Recalls on Nutrisica dog food, Buster's chew treats

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One of the frustrating things about trying to be a consciencious pet parent is not knowing exactly which company makes the food you feed your cat or dog. Often, products are made by one company and marketed under many different names.

That's the case with Tuffy's Pet Foods Inc. of Perham MN. Never heard of that brand? Perhaps you've heard of Dogswell which makes the Nutrisica brand.

We learned last night that Tuffy's is recalling lots of 4 lb bags of Nutrisca Chicken and Chick Pea Recipe Dry Dog Food because they have the potential to be contaminated with salmonella.

The Food and Drug Administration does not help much. In its recall notice Wednesday it identifiesTuffy's as the producer and Nutrisica as the brand name but there is no mention of Dogswell.

Here are the details about salmonella:

Salmonella can affect animals eating the products and there is risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the products or any surfaces exposed to these products. Healthy people infected with salmonella should monitor themselves for some or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever. Rarely, 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. Infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans. If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.

No salmonella-related illnesses in people or animals have been reported to date in association with these products. The recall was initiated by a routine sampling program by the Ohio Department of Agriculture revealed the presence of salmonella in one batch.

The recalled product was distributed in the 4 lb. bags nationwide to distributors, brokers, retail stores, and internet retailers. The recalled product is limited to Nutrisca Chicken and Chick Pea Recipe Dry Dog Food in 4 lb. bag sizes, bearing UPC Code “8 84244 12495 7″ (found on lower back of the bag). Products included in the recall are identified by the below first 5 digits of the Lot Code (found on upper back of the bag) and “Best by Dates” (found on upper back of the bag). No other bag sizes or other Nutrisca dog food, cat food, biscuits/treats, supplements or other products are affected by this announcement.

First five digits of lot codes:

4G29P, 4G31P, 4H01P, 4H04P, 4H05P, 4H06P

Best By Dates:

Jul 28 16, Jul 30 16, Jul 31 16, Aug 03 16, Aug 04 16, Aug 05 16

If you have a bag in this lot you should dispose of it. For consumer information or questions regarding this voluntary recall, please contact Nutrisca at 1-888-559-8833.

The FDA issued a second recall notice on Wednesday, this time for dog chew treats under the Buster's Natural Pet Supply brand.

Pet International of Miami, Florida is recalling 1500 units of 6” Beef Trachea Pet Treat because it has the potential to be contaminated with salmonella

The 6” Beef Trachea Pet Treat was distributed to retail stores in: Conifer and Lakewood in Colorado.

Consumers with the product should use gloves and put in a double bag and throw it away as soon as possible. Do not touch the product in any way, and if you do, it’s recommended you must wash your hands immediately with an antibacterial soap.

The potentially affected product will pertain to a particular lot number, and are specific to a particular size of the pouch it’s sold in. Anyone having these products should verify the following:

Brand: Buster’s Natural Pet Supply,

Lot Code: 8501450,

Size: 6” Beef Trachea/ 12 Pack Plastic Pouch,

UPC Code: 8501450

No illnesses have been reported to date. We are still warning consumers that if any of the above information is on the package you have, do not feed it to any animals at all. It may be hazardous and should be disposed of immediately.

The recall was as the result of a routine sampling program by the Colorado Department of Agriculture and analyzed by FDA, obtained from Buster’s Natural Pet Supply in Conifer, CO. and found to be positive for Salmonella. The product sampled had a Buster’s Label on it, but was manufactured by Pet International. Buster’s Natural Pet Supply recalled the entire product from the two stores that the distributor sells it. The Pet International Inc. continues their investigation as to what caused the problem.

Consumers who have purchased 6” Beef Trachea with Buster’s Natural Pet Supply Label on it and want a refund can take the product back to the store with a receipt.

Consumers with any questions about the recall product may contact the company at by phone at (305) 591-3338 Monday through Friday 9:00am to 5:00pm EST or via e-mail at sergioh@petint.com.

For more information about pet food ingrediants and regulations visit Truth about Pet Food site.