NEW RECALL: Hartz Recalls Vitamin Care For Cats Because Of Possible Health Risk

Here is a recall involving Hartz Vitamin Care for Cats:

The Hartz Mountain Corporation is voluntarily recalling a second specific lot of Hartz Vitamin Care for Cats due to concerns that bottles within the lot may have been potentially contaminated with Salmonella. Hartz is fully cooperating with the US Food and Drug Administration in this voluntary recall. Hartz recalled a specific lot code of Hartz Vitamin Care for Cats last November due to similar concerns. Both lot codes were manufactured for Hartz by UFAC (USA) Inc. in 2007, and were removed from distribution last November. However, bottles from the second lot had been shipped to customers prior to their having been removed from distribution.

Salmonella is an organism which can cause serious infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems, all of whom are at particular risk from exposure and should avoid handling these products.

Salmonella symptoms may include fever, diarrhea, abdominal pain, and nausea in both cats and humans. Anyone experiencing the symptoms of Salmonella infection should seek immediate medical attention. Owners of cats exhibiting these symptoms should also seek veterinary assistance.

The product involved is 739 bottles of Hartz Vitamin Care for Cats, lot code SZ 22771, UPC number 32700-97701. While normal testing conducted by Hartz and UFAC has not revealed the presence of Salmonella in any Hartz products, recent sampling conducted by the FDA did detect the presence of Salmonella.

Although the company has not received any reports of animals or humans becoming ill as a result of coming into contact with this product, Hartz is taking immediate steps to recover this product from consumers. Cat owners should check the lot code on their bottles, and, if the code is not visible, or if the bottle has lot code SZ 22771 or lot code SZ-16371 imprinted thereon, they should immediately discontinue use of the product and discard it in a proper manner.

Consumers can contact Hartz at 1-800-275-1414 with any questions they may have and to obtain reimbursement for purchased product.

Source: FDA

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6 Responses to “NEW RECALL: Hartz Recalls Vitamin Care For Cats Because Of Possible Health Risk”

  1. anon says:

    Hartz is a long time member in very good standing of the PFI, expect Duane to start spinning and lying .
    Making poison and lame excuses is what PFI members do best. Making decent pet food? not so much.

  2. Don Earl says:

    RE: “Hartz is taking immediate steps to recover this product from consumers…. they should immediately discontinue use of the product and discard it in a proper manner.”

    Yeah, that’s the usual scam from these criminals. Snag the evidence and destroy it, before the affected pet owners can hire an attorney. Spoliation of evidence is supposed to be good for a couple decades in a Federal prison, but for some reason it’s just business as usual as far as pet food companies are concerned.

  3. G in INdiana says:

    It’s business as usual for ALL companies. Not just food and not just pets.
    Get the offending stuff in house and burn it to prevent more law suits or having to do the right thing by making a quality product, tested 100%, in the first place.
    There’s just no pride in creating anything any more. The only thing that matters to the executives is whether they get the share price up high enough before they bail
    We’ve all seen it in other industries like the airlines and mortgage companies (Countrywide anyone?)
    I don’t blame the folks who do the actual work, no way. I do blame the people running these companies who could care less about their consumers. If they made good and safe products they wouldn’t need to lawyer up in order to save their butts.

  4. The Lioness says:

    OMG. I can’t believe these clowns are still in business. They’ve been killing pets for DECADES! Honestly–what a surprise THIS is.

    *not*

    When will people who hate animals just get a clue and get out of the animal business? Really.

    *grumble*

    ~The Lioness

  5. The Lioness says:

    OMG. I can’t believe these clowns are still in business. They’ve been killing pets for DECADES! Honestly–what a surprise THIS is.

    *not*

    When will people who hate animals just get a clue and get out of the animal business? Really.

    *grumble*

    ~The Lioness

  6. mittens says:

    it’s true- hartz has been murdering pets with it’s flea products for many years. the government actually covertly ‘ went after’ them because of these poisonings and they made some closed door deal that largely protected hartz from public scrutiny on any large scale. they are a case book example of how the government DOES NOT justly deal with businesses that in common sense are criminally liable for poisoning and sickening pets and people. hartz violated laws pertaining to controlled poisons and chemicals and pretty much nothing happened to them. why have the laws if you refuse to enforce them?

    anyone who cares about their pet’s health should think twice before using any hartz product. 1 minute of googling is all it takes to get a few facts about these companies.


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