Recall: Atlantis Fish Flake Food For Pets

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Sergeant’s Pet Care Products is recalling some production lots of Atlantis Goldfish Flake Food and Atlantis Tropical Fish Flake Food due to melamine being found in these specific products (approximately 20-80 parts per million). The fish food that is being recalled is for pet/ornamental fish and not used to feed fish intended for human consumption.

Here are the products that are being recalled:

  • Atlantis® Tropical Fish Flake Food, 0.88 oz.
  • Atlantis® Tropical Fish Flake Food, 2.25 oz.
  • Atlantis® Goldfish Flake Food, 0.75 oz.
  • Atlantis® Goldfish Flake Food, 2.15 oz.
  • Atlantis® Color Enhance Tropical Fish Flake Food, 0.88 oz.
  • Atlantis® Betta Food, 1.2 oz.
  • Atlantis Tropical Fish Flake Food, 0.42 oz.
  • Atlantis Goldfish Flake Food, 0.42 oz.

Sergeant’s representatives are now conducting an investigation of the manufacturing facility in Taiwan to determine the source of contamination. Sergeant’s will resume shipping of Atlantis fish food products following the completion of a thorough investigation and documentation that product is contaminant-free.

The full press release after the jump.

(Thanks Pet Connection)

Sergeant’s Pet Care Products, Inc. has announced it is voluntarily removing ornamental fish food products from retail store shelves. A portion of the production lots of Atlantis® Goldfish Flake Food and Atlantis® Tropical Fish Flake Food have been found to contain the contaminant, melamine. Atlantis Goldfish Flake Food and Atlantis Tropical Fish Flake Food are products that are formulated specifically for the feeding of ornamental fish, such as a goldfish and Neon tetra. Atlantis fish food is not formulated for the feeding of fish intended for human consumption.

“At this time, it is not known if melamine contaminated fish feed has any effect on ornamental fish,” says Denise Petty, Aquaculture Extension Veterinarian at the University of Florida. “However, food fish at two commercial U.S. hatcheries were fed melamine contaminated feeds and, after testing by the FDA, these fish were determined to be negative for melamine and safe for human consumption. It is unknown if melamine forms crystals in the kidneys of fish,” says Petty

“Given the uncertain nature of the effect of melamine, the high visibility of this ingredient at this time and Sergeant’s concern for the health and well-being of pets, we believe that removal of the Atlantis product from store shelves is the right thing to do,” says Robert Scharf, president of Sergeant’s Pet Care Products, Inc.

Testing by Sergeant’s has confirmed the presence of very low levels of melamine, approximately 20-80 parts per million (ppm), in some lots of Atlantis Goldfish Flake Food and also in Atlantis Tropical Fish Flake Food. Melamine is water-soluble, and fish food is dispersed and diluted in the water of an aquarium. Therefore, when used as directed, an average dose of fish food containing these levels of melamine would result in contamination in a typical fish tank at minute levels, under 10 parts per billion (ppb).

Sergeant’s believes that these levels are so low that even if a pet owner accidentally sprinkled an entire package of fish food into the fish tank, the fish would be harmed by over-feeding than by melamine contamination.

Sergeant’s has advised all national and international distributors and retailers who currently carry Atlantis fish food products to remove the products. Sergeant’s is recommending consumers either discard the product or return it to their retailer for a credit.

The affected Atlantis fish food products are the following:

* 10006 Atlantis® Tropical Fish Flake Food, 0.88 oz.
* 10057 Atlantis® Tropical Fish Flake Food, 2.25 oz.
* 10154 Atlantis® Goldfish Flake Food, 0.75 oz.
* 10731 Atlantis® Goldfish Flake Food, 2.15 oz.
* 10847 Atlantis® Color Enhance Tropical Fish Flake Food, 0.88 oz.
* 10926 Atlantis® Betta Food, 1.2 oz.
* 88515 Atlantis Tropical Fish Flake Food, 0.42 oz.
* 88516 Atlantis Goldfish Flake Food, 0.42 oz.

Sergeant’s representatives are currently conducting an investigation of the manufacturing facility located in Taiwan to determine the source of contamination. Sergeant’s will resume shipping of Atlantis fish food products following the completion of a thorough investigation and documentation that product is contaminant-free.

Concerned consumers can contact Sergeant’s by phone at 866.740.4969 or via e-mail at atlantis info for more product information.

10 Responses to “Recall: Atlantis Fish Flake Food For Pets”

  1. Monika says:

    I knew it. I knew it back in April. Well, I had a strong hunch. Here’s my
    blog entry to prove it: http://daydreaminventory.blogs.....lucky.html

  2. YaYa says:

    Nice picture of a beautiful fish Monika. I’m glad you stopped back then feeding that stuff.

    Trudy {posts here} has said she’s lost a couple of her Koi recently. She’s wondering if it’s the food now too. Koi are So expensive.
    Someone told her about someplace that will do a fish necropsy on them.

    I do wonder if the “pet fish” foods are simaliarly tainted {amount ppm/b}, to the foods for ones they set free in the wild.

    So it looks like at least One company s paying attention and recalling the food {now finally}.

    Must be ok to set free the wild and never know the issues they might have.
    Scheeesch!

  3. Monika says:

    I was never feeding that actual brand. What I stopped feeding were any fish food I had that contained ingredients that were at the time associated with melamine contamination. I did a search (and posted on Itchmo) of all pet foods that contained Rice Protein Concentrate and were not yet recalled and sure enough all of the ones I posted were later recalled.

    I then, as precaution, checked labels of all pet foods I had which contained RPC, glutens, all other protein concentrates (vegetable, soy, fish, etc.) then I realized not only can I be in danger (as a vegetarian I eat tons of wheat gluten and protein conentrates, etc.) but my goldfish (I have 5 in 2 tanks) needed their food screened as well (turned out to be Wardley flakes that had to go based on my assumption of having sub-par ingredients, besides, they’re made by Hartz so that was reason enough) and stuck to my Hikari and Pro Gold foods. So far so good.

  4. Anonymous says:

    My fish went from okay to really not okay overnight. Literally floating on the top of the tank. This happened twice in the last 2-3 years. No obvious sign of the usual disease’s but it was similar to swin bladder and lack of oxygen. I moved it from fresh water to fresh water (making sure water was uncontaminated and temp was as consistent as possible) two to three times over the course of 24 hrs and replaced food. It recovered each time. Scared the heck out of me, anyway, and not too easy on him, either.

    I use more than one food so was never able to pin down if food was the problem. The original water was clean and not polluted so it doesn’t appear
    it was the environment .

    Thanks, Monika, for mentioning the brands you use. Local stopped carrying
    a favorite and we were reduced to other commercial source. Fish food shopping on the agenda as it is.

  5. AM says:

    Took them long enough. I already had to switch from flakes to freeze dried goods. Our fish were dying and didn’t put two and two together until I read someone elses blog at MSNBC about fish tank problems. Sure enough as soon as I switch from the mixed item flakes(wheat gluten, etc).. all my fish regained weight and the dying fish stopped (I suspect the living we still had stopped eating they were so skinny.)

    Also have a good friend tell us of their issues and we told them to change to freeze dried whole food. He thought we were overreacting/exagerating until the change cured his issues immediatly as it did ours.

    Guess people’s PET fish mean even less than their furbeasts for it to take this long..

    (PS the brand I fed is not the brand recalled above.. FISH FOOD BUYERS BEWARE!)

  6. AM says:

    Decided to go ahead and mention the foods I was/now am feeding.

    Previous BAD food is Tetramin Flakes for tropical fish.

    Current food is Top Fin freeze dried medley (myoisis shrimp, bloodworms and daphnia I believe) and Freeze Dried Tubifex worms.

  7. Monika says:

    Besides Atlantis (Sargeant Brand) fish food being recalled another company called ZEIGLER has recalled shrimp feeds for ornamental fish. FDA info
    here: http://www.fda.gov/oc/po/firmr.....06_07.html

    I also just wrote Hikari and they sent me this in response:

    _______________________________

    Monika - Hikari has always stood for superior quality and the recent scare in no way will impact that. We constantly test our product raw ingredients before use to verify no unwanted items are included and since we are the only fish food maker that controls our entire production process we can be assured what we want in the food is actually what is. Others, as the dog food companies have found out, are at the mercy of the product producer. All our wheat-gluten is from sources that are not impacted by the Chinese problem. We appreciate you taking the time to contact us and your interest in your aquatic pet’s well being!

    ________________________________

    Now i’m just waiting to here from the people at goldfishconnection.com who sell the ProGold food I am feeding my goldfish (they also make food for tropicals).

  8. Monika says:

    I’m following up on what I heard from the goldfishconnection.com in response to an email I sent questioning their ingredients. The response I got from ‘Rick’ was:

    “All of our food is made in an USDA inspected plant under very strict regulations. Many of the same foods we use are used to feed fish for human consumption and are tested for any toxins.”

    I wrote back right away saying that it is not reassuring to find out the same feed was used because of the Tembec/Uniscope fiasco and I sent him a link to the story. He wrote back:

    “Monika,
    Thanks for the info.
    Rick”

    So I point blank asked him in a follow up if they ever used binding agents from Uniscope.. since then… *crickets*.. no response.. his food went right into the garbage last night.. I would say be wary of food from goldfishconnection.com (btw, the food isn’t just for goldfish)

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  10. ayu says:

    i’m new for fish and i have three kind of fishes right now,i just bought brien shrimp (freeze dried ) its a kind of big of big,do i need to brake it down and feed them or just drop it as it is?


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