NEW RECALL: Hartz Vitamin Care For Cats

Hartz announced a recall on November 2 for a specific lot of Hartz Vitamin Care for cats because of salmonella concerns. Here is the release from their website:

The Hartz Mountain Corporation is voluntarily recalling one specific lot of Hartz Vitamin Care for Cats due to concerns that one or more 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.

The product involved is 3600 bottles of Hartz Vitamin Care for Cats, lot code SZ-16371, UPC number 32700-97701, which was manufactured by a third party manufacturer, UFAC (USA), Inc., in Baconton, Georgia. While normal testing conducted by Hartz and UFAC has not revealed the presence of Salmonella in any Hartz products, sampling conducted by the FDA did detect the presence of Salmonella. Hartz is aggressively investigating the source of the problem.

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 remove the product from all retail stores and distribution centers. 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-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.

34 Responses to “NEW RECALL: Hartz Vitamin Care For Cats”

  1. amy says:

    sheesh! pepperoni, ground beef, and cat products all recalled in the last 24 hours…crazy.

  2. Guthrie says:

    Several years ago they recalled flea products for cats made by Hertz. Dangerous for cats and small children. This is a company to stay away from. Hartz agressively investigates loss of profit. This is a company to avoid.

  3. Lis says:

    It’s been many years since I used anything from Hartz, because I just don’t trust their standards–yes, even compared to other pet product manufacturers.

  4. Trudy Jackson says:

    I hate Hartz, and I never buy from them. but I did need to get some vitamins for My 20 year old cat. All I could find was Hartz. I’m so angry right now -Can you hear Me screaming????
    My vitamins are Hartz Chewable Vitamins. But the numbers are almost the same exact. Mine is- SZ09271–UPC is the exact same-32700-97701.
    The bottle is almost empty. i’m throwing it away anyway.
    this is my very old and frail cat.
    this is making Me sick.

  5. Catlady says:

    Trudy -
    I think your cat will be fine. Hartz is only recalling one specific code, and your code is really no where near that number. The UPC code numbers you mentioned and are the same as the recall may only indicate the part of the number that indicates the name of the manufacturer. If the bottle is almost empty and you have had no problem, I think you can relax about this.

  6. Trudy Jackson says:

    Thanks, I was just so worried. She is on antibiotics from the vet, so that would help too, I think.

  7. Diane says:

    I don’t understand. Why does a cat need vitamins if they’re on a good-quality diet? I agree with you on not buying from Hartz anyway–every since I read how dangerous their flea stuff was I haven’t trusted them.

  8. Scratch says:

    If you want cat vitamins consider Missing Link made by Designing Health. It is a powder you mix in the food. They have it for dogs also. Great stuff been using their product for over 15 years.

  9. Trudy Jackson says:

    I used to use missing link. A long time ago. that’s a good idea. Thanks.

  10. Nora and Rufus says:

    Trudy, If you have any healthfood stores in town, they may carry Halo Pets Vitamin and Supplement products for dogs and cats. One I use with the home cooking my animals are getting is “Anitra’s Vita Mineral Mix”
    It is an all natural Raw Food Supplement by Halo, Purity for pets. A 9 ounce jar was $12.85 and a 10lb or under cat only needs about a teaspoon every other day sprinkled over their food. My old girl Toonces, about 17 by now has thrived on it. The jar will last several weeks using it as the instructions say. When you see the results in your cat, it is worth every penny.

  11. Nora and Rufus says:

    Also, don’t ever use Hartz or Sargent’s ANYTHING. None of it is really safe.

  12. Lesliek says:

    Interesting that this came out on a Friday. Anybody know if they waited til after business hours ?

  13. Don Earl says:

    The fun never ends, does it?

    I’ve been using this product since switching to homemade to get away from poisoned pet food, and now even the damn vitamins are contaminated. Thankfully, I don’t have that lot number, but holly smokes, how do you screw up vitamins for crying out loud?!

    They charge a ton of money for this stuff considering a cat needs about one fifteenth the vitamins of a people. Why can’t they keep it safe?

    I think the obvious answer is they simply don’t give a rip about our pets and could care less if they harm or kill them.

  14. Cathy says:

    Don, I agree. Sad, sad world. They don’t care. It’s all about the bottom line.

  15. Anonymous says:

    Btw, anyone have an ingredient list for the vitamin in question?

  16. pheephee35 says:

    Well, Hartz used to be about the only thing out there, them and Sargeants. Thank Heaven that is not true now. When I found out what they were doing with the flea stuff I was disgusted. They wanted to compete with Advantage etc. with a lower priced product. They took the chemicals that would usually be sprayed in your home for fleas along the baseboards and over the carpet ( and you would stay out for 4-8 hours), packaged it in little tubes (and yes they are still making and selling it), and instructed you to put it on your cat. Cats have had seizures from that garbage and some owners claim they died. Luckily, someone told me about it at the Healthy Pet Pantry or somewhere, so I did not use anymore of it. I had a bad flea problem with my cats at the time, but it did not work worth a darn and stunk. GRRRRRRRRRRR.

    I used all kinds of natural products, like neem oil, but they failed to get rid of the fleas. I finally bought Advantage (though I hated putting chemicals on my cats), but I figured the severity of the infestation was more dangerous to them than the product. Afterall, they could get worms from the fleas! I waited about a week and then treated them for worms too.

    Later, I found that fig tree (Dolisos Gemmotherapy) fights intestinal parasites. So that is much healthier and cheaper than chemicals. (see

    Anyway, the vitamins contain brewers yeast which helps the cat not taste so good to the fleas. I am now using NaturVet Brewer’s Yeast & Garlic fortified with vitamins. They like it alright, but, funny, they liked the Hartz Mountain better. :>(

  17. pheephee35 says:

    And no, it is only 11:39 here!!

  18. kathy says:

    And here we go again.

  19. Amanda says:

    We used to use Hartz flea stuff but we noticed after the first time that some of our cats got sick, especially Pepper. We changed to Frontline but even a drop of any flea stuff still makes Pepper sick. She is a small cat and we use a drop on her but now we don’t do her at all.

    I heard of some new flea pills that came out called Capstar, no ill effects shown on animals and starts working in 4-6 hours. We are thinking of trying those for Pepper.

  20. Anonymous says:

    Uh, hello?

  21. Don Earl says:


    Garlic is a no no for cats and dogs. One of the goofs from PETA has been publishing vegetarian cook books for cats, which uses garlic in most of the formulas. That’s probably the source of using garlic in homemade pet food formulas, but the source is a half wit. For starters, cats are obligate carnivors and a vegetarian diet is about the worst idea in the world, and things like garlic and onions are poisonous to cats and dogs. As I recall, tomatos are also very bad.

    I doubt small amounts from licking a dish would be a problem, but it’s better to avoid that sort of thing altogether.

  22. Gindy says:

    Almost all bulbs are poisonous to cats and dogs. Keep your critters out of the tulips, please!
    Capstar is great for a one time infestation. We used it on our rescue dog so she wouldn’t infect our other dogs or house with fleas. It is NOT the same as Frontline or Advantage. It offers no long lasting protection like the other products do.
    By the way, where do you think Hartz, etc get those vitamins? From China….

  23. Flamin says:

    “While normal testing conducted by Hartz and UFAC has not revealed the presence of Salmonella in any Hartz products, sampling conducted by the FDA did detect the presence of Salmonella. Hartz is aggressively investigating the source of the problem.”

    The source of the “problem” is the FDA, Codex, and the globalists. Watch Endgame Blueprint For Global Enslavement for free on my web site. Soon they will control all the food, medicine, water, land, everything for us to survive. Our dear pets, animals, & bees are our first line of defense! They are the watch dogs, and they have been sounding the alarm.
    Take it for what it’s worth.
    Prepare yourselves, if you haven’t already.

  24. Concha Castaneda says:

    Why do they insist on using the word voluntary in conjunction with recall? As I have been made to understand all recalls are voluntary as these agencies do not have the power to recall. Obviously it is a manipulation of some sort. FDA finds a poison and alerts the company…then the company chooses to recall. Some companies like Walmart choose not to recall. Instead they just quietly remove the product and give refunds to consumers that request refunds. Could someone clarify this? Arn’t all recalls voluntary?

  25. Cheryl Wrona says:

    Get Dr. Pitcairn’s Book “Natural Health for Dogs and Cats”. He is a retired Holistic vet, open a holistic vet school, and has a PH D. in immunology, so he knows about this stuff. I use Timberwolforganics, Innova Evo. and about 80% is raw food that I make. Use Pitcairn’s healthy mixture, works for cats and dogs. This mixture will have almost all the vits and minerals you need. Get some ascorbic acid caps, good quality, vit e oil and garlic powder. Read his book.
    Also keep in mind there’s no meat per say in most foods and if you read you’ll find sugar is used a lot, so which food would taste good to you?? Making food isn’t that tough.
    About garlic…I’ve been putting it in food for years, it’s onions that can kill. My cats blood tests show how healthy they are.
    My email, put itchmo in subject so I read. I can help you find stuff.

  26. Cheryl Wrona says:

    I didn’t see this earlier, but “Anitra’s Vita Mix ” is probably out of a book “The New Natural Cat” by Anitra Franks. It’s very inexpensive to make. It’s a version of Dr. Pitcairn’s healthy mixture. He is quoted in her book. Do some research people.

  27. mittens says:

    Hartz has a long ugly history of killing pets with their flea control products( last large under reported one was 2002 i think)-that not more was ever made of it is disturbing but i suppose to be expected given that these companies routinely get away with murder and the FDA and EPA( flea control products are pesticides and come under that bureau’s ‘ management’ but theyre just as useless as the FDA and just as up big business butt) can do nothing more often then not or simply won’t do anything to rock the corporate gravy train boat and the comfy corporate BJ jobs that await them when they leave government service.

    even though in the past Hartz recalled some of their deadly products voluntarily, the EPA can’t force retailers from selling the stuff- theyre not empowered to do so which is a point many people fail to recognize. that’s the law- they ‘re in charge of the often deadly poisons these companies manufacture that may harm us, our pets, the earth and all the EPA is set up to do is take in their mounds of paperwork, churn out official ‘ warnings’ and danger stat sheets (that are never updated as much as theyre required to be by law) and hint at how companies can change their labelling to make any products less dangerous.

    is it any wonder the pet food recall unfolded the way it did and there seems no end in sight to this bullsheet heap sickness, death, and ‘ voluntary recalls’? considering their perhaps decade long if not longer commitment to killing cats in particular with their crap products, i would never buy Hartz anything. i understand that in some places there may not be as wide a choice of products but that’s what the internet is for-buy the harder to find independently made products there.

  28. Karen says:

    While it is true that garlic and onions can be toxic to our pets, most of our pets don’t ingest enough garlic or onions to cause them harm. Garlic and oinions are in the same “family” of plants and can cause anemia if eaten in quantity. Look at the ingredients list of many commercial pet foods and one will see garlic listed. Some say it helps keep fleas away. Years ago I studied pet food ingredients lists and noticed Petigree had “spray dried blood” in their dry dog food. I have always wondered why that was in there….. to make our domesticated carnivorous hunters attracted to it? That could be appealing to our pets, but the human impression of it is, “Oh, gross.” One may wonder why pet food manufacturers put anything remotely toxic in their foods, but the little bit of garlic they put in there doesn’t keep me up at night worrying about all the pets out there. What bothers me more is the addition of joint support supplements because I think of them more as drugs that should be administered with a specific dosage customized for the animal. We have no idea whether our pets are getting the correct dosage. I am betting there is too little in there for any benefit because to add more would risk an overdose to somebody.

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  30. Michele Kostelnik Parrillo says:

    I feed my 15 year old cat named Whitie - a/d Hills canned cat food prescribed by the vet. She was so sick for a long time. Peoples tuna and the a/d Hills is all that I trust. Hope a/d Hills canned is ok - seeing that the vet prescribed it. What a recall list on the web. I am sick over it all. She will never be the same. 3 companys and the FDA have been contacted by me. Her kidneys have been damaged. What a world. Will we be next? You must check every pet item, never mind humans. No, she did not die but she was and is sick and old. Why do we do business with China? Lots of animals have died all over the USA and God only knows where else. I put a drop of oil now and then in the peoples tuna. Poor Whitie, she has such a strange look in her eyes. Thank God I never gave her Hartz vitamins…..

  31. Michele Kostelnik Parrillo says:

    I feed my 15 year old cat named - Whitie - a/d Hills canned cat food prescribed by the vet. She was so sick for a long time. Peoples tuna and a/d Hills canned cat food is all I trust. I do hope I never see a/c Hills on a new recall list as it is food for sick cats. I am so upset over it all. She will never be the same again. 3 companys and the FDA have been contacted by me. Her kidneys have been damaged. What a world. Will we be next to have a recall list for humans Lots of animals all over the USA have died and God only knows where else. Poor Whitie, she has such a strange look in her eyes. Thank God that I never gave her Hartz vitamins. I just do not trust any pet food companys.

  32. chloe says:

    I have lost my sweet cat chloe (tiger sister ) in 2000 after using that crap flea stuff hartz and this was before the recall and when I goto store I try to warn people not buy Hartz Prosucts and to cat owner who lost a cat or have a cat sick from hartz vitmans or flea stuff my heart go out to you and your sweet little cats.

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