Whiskas® Cat Food Recall – Canada

Mars Petcare Canada is recalling a number of Whiskas® dry cat food products due to a raw ingredient quality issue.

Mars Petcare has not received any consumer complaints related to this issue.

The voluntary recall is limited to the following list of products.

Product DescriptionUPCBest by dates
WHISKAS MEATY SELECTION Dry Cat Food With Real Chicken 12X670G0 58496 43320 86/13/2022 – 7/19/2022
WHISKAS MEATY SELECTIONS Dry Cat Food With Real Chicken, 2kg Bag0 58496 70322 66/23/2022-8/12/2022
WHISKAS MEATY SELECTIONS Dry Cat Food With Real Chicken, 4kg Bag0 58496 70124 67/17/2022-8/12/2022
WHISKAS MEATY SELECTIONS Dry Cat Food with Real Chicken, 9.1kg Bag0 58496 70329 56/16/2022-8/17/2022
WHISKAS MEATY SELECTIONS Dry Cat Food with Real Chicken 11.6kg Bag0 58496 44481 5

WHISKAS Dry Cat Food Beef Selections Natural Beef Flavour, 2 kg, Bag0 58496 43351 26/25/2022-8/6/2022
WHISKAS Dry Cat Food – Beef Flavour, 9.1kg Bag0 58496 43353 68/13/2022
WHISKAS SEAFOOD SELECTIONS Dry Cat Food With Real Salmon, 2kg Bag0 58496 70332 56/25/2022-8/18/2022
WHISKAS SEAFOOD SELECTIONS Dry Cat Food With Real Salmon, 4kg Bag0 58496 02681 38/9/2022-8/10/2022
WHISKAS Dry Cat Food – Indoor With Real Chicken, 3kg Bag0 58496 42153 37/19/2022
WHISKAS Dry Cat Food Indoor With Real Chicken, 1.5 kg, Bag0 58496 23285 66/23/2022-7/19/2022
WHISKAS Dry Cat Food With Real Tuna, 9.1 kg Bag0 58496 43469 46/25/2022-8/7/2022
WHISKAS Dry Kitten Food With Real Chicken, 1.5 kg Bag0 58496 70310 37/18/2022
WHISKAS SEAFOOD SELECTIONS Dry Cat Food With Real Salmon, 9.1kg Bag0 58496 42152 66/26/2022- 8/13/2022
The UPC and Best by dates are printed on the front of the package, as shown in this photo.

The affected products were manufactured in Canada and distributed to retailers across Canada.

Pet food for domestic consumption not regulated in Canada

Pet food imported into Canada from other countries must meet specific safety standards. Likewise, pet food manufactured in Canada for export to the United States, the United Kingdom, and the European Union must meet the food safety standards for those countries.

However, pet food and pet treats manufactured in Canada and distributed solely in Canada is not subject to food safety inspection or regulation by any Canadian government authority.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency and Health Canada will only post recall notices for pet foods and pet treats in the event of a risk to human health.

For more information

Consumers with questions about the recall are encouraged to call the company’s consumer care team at 1-800-667-2424 between the hours of 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. EST weekdays and 9:00 a.m. – 5 p.m. EST on weekends or visit https://www.whiskas.ca/en/update.


OUTBREAK ALERT AND PRODUCT RECALL: Listeria monocytogenes in pre-cooked chicken

One person is dead and two more have been hospitalized in a multi-state outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes according to a report released last night and updated today by the US Centers for Disease Contol and Prevention (CDC).

All three outbreak victims were either living in a long-term care facility or were already hospitalized at the time they became infected.

Two of the cases, including the single fatality, are in Texas. The remaining case is in Delaware.

Victims range in age from 60 to 95, with a median age of 89 years old. Two of the three are male.

The CDC warns that the true number of infected people may be higher, and the outbreak may not be limited to Texas and Delaware.

The outbreak strain was recovered from two samples of precooked chicken products during routine sampling conducted by the US Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).

One of the positive samples was produced by Tyson Foods Inc. in Dexter, MO. The producer of the second sample to test positive for the outbreak strain has not yet been named.

Tyson recalls 4,246 TONS of pre-cooked chicken products

Tyson has recalled approximately 8,492,832 pounds of ready-to-eat (RTE) chicken products produced between December 26, 2020 and April 13, 2021 and bearing the establishment number, EST. P-7089.

The recalled products include frozen, fully cooked chicken strips, diced chicken, chicken wing sections, and fully cooked pizza with chicken and were sold under multiple brand names, including: Tyson, Jet’s Pizza, Casey’s General Store, Marco’s Pizza, and Little Caesars.

These items were shipped nationwide to retailers and institutions, including hospitals, nursing facilities, restaurants, schools and Department of Defense locations. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products.

Consumers and food handlers should take additional care when preparing dishes that included pre-cooked chicken, especially when the food will be offered to the elderly or to immunocompromised individuals, including pregnant women.

What businesses need to know

  • Do not serve or sell recalled products.
  • Long-term care facilities, hospitals, and other facilities that serve people at higher risk for severe Listeria illness should take extra precautions. Listeria is particularly harmful to people who are 65 years or older, pregnant, or have a weakened immune system.
  • All of the sick people in this outbreak ate foods served at a long-term care facility or hospital.
  • Follow USDA-FSIS guidelines to prevent the spread and growth of Listeria.

What consumers need to know

  • Do not eat any recalled products. Throw them away or return them to where you bought them.
  • Follow these five steps to clean your refrigerator, containers, and surfaces that may have touched the recalled products. Listeria can survive in the refrigerator and can easily spread to other foods and surfaces.
  • Call your healthcare provider right away if you have these symptoms after eating recalled products.
    • If you are pregnant: Fever and muscle aches. Your illness may be mild, but Listeria can cause pregnancy loss or premature birth. It can also cause serious illness or death in newborns.
    • If you are not pregnant: Headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance, and convulsions, in addition to fever and muscle aches.

Salmonella-positive test result prompts dry cat food recall

Natural Balance Pet Foods, Inc. has recalled two dry cat food products due to potential Salmonella contamination.

Image 2_131The company initiated the recall following a Salmonella-positive test result in a routine state surveillance sample obtained by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture.

The recall is being carried out in cooperation with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

The recall

  • Natural Balance L.I.D. Limited Ingredient Diets Green Pea & Chicken Formula Dry Cat Food, 5-lb bag:- Best if used by 10-Mar-2022; Lot code 1008080 06:42N811202:20; UPC 2363306234
  • Natural Balance L.I.D. Limited Ingredient Diets Green Pea & Chicken Formula Dry Cat Food, 10-lb bag:- Best if used by 10-Mar-2022; Lot code 1008080 06:42N811202:20; UPC 2363300235

The recalled products were distributed nationwide in the United States through retail stores and online distribution.

According to the company’s recall notice, no customer complaints or illnesses have been reported to date, and no other Natural Balance Pet Foods, Inc. products are impacted by this recall.

The company

Natural Balance was founded by Dick van Patten in 1989 and was acquired by The J.M. Smucker Company in 2018 as part of its purchase of Ainsworth Pet Nutrition.

Natural Balance is now owned by Nexus Capital Management, which purchased the business from The J.M. Smucker Company in January 2021 for approximately $50 million.

What consumers need to know

  • Symptoms of Salmonella infection in cats may include vomiting, diarrhea, decreased appetite, fever, or excessive salivation.
  • If you believe your cat may be suffering from Salmonella infection, consult your veterinarian.
  • Salmonella can be spread from contaminated pet food to humans, either through handling the food or through shedding of the bacteria by an infected animal.
  • Symptoms of Salmonella infection in humans may include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever.
  • If you or a household member are experiencing any of symptoms of Salmonella infection, consult your healthcare provider.
  • Pet parents who have questions or would like to report adverse reactions to the company should call 1-833-558-0908, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. PST or visit www.naturalbalanceinc.com/contact-us
  • The FDA encourages consumers to report pet food-related illnesses directly to the agency. Refer to How to Report a Pet Food Complaint for details on how to proceed.