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INDEX:Updated Lists: Of SAFE PET FOOD, FDA, Itchmo, PetSitUSA Blog, and FOOD RECALLS~(Please check this thread Daily)

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Owners of ChemNutra plead guilty in pet food recall case
by Therese on June 3, 2009



Remember ChemNutra? The company and its owners are pleading guilty. . .

A company and its owners have agreed to plead guilty in connection with melamine-tainted pet food that may have killed thousands of dogs and cats in 2007, according to a court document.

An attorney for Stephen S. Miller, co-owner of ChemNutra Inc., said his client had reached a plea agreement with prosecutors and would plead guilty plea at a hearing June 16, according to the papers filed in court last week.

Miller’s wife, Sally Miller, and Las Vegas-based ChemNutra also plan to plead guilty, the filing said. Attorneys did not immediately respond to calls seeking comment Tuesday.

Don Ledford, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s office, said the office couldn’t discuss any plea agreement until it had been approved by a judge.

The Millers and ChemNutra, along with two Chinese companies, were indicted in February 2008 on charges alleging they imported wheat gluten tainted with the chemical melamine, which was then sold to pet food makers. Thousands of cats and dogs reportedly sickened or died after eating the tainted food.

ChemNutra, which imports ingredients from China to the U.S. for the feed and food industries, and the Millers were charged with 13 misdemeanor counts of introduction of adulterated food into interstate commerce, 13 misdemeanor counts of introduction of misbranded food into interstate commerce and one felony count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud.

Xuzhou Anying Biologic Technology Development Co. and Suzhou Textiles, Silk, Light Industrial Products Arts and Crafts I/E Co. were also indicted.

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Nature’s Variety withdrawals freeze dried pet foods
by Therese on June 13, 2009


Two Nature’s Variety freeze dried pet food products have been withdrawn from distribution.

Nature’s Variety recently identified two lots of Freeze Dried product that didn’t meet our quality standards. These products do not represent a health hazard to your pet. We have voluntarily withdrawn distribution of these specific products:

* Freeze Dried Raw Chicken Formula (UPC # 69949 60151) with a “best if used by” date of 05/25/10
* Freeze Dried Raw Beef Formula (UPC # 69949 60251) with a “best if used by” date of 05/25/10

Our distributor and retailer partners have kept control of these products, and because we retrieved these products so quickly, it is very unlikely that you purchased this batch of food. If, however, you believe you may have purchased one of these products, you may contact Nature’s Variety at 1.888.519.PETS (7387) for a full refund or replacement.

We apologize for any inconvenience this has caused you. If you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to contact us by clicking CONTACT US at the top of this page, or call our Customer Service Team directly at 1.888.519.PETS. We will be happy to respond to you as quickly as possible.

More info can be found on the Nature’s Variety website. You’ll also find information at Pet Food Express, which has decided to suspend sales of some other Nature’s Variety pet foods.


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FDA suspends Evangers temporary emergency permit
by Therese on June 14, 2009

More pet food news, this time it’s regarding Evangers pet food


June 12, 2009

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced today it was suspending the temporary Emergency Permit issued to Evanger’s Dog & Cat Food Co., Inc.

Evanger’s, operating in Wheeling, Illinois, deviated from the prescribed process, equipment, product shipment, and recordkeeping requirements in the production of the company’s thermally processed low acid canned food (LACF) products. The deviations in their processes and documentation could result in under-processed pet foods, which can allow the survival and growth of Clostridium botulinum (C. botulinum), a bacterium that causes botulism in some animals as well as in humans.

In April 2008, Evanger’s was issued an “Order of Need for Emergency Permit” after the agency determined that the company had failed to meet the regulatory requirements to process a product that does not present a health risk. In June, 2008, FDA issued Evanger’s a temporary Emergency Permit. During inspections conducted between March 2009 and April 2009, FDA determined Evanger’s was not operating in compliance with the mandatory requirements and conditions of the Temporary Emergency Permit.

“The FDA is stopping Evanger’s ability to ship pet food in interstate commerce,” said Dr. Bernadette Dunham. “Today’s enforcement action sends a strong message to manufacturers of pet food that we will take whatever action necessary to keep unsafe products from reaching consumers.”

In order for Evanger’s to resume shipping in interstate commerce, the company must document that corrective actions and processing procedures have been implemented to ensure that the finished product will not present a health hazard.

Botulism is a powerful toxin that affects the nervous system and can be fatal. The disease has been documented in dogs and cats. Signs of botulism in animals are progressive muscle paralysis, disturbed vision, difficulty in chewing and swallowing, and progressive weakness to the body. Death is usually due to paralysis of the heart or the muscles used in breathing.

While FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition is responsible for regulating all human and animal LACF processing, FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine has authority over animal feed and foods. The two centers are collaborating on this enforcement action.

From the FDA website: FDA Suspends Temporary Emergency Permit of Pet Food Maker

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FDA Suspends Temporary Emergency Permit of Pet Food Maker
June 12, 2009

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced today it was suspending the temporary Emergency Permit issued to Evanger's Dog & Cat Food Co., Inc.

Evanger's, operating in Wheeling, Illinois, deviated from the prescribed process, equipment, product shipment, and recordkeeping requirements in the production of the company's thermally processed low acid canned food (LACF) products. The deviations in their processes and documentation could result in under-processed pet foods, which can allow the survival and growth of Clostridium botulinum (C. botulinum), a bacterium that causes botulism in some animals as well as in humans.

In April 2008, Evanger’s was issued an “Order of Need for Emergency Permit” after the agency determined that the company had failed to meet the regulatory requirements to process a product that does not present a health risk. In June, 2008, FDA issued Evanger’s a temporary Emergency Permit. During inspections conducted between March 2009 and April 2009, FDA determined Evanger’s was not operating in compliance with the mandatory requirements and conditions of the Temporary Emergency Permit.

“The FDA is stopping Evanger's ability to ship pet food in interstate commerce,” said Dr. Bernadette Dunham. “Today’s enforcement action sends a strong message to manufacturers of pet food that we will take whatever action necessary to keep unsafe products from reaching consumers.”

In order for Evanger's to resume shipping in interstate commerce, the company must document that corrective actions and processing procedures have been implemented to ensure that the finished product will not present a health hazard.

Botulism is a powerful toxin that affects the nervous system and can be fatal. The disease has been documented in dogs and cats. Signs of botulism in animals are progressive muscle paralysis, disturbed vision, difficulty in chewing and swallowing, and progressive weakness to the body. Death is usually due to paralysis of the heart or the muscles used in breathing.

While FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition is responsible for regulating all human and animal LACF processing, FDA's Center for Veterinary Medicine has authority over animal feed and foods. The two centers are collaborating on this enforcement action.


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This was put out LAST YEAR to Evangers and they never fixed it...confused


FDA orders Evangers pet food to obtain emergency permit
by Therese on April 25, 2008


in Random Thoughts

Due to manufacturing processes that could result in under-processed foods, the FDA has ordered Evangers Pet Food to obtain an emergency permit.

From the FDA…

FDA Orders Pet Food Maker to Obtain Emergency Operating Permit

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued an order requiring that Evanger’s Dog & Cat Food Co., Inc., in Wheeling, Ill., obtain an emergency permit from the FDA before its canned pet food products enter interstate commerce.

A recent inspection revealed significant deviations from prescribed documentation of processes, equipment, and recordkeeping in the production of the company’s thermally processed low acid canned food (LACF) products. These problems could result in under-processed pet foods, which can allow the survival and growth of Clostridium botulinum (C. botulinum), a bacterium that causes botulism in some animals as well as in humans.

“As outlined in the Food Protection Plan, the FDA uses a risk-based approach to locate the areas of greatest risk for foods, and targets preventive controls and inspections to those areas, ” said Dr. Stephen Sundlof, director, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition. “The FDA’s authority to issue an order requiring an emergency permit is an enforcement tool designed to prevent unsafe foods from reaching consumers.”

The FDA issues an “Order of Need for Emergency Permit” if the agency determines that a company fails to meet the regulatory requirements to process a product that does not present a health risk. For Evanger’s to resume business, the company must document that corrective actions and processing procedures have been implemented to ensure that the finished product will not present a health hazard.

Botulism is a powerful toxin that affects the nervous system and can be fatal. The disease has been documented in dogs and cats. Signs of botulism in animals are progressive muscle paralysis, disturbed vision, difficulty in chewing and swallowing, and progressive weakness to the body. Death is usually due to paralysis of the heart or the muscles used in breathing.

In light of human botulism illnesses and recalls that occurred due to under-processed hot dog chili sauce, and potentially under-processed canned green beans, FDA has urged all LACF processors to review their operations and the apply scientific principals and regulations that have been established to provide a safe product.

While FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine has authority over animal feed and foods, CFSAN is responsible for regulating all human and animal LACF processing. The two centers are collaborating on this enforcement action.

Evanger’s has this to say on their website…

Contrary to a news release issued by the FDA Thursday, April 24, 2008, Evanger’s continues to make and distribute its products with FDA approval. Evanger’s is working closely with the FDA and already has addressed many of the FDA’s questions. Evanger’s expects to have the few remaining FDA queries fully satisfied shortly.

No Evanger’s product has been recalled, nor is there any indication that any Evanger’s product is under-processed, unsafe, or contaminated in any way.

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Evanger’s asks FDA to let them ship pet food
by Therese on June 20, 2009

in Pet Food Recall, Pet Health, Pets

Earlier this week the FDA suspended Evanger’s emergency permit, meaning they cannot ship pet food in interstate commerce. Now Evangers is asking the FDA to reverse that decision.

Evanger’s Dog and Cat Food Co. filed a formal request with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) seeking a reinstatement order permitting it to resume interstate shipping of its canned pet-food products.

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“Our company has been working closely with the FDA and we have already addressed many of their questions,” says Joel Sher, Evanger’s vice president. “No Evanger’s product has been recalled, nor is there any indication that Evanger’s products are unsafe or contaminated in any way. Only our canned products have been affected by this action and, again, the FDA has not issued a recall, as some blogs have incorrectly stated.” The FDA’s cease-distribution order, according to Sher, appears to be based on a misunderstanding regarding paperwork updating Evanger processing protocols as submitted last year.

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PRODUCT ALERT!!!!

ALL "Taste of The Wild" Pacific Stream dog food with best buy date code of July 1st 2010 (will read 1 JULY 10 on bag) are being pulled due to higher levels of protein than that posted on bag. You can return your product to our store for a full refund. Diamond Pet Foods (manufacturer of Taste of the Wild) assures us that there is NO danger to the health of your dog but as a result it may cause temporary upset stomachs. Also, they inform us that NO OTHER FORMULAS HAVE BEEN AFFECTED.
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Virbac recalls Iverhart Plus heartworm preventive
by Therese on August 24, 2009




Virbac, maker of Iverhart Plus, has recalled two lots of the heartworm preventive.

Virbac Animal Health has recalled Iverhart Plus flavored chewable tablets for dogs after routine stability tests showed that samples from two lots did not contain sufficient amounts of ivermectin to give dogs weighing 85 pounds or more six months of parasite protection.

The company, which sent out a letter to distributors last Friday, reports that lots 090093 and 090095 of the heartworm preventative, sold between March 20 and April 5, are affected.

A third lot, 090073, initially was named in the recall, but subsequent tests revealed the related product was not subpotent.

While Virbac did not share the company’s letter with the VIN News Service, sales representative Tara Youngblood explains that veterinarians are being asked to contact their distributors to see if they’ve purchased product from the recalled lots.

“It’s not going to harm the dog. There wasn’t enough (ivermectin) to keep the dog (heartworm) free for the whole six months,” she explains.

Read more about the Iverhart Plus recall from VIN. I didn’t see anything about the recall on the Virbac website.


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FDA didn’t do it’s job during 2007 pet food recall
by Therese on September 10, 2009

This won’t come as a surprise to anybody who paid attention to the 2007 pet food recall, but a new report shows the FDA didn’t do the job it was supposed to be doing.

More than two years after the largest pet-food recall in history, federal investigators maintain that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) did not do its job properly.

What’s more, FDA lacks the statutory authority to impose recalls and penalize companies for recall violations — a lack of power that worked against the agency in 2007, as officials attempted to crack down on melamine-laced pet food products now linked to the deaths and illnesses of thousands of dogs and cats.

The assessment comes from the Office of Inspector General’s (OIG) audit of FDA’s role in the 2007 pet food recall, a scandal that involved 60-million containers of pet food in the United States, most manufactured by Menu Foods Limited and sold under 95 brand names. The report, requested by Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin, chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, makes a series of recommendations for strengthening FDA’s recall authority and improving its effectiveness in monitoring food recalls.

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One major problem with FDA’s regulatory system, writes Inspector General Daniel R. Levinson, is that “The ultimate responsibility for removing the contaminated pet food rested with Menu Foods and its distributors and retailers.”

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FDA has responded to the OIG report by supporting all of its recommendations and agreeing, at least in principle, with its critique of the agency. Signed by FDA’s Principle Deputy Commissioner Joshua M. Sharfstein, the response begins by describing the 2007 recall as a “complex and multi-faceted investigation that involved not only recalls, but also development of new regulatory science and novel approaches to public health protection efforts.”

He admits that FDA’s “limited resources” were no match for a recall of unprecedented size and scope.

“FDA’s experience in this incident also has provided the agency with important lessons that will apply in the future, including implementing processes to improve coordination with states in the context of large recalls.”

One such development could be the FDA’s new Reportable Food Registry, built as mandated by the Food and Drug Administration Amendments Act of 2007 (FDAAA).

The electronic portal went live Sept. 8, and is designed to allow industry to alert FDA quickly when there is a reasonable probability that an article of food will cause serious adverse health consequences. According to FDAAA, which amends the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, U.S. facilities that manufacture, process or hold food for consumption now are required to report food- or feed-product safety incidences via the portal within 24 hours after determining that their products might sicken or kill animals or people.

Failure to report is a felony violation.

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