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

Recall -- Firm Press Release

This press release was revised 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

 

Contact:
Debra Fair
(973) 691-3536

Revised Mars Petcare Release (September 17, 2008)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- Fanklin, 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

Please find recalled pet food UPC information below.

The products listed below are made at our Everson facility on behalf of a variety of retailers.  All code dates, 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® the Everson code date 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

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.

Recalled Pet Food 
           
Note:  If you see a product you purchased listed below, please review the code date information samples from above to confirm that your product is included in the recall.

Product Name / Bag Size UPC   Product Name / Bag Size UPC
Country Acres Cat Food  40# 16603 02181   Retriever Bites & Bones Dog Food  8# 79818 96757
Country Acres Ration Dog Food  40# 16603 02333   Retriever Bites & Bones Dog Food  20# 79818 96634
Country Acres 18% Dog Food  40# 16603 02331   Retriever Bites & Bones Dog Food  50# 49394 05666
Country Acres Hi Pro Dog Food  50# 16603 02021   Retriever Gravy Blend Dog Food  50# 49394 05665
Doggy Bag Dog Food  40# 73893 40000   Retriever Gravy Blend Dog Food  8# 79818 96756
Members Mark Complete Nutrition Premium Cat Food  20# 81131 89881   Retriever Hi Protein Dog Food  8# 79818 96755
Members Mark Complete Nutrition Premium Dog Food  50# 05388 67055   Retriever Hi Protein Dog Food  25# 49394 00002
Members Mark Crunchy Bites & Savory Bones Adult Dog Food  50# 05388 67309   Retriever Hi Protein Dog Food  50# 49394 00003
Members Mark High Performance Premium Dog Food  50# 81131 75479   Retriever Mini Chunk Dog Food  8# 79818 96754
Natural Cat Food (Sam's Club)  15# 81131 89883   Retriever Mini Chunk  Dog Food  25# 49394 00006
Natural Dog Food  (Sam's Club)  25# 81131 89884   Retriever Mini Chunk  Dog Food  50# 49395 00005
Ol' Roy Complete Nutrition  4.4# 81131 69377   Retriever Puppy Blend Dog Food  6# 49394 56221
Ol' Roy Complete Nutrition  8# 05388 67144   Retriever Puppy Blend Dog Food  8# 79818 96758
Ol' Roy Complete Nutrition  22# 05388 60342   Retriever Puppy Blend Dog Food  20# 49394 00004
Ol' Roy Complete Nutrition  50# 78742 01022   Retriever Puppy Blend Dog Food  40# 79818 96706
Ol' Roy High Performance Nutrition Dog Food  20# 05388 60345   Special Kitty Gourmet  3.5# 81131 17546
Ol' Roy High Performance Nutrition Dog Food  50# 78742 05815   Special Kitty Gourmet  4# 78742 53199
Ol' Roy Meaty Chunks 'n Gravy Dog Food  8# 81131 69629   Special Kitty Gourmet  7# 81131 17547
Ol' Roy Meaty Chunks 'n Gravy Dog Food  22# 81131 69630   Special Kitty Gourmet  8# 78742 53200
Ol' Roy Meaty Chunks 'n Gravy Dog Food  50# 81131 69631   Special Kitty Gourmet  18# 81131 15748
Ol' Roy Puppy Complete  4# 81131 79078   Special Kitty Gourmet  20# 78742 53201
Ol' Roy Puppy Complete  8# 81131 79079   Special Kitty Gourmet  25# 78742 54314
Ol' Roy Puppy Complete  20# 81131 79080   Special Kitty Kitten  3.5# 81131 17553
Paws & Claws Delicious Mix Cat Food  8# 79818 96632   Special Kitty Kitten  4# 78742 53198
Paws & Claws Delicious Mix Cat Food  20# 49394 05746   Special Kitty Kitten  7# 81131 17554
Paws & Claws Delicious Mix Cat Food  40# 79818 96676   Special Kitty Kitten  8# 81131 24739
Paws & Claws Premium Choice Cat Food  8# 79818 96633   Special Kitty Original  3.5# 81131 17557
Paws & Claws Premium Choice Cat Food  20# 49394 00008   Special Kitty Original  4# 78742 04930
Paws & Claws Premium Choice Cat Food  40# 49394 05747   Special Kitty Original  7# 81131 17562
Pedigree Large Breed Adult Nutrition  20# 23100 29158   Special Kitty Original  8# 78742 05744
Pedigree Large Breed Adult Nutrition  30.1# 23100 31484   Special Kitty Original  18# 81131 17559
Pedigree Large Breed Adult Nutrition  36.4# 23100 31479   Special Kitty Original  20# 78742 05794
Pedigree Large Breed Adult Nutrition  40# 23100 29154   Special Kitty Original  25# 81131 68869
Pedigree Small Crunchy Bites Adult Nutrition  4.4# 23100 05104   Wegman's Bruiser Complete Nutrition Dog Food  4.4# 77890 33654
Pedigree Small Crunchy Bites Adult Nutrition  8.8# 23100 05103   Wegman's Bruiser Complete Nutrition Dog Food  20# 77890 32988
Pedigree Small Crunchy Bites Adult Nutrition  20# 23100 14719   Wegman's Bruiser Complete Nutrition Dog Food  37.5# 77890 32994
Pedigree Small Crunchy Bites Adult Nutrition  32# 23100 31483   Wegman's Bruiser Puppy Dog Food  4.4# 77890 33621
Pedigree Small Crunchy Bites Adult Nutrition  40# 23100 31478   Wegman's Bruiser Puppy Dog Food  17.6# 77890 32991
Pedigree Small Crunchy Bites Adult Nutrition  44# 23100 05100   Wegman's Bruiser Small Crunchy Bites Dog Food  4.4# 77890 33618
Pedigree Small Crunchy Bites Adult Nutrition  52# 23100 05110   Wegman's Bruiser Small Crunchy Bites Dog Food  20# 77890 32982
Pet Pride Indoor Cat  3.5# 11110 74584   Wegman's Buju & Ziggie Complete Cat Food  3.5# 77890 10005
Pet Pride Indoor Cat  18# 11110 74585   Wegman's Buju & Ziggie Complete Cat Food  18# 77890 10004
Pet Pride Weight Management Dog Food  17.6# 11110 74578   Wegman's Buju & Ziggie Indoor Cat Food  3.5# 77890 12038
PMI Nutrition Bites & Bones Dog Food  50# 42869 00174   Wegman's Buju & Ziggie Indoor Cat Food  18# 77890 12039
PMI Nutrition Canine Advantage  50# 42869 00172   Wegman's Buju & Ziggie Kitten  3.5# 77890 12036
PMI Nutrition Feline Medley  20# 42869 00171   Wegman's Buju & Ziggie Original Medley Cat Food  3.5# 77890 10006
PMI Nutrition Gravy Crunches Dog Food  40# 42869 00033   Wegman's Buju & Ziggie Original Medley Cat Food  18# 77890 10003
Red Flannel Active Formula Dog Food  40#  42869 00063  
Red Flannel Adult Formula Dog Food  20# 42869 00055  
Red Flannel Adult Formula Dog Food  40#  42869 00054  
Red Flannel Canine Select Dog Food  20# 42869 00068  
Red Flannel Canine Select Dog Food  40# 42869 00067  
Red Flannel Cat  10# 42869 00059  
Red Flannel Cat  20# 42869 00058  
Red Flannel Hi Pro Formula Dog Food  50#  42869 00065  
Red Flannel Prime Dog Food  25# 42869 00052  
Red Flannel Prime Dog Food  50# 42869 00053  
Red Flannel Puppy  40# 42869 00056  

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Revised Mars Petcare Release (September 17, 2008)

Mars Petcare Release (August 8, 2008)

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