PetSmart and other stealthy pet food recalls


Not all food-safety recalls are announced via a corporate news release and posted on-line. 

In some cases, news of a recall is shared only by telephone, email, letter or some other private means.

Nevertheless, all recalls that come under the jurisdiction of the FDA eventually find their way into the FDA’s Weekly Enforcement Report.

A survey of Enforcement Reports for 2020, conducted last week by eFoodAlert, turned up several recalls for which no public notice was issued.

The Smaller Fry

Boesl Packing Company recalled one batch of K9 Kraving Dog Food Beef and Vegetable Raw Dog Food due to Listeria monocytogenes contamination. The recall was initiated on July 22, 2019 and classified six months later as a Class I recall on January 23, 2020. The product was shipped to one customer in North Carolina. The customer was notified by telephone.

G & C Raw, LLC recalled one batch of G&C Raw Ground Turkey due to possible presence of Listeria monocytogenes. The recall was initiated on May 20, 2019 and was eventually classified as a Class I recall on January 23, 2020. The recalled items were distributed only in Michigan and consignees were notified by email.

Grassland Beef recalled two varieties of Dr. Siegel’s S. A. F. E. Petfood, Ground Beef due to possible presence of E. coli O157:H7. The recall was initiated on October 20, 2020 and Classified as a Class I recall on November 23, 2020. The recalled products were shipped directly to consumers nationwide and to one retail location in Florida.

Stella & Chewy’s, LLC recalled one batch of Stella & Chewy’s Raw Blend, Kibble + Wholesome Grains Red Meat Recipe, with Pumpkin & Quinoa due to potential Salmonella contamination. The recall was initiated on October 14, 2020 and classified as a Class I recall on October 28, 2020. The product was distributed in four states and consignees were notified by telephone.

Texas Tripe recalled multiple products in which Listeria monocytogenes and/or Salmonella were detected. The recalls were initiated in July 2019 and classified as Class I on January 23, 2020. FDA was sufficiently disturbed at the magnitude of the problem and the lack of a public recall notice to issue its own caution to pet owners on August 14, 2019.

Woody’s Pet Food Deli recalled one batch of Raw Chicken, Homemade Cat and Dog Food, with supplements, due to Salmonella contamination. The recall was initiated on August 30, 2019 and classified as Class I on January 23, 2020. Product was distributed in Minnesota and Colorado, and customers were notified by telephone.

The Major Leagues

The J.M. Smucker Company recalled several cat food products in December 2019, and one additional product on July 2, 2020, due to excessive levels of choline chloride. 

The public recall notice for the 2019 recall stated only that the recall was due to “ingredients believed to not meet the Company’s quality and safety standards.” 

Only the July 2020 recall advised the public that an excessive level of choline chloride was behind the recalls.

PetSmart Inc. recalled Authority Savory Blends Turkey Formula Cat Food and Authority Savory Blends Chicken Formula Cat Food (all lot codes) on November 11, 2020, due to elevated levels of the mycotoxin, Zearalenone. The products were distributed nationwide.

According to a spokesperson for the FDA, there is no established action level for Zearalenone in pet foods or animal feeds, and no adverse events relating to the recalled products have been reported to the agency. The PetSmart recall was classified as Class II, since Zearalenone is not considered to be as significant a health risk as certain other mycotoxins, such as aflatoxin.

The Bottom Line

Stealth recalls are not limited to veterinary products, pet treats and pet foods. Some recalls of human food also never enter the public spotlight, for a variety of reasons.

To keep up to date on all FDA-overseen recalls, whether publicized or not, check the FDA’s Weekly Enforcement Report page, which is updated every Wednesday.

Recalls and Alerts: December 17 – 19, 2020


Here is today’s list of food safety recalls, product withdrawals, allergy alerts and miscellaneous compliance issues. The live links will take you directly to the official recall notices and company news releases that contain detailed information for each recall and alert.

If you would like to receive automatic email alerts for all new articles posted on eFoodAlert, please submit your request using the sidebar link.

Interested in learning more about food safety and the history of foodborne disease outbreaks and investigations? Go to TAINTED to download the first couple of chapters of my new book.

United States

OUTBREAK INVESTIGATION UPDATE: Two multistate outbreaks of E. coli O157:H7 infections are now over, with neither FDA nor CDC having managed to definitively determine their sources. The first of the outbreaks comprised 32 infections, including 15 hospitalizations and one death, in 12 states. The second outbreak was responsible for 18 illnesses, including 6 hospitalizations, in 9 states. A third outbreak, also with no source identified, is ongoing.

Consumer Safety Advisory: FDA is advising consumers to not drink Green Gorilla Root Juice sold by Green Gorilla Root Juice, LLC in St. Louis, Missouri, because the product contains yohimbine, a potentially harmful ingredient.

Public Health Alert: FSIS issues a public health alert for raw frozen New Orleans -Roasted Chicken Wings products imported and labeled with a false USDA mark of inspection. A recall was not requested because the known affected product is no longer available in commerce for consumers to purchase. Please refer to the Alert for complete details on the affected product.

Allergy Alert: O&H Danish Bakery, Inc. recalls Almond Kringle (1lb 8oz; Batch code 26720) due to undecalred pecans. The recalled product was sold in Trader Joe’s stores located in Texas, Tennessee, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Louisiana, Colorado, Kansas, Arkansas and Alabama.

Allergy Alert: FSIS advises consumers allergic to milk to avoid Country Meats HOT BBQ Flavor Smoked Pork Snack Sticks In Colored Casing Smoke Flavoring Added (1 oz; Best by 11/06/2021) due to undeclared milk.

Food Safety Recall: Perfect Pasta Inc. recalls an undetermined amount of heat-treated not shelf stable frozen meat and poultry products that were produced without the benefit of federal inspection. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products.

Food Safety Recall: Nestlé Prepared Foods recalls LEAN CUISINE Baked Chicken, white meat chicken with stuffing, red skin mashed potatoes and gravy (8 5/8-oz. / 244g; Lot #0246595911; Best before October 2021) due to possible foreign matter (pieces of white hard plastic) contamination.

Canada

Allergy Alert: Madame Labriski recalls BÛCHE de Noël – LA BOMBA ROSA (850g; Sold up to and including 16 december 2020) due to undeclared soy, eggs, milk, sesame, nuts and peanuts.

Food Recall: Celtrade Canada Inc. recalls three President’s Choice brand spread and dip products due to spoilage. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products.

Europe

Allergy Alert (Germany): Krämers Teehandel GmbH recalls Teestube Früchtetee Süße Mandel /Tea room fruit tea sweet almond (125g & 150g; Lot #CH0806287; Best before 04/30/2022) due to undeclared almonds.

Allergy Alert (Ireland): Industry recalls ammy Rudolph Shortcake (62g; All batches; Best before 07 Jan 2021.) due to undeclared egg.

Allergy Alert (Ireland): Industry recalls Biona Organic Horseradish Relish (125ml; Batch #83; Best before 15 May 2021) due to undeclared mustard.

Allergy Alert (Italy): Le Furezze di F. Iseppato recalls ON – LE FUREZZE brand SABATO- Frollini di Mais con Zenzero Candito e Olio essenziale di Bergamotto / Corn Shortbread with Candied Ginger and Bergamot essential oil (150g; Lot E333/54; Best before May 2021) due to undeclared black sesame.

Allergy Alert (Netherlands): Aldi recalls Roompaté / Cream paté (150g; Expiry date 05-01-2021) due to undeclared nuts.

Allergy Alert (UK): Windmill Organics recalls Biona Organic Horseradish Relish (125ml; Batch #83; Best before 15 May 2021) due to undeclared mustard.

Allergy Alert (UK): D’Haubry Bakery recalls Macarons de Pauline Fraise-Pistache-Chocolat (108g; Batch code L0245091; Best before 28 July 2021) due to undeclared milk.

Allergy Alert (UK): Costa Coffee recalls Jammy Rudolph Shortcake (62g; All batches; Best before 07 January 2021) due to undeclared egg.

Food Safety Recall Update (Belgium): Colruyt Group recalls Haché de porc bio / Organic ground pork (400 g; Use by 18/12/2020 & 20/12/2020) and Chipolata bio / Organic pork sausage (280 g; Use by 18/12/2020 & 20/12/2020) due to Salmonella contamination.

Food Safety Recall (France): Esschert Design B.V. recalls Bites for Birds brand Sorbet pour oiseaux / Sorbet for birds (Article #3003559; Sold in Action stores between 21 September and 15 December 2020) because the product may be confused with human food and could be harmful to children.

Food Safety Recall (Germany): Hochwald Foods GmbH recalls Lünebest Süße Welle Himbeer mit Vanillasoße/ Lünebest Süße Welle Waldmeister mit Vanillasoße / Raspberry with vanilla sauce and Woodruff with vanilla sauce (150g; Best before 15.01.2021) due to Bacillus cereus contamination.

Food Safety Recall (Germany): Feinkostmanufaktur frisch & lecker GmbH recalls several products due to suspected Salmonella contamination. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products.

Food Safety Recall (Germany): dm-drogerie markt recalls dmBio Vegane Elisen Lebkuchen (275g; Lots L775 and L7758; Best before 04.04.2021) due to foreign matter (plastic pieces) contamination.

Food Safety Recall (Luxembourg): Colruyt recalls Haché de porc bio / Organic ground pork (400 g; Use by 18/12/2020 & 20/12/2020) and Chipolata bio / Organic pork sausage (280 g; Use by 18/12/2020 & 20/12/2020) due to Salmonella contamination.

Australia and New Zealand

Allergy Alert (Australia): Coles Supermarkets Australia Pty Ltd recalls Coles Wellness Road ABC Spread (250g; All date codes) due to undeclared peanuts.

Allergy Alert (Australia): Woolworths Ltd. recalls Woolworths Macro Natural Almond, Brazil & Cashew Spread (250g; All Best before dates between 21/5/21 and 10/12/21) due to undeclared peanuts.

Allergy Alert (New Zealand): Woolworths NZ recalls Macro brand Almond Brazil and Cashew Spread (250; Best before 15/4/21 and 30/11/21) due to undeclared peanuts.

Allergy Alert (New Zealand): Pak’n Save Queenstown recalls Pak’n Save Queenstown brand Gluten Free Sausage Roll (10pk; Sold between 9 to 16 December 2020) due to undeclared gluten.

Food Safety Recall (New Zealand): Pak’n Save Tauriko recalls Pak’n Save Tauriko brand NZ Beef Mince (~1kg; Best before 04.12.20) due to foreign matter (pieces of white latex) contamination.

Recalls and Alerts: November 22 – 25, 2020


Here is today’s list of food safety recalls, product withdrawals, allergy alerts and miscellaneous compliance issues. The live links will take you directly to the official recall notices and company news releases that contain detailed information for each recall and alert.

If you would like to receive automatic email alerts for all new articles posted on eFoodAlert, please submit your request using the sidebar link.

Interested in learning more about food safety and the history of foodborne disease outbreaks and investigations? Go to TAINTED to download the first couple of chapters of my new book.

United States

OUTBREAK ALERT UPDATE: CDC reports 39 E. coli O157:H7 infections (19 hospitalizations) in 18 states in this on-going outbreak of unknown origin.

Allergy Alert: Riverside Natural Foods recalls Good & Gather Banana Chocolate Chip Date & Nut Bar (8 oz; Lot #1020; Expiration 13 JUL 2021) due to undeclared almond.

Allergy Alert: Whole Foods Market recalls Popcorn Chicken Shaker with Sweet Chili (PLU 81789; Sell by dates through Nov. 27, 2020) due to undeclared shrimp.

Allergy Alert: Prairie Farms recalls Prairie Farms Dairy Premium Flavored Chocolate Milk (1 gal; Plant code 17-284; Best before Dec. 4, 2020; UPC 72730-26110) and Prairie Farms Dairy 1% Lowfat Chocolate Milk (1 gal; Plant code 17-284; Best before Dec. 4, 2020; UPC 72730-26126) due to undeclared egg.

Food Safety Recall: Hy-Vee, Inc. recalls Hy-Vee Short Cuts Pot Roast Mix (Best if Used By Dec 3, 2020; UPC 0272083305352) and Hy-Vee Short Cuts Grill/Oven Ready Veggie Mix (Best if Used By Dec 3, 2020; UPC 0272104105992) due to possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

Food Safety Recall: Shenandoah Growers, Inc. recalls multiple brands, private labels and package sizes of fresh cut organic certified basil clamshells (Product of Colombia) due to potential Cyclospora contamination. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products.

Food Safety Recall: National Food Trading Corporation recalls Frozen French Cut Green Beans (20.5-lb boxes; Lot #629991; Expiration date 11/25/2022) due to possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes. The recalled product was shipped to a single consignee in Jonesboro, AR

 

Canada

Allergy Alert: Délices Complices recalls various cakes due to undeclared nuts, sesame, egg, milk, soy, wheat and sulphites. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products.

Food Safety Recall Update: Isagenix International LLC recalls multiple Isagenix brand Isalean products due to over-fortification of vitamins. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products.

Food Safety Recall Update: Les Œufs Richard Eggs Inc. recalls multiple brands, sizes and packaging formats of shell eggs due to Salmonella contamination. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products.

Food Safety Recall Update: Miss Vickie’s Canada recalls Miss Vickie’s brand Original Recipe Kettle Cooked Potato Chips (200g; UPC 0 60410 04667 8; Product codes JA 26 608329131 and JA 12 with all manufacturing codes where “0” appears in the second position and “8” appears in the third position) due to foreign matter (possible presence of pieces of glass) contamination.

Food Safety Recall: Les Moulins Lafayette recalls various prepared dishes and bakery products that were manufactured and packaged under conditions not conducive to food safety. Please refer to the recall notice for additional details.

Food Safety Recall: Levitts Foods (Canada) Inc. recalls Compliments brand Smoked Beef Pastrami (175g; Est 48; Best before 2020/DE/25; UPC 0 68820 13360 5) due to Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

Food Safety Recall: Ferma Food Products recalls Senna Leaves (28g & variable weights; All units sold up to and including November 17, 2020) due to non-permitted food ingredients.

Europe

Allergy Alert (Belgium): Kaasimport Jan Dupont recalls BRUGGE D’OR EN TRANCHES / cheese slices (180g; Lots L1820311 – L1820314 – L1820315; Best before 15/01/2021 – 18/01/2021 – 19/01/2021) and BRUGGE D’OR BLOC / cheese blocks (250g; Lots L1420301; L1420302; L1420315; L1420316; L1420324; L1420325; Best before 19/01/2021; 20/01/2021; 28/01/2021; 29/01/2021) due to undeclared egg.

Allergy Alert (Germany): HAK-foodeko GmbH recalls HAK Edamame Bohnen (150g; All Best before dates up to and including 06/2022) due to undeclared soy.

Allergy Alert (Italy): T&C srl recalls Tartufetta (80g; Lot #L.25121; Best before 08-03-2024) due to undeclared fish.

Allergy Alert (Netherlands): HAK recalls HAK Edamame beans (Purchased before November 24, 2020) due to undeclared soy.

Allergy Alert (Luxembourg): Cora recalls BRUGGE D’OR EN TRANCHES / cheese slices (180g; Lots L1820311 – L1820314 – L1820315; Best before 15/01/2021 – 18/01/2021 – 19/01/2021) and BRUGGE D’OR BLOC / cheese blocks (250g; Lots L1420301; L1420302; L1420315; L1420316; L1420324; L1420325; Best before 19/01/2021; 20/01/2021; 28/01/2021; 29/01/2021) due to undeclared egg.

Food Safety Recall (France): Industry recalls COTÉ TABLE brand Terrine de sanglier au cognac / Wild boar terrine with cognac (180g; Best before 19 08 2023) due to foreign matter (glass particles) contamination.

Asia, Africa and the Pacific Islands

Allergy Alert (Hong Kong): Tropical Trading Company recalls four varieties of pastes and sauces (Products of Singapore) due to undeclared fish. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products.

Australia and New Zealand

Allergy Alert (New Zealand): Eat Shop Do Ltd recalls JUK Gourmet Everyday brand Vegan Thai Green Tofu Curry (400g; Batch codes 007-3064, 007-3039 & 007-3001) due to undeclared shrimp.