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.
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Mars Petcare US Issues Voluntary Recall of Everson, PA Plant Dry Pet Food Product due to Potential Salmonella Contamination
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
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 Size||UPC||Product Name / Bag Size||UPC|
|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 Size||UPC||Product Name / Bag Size||UPC|
|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|
Original Mars Petcare Release (September 12, 2008)