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Vitakraft Sun Seed Issues Voluntary Recall of Certain Rabbit and Macaw Diets Due To Listeria Monocytogenes

For Immediate Release

June 16, 2017



Customer Service


Vitakraft Sun Seed Inc. of Weston, OH, is voluntarily recalling certain Sunseed Parrot Fruit & Vegetable diet and Sunseed SunSations Rabbit Food due to a potential Listeria monocytogenes contamination.  Listeria monocytogenes is an organism, which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headaches, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea. Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

Listeria monocytogenes are present in the gut of birds and rabbits.   Household pets such as birds and rabbits carry a risk to humans. Even if the birds and rabbits do not appear to be sick after consuming foods containing Listeria monocytogenes, they can become carriers of Listeria monocytogenes and transfer Listeria monocygenes to the environment.

Vitakraft Sun Seed was notified on June 14, 2017 by its supplier of dried apples that the ingredient has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. Although there has been no reported evidence of direct contamination of the dried apples, our supplier has initiated the recall. To date there have been no report of any illness.

The following products are being recalled:

87535100597SS PARROT FRT/VEG. 25#1040825/22/2019
87535360564SS Sunsations Rabbit Food 3.5lb  6/C1042466/5/2019
70882077713MJR PARROT FOOD 4LB 6/CA1039805/17/2019
70882077713MJR PARROT FOOD 4LB 6/CA1039815/18/2019
73725732119ALT Small Animal Apple Slices 1oz 24/CA1034354/28/2019
73725732119ALT Small Animal Apple Slices 1oz 24/CA1031184/13/2019
73725749989NG GUINEA PIG ENTRÉE 4lb 6/C1034405/1/2019
73725749989NG GUINEA PIG ENTRÉE 4lb 6/C1044346/8/2019
73725749989NG GUINEA PIG ENTRÉE 4lb 6/C1034395/1/2019
73725750019NG RABBIT ENTRÉE 4lb 6/C1044366/8/2019
73725750019NG RABBIT ENTRÉE 4lb 6/C1034424/27/2019
73725750019NG RABBIT ENTRÉE 4lb 6/C1034444/27/2019
73725750019NG RABBIT ENTRÉE 4lb 6/C1034434/27/2019
82514158955DFS Premium Blend Macaw 5lb 5/C1040943/16/2020
82514158955DFS Premium Blend Macaw 5lb 5/C1037412/19/2020
82514158955DFS Premium Blend Macaw 5lb 5/C1038762/24/2020

“The health and happiness of our customers and their animal companions is always our top priority. Although there has been no evidence of contamination in our products, we are initiating this voluntary recall as a precautionary measure,” said Brent Weinmann, President & CEO of Vitakraft Sun Seed.

These products were sold in the following states: AZ, GA, IL, MI, NJ, NY, NV, OH, PA & WI. Retailers and distributors who received the recalled lots have been contacted and asked to pull these lots from their inventory and shelves. Consumers who have purchased these products may return them to the place of purchase for a full refund.

Customers who have further questions are welcome to contact Customer Service at 1-800-221-6175, Monday through Friday between 8:30am and 5:00pm EST.


Product Photos

  • ALT Small Animal Apple Slices
  • SS Sunsations Rabbit Food 
  • Meijer Parrot Food 

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