UPDATE 2: Canine Caviar CEO sent us an updated email which we posted after the jump. The new email now refers to the recall as a recall. As of 10pm Pacific, he was still answering phone calls.
UPDATE: Canine Caviar CEO says it’s not a “recall,” they are “collecting” these products and maintains the products are safe. If the company that made the food says it’s a recall, we’re calling it a recall. We have added his email after the jump.
The CEO’s email added Canine Caviar Gourmet Beaver 5.5oz cans to the list below.
ORIGINAL POST: Itchmo has learned that the list of foods recalled by American Nutrition has expanded to include the following 4 dog food items:
- Mulligan Stew Chicken 13.2oz
- Mulligan Stew Turkey 13.2oz
- Canine Caviar Gourmet Beaver 13.2oz
- Canine Caviar Gourmet Turkey 13.2oz
In fact, American Nutrition has set up a separate Web site to track the expanding recall.
NOTE: As of 10:50 am, American Nutrition and Breeder’s Choice has both confirmed that Breeder’s Choice products are not affected by the recall.
Full release after the jump.
American Nutrition Announces Voluntary Pet Food Recall
Ogden, UT, April 27, 2007 –(PR.com)– The Denver office of the FDA informed American Nutrition, Inc. today that certain samples of rice protein shipped to its production facility have been contaminated with melamine, an industrial chemical used to make plastics and fertilizers that may be harmful to animals if consumed. The rice protein in question was obtained from San Francisco-based Wilbur-Ellis Company.
The FDA is investigating the use of rice protein, an ingredient found in a number of canned pet food products and baked pet food treats to fortify protein levels, after a portion of Wilbur-Ellisâ€™ rice protein supply was found to be contaminated with melamine. American Nutrition immediately discontinued the use of rice protein after learning of the melamine contamination.
The FDA has urged American Nutrition to issue a voluntary recall of pet foods manufactured using Wilbur-Ellis rice protein. None of these products is sold under an American Nutrition brand, but are sold through other independent companies. No American Nutrition brands or other products they manufacture for other businesses are affected by this recall.
The products subject to this recall are as follows:
CANNED CAT FOOD
Blue Buffalo Spa Select Hairball Control Oven Roasted Chicken 3oz AUG 21 09 APR 15 10
Blue Buffalo Spa Select Kitten Recipe Oven Roasted Chicken 3oz AUG 21 09 APR 15 10
Chicken Soup for the Pet Loverâ€™s Soul Kitten Formula 5.5oz 15 AUG 08 15 APR 09
Harmony Farms Country Chicken EntrÃ©e 3oz AUG 21 09 APR 15 10
Natural Balance Ocean Fish Formula 3oz and 6 oz AUG 21 09 APR 15 10
CANNED DOG FOOD
Blue Buffalo Beef Dinner 12.5oz AUG 21 09 APR 15 10
Blue Buffalo Chicken Dinner 12.5oz AUG 21 09 APR 15 10
Blue Buffalo Hearty Venison Dinner 12.5oz AUG 21 09 APR 15 10
Blue Buffalo Lamb Dinner 12.5oz AUG 21 09 APR 15 10
Blue Buffalo Salmon Dinner 12.5oz AUG 21 09 APR 15 10
Blue Buffalo Turkey Meatloaf Dinner 12.5oz AUG 21 09 APR 15 10
Canine Caviar Gourmet Beaver 13.2oz AUG 21 08 APR 15 09
Canine Caviar Gourmet Turkey 13.2oz AUG 21 08 APR 15 09
Chicken Soup for the Pet Loverâ€™s Soul Puppy Formula 13oz 21 AUG 08 15 APR 09
Diamond Lamb & Rice 13oz 21 AUG 09 15 APR 10
Harmony Farms Beef 12.5oz AUG 21 09 APR 15 10
Harmony Farms Chicken 12.5oz AUG 21 09 APR 15 10
Harmony Farms Lamb 12.5oz AUG 21 09 APR 15 10
Harmony Farms Salmon 12.5oz AUG 21 09 APR 15 10
Kirkland Signature Premium Dog 2-Flavor Variety Pack 14oz (24-pack) AUG 21 08 APR 15 09
Mulligan Stew Chicken 13.2oz AUG 21 09 APR 15 10
Mulligan Stew Turkey 13.2oz AUG 21 09 APR 15 10
Natural Balance Beef Formula 13oz AUG 21 09 APR 15 10
Natural Balance Chicken Formula 13oz AUG 21 09 APR 15 10
Natural Balance Lamb Formula 13oz AUG 21 09 APR 15 10
Natural Balance Venison & Brown Rice 13oz AUG 21 09 APR 15 10
BAKED DOG TREATS
Natural Balance Venison & Brown Rice Formula Baked Dog Treats 14oz AUG 21 07 APR 15 08
Blue Buffalo Health Bars Baked With Apples & Yogurt Dog Treats 20oz AUG 21 07 APR 15 08
Pet owners who purchased these pet foods should immediately discontinue using the products and return unused portions to the place of purchase for a full refund.
These products represent a small percentage of those manufactured by American Nutrition. To reiterate, no American Nutrition brands or other products manufactured for other businesses are affected by this recall.
The people at American Nutrition care immensely about the quality of the products they manufacture and the health of the pets that consume them. They want to express their deep concern over this situation. Feeding pets has been their business and passion for more than 35 years. They take that responsibility seriously and are very proud of what they do and how they do it. They will continue to work closely with the FDA in their ongoing investigation.
For more information, visit the FDA website: www.fda.gov. Consumers with additional questions can contact them by calling 1.800.257.4530 or by e-mailing them at email@example.com or by visiting www.americannutritioninc.com.
ABOUT AMERICAN NUTRITION, INC.
Ogden, Utah based American Nutrition, Inc. manufactures pet foods under its own name and for many other companies. American Nutrition has 150 employees.
CANINE CAVIAR RECALL
Canine Caviar is voluntarily recalling less than 1500 cans in circulation nationally (not cases) and expects to have these collected within 48 hours of April 27, 2007. This unexpected situation is due to the fact that the canned food co-packer was using ingredients that were not authorized by Canine Caviar. We are voluntarily recalling the following three can SKUâ€™s: 13.2 oz Gourmet Turkey â€“ UPC 674555222134, 13.2 oz Gourmet Beaver â€“ UPC 674555221328, 5.5 oz Gourmet Beaver â€“ UPC 674555221557 dated best by Aug 21, 08 or later.
All of the Gourmet Duck and Venison Tripe in the 13.2 oz cans are made to our standards and do not have any grains in them and are not part of the recall.
During the next few weeks, Canine Caviar will be out of stock on these three cans and recommends using the canned duck or venison tripe.
NONE OF CANINE CAVIARâ€™S DRY FOODS, TREATS OR SUPPLEMENTS ARE AFFECTED BY THE RECALL. THESE PRODUCTS ARE PACKED AT A DIFFERENT FACILITY. WE HAVE WRITTEN DOCUMENTATION PROVING THESE PRODUCTS ARE MANUFACTURED TO OUR STANDARDS.
We apologize for this inconvenience and have taken steps to increase quality control to ensure this does not happen in the future. We are demanding production records from all or our co-packers for all of our formulas before they are shipped to us. We have reviewed all of our other products and determined that they are free of any unauthorized ingredients.
There have been no illnesses reported related to feeding these formulas, however, to comply with the co-packers voluntary recall of the two products that contain unauthorized ingredients, we are pulling all dates and batches of these two formulas. Please return all cans of turkey and beaver to your store for a full refund.
Please email Canine Caviar at firstname.lastname@example.org for free dry food and treat coupons for this inconvenience.
Canine Caviar Pet Foods, Inc.