FDA Recalled Parsley Powder Used In Pet Food

On FDA’s Enforcement Report dated September 19, 2007, the agency listed a late August recall that involved dehydrated parsley powder which was used in certain Diamond pet food premixes. The manufacturer of the parsley powder issued a recall because some of their product was found to have salmonella in it.

We spoke to a Diamond spokesman in regards to this parsley powder recall. He stated that the dehydrated parsley powder that is used in their premixes goes through a process of extrusion (goes through heat). Any salmonella or bacteria in the product is killed and sterilized because the bacteria cannot withstand the heat.

Diamond did test their dehydrated parsley powder for salmonella, and the spokesman said the parsley product tested negative for salmonella. All of the remaining parsley powder that was not used was sent back to the manufacturer.

The spokesman said their dehydrated parsley powder comes from a US manufacturer.

Some pet food product containing the recalled dehydrated parsley powder did go into stores, but the spokesman wanted to reassure consumers that the food is safe because their lot of parsley powder tested negative for salmonella, and even if there was salmonella in the parsley powder, the bacteria would have been killed in the heating process.

Here is the information from the FDA website regarding this recall:

September 19, 2007

RECALLS AND FIELD CORRECTIONS: VETERINARY MEDICINES - CLASS II
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PRODUCT
a) Diamond Pet SG PMX #1, NB-8244A, packaged in 50-lb. bags, For Manufacturing
Purposes Only, Recall # V-076-2007;
b) Diamond Pet SG PMX #2, NB-8332A, packaged in 50-lb. bags, For Manufacturing
Purposes Only, Recall # V-077-2007;
c) Diamond Holistic Premix, NB-8866B, packaged in 50-lb. bags, For Manufacturing
Purposes Only, Recall # V-078-2007;
d) Kirkland Signature Premix, NB8251A, packaged in 50-lb. bags, For Manufacturing
Purposes Only, Recall # V-079-2007
CODE
a) Lots: 0507721, 0507723, and 0521755;
b) Lots: 0514713 and 0521757;
c) Lots: 0510711, 0510713, 0517749, 0521759, 0521761, 0521763, 0601707, 0601709,
0601711, and 0807747;
d) Lots: 0503737, 0504701, 0510717, 0510719, 0523753, 0601713, 0713709, and
0718733
RECALLING FIRM/MANUFACTURER
Nutra Blend LLC, Neosho, MO, by telephone on August 22, 2007 and August 24, 2007, and by letter on August 23, 2007. Firm initiated recall is complete.
REASON
Some of the raw material dehydrated parsley powder used in the manufacture of the premixes was found to contain salmonella.
VOLUME OF PRODUCT IN COMMERCE
86,700 lbs.
DISTRIBUTION
MO, SC, and CA

(Thanks menusux)

12 Responses to “FDA Recalled Parsley Powder Used In Pet Food”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Wonder if this is related to the Diamond recall. Seems to have happened at the same time.

    August 30, 2007
    Stirrings LLC Participates in Voluntary Nationwide Recall of Rimmer® Brand Mojito Cocktail Garnish Due to Possible Health Risk from Contaminated Raw Ingredient Supplied by Van de Vries Spice Corporation

    http://www.fda.gov/oc/po/firmr.....08_07.html

    Although Stirrings LLC’s tests of finished product samples were negative for the presence of Salmonella, parsley powder, one of several ingredients supplied by Van de Vries Spice, tested positive for Salmonella.

    Where does parsley powder come from?

  2. highnote says:

    Parley what will be next to recall in pet food products?

  3. menusux says:

    anonymous,

    The recall you posted is the same supplier of the salmonella-tainted parsley powder which forced the Robert’s Veggie Booty recall. Van de Vries said the parsley powder was made in China:

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/19.....ek/page/2/

    Robert’s says it bought the seasoning from Atlantic Quality Spice and Seasonings, a division of Van de Vries Trading Corp. of Edison, N.J. Atlantic bought the seasoning ingredients from three other American companies, says Cooper. Some of the ingredients were from China, but he can’t confirm which product is responsible for the salmonella. (The ingredients used to make Veggie Booty, as listed on the package: Corn meal, rice, organic soy flour, rice and/or sunflower oil, spinach, kale, cabbage, carrot, broccoli, calcium carbonate, vitamin A, vitamin C, parsley and sea salt.) Cooper says they have an idea which ingredient might have caused the problem, but they are awaiting confirmation from the FDA and the CDC.

    http://www.robscape.com/pressrelease7307.pdf

    July 3, 2007–Company (Robert’s Veggie Booty) says all seasonings were Chinese imports.

    http://www.fda.gov/bbs/topics/.....01019.html

    FDA Enforcement Report August 29, 2007

    PRODUCT
    Parsley Powder, Dehydrated, bulk, a) World Spice Inc; b) Labeled for Dehydrates, Inc; c) Labeled for Van deVries/Atlantic Spice, Recall # F-477-7

    RECALLING FIRM/MANUFACTURER
    World Spice, Inc., Roselle, NJ, by telephone and e-mail beginning on July 30.2007. Firm initiated recall is ongoing.
    REASON
    Products may be contaminated with Salmonella. They are associated with an outbreak of Salmonella illness.

    RECALLING FIRM/MANUFACTURER
    Recalling Firm: Well Baskets, LLC, Newtown, CT, by e-mail and telephone on June 29, 2007, and by press release on July 2, 2007.
    Manufacturer: Robert’s American Gourmet Food, Inc., Sea Cliff, NY. Firm initiated recall is ongoing.
    REASON
    Veggie Booty (recalled by Robert ’s American Gourmet due to Salmonella contamination) was included in gift baskets.

    Diamond claims the parsley powder in their recalled pre-mixes came from the US.

  4. thomas says:

    Why is parsley used in pet foods ? Is this another cheap filler? It appears pet food is a dumping ground for road kill and garbage.

  5. Anonymous says:

    menusux

    Thank you for all the background on the parsley problems. You are amazing at finding info fast!!

    I just seems amazing that something as “harmless” as parsley powder, whether from China or the US can be potentially fatal. Very scary!!

  6. MaineMom says:

    Thomas, I’ve seen several home-made pet food receipes that include parsley as a healthy additive since it is a leafy green vegi.

  7. Jenny Bark says:

    Sam’s club parsley is Tone Brothers, inc Ankeny,LA5021 USA( not sure I have spelling right). Since 1873. Sam’s always seen to get the cheapest. Parsley is a plant & I sure don’t want anything grown in China or India’s dirt. Just because it says USA, it doesn’t say grown in USA. No where on the jars does it say where it is grown.

  8. Jenny Bark says:

    I called Nature’s Logic & talked to manger & he said parsley they use is safe & besides it’s cooked so would not be a problem. I started using their all food fortifier for my home cooking because it is 100% all natural food sources. He didn’t even know about the recall & sure was nice to me & answered all my questions. I started using it because I was worried that I was giving my babies all the vitamins & minerals they needed since I home cook. I believe him, hope I’m not making a mistake. My dogs like it added, kitty is still making up her mind.

  9. purringfur says:

    3 RULES TO FOLLOW:

    RULE #1: DO NOT TRUST THE CERTIFICATES OF ANALYSIS FROM SUPPLIERS.

    RULE #2: DO NOT TRUST THE CERTIFICATES OF ANALYSIS FROM THE SUPPLIER’S SUPPLIER.

    RULE #3: DO NOT TRUST THE CERTIFICATES OF ANALYSIS FROM THE SUPPLIER’S SUPPLIER’S SUPPLIER.

    In other words, DO YOUR OWN TESTING!

  10. purringfur says:

    MENUSUCKS:

    You are THE BEST!

    We can always count on you to come up with the background research references. Thanks for being here and helping us make the connections to keep our pets (and ourselves) as safe as possible.

  11. purringfur says:

    MENUSUX, sorry I misspelled your name. Oops!

  12. Jenny Bark says:

    Menusux, Thanks.


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