.
  1. Do not leave your pet alone in your car – vehicles heat up quickly in the sun, and animals left in them can succumb to heat stroke within minutes. Heat stroke is life threatening for both dogs and cats. Signs to watch for include heavy, loud breathing; a staggering gait; a bright red tongue or gum tissue; vomiting; diarrhea (sometimes blood); or even seizures. If heat stroke is suspected, bring the animal to a cool place, put cold compresses on its belly, or wet it down. Because this is a medical emergency, take your pet to your veterinarian as quickly as possible.
  2. Overheating - Short nosed dogs, like Pugs and Bulldogs, are particularly susceptible to overheating during hot, humid days. To prevent your dog from overheating, do not exercise her in very hot weather. If you want to run or walk with your dog, do it in the cool hours of the early morning or late evening. And be careful when walking your dog on hot pavement, as it can sometimes burn the footpads.
  3. Shade and Water - Dogs and cats need a cool, shady place to sleep during hot weather, as well as plenty of clean, fresh water that is accessible at all times. Feed your dog or cat in the cooler hours of the day. Older animals have a hard time in hot weather, so be extra sensitive to their needs during the hottest hours of the day.
  4. Risk of Disease - Some diseases may be more prevalent during warmer months. Parvovirus tends to flourish in hotter weather. Also, during the summer months, pets often spend more time outdoors, increasing their chances of encountering wildlife (possible rabies carriers). Your veterinarian can help you decide the best ways to prevent diseases in your area.
  5. Heartworm, Flea and Tick Prevention - If your dog hasn’t been tested for heartworm this year, you may want to see your veterinarian and discuss prevention. Heartworm is transmitted by mosquitoes, and the best time to attempt prevention is between June and November. Additionally, making sure your pet is free of fleas and ticks reduces the chances of other health problems. Many fleas and ticks carry infectious diseases that can affect your pet (e.g. Lyme Disease).
  6. Keep your pet well groomed - Daily brushing or combing lets you check for fleas and ticks. Ticks can carry infectious diseases and fleas can cause allergic reactions and “hot spots” in dogs. Hot spots are large, wet lesions that appear suddenly in areas where the dog has scratched. See your veterinarian for flea and tick preventives or if a hot spot appears.
  7. Keep dogs away from picnic garbage -  Ingesting corncobs and chicken bones can be life threatening. Keep an eye on your dog!
  8. Water Safety - Believe it or not, not all dogs can swim (or swim well)! Know your dog’s abilities in water before leaving him or her unattended around a swimming pool or other water. Consider a life vest if your dog is not a strong swimmer.
  9. Open Window Safety - Use a heavy screen on windows or keep them closed if you have cats. During the summer, the number of cats suffering from “high rise” syndrome, or falling from windows, increases dramatically. Contrary to myth, cats do not always land on their feet when falling from heights. The most severe injuries occur when cats fall from second- or third-floor windows.

And most of all - have fun with your pet companions!

Wet Cat Food Recall - 5 Varieties Of Rachael Ray Nutrish Wet Cat Food Recalled By Ainsworth Pet Nutrition

Ainsworth Pet Nutrition Voluntarily Recalls Five Nutrish® Wet Cat Food Varieties for Potentially Elevated Vitamin D Levels


As pet parents ourselves, we understand just how important pet food safety is. That's why Ainsworth Pet Nutrition of Meadville, PA, is voluntarily recalling five varieties of Rachael Ray Nutrish® wet cat food, including Ocean Fish-a-licious, Lip Smackin’ Sardine 'n Mackerel, Ocean Fish & Chicken Catch-iatore, Tuna Purrfection and certain lot codes of Paw Lickin’ Chicken & Liverdue to potentially elevated levels of Vitamin D. Symptoms of excessive Vitamin D consumption usually develop within 12-36 hours after ingestion and may include vomiting or diarrhea, increased thirst and urination, and muscle tremors or seizures. Any cat experiencing these symptoms should be taken to a veterinarian immediately.                

Two variety packs that contain some of these recalled products (the Chicken Lovers Variety Pack, and the Ocean Lovers Variety Pack) will also be recalled. The recalled products are distributed nationwide. No other Rachael Ray Nutrish® products are affected by this recall.                

Single PackUnit UPC CodeBest By Dates Thru
PAW LICKIN' CHICKEN & LIVER (2.8 oz.) 071190007032 AUG 17 2015
OCEAN FISH & CHICKEN CATCH-IATORIE (2.8 oz.) 071190007049 DEC 1 2016
OCEAN FISH–A–LICIOUS (2.8 oz.) 071190007056 DEC 1 2016
TUNA PURRFECTION (2.8 oz.) 071190007063 DEC 1 2016
LIP SMACKIN' SARDINE 'N MACKEREL (2.8 oz.) 071190007070 DEC 1 2016
Multi Packs - 12 CountUnit UPC CodeBest By Dates Thru
CHICKEN LOVERS VARIETY PACK (12 count pack of 2.8 oz. cups) 071190007773 DEC 1 2016
OCEAN LOVERS VARIETY PACK (12 count pack of 2.8 oz. cups) 071190007780 DEC 1 2016

UPC# 071190007032

UPC# 071190007049

UPC# 071190007056

UPC# 071190007063

UPC# 071190007070

UPC# 071190007773 UPC# 071190007780


The UPC code can be found on the bottom of the cup. The Best By date can be found on the side of the cup.

To date, there have been 11 reports of illness associated with these products.

After conducting a number of product tests, Ainsworth confirmed that the affected products have elevated levels of Vitamin D. The high levels result from the natural levels of Vitamin D that are found in some of the fish ingredients that were used in these specific formulas.

"At Ainsworth Pet Nutrition and Rachael Ray Nutrish®, the safety and quality of our products is our top priority," says Jeff Watters, CEO. "For the time being, we recommend disposing of any of the affected wet cat varieties. Rest assured we have implemented additional operating procedures to prevent an issue like this from occurring in the future. We sincerely apologize to our loyal consumers everywhere."

Ainsworth is working to ensure the removal of all affected products from store shelves. Retailers with affected products are asked to contact 888-943-4218 for additional information.

Consumers with questions about the recall are encouraged to contact Ainsworth's Consumer Care Team at 877-650-3486 or visit

Representatives will be available from 8:00 a.m. — 9:00 p.m. ET Monday thru Friday and 8:00 a.m. — 8:00 p.m. ET Saturday and Sunday.

Vitamin D is important in regulating Calcium and Phosphorus in a cat's body. But, when ingested at very high levels, it can lead to serious health issues.

Production of the affected varieties has been suspended and will resume after reformulation.


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