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Recall -- Firm Press Release

This press release includes revisions made by the company on September 17, 2008 to clarify product code information for the recalled products.

FDA posts press releases and other notices of recalls and market withdrawals from the firms involved as a service to consumers, the media, and other interested parties. FDA does not endorse either the product or the company.

Mars Petcare US Issues Voluntary Recall of Everson, PA Plant Dry Pet Food Product due to Potential Salmonella Contamination

 

Contact:
Debra Fair
(973) 691-3536

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- Franklin, Tennessee (September 12, 2008) --Today, Mars Petcare US announced a voluntary recall of products manufactured at its Everson, Pennsylvania facility. The pet food is being voluntarily recalled because of potential contamination with Salmonella serotypeSchwarzengrund. This voluntary recall only affects the United States. 

Salmonella can cause serious infections in dogs and cats, and, if there is cross contamination caused by handling of the pet food, in people as well, especially children, the aged, and people with compromised immune systems.  Healthy people potentially infected with Salmonella should monitor themselves for some or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever. On rare occasions, 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.

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.  Animals can be carriers with no visible symptoms and can potentially infect other animals or humans. If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.

The company stopped production at the Everson facility on July 29, 2008 when it was alerted of a possible link between dry pet food produced at the plant and two isolated cases of people infected with Salmonella Schwarzengrund.

Even though no direct link between product produced at Everson and human or pet illness has been made, Mars Petcare US is taking precautionary action to protect pets and their owners by announcing a voluntary recall of all products produced at the Everson facility beginning February 18, 2008 until July 29, 2008 when we stopped production.

The company is continuing to work collaboratively with the FDA to determine the nature and source of Salmonella Schwarzengrund at the Everson facility. Since it has not yet identified the source of the Salmonella Schwarzengrund at the Everson facility, Mars Petcare US does not plan to resume production out of a commitment to the safety of our pet owners and their pets, customers, and associates.

The top priority of Mars Petcare US has always been and continues to be the health and welfare of pets and their owners. Consumers can continue to have confidence in the quality and safety of the products produced at other Mars Petcare US facilities. Only those products which were produced at the Everson facility are impacted by the voluntary recall.

Many of the brands involved in the recall are national brands produced at multiple facilities. A chart for all products is below. For example, PEDIGREE® is manufactured in numerous facilities throughout the country, and Everson represents a very small portion of the manufacturing base – 2.7 percent of total PEDIGREE® production.

Mars Petcare US will work with retail customers to ensure that the recalled products are not on store shelves. These products should not be sold or fed to pets.  In the event that consumers believe they have purchased products affected by this voluntary recall, they should return the product to the store where they purchased it for a full refund.  Specific product details and other information can be found at www.petcare.mars.com

In an effort to prevent the transmission of Salmonella from pets to family members and care givers, the FDA recommends that everyone follow appropriate pet food handling guidelines when feeding their pets. A list of safe pet food handling tips can be found at: www.fda.gov/consumer/updates/petfoodtips080307.html

Pet owners who have questions about the recall should call 1-877-568-4463 or visit www.petcare.mars.com.

Production Lot Code – (found on back of bag just after “Best Before” date)

The products listed in the chart below are made at our Everson facility on behalf of a variety of retailers.  All production lot codes, with the exception of PEDIGREE®, are listed in a similar format as noted below:
Consumers should look for “17” as the first two digits of the second line. Sample:
Best By Feb 18 09
17 1445 1

For PEDIGREE® products the Everson production lot code format is as follows:
Consumers should look for “PAE” on the bottom line – the sixth, seventh and eighth digits.  Sample:
PEDIGREE ® Small Crunchy Bites
Best Before 02/2009
808G1PAE01  12:00

Recalled Pet Food

Please find a list of recalled pet foods along with UPC information below.  UPC code numbers can be found directly underneath the bar code on the package.
           
IMPORTANT:  If you see a product you purchased listed below, please review the Production Lot Code information samples from above to confirm that your product is included in the recall.

Recalled Cat Food

Product Name / Bag SizeUPC Product Name / Bag SizeUPC
Country Acres Cat Food  40#16603 02181 Special Kitty Gourmet  25#78742 54314
Members Mark Complete Nutrition Premium Cat Food  20#81131 89881 Special Kitty Kitten  3.5#81131 17553
Natural Cat Food (Sam's Club)  15#81131 89883 Special Kitty Kitten  4#78742 53198
Paws & Claws Delicious Mix Cat Food  8#79818 96632 Special Kitty Kitten  7#81131 17554
Paws & Claws Delicious Mix Cat Food  20#49394 05746 Special Kitty Kitten  8#81131 24739
Paws & Claws Delicious Mix Cat Food  40#79818 96676 Special Kitty Original  3.5#81131 17557
Paws & Claws Premium Choice Cat Food  8#79818 96633 Special Kitty Original  4#78742 04930
Paws & Claws Premium Choice Cat Food  20#49394 00008 Special Kitty Original  7#81131 17562
Paws & Claws Premium Choice Cat Food  40#49394 05747 Special Kitty Original  8#78742 05744
Pet Pride Indoor Cat  3.5#11110 74584 Special Kitty Original  18#81131 17559
Pet Pride Indoor Cat  18#11110 74585 Special Kitty Original  20#78742 05794
PMI Nutrition Feline Medley  20#42869 00171 Special Kitty Original  25#81131 68869
Red Flannel Cat  10#42869 00059 Wegman's Buju & Ziggie Complete Cat Food  3.5#77890 10005
Red Flannel Cat  20#42869 00058 Wegman's Buju & Ziggie Complete Cat Food  18#77890 10004
Special Kitty Gourmet  3.5#81131 17546 Wegman's Buju & Ziggie Indoor Cat Food  3.5#77890 12038
Special Kitty Gourmet  4#78742 53199 Wegman's Buju & Ziggie Indoor Cat Food  18#77890 12039
Special Kitty Gourmet  7#81131 17547 Wegman's Buju & Ziggie Kitten  3.5#77890 12036
Special Kitty Gourmet  8#78742 53200 Wegman's Buju & Ziggie Original Medley Cat Food  3.5#77890 10006
Special Kitty Gourmet  18#81131 17548 Wegman's Buju & Ziggie Original Medley Cat Food  18#77890 10003
Special Kitty Gourmet  20#78742 53201   

 

Recalled Dog Food

Product Name / Bag SizeUPC Product Name / Bag SizeUPC
Country Acres Ration Dog Food  40#16603 02333 PMI Nutrition Canine Advantage  50#42869 00172
Country Acres 18% Dog Food  40#16603 02331 PMI Nutrition Gravy Crunches Dog Food  40#42869 00033
Country Acres Hi Pro Dog Food  50#16603 02021 Red Flannel Active Formula Dog Food  40# 42869 00063
Doggy Bag Dog Food  40#73893 40000 Red Flannel Adult Formula Dog Food  20#42869 00055
Members Mark Complete Nutrition Premium Dog Food  50#05388 67055 Red Flannel Adult Formula Dog Food  40# 42869 00054
Members Mark Crunchy Bites & Savory Bones Adult Dog Food  50#05388 67309 Red Flannel Canine Select Dog Food  20#42869 00068
Members Mark High Performance Premium Dog Food  50#81131 75479 Red Flannel Canine Select Dog Food  40#42869 00067
Natural Dog Food  (Sam's Club)  25#81131 89884 Red Flannel Hi Pro Formula Dog Food  50# 42869 00065
Ol' Roy Complete Nutrition  4.4#81131 69377 Red Flannel Prime Dog Food  25#42869 00052
Ol' Roy Complete Nutrition  8#05388 67144 Red Flannel Prime Dog Food  50#42869 00053
Ol' Roy Complete Nutrition  22#05388 60342 Red Flannel Puppy  40#42869 00056
Ol' Roy Complete Nutrition  50#78742 01022 Retriever Bites & Bones Dog Food  8#79818 96757
Ol' Roy High Performance Nutrition Dog Food  20#05388 60345 Retriever Bites & Bones Dog Food  20#79818 96634
Ol' Roy High Performance Nutrition Dog Food  50#78742 05815 Retriever Bites & Bones Dog Food  50#49394 05666
Ol' Roy Meaty Chunks 'n Gravy Dog Food  8#81131 69629 Retriever Gravy Blend Dog Food  50#49394 05665
Ol' Roy Meaty Chunks 'n Gravy Dog Food  22#81131 69630 Retriever Gravy Blend Dog Food  8#79818 96756
Ol' Roy Meaty Chunks 'n Gravy Dog Food  50#81131 69631 Retriever Hi Protein Dog Food  8#79818 96755
Ol' Roy Puppy Complete  4#81131 79078 Retriever Hi Protein Dog Food  25#49394 00002
Ol' Roy Puppy Complete  8#81131 79079 Retriever Hi Protein Dog Food  50#49394 00003
Ol' Roy Puppy Complete  20#81131 79080 Retriever Mini Chunk Dog Food  8#79818 96754
Pedigree Large Breed Adult Nutrition  20#23100 29158 Retriever Mini Chunk  Dog Food  25#49394 00006
Pedigree Large Breed Adult Nutrition  30.1#23100 31484 Retriever Mini Chunk  Dog Food  50#49395 00005
Pedigree Large Breed Adult Nutrition  36.4#23100 31479 Retriever Puppy Blend Dog Food  6#49394 56221
Pedigree Large Breed Adult Nutrition  40#23100 29154 Retriever Puppy Blend Dog Food  8#79818 96758
Pedigree Small Crunchy Bites Adult Nutrition  4.4#23100 05104 Retriever Puppy Blend Dog Food  20#49394 00004
Pedigree Small Crunchy Bites Adult Nutrition  8.8#23100 05103 Retriever Puppy Blend Dog Food  40#79818 96706
Pedigree Small Crunchy Bites Adult Nutrition  20#23100 14719 Wegman's Bruiser Complete Nutrition Dog Food  4.4#77890 33654
Pedigree Small Crunchy Bites Adult Nutrition  32#23100 31483 Wegman's Bruiser Complete Nutrition Dog Food  20#77890 32988
Pedigree Small Crunchy Bites Adult Nutrition  40#23100 31478 Wegman's Bruiser Complete Nutrition Dog Food  37.5#77890 32994
Pedigree Small Crunchy Bites Adult Nutrition  44#23100 05100 Wegman's Bruiser Puppy Dog Food  4.4#77890 33621
Pedigree Small Crunchy Bites Adult Nutrition  52#23100 05110 Wegman's Bruiser Puppy Dog Food  17.6#77890 32991
Pet Pride Weight Management Dog Food  17.6#11110 74578 Wegman's Bruiser Small Crunchy Bites Dog Food  4.4#77890 33618
PMI Nutrition Bites & Bones Dog Food  50#42869 00174 Wegman's Bruiser Small Crunchy Bites Dog Food  20#77890 32982

 

 

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Original Mars Petcare Release (September 12, 2008)

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