Salmonella Prompts Tops, Pedigree Pet, Dog Food Recall

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2008-09-13 01:47

Pedigree has announced a voluntary dog and pet food recall of Mars brands from its Everson plan and Tops market are alson announcing the recall from the shelves.

Mars Pet Food recall from Pedigree is a Class I recall, which means that this is the most serious. Eating the food may cause health problems or even death.

Here is the letter from Debra Crew (Pedigree US General Manager) about the dog food recall.

Today, we're announcing a voluntary recall of selected bags of PEDIGREE Small Crunchy Bites Complete Nutrition and PEDIGREE Large Breed Food For Dogs, both of which are made in our Everson, PA facility. Thankfully, there haven't been any reports of pets being affected by our food in this recall; however, we feel we must take this action as a precautionary measure after we were alerted of a possible link between dry dog pet food produced at the Everson plant and two isolated cases of people infected by Salmonella Schwarzengrund.

While none of the pet foods found in the homes were determined to contain Salmonella, the strain of Salmonella Schwarzengrund involved in the illnesses was detected in the Everson plant where some PEDIGREE products are produced.

You should know that we have numerous facilities throughout the country and Everson represents a very small portion of our manufacturing base (2.7%) of total PEDIGREE production. Rest assured, you can continue to have confidence in the quality and safety of products produced at all our other facilities.

We realize how important dogs are to your family. We are dog lovers too. And implementing this safety measure immediately is the best way we can protect them, their owners and the families who feed and trust PEDIGREE.

Please know we are doing all we can to make sure that these foods are no longer on store shelves. If, however, you believe you have purchased products affected by this voluntary recall, please return the product to the store where you purchased it for a full refund. If you want more information on specific product details and other information please visit www.petcare.mars.com

As the makers of PEDIGREE, our number one priority has always been, and continues to be, the health and welfare of pets and their owners.

Sincerely
Debra Crew
General Manager
Mars Petcare US

Tops Markets has listed the following information about the pet food recall.

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I've noticed that between this current Pedigree dog food Salmonella scare & with the China dog food poison scare, the dog food brand, "Purina", has not been affected. Of course, who is to say it can't happen to them in the future -- but so far I (& my dogs) have been lucky that I've chosen to buy Purina for them instead of any of the other brands.
purina has not been on recent recalls because they have their own mills. the pet food is not being made in china. the only recall i have seen was for '1' kind of alpo which does carry the purina name but the dry food has been clear.
sounds like this company needs to stop playing with the health of our pets in order to maximize their profits. wonder how many millions their top guys pulled out of the company - and their customers pay the price. This is just another case of corporate irresponsibility and greed. Here's some facts from Wikipedia. Mars has come under criticism by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals for funding animal tests which the group alleges are inhumane, including a study regarding angiogenesis and spatial memory in which mice were force fed catechins, a candy ingredient, compelled to swim in paint, then dissected. Other experiments involved life-threatening cardiac puncture of mice with inadequate anesthesia[weasel words]. PETA alleges that these experiments are not required by law, their only purpose being to promote increased consumption of Mars' products. There is evidence that Mars, and a number of other chocolate manufacturers, such as Hershey and Nestle, source cocoa beans from African nations that are known to use child labour. The State Department's year 2000 human rights report "concluded that some 15,000 children between the ages of 9 and 12 from poorer neighboring countries of Mali, Burkina Faso, Benin and Togo have been sold into forced labor on northern Ivory Coast plantations in recent years"[16] Furthermore, these chocolate companies lobby against United States legislation requiring "'slave free' labels on their products."
PETA KNOWS NOTHING AND DOES NOTHING FOR REAL ANIMALS! THEY ONLY CARE ABOUT MONEY AND WHAT THEIR OTHER RICH FRIENDS THINK.........THEY ACTUALLY DON'T CARE ABOUT ANIMALS................JUST LOOK THEM UP YOURSELVES!
I'am a vet tech in Mobile,Alabama. Do you know if any of the recalled food was shipped to any stores in or around the Mobile, Alabama areas? We already started receiving phone calls this morning at the clinic I work at with very concerned clients. We had absolutly no idea nor did we know about any food recalls.
As a dog lover, author and kennel owner, I want to thank Mars Petcare for putting the safety of our animals and ourselves above their profits. We feed only Pedigree dog food to our pets as well as our guest dogs and will do so again after the recall has been lifted. Respectfully Tena Bastian Bear Back Ranch and Kennel
i will nolonger buy any dogfood or snacks from pedigree period!!!!!
That means the can dog food is ok? Theresa
Can anyone tell me if the whole USA is supposed to react to this recall or just out west? I live in Maine... My dogs eat this food. Please let me know! Amy
MY DOG HAS DIARRHEA & VOMITTING FROM THIS FOOD. I JUST WONDER IF THE MARS CO. WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR MY VET BILLS?
I don't know what to think each time I put food in my dog's bowl. I am so confused as to what to feed my dogs.
I wish more people would learn to study Feline and Canine nutrition, thus forcing these unscruptulous compaies to stop using inferior and dangerous cheap ingredients, that maime and kill our pets, while lining the pockets of those without a conscience, calling themselves...formulators. Food manufacturers with integrity would have never placed themselves at risk to be involved in any recall in the first place. Huge profits are created when cheap inferior ingredients are used. The foods mentioned here contain unhealthy ingredients for dogs and cats. Pedigree and purina are shameful companies indeed, as are many more! Being a canine and feline nutritionist, it stuns me to see how people continue to blindly purchase pet products. Please realize that most of these manufacturers do NOT have the best interest of your pet when they manufacture their foods for the store shelves. Did you know that more money is spent on some of the newer pet food bags, than on the food itself. Do you really know what is in there?There is no FDA involvement in the pet food business. Veterinarians do not usually understand nutrition, or they would not recommend what they do. Many breeders feed and recommend foods that place dogs in an early grave. Dogs are not living into the golden years that they should. They are contracting diseases that they never used to...in alarming rates. Diet is a direct cause. Shame on these companies!
How about the canned dog foods; I have noticed that my dogs will sometimes turn their noses up at the food they are given. One of my dogs did not eat anything all day yesterday and had some diarrhea this morning. I think you need to investigate these complaints further. I am from New Haven, Indiana.
I have feed my dogs pedigee for years ..I had no idea of the recall...i went to the local walmarts where i lived to purchase pedigree and found none on the shelves....it was not until today 09-16-08...that i learned of the recall...the local walmart had no idea why there was a recall just that there was one....my dogs like pedigree but i have no idea if i will buy it again.....it's bad when there is a recall and the stores can't even tell the customer why it is......
what would happen if my dog die cause of this recall? Who do we contact? I love my dog and want the person responsible for his death. I hope this is not the case. Thanks Janet
I always buy Pedigree 12 pouch variety pack ground dinners, my dog LOVES it! But I noticed in the last two boxes I purchased, the food out of two of the pouches were "different". one pouch had very little solid food in it and "alot" of ??? water??? the Other pouch had the solid food in it, but it also had "alot of "water"? The rest of the box was ok.; Is this normal?? It is the first time I've ever seen this in the 4years i've been giving it to her.. Buford, Georgia
This last weekend, September 12-14, our little one year-old granddaughter was visiting and found some of the dry dog food left in our Chihuahuas' bowls. I gathered her up and the dog food dishes as well. I took what I saw in her mouth out, however, I am sure she chewed up some pieces. That night and the next day she was fussy and wouldn't eat and had diarrhea and vomiting. By Sunday she felt better but definitely not her old self. This morning we heard of the recall on the news. The sack of Pedigree we bought did not have the two UPC codes but the sack said mini crunchy bites, two times easier to crunch. I am mortified that I could have been responsilbe for making my granddaughter sick! I called my son and he said she isn't up to snuff but the diarrhea has stopped. I hope this is all a coincidence. My question is: Is it possible to become sick with salmonella that doesn't require hospitalization? Our little dogs feces don't look right either. I will be making a trip to Wal-Mart with this bag and making an appointment with the vet for our three little dogs tomorrow.
you know not for nothing but don't you think its time to take a look at the way things used to be done and the fact this crap didnt happen years ago whats changed??????? and why do our pets have to suffer????does anyone care about anythign anymore????
The adult complete (40# bag) is not recalled? Also, cans (22 oz) are OK?
Thanks Mars for taking SO LONG to pull the food from ALL the states. We live in South Florida and our three dogs all eat Pedigree. They have all been sick these last three weeks, vomiting, etc. I'm calling my lawyer and you will here from us!!!
If your dog has diarrhea mixing rice with their food and even some unflavored Metamucil helps to firm up stool. Pedigree is really not a very good food to begin with. Neither is IAMs Beneful Purina or any of the other foods you have usually heard of. The first several ingredients are usually corn (we know what happens when our body gets corn, we poop it out and don’t use it, same with dogs) meat by products (the take the meat off of whatever it is and you get the bones, feathers, coat, feet, beaks, etc) and white or brewers rice (no nutritional value, just a filler) because of this our dogs need to eat more to get the nutrients they need and poop a lot more too. Also...science diet and eukanuba are not very good foods either. They used to be but they were bought out by other companies who, to save money, changed the ingredients to fillers and by products. These foods cost about the same as the all naturals foods and you are getting pedigree quality food. You can check all the ingredients yourself. Stay away from the first 3 ingredients being corn, by products of any kind, and white or brewer’s rice. Go for foods with chicken, chicken meal, or any meats that don’t have by product after them, and BROWN rice. These are good foods. Try going to a specialty pet store and ask about a better food. Precise, Royal Canin, and Verus are all really good foods. When you look at the ingredients they will be along the lines of Chicken, brown rice (the only rice with nutritional value for dogs), and usually another protein source such as chicken meal (chicken meal is just dehydrated chicken, very good) your dogs will eat much less of the food so even though it cost a bit more you go through less food and it ends up saving you money. They also poop less, live longer, and are overall healthier. I have four shih tzus and I feed them Royal Canin dry food. 10lbs of that food last us over a month. 4 adults dogs eating only 10lbs of food between the 4 of them is pretty good! These foods are also all natural and organic so they are never involved in any recalls; you know your food is always safe. Go to your local pet store and ask about these brands (Precise, Royal Canin, Verus, Wellness, California Natural, Innova, Canidae, Merrik) many stores, such as Pets Plus, will even give you your money back for the dog food if your dog doesn’t like it and has programs such as buy 10 bags get your 11th free. It's worth a try and trust me your dogs will love it.
If your dog has diarrhea mixing rice with their food and even some unflavored Metamucil helps to firm up stool. Pedigree is really not a very good food to begin with. Neither is IAMs Beneful Purina or any of the other foods you have usually heard of. The first several ingredients are usually corn (we know what happens when our body gets corn, we poop it out and don’t use it, same with dogs) meat by products (the take the meat off of whatever it is and you get the bones, feathers, coat, feet, beaks, etc) and white or brewers rice (no nutritional value, just a filler) because of this our dogs need to eat more to get the nutrients they need and poop a lot more too. Also...science diet and eukanuba are not very good foods either. They used to be but they were bought out by other companies who, to save money, changed the ingredients to fillers and by products. These foods cost about the same as the all naturals foods and you are getting pedigree quality food. You can check all the ingredients yourself. Stay away from the first 3 ingredients being corn, by products of any kind, and white or brewer’s rice. Go for foods with chicken, chicken meal, or any meats that don’t have by product after them, and BROWN rice. These are good foods. Try going to a specialty pet store and ask about a better food. Precise, Royal Canin, and Verus are all really good foods. When you look at the ingredients they will be along the lines of Chicken, brown rice (the only rice with nutritional value for dogs), and usually another protein source such as chicken meal (chicken meal is just dehydrated chicken, very good) your dogs will eat much less of the food so even though it cost a bit more you go through less food and it ends up saving you money. They also poop less, live longer, and are overall healthier. I have four shih tzus and I feed them Royal Canin dry food. 10lbs of that food last us over a month. 4 adults dogs eating only 10lbs of food between the 4 of them is pretty good! These foods are also all natural and organic so they are never involved in any recalls; you know your food is always safe. Go to your local pet store and ask about these brands (Precise, Royal Canin, Verus, Wellness, California Natural, Innova, Canidae, Merrik) many stores, such as Pets Plus, will even give you your money back for the dog food if your dog doesn’t like it and has programs such as buy 10 bags get your 11th free. It's worth a try and trust me your dogs will love it.
if pedigree can,t make dogfood safe for our pets consumption then they don,t need to be in business period! i have bought pedigree canned food for my dog,after hearing about this i will nolonger do business with pedigree.my dog eats kibblesnbits homestyle and the kibblesnbits canned food.kibblesnbits is made by delmonte.i trust delmonte foods,i buy their other products such as catsup and spices.delmonte has been in business for over 100 years and is a trustworthy company.the pedigree petfood company should be ashamed of themselves.if restraunts must undergo rigourous inspections then pedigree should have to undergo the same inspections.i,m calling on the FDA to step up to the plate and start inspecting every dogfood plant in the usa.start making dogfood safe for our pets.
shame on you pedigree,if you cannot make dogfood safe for our pets then you don,t need to be in business
My 2 yr old dachshund went to bed as usual on the evening of 9/10/08 at 10 pm and when we awoke at 6 am on 9/11/08, he was dead. He had no known health issues and showed no signs of illness whatsoever. When we discovered him dead , it was obvious that he had been vomiting, bloody diarrhea and hemorrhaged overnight. We could not fathom what could have caused the sudden death of our healthy dog. Just a few days ago on MSNBC.com I discovered the "voluntary" recall statement of the MARS pet foods. We were feeding our pet Pedigree dry adult small crunchy bits exclusively. He did not receive table scraps. I saw that the statement from the head of Pedigree was issued on 9/12/08....one day after our beloved little dog's death. Two days after his death, I became ill with what I believed to be a stomach virus and then my husband and daughter began vomiting with severe diarrhea as well. My oldest daughter, (age 11) did NOT contract the stomach illness...but she also rarely ever fed the dog. I have notified MARS (but they have not responded), I have also notified the FDA and they took my information but stated that since I do NOT have the lot number from the dogfood bag, they can not report a confirmed case. I threw away my dog's food just after his passed as it wasn't needed and it was too painful for our family and young daughters to see any of his belongings in the house. I am not interested in any lawsuit as it won't bring back our dog. I only want MARS/Pedigree to be more vigilant with making consumers aware of the dangers as we were not. I am angry. G
ASPCA has flagged the page www.petcare.mars.com so you can look at the bag scan numbers and verify if you bought the product ...
We`will no longer feed our dog any of the Pedigree products. I found out that they put loads of yellow corn products in the food, which will cause your dog to get gain weight and become unhealthy. We love our dog, she is a big part in our family
This is ridiculous. I have been trusting Pedigree products for over 15 yrs and stopped feeding them the canned versions when the last recall hit. What do I feed them now? Growing up, our family only fed table scraps to our dog and he lived to be a healthy 16+yrs old, succumbing to old age. Over time, it was made more public that our pets need to have more than table scraps so I always bought the best food I could afford--Pedigree--in hopes my dogs would have the nutrition and ingredients they needed. Why hasn't anyone stepped up to regulate these plants yet? I realize people food is recalled almost daily because of a shortage of inspectors, bad cleaning habits...so I can only assume the pet food plants are even more neglected. My dogs will now eat people food. I will consult my vet on recipes and vitamins and I suggest pet owners everywhere do the same. You wouldn't gamble with your kids' lives everytime you fed them, why gamble your dogs? My pets ate Pedigree up until a week ago, when I found out about this, so I am hoping they are not going to get sick.
Our Black Lab who is over 8 years old, was fine Saturday night, however when I got up at 6:30am he did not look good. He was panted and just laying in one spot. I didn't really think to much about his behavior at the time, but when I came back out at 9:30am, he was in the same spot. This isn't normal for him. I woke my husband and we tried to get the dog to get up, or wag his tail or something. He was soooo weak that he couldn't get up. The Vet told us he probably has an intestinal virus since he had a fever and he sent us home with very expensive antibiotics. After 3 days of struggling to get a pill down the dogs throat, he finally felt well enough to eat a piece of lunch meat. He still hasn't eaten any of his dog food since Sunday. I feed him Pedigree Adult. I don't know the UPC because we put the food into a large bucket and throw away the bag. So now I'm out $300 for a vet visit and have to dump 40# of dog food in the trash with no way to re-coup a refund. Thanks, Mars
Pedigree small bites 40 lb bag and 22 oz can with gravy mixed together in her bowl. First she threw up, last night after feeding but I did not notice since she threw up outside. Then this morning she was lethargic , it progressed to labored breathing and she stopped breathing 18 hours or so from eating. 3rd day of feeding her from a new batch of cans and a new bag of pedigree. I don't have the bag anymore but the can skew is 023100015606. I don't know if it was the cans or the dry but I do know that this dog was healthy, happy and should be alive tonight. Never again will I feed one of my dogs this poision.

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