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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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Post #: 2,416

2007 Pet Food Recall Claims May be Paid Soon

by Therese on April 5, 2011

in Pet Food Recall,Pet Health

Pet owners who filed claims after the 2007 Menu Foods pet food recall may finally have a small bit of closure to their nightmare. Due to a court ruling today, those claims look like they’re going to be paid.

The opinion by Judge Noel Hillman in U.S. District Court in New Jersey was the last piece of court action required to put to rest appeals of a $24-million pet food settlement approved by Hillman in October 2008.

“I am hopeful that we can begin processing claims shortly,” said Lisa Rodriguez, liaison counsel for the multiple class-action suits covered by the settlement.

According to court documents, 24,344 claims were submitted by the Nov. 24, 2008, deadline. Of those, 20,550 have been deemed payable. The average claim is about $1,283. Allowed expenses included medical attention, lost wages, property damage and the price of replacement pets. The settlement covers claims by owners in the United States and Canada.


The Veterinary Information Network, an online professional community and parent of the VIN News Service, estimates that between 30,000 and 50,000 animals were affected, judging from member surveys and tracking. The U.S. Attorney’s Office has estimated that about 1,950 cats and 2,200 dogs died, based on consumer reports received by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

More than 100 class action lawsuits filed in the wake of the poisonings were addressed by the court settlement of October 2008. Pet owners were invited to submit claims immediately, but payment of the claims has been delayed since then by two court appeals.

Read more at VIN: Court clears path for pet-food settlement claims payout. If you want to read the court document, it’s here.

I’m fortunate. I didn’t lose a pet to the recall, but I know a lot of people who did, including my sister. I know it’s been a painful road to go down – first seeing a much loved pet suffer and possibly die, and then dealing with companies and courts that didn’t seem to give a damn. There’s no way the settlement will make everything right for anyone who had pets who were affected by the melamine-tainted pet food. Period! My hope though, is that it will at least help with some type of closure.

On a sad (but predictable) note, as seems to be the norm for the pet food industry, VIN posted the news about the court decision before it’s even on That’s the website set up to inform pet owners about the lawsuits.

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Post #: 2,422
Boss Pet recalls pig ear treats due to salmonella
by Therese on May 18, 2011

in Dogs,Pet Food Recall

Yet again, pig ears are recalled due to salmonella contamination. These treats were manufactured by Keys Manufacturing, which recalled pig ears earlier this month. The Boss Pet pig ears are sold under the Diggers brand.

MAPLE HEIGHTS, OHIO – Boss Pet Products, Inc. announced that it is recalling its Diggers Natural Treat Pig Ear pet treats because the products have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. Boss Pet has been notified by one of its suppliers, Keys Manufacturing Company, Inc., that a batch of Keys’ pig ear treats tested positive for Salmonella. Keys Manufacturing has initiated a voluntary product recall in cooperation with the FDA and has identified several shipments of potentially affected products which Boss Pet shipped out under its Diggers brand in November, 2010 through April, 2011. So far, there has been a report of one dog in Missouri having Salmonella. Salmonella can affect animals eating the product and there is risk to humans from handling contaminated products, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the product or any surfaces exposed to these products.

The recalled Diggers Natural Chews Pig Ears were sold in the following package sizes:

Bulk Pig Ears in boxes of 100 UPC
UPC #0-72929-00038-6

Bulk Pig Ears Shrink Wrapped in boxes of 50
UPC #0-72929-99120-2

2-Pack Bags shipped in cases of 12 bags
UPC #0-72929-99504-0

4-Pack Bags shipped in cases of 12 bags
UPC #0-72929-00227-4

8-Pack Bags shipped in cases of 12 bags
UPC #0-72929-99584-2

These products have been distributed via truck to distributors in the following states: MT, CA, WA, OK, TN, NY, KS, OH, TX, MS, AL, OR, UT, IA, MO, IL, IN, LA, and MN

Here’s the official release, on the Boss Pet Products website, Boss Pet Recalls Pig Ear Products Because of Possible Health Risk. It’s also on the FDA website.

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Post #: 2,423

Evanger’s Pet Food gets warning from FDA

by Therese on May 18, 2011

in Pets

Earlier this month, the FDA sent Evanger’s Dog and Cat Food Company a warning letter about some of their pet food. It was discovered that a couple of their pet foods do not contain the type of meat indicated on the label. Here’s the letter from the FDA:

Ms. Holly N. Sher, President
Mr. Joel A. Sher, Vice President
Evanger’s Dog & Cat Food Company, Inc.
221 Wheeling Road
Wheeling, Illinois 60090

Dear Mr. and Ms. Sher:

From December 2, 2010 through February 10, 2011, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) conducted an inspection of your low-acid canned food manufacturing facility located at 221 Wheeling Road, Wheeling, Illinois. In addition, on August 19, 2010, FDA received samples of (b)(4) Lamb and Rice Dog Food from the distributor, (b)(4). This letter notifies you of the violations of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (the FD&C Act) that we found during our inspection and from the samples we received from the distributor. You can find the FD&C Act and its associated regulations on the Internet through links on FDA’s web page at

We found that you offered for sale (b)(4) Lamb and Rice Dog Food which was adulterated. Under Section 402(b)(2) of the FD&C Act, 21 U.S.C. § 342(b)(2), a food is deemed to be adulterated if any substance has been substituted wholly or in part therefore. Our analytical sample results of this product revealed that a substance (lamb) was not detected in the product and another ingredient (bovine material) detected in the product was substituted therefore. Furthermore, this product was misbranded. Under Section 403(b) of the FD&C Act, 21 U.S.C. § 343(b), a food is deemed to be misbranded if it is offered for sale under the name of another food. This product was offered for sale under the name of “(b)(4) Lamb and Rice Dog Food.” However, the analytical sample results did not detect the presence of lamb, but detected the presence of bovine material.

On December 14, 2010, FDA collected samples of your Evanger’s Grain-free Duck Pet Food during the inspection of your facility. We found that the Evanger’s Grain-free Duck Pet Food product was adulterated. Under Section 402(b)(1) of the FD&C Act, 21 U.S.C. § 342(b)(1), a food is deemed to be adulterated if any valuable constituent has been in whole or in part omitted or abstracted therefrom. Our investigation revealed that a valuable constituent (duck) was not detected in the product and had been omitted or abstracted therefrom. Furthermore, this product was misbranded. Under Section 403(a)(1) of the FD&C Act, 21 U.S.C. § 343(a)(1), a food is deemed to be misbranded if its labeling is false or misleading in any particular. The labeling indicates that Evanger’s Grain-free Duck Pet Food contains duck, but the analytical sample results did not detect the presence of duck in the product.

In addition, your firm was not able to provide processing and production records upon written demand, as required by 21 C.F.R. 108.35(h), for products manufactured in 2009.

The above is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of violations. As a processor of animal food, you are responsible for ensuring that your overall operation and the food you distribute are in compliance with the law. You should take prompt action to correct the violations described in this letter and to establish procedures to ensure that these violations do not recur. Failure to do so may result in regulatory action without further notice such as seizure and/or injunction.

You should notify this office in writing of the steps you have taken to bring your firm into compliance with the law within fifteen (15) working days of receiving this letter. Your response should include each step that has been taken or will be taken to correct the violations and prevent their recurrence. If corrective action cannot be completed within fifteen (15) working days of receiving this letter, state the reason for the delay and the time frame within which the corrections will be completed. Please include copies of any available documentation demonstrating that corrections have been made.

Your written response should be sent to Rosemary Sexton, Compliance Officer, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, 550 West Jackson Boulevard, Suite 15, Chicago, Illinois 60661. If you have any questions about this letter, please contact Compliance Officer Rosemary Sexton at 312-596-4225.



Scott J. MacIntire
District Director

The part of the letter that says “The above is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of violations,” makes me wonder what other issues the FDA may have found. Based on Evanger’s history, it could be anything. They seem to have a problem with the concept of honesty. Last year they were in the news when they were charged for stealing gas and electricity from the city.

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