Numerous Itchmo readers have emailed us in regards to the most recent FDA enforcement report dated December 5, 2007.
On the report, there was a Class III recall for various Lick Your Chops cat food flavors due to the potential that the products may contain non-protein nitrogen compounds.
We spoke to Michael, a Healthy Pet Foods spokesperson (Healthy Pet Foods makes Lick Your Chops) about the recall. He clarified that this is a Class III recall and not a Class I recall. In Class III recalls, he stated that there is not any likelihood of any adverse health effects from the product.
He said they were notified in July of the potential issue and tested pet food samples, and all but one of the tests showed no trace of elevated protein levels. One test showed a trace of raised protein levels, but they were unable to identify if it was melamine or cyanuric acid or anything else.
Healthy Pet Foods notified their distributors and took off the various cat food products off the shelves in July as a precautionary step. Only one of the flavors (Chicken and Brown Rice) was distributed in Pennsylvania, while the other three flavors are distributed only in Canada. Michael stated that very little of the product went out to consumers.
Here is the information from the FDA Enforcement Report:
RECALLS AND FIELD CORRECTIONS: VETERINARY MEDICINE - CLASS III
a) Lick Your Chops Natural Healthy Pet Food Chicken and Brown Rice Dinner for cats
Net Wt. 5.5 oz., UPC 0-32976-26966-2, Recall # V-012-2008;
b) Lick Your Chops Natural Healthy Pet Food Lamb & Brown Rice Dinner for cats Net.
Wt. 5.5 oz.; UPC 0-32976-55967-1, Recall # V-013-2008;
c) Lick Your Chops Natural Healthy Pet Food Seafood & Brown Rice Dinner for cats
Net. Wt. 5.5 oz.; UPC 0-32976-55970-1, Recall # V-014-2008;
d) Lick Your Chops Natural Healthy Pet Food Turkey & Brown Rice Dinner for cats Net.
Wt. 5.5 oz.; UPC 0-32976-55972-5, Recall # V-015-2008
a) Formula code 16CC, Exp 3/27/2010;
b) Formula Code: 16CL, Expiration 3/27/2010;
c) Formula Code: 16CS, Expiration 3/27/2010;
d) Formula Code: 16CT, Expiration 3/27/2010;
Menu Foods, Inc., Pennsauken, NJ, by telephone and letter on November 14, 2007. Firm initiated recall is complete.
Product may contain non-protein nitrogen compounds.
VOLUME OF PRODUCT IN COMMERCE
PA and Canada