NEW RECALL: Red Flannel Dry Dog Food Recalled By Mars Petcare

Red FlannelMars Petcare is recalling the 50-pound variety of its Red Flannel-brand Large Breed Adult Formula Dry Dog Food due to salmonella risk. The Red Flannel dog food recall specifically covers only Pennsylvania. The salmonella risk applies to cats, dog as well as to humans.

A vague warning regarding salmonella was issued last week without the mention of Red Flannel dog food. We covered the dog and cat food salmonella warning on August 14th.

According to Mars Petcare, only three bags of Red Flannel dog food had been sold in Reedsville, PA and Richlandtown, PA. Only one bag has yet to be returned.

Full press release is below.

(Related News: Krasdale Gravy brand dog food was also recalled due to salmonella risk.)

Select Red Flannel Large Breed Adult Formula Dry Dog Food 50lb Bags Voluntarily Recalled in Pennsylvania

FRANKLIN, Tenn. – Mars Petcare US, Inc. today announces a voluntary recall of select 50 lb bags of Red Flannel Large Breed Adult Formula dry dog food sold in two stores in Pennsylvania. Only three bags of product were actually sold, with only one bag still unaccounted for. The pet food is being recalled because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, which can cause serious infections in dogs and cats, and, if there is cross contamination, in people, especially children, the aged, and people with compromised immune systems.

The recalled product should not be sold or fed to pets. Pet owners should dispose of product in a safe manner (example, a securely covered trash receptacle) and return the empty bag to the store where purchased for a full refund.

Recalled pet food
Product: Red Flannel Large Breed Adult Formula dry dog food
Size: 50 pound bag
UPC Code: 4286900062
Best By Date: July 12, 2008
Best By Date Location: Back of bag
Affected Stores: The stores are located in Reedsville, PA and Richlandtown, PA

Mars Petcare is issuing this action out of an abundance of caution and it sincerely regrets any inconvenience to pet owners as a result of this announcement. This voluntary recall has been issued because FDA detected Salmonella in a sample of Red Flannel Large Breed Adult Formula dry dog food with a best by date of July 12, 2008 during a recent review.

In an effort to prevent the transmission of Salmonella from pets to family members and care givers, the FDA recommends that everyone follow appropriate pet food handling guidelines when feeding their pets. A list of safe pet food handling tips can be found at:
www.fda.gov/consumer/updates/petfoodtips080307.html

This product UPC has been blocked from retail sale at these locations.

Additional information about the product is available on www.marspetcare.com. Pet owners who have questions about the voluntary recall should call (866) 298-8332, or visit the web site for more information.

Photo: PMI Nutrition

29 Responses to “NEW RECALL: Red Flannel Dry Dog Food Recalled By Mars Petcare”

  1. ~Martha~ says:

    Inquiring minds want to know…

    ..has the “new Mars plant” started production?
    ..were these brands a test run there?

    (Only 3 bags sold?!)

  2. thomas says:

    I agree Martha . Where was it manufactured? Mars owns Purina are any of those foods effected?

  3. thomas says:

    Just want to correct my above post . Mars does not own Purina .

  4. thomas says:

    Just want to correct my previous post. Mars does not own Purina.

  5. Pukanuba says:

    Here we go again……..two in two days.

    I must admit that I’m SHOCKED that the FDA actually inspected & FOUND a problem with dog food. Amazing…….nice to see them doing their job for a change.

  6. Pukanuba says:

    Here we go again……..two in two days.

    I must admit that I’m SHOCKED that the FDA actually INSPECTED/TESTED & FOUND a problem with dog food. Amazing…….nice to see them doing their job for a change.

  7. Riley Daniels says:

    In addition to other lines, MARS owns the Royal Canin / Sensible Choice group and Nutro.

  8. molly says:

    same compny that makes cesar , pedigree , sheeba , whiskas , the good life and possibly others.

  9. 5CatMom says:

    Mars, Inc. in China:

    http://www.mars.com/global/Car.....ent/China/

  10. E. Hamilton says:

    Mars just bought a plant from MENU FOODS last week, I think, nice to know that the production of poison pet food will be keeping up with demand isn’t it?

    I got ASKED, by a total stranger, are you the lady with the pet food news? And I gave him the flyer from the Don Earl site. If someone pointed me out to him, if he was LOOKING for the truth and knew he could not get the truth from the TV news, well, that is a VERY good sign.
    People WANT the truth, we have it to give.

    Print out two flyers from the Don Earl and do not rest until they are posted.
    Other ideas are being worked on too.

  11. Anonymous says:

    Nice report here: Promptness not a virtue at the FDA: “With all the concern about contamination of imported food ingredients, especially from a major exporter like China, you’d think the US Food and Drug Administration would be eager to make whatever information it has available to US food producers as quickly as possible. You know what’s coming next:….
    ‘The FDA’s 20,365 unfilled requests for information exceed the totals for the departments of Defense and Justice. One company, FOI Services Inc., accounts for 44 percent of the backlog, according to the agency. Researchers, consumer groups and individuals say the delays limit their ability to alert the public to food and drug dangers and to hold the FDA accountable. ‘”
    http://scienceblogs.com/effect.....t.php#more

  12. HighNote says:

    Why are we having problems with all of this salmonella? SO MANY RECALLS ON OUR FOOD AND NOW THE PET FOOD! AREN’T THEY COOKING THE PRODUCTS ANY MORE? I ALREADY READ THAT THE FDA IS TELLING US TO WASH OUR HANDS AFTER HANDLING ANY PET FOOD AND TO WASH THEIR BOWLS. SO DOES THIS MEAN THAT THERE ARE A LOT MORE BRANDS OUT THERE THAT HAVE THIS SAME PROBLEM? MAYBE IT STARTS IN THE SLAUDERING PLANTS. WHAT NEXT?
    I AM SCARED TO EVER GET ANY MORE PETS BECAUSE I CAN NOT STAND TO SEE SOMETHING HAPPEN TO THEM BECAUSE OF TAINTED FOOD,

  13. Kathy says:

    It’s never going to end is it? Will try to print out flyers right now!

  14. jessie says:

    when will this end ? march 16 the first recall came to light ,5 month’s ago. didn’t Mars buy Nutro??? SCARY

  15. mittens says:

    i am unfamiliar with dog food- not having a dog- but is this another of those new brands by old offenders- slapping new names on their old crap hoping people will start buying their food again?

    perhaps they’d be better off focusing on the chemical make up of their additives and the quality of their rendered ingredients then on ad campaigns and new marketing ideas with decidedly stupid names( red flannel? better your dog eats plaid shirts and old work boots then pet food…).

    no one is fooled- every time a go to the supermarket i notice some new suspicious cat food. they need to focus on their manufacturing pratices and transparency rather than on PR and new wrappings.

  16. Anonymous says:

    good call mittens. I would not be at all surprised, considering the ‘high standards’ of the petfood industry. The opposite is also possible: Big name buys a brand people know, then fudges on the ingredients. Consumers think they know what they’re buying, or that the product is better under new mgmt. And of course, the buck seems to stop at a different place…… just a big shell game. But no longer a game. Family pets are dead. Consumers are wising up. No more cheating and lying as usual. No more dodging responsibility.

  17. E. Hamilton says:

    Print and post the flyers from Don Earl’s site. Never leave your house without several, I keep a stack in the car so I always have them handy.

    http://www.petfoodrecallfacts.com/active.html

    Call into radio talk shows, speak to somebody new today, the simple question “Do you have pets?” will find many, MANY people who want the truth and the news.

    Call your local TV stations and email them the links to the new recalls. If the TV station does not respond then file a complaint here
    http://tinyurl.com/gc48v

    All television stations MUST, by law, serve the public interests.
    If they do not serve you, the public, serve them up a few complaints.
    This is your right.

    If you called and emailed and the TV news did NOT cover the pet food recall and the new development news, then you have a valid complaint.

  18. chris says:

    Kathy,

    NO! It just keeps getting worse and worse. The U.S. doesnt care about our safety. They just care that China will suffer if they dont continue to trade with them regardless of what they are sending us.

    Melamine, Cynauric Acid, Lead, Salmonella, Botulism, Acetaminophen

    What’s next?

  19. Barb says:

    Turn on CNN NOW…High profile defense maneuver regarding Vick to be discussed after the commercial…in 1 minute!

  20. Steve says:

    And of course from the “Back against the Wall” Department.

    Aug 22 8:27 AM

    China said Wednesday it had found pesticides, poisonous weeds, and dirt in shipments of imported U.S. soybeans, and a toy industry representative said U.S. manufacturer Mattel Inc. was partly to blame for lead tainting that caused massive toy recalls.

  21. E. Hamilton says:

    Have you seen THIS pile O crap?

    http://www.avma.org/onlnews/ja.....70901s.asp

    How DARE that damned Steve Dale, in the pocket of pet food, weasel that he is talk like that?

    How DARE the vets-THE VETS- not get after the lack of media coverage of the symptoms, the lies and the cover up and the FREAKING FACT THAT POISON IS STILL KILLING!!!??
    Not a freaking word-just more of the good ole boy backslapping while they toss off the casual “there is long term renal damage” in the SURVIVORS, there sure is, and expensive damage in money and tears it is too. Was there a FREAKING word about getting those bills paid?? Was this a hot concern for the VETS? Nah, one more time , the vets had a big fat chance to stand up for the pets and the people who have suffered so much and there they sat.

    I am so offended and appalled.

  22. purringfur says:

    ITCHMO: Can we start a new thread in the forums about the “new pet foods/old brands” that have been coming out recently. Maybe I’m uninformed, but I’d never heard of Red Flannel or the other recalled food.

    Since June, we’ve known that pet food companies are trying to reinvent themselves and distance themselves from the poisonings by coming out with “new” products and definitely new packaging.

    Can we name the name of the food, the brand, and what company manufactures it?

    ITCHMO ADMIN:
    Please feel free to add a thread in the Cat Food and Dog Food Experience area. Members can always add threads in the forums. Thanks!

  23. mal says:

    Red Flannnel is (was) made by PMI Nutrition :

    http://www.pminutrition.com/rf_brand.html

    Looks like Mars Petcare may have been doing some quiet purchasing in the last few months. I have not found any buyout info as of yet.

  24. purringfur says:

    I thought I read that Red Flannel was developed by Purina scientists.

    So… PMI Nutrition is actually Purina Mills?

    I guess Purina is all over:

    http://www.testdiet.com
    Test Diet is a part of Lab Diet, which is a Purina Mills LLC/PMI Nutrition International company (purinamills.com)

    www.labdiet.com
    Lab Diet - provides various foods, supplements, etc. to animal lab researchers

    http://www.labdiet.com/indexlabdiethome.htm
    Here’s a reference to the pet food recall - says for media inquiries, contact Land O’ Lakes corporate office

  25. kaefamily says:

    I thought dogs and cats are not affected by salmonella! I am confusedn :-(

  26. purringfur says:

    Salmonella in dogs & cats:

    http://www.vetmed.wisc.edu/pbs.....nella.html

  27. kaefamily says:

    Thanks for the link, purringfur.

  28. Sharon says:

    Since January 2006, Pennsylvania has identified 21 individuals with illness caused by a specific strain of Salmonella serotype Schwarzengrund. Many of the illnesses linked to this strain involve infants and young children, who are especially vulnerable to Salmonella infections.

    I guess the FDA doesn’t consider the illness and/or death of children to be important enought to do anything to prevent it. Maybe we should all have our children tested for salmonella poisoning at the same time they are tested for lead poisoning. Thanks George Bush.

  29. Salmonella Outbreak Among Humans Linked To Tainted Pet Food, But Not Recalled Dog Food | Itchmo: News For Dogs & Cats says:

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