Three flavors of Rad Raw Cat Food Raw Diet pet foods are being recalled from 48 U.S. states and Western Canada because they might be contaminated with Salmonella and/or Listeria monocytogenes, posing a health hazard to humans and pets.
Lab tests confirmed Salmonella and/or Listeria monocytogenes in samples of the cat food from Radagast Pet Food Inc. of Portland, OR, according to the company’s recall notice on the Food and Drug Administration website.
“The FDA third party contracted lab found two lots of (Rad Raw Cat Food Raw Diet) Grass-Fed Beef tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes, one lot of Free-range Chicken tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes, and one lot of Free-range Turkey tested positive for Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes,” according to the notice posted Thursday night.
The infection-causing bacteria can affect animals eating the products and pose a risk to people who handle the products, especially if they don’t thoroughly wash their hands and any surfaces or utensils that come into contact with the pet food.
A variety of sizes and package styles of the Rad Cat Raw Diet pet foods are covered by the recall, including free 1-ounce sample cups as well as 8-, 16- and 24-ounce tubs.
The recall covers four lot codes: 62384, 62361, 62416 and 62372. Specific best-by dates in 2017 for the recalled lots and various product sizes are available in the recall notice. Consumers can find the date codes on the lids of the cat food tubs and on the bottom of the sample cups.
Radagast Pet Food Inc. distributed the implicated cat food in Western Canada and all U.S. states except Hawaii and Mississippi.
Radagast company officials are urging consumers to dispose of the recalled cat food “in a secure garbage receptacle” and thoroughly wash any pet bowls, utensils or surfaces that may have come into contact with the recalled cat food.
“For refund claims, fill out all sections of our Consumer Claims Form which can be found on our website www.RadFood.com and return this form only to the retailer where you purchased the product for a refund. Consumers may call Radagast Pet Food Inc. for assistance in filling out the Claim Form,” according to the recall notice.
Anyone who has handled the recalled pet food and develops symptoms of Salmonella or Listeria monocytogenes infections should seek medical attention. Salmonella symptoms usually develop within two to eight days, but Listeria monocytogenes can take up to 70 days before causing symptoms.
Listeria can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.
Salmonella symptoms in humans include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever. Salmonella can result in more serious ailments, including arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation and urinary tract symptoms.
Pets with Salmonella or Listeria monocytogenes infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever and vomiting. Some pets may have only decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain.
Infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans. If your pet has consumed any of the recalled products and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.
Sad to say, but this company is AGAIN in the top headlines for pet food recalls. Perhaps they should take all their advertising money and put it towards quality control. If a pet company’s products contain the highest quality ingredients and have a high quality control system in place like Life’s Abundance, there’s no need to spend precious money on advertising…word-of-mouth is the ‘best form of flattery’.
Blue Buffalo Company is voluntarily recalling some Blue Buffalo Life Protection Formula Fish and Sweet Potato Recipe dry dog food due to the presence of excessive moisture and mold, PetSmart announced May 27.
According to Dog Food Advisor, only one batch, which was manufactured within a two-hour period, is being recalled.
The following Blue Buffalo Life Protection Formula Fish and Sweet Potato Recipe dog foodproducts are included in this recall:
Size: 30-lb. bags
Best By Date: APR 11 17
Lot Code: AH 2A followed by a number ranging from 1208 to 1400
Blue Buffalo Company, based in Wilton, Conn., has not reported any dogs becoming ill after eating the food.
If you purchased the recalled product, do not feed it to your pet. Return it to the place of purchase for a full refund.
For more information about this recall, call Blue Buffalo customer service at 800-919-2833 Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. MDT, or go to its website (which, as of Monday afternoon, had no information about this recall).
Today is a very sad day for me, as I’m sure it is for all other Flint River Ranch distributors. As a distributor of Flint River Ranch dog and cat products since January 30, 2002, I just found out today that Flint River Ranch is closing its Multi-Level Marketing doors effective midnight, December 31, 2015.
I have to say this came as a total shock, and an absolutely awful time of the year too, 9 days before Christmas. Of course no time is a good time, but my goodness, this company couldn’t even give its distributors more notice than this? To lose everything so many have worked so hard for over the years, to have it taken away in a moment’s notice!
Here is an excerpt from the letter available to all FRR Distributors dated December 2015:
Decoding Pet Food Labels: Avoiding Harmful Ingredients for Dogs and Cats
A new report sheds light on serious problems in pet food industry regulations and how specific loopholes allow for the use of questionable ingredients that could negatively impact companion animal health.
Issued by The Cornucopia Institute, a non-profit food/farm policy research group, the report accuses some brands of using cheap ingredients, carcinogenic additives, and preservatives that are bad for long-term pet health, as well as attempting to intentionally deceive consumers with pet food labels.
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A question that is asked of us many times is why their dog just can’t seem to gain weight. Just recently, we were contacted by an owner of a skinny dog who advised us that the dog had been checked out by the veterinarian and got a clean bill of health. Unfortunately, the dog never finishes her food, so what is a pet parent to do to fatten up their dog?
So often, we are asked by concerned pet parents how to go about finding someone they can trust, to come into their homes while they go on vacation, to care for their precious pets. I’ve recently been asked, “We are going on vacation in mid-August and are apprehensive about leaving our two dogs, one cat, two gold fish and our old parakeet. Can you help us decide what to do?” My response? “I can see how traveling with this small menagerie would be difficult.”
Lawsuit alleges Nestlé knowingly supports human rights violations, hides it from public
Aug. 27, 2015
SEATTLE– A nationwide class of pet food purchasers today filed a lawsuit against Nestlé SA (VTX:NESN) alleging that the pet food manufacturer knowingly supports a system of slave labor and human trafficking to produce its Fancy Feast cat food, while hiding its involvement with human rights violations from the public, according to attorneys at Hagens Berman.
The lawsuit alleges that Nestlé works with a Thai partner, Thai Union Frozen Products PCL, to import more than 28 million pounds of seafood-based pet food for top brands sold in America – some ingredients of which were obtained through slave labor.
Often trafficked from Thailand’s poorer neighbors such as Cambodia and Burma, men and boys are sold to fishing boat captains needing crews to man their fishing boats, according to the complaint. The work is dangerous and exhausting with shifts lasting up to 20 hours a day with little or no pay, with refusal or failure to work to a supervisor’s satisfaction resulting in beatings or even death.
“By hiding this from public view, Nestlé has effectively tricked millions of consumers into supporting and encouraging slave labor on floating prisons,” said Steve Berman, managing partner of Hagens Berman. “It’s a fact that the thousands of purchasers of its top-selling pet food products would not have bought this brand had they known the truth – that hundreds of individuals are enslaved, beaten or even murdered in the production of its pet food.”
The 29-page complaint filed on Aug. 27, 2015 in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California alleges that Thai Union oversees canneries, “mothership” fishing vessels, and smaller fishing boats. This structured pyramid of fishing fleets ensures that individual fishing boats operate at great distance from any port, without oversight. Deckhands operating Thai Union’s fishing boats work as modern day slaves, according to a recent New York Times article, “Sea Slaves: The Human Misery that Feeds Pets and Livestock.”
The nationwide class action seeks to deliver reimbursement to consumers who would not have purchased these products had they been aware of these human rights violations, and also seeks injunctive relief requiring Nestlé to end its deceptive marketing.
The suit accuses Nestlé of violating the California Unfair Competition Law, Consumers Legal Remedies Act and False Advertising Law.
“Instead of true employment, men and boys are sold as slaves by brokers and smugglers to fishing captains in Thai ports in need of labor. Once sold, these men and boys (hereafter ‘Sea Slaves’) enter a modern form of indentured servitude where they are required to work to pay off the price the captains paid to purchase them,” the complaint states. “These Sea Slaves are frequently resold to other fishing boats while out at sea, often at higher prices than their price at port. As a result, Sea Slaves are involuntarily forced into longer and longer periods of servitude as their debt grows and the price of their freedom becomes ever more elusive.”
The complaint also states that despite protection of human rights listed as one of Nestlé’s Corporate Business Principals, the pet food giant has failed to live up to its own ideals. According to the suit, the Bureau of International Labor Affairs of the United States Department of Labor confirms that fish and shrimp from Thailand are likely the product of forced labor.
“Nestlé had the resources to combat this and could have – should have – chosen not to support these egregious human rights violations,” Berman said. “Nestlé has failed to uphold its responsibility to ensure the absence of slave labor in its supply chains – and even worse, Nestlé not only supported these human rights violations, but forced consumers to unknowingly do the same.”
Hagens Berman has been a pioneer in consumer rights litigation, as well as lawsuits filed to ensure human rights for groups of people around the world.
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About Hagens Berman
Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP is a consumer-rights class-action law firm with offices in nine cities. The firm has been named to the National Law Journal’s Plaintiffs’ Hot List eight times. More about the law firm and its successes can be found at www.hbsslaw.com. Follow the firm for updates and news at @ClassActionLaw.
Source “Class Action Filed against Nestlé for Slave Labor, Human Trafficking Used to Produce Top-Selling Pet Food.” Class Action Filed against Nestlé for Slave Labor, Human Trafficking Used to Produce Top-Selling Pet Food. N.p., n.d. Web. 27 Aug. 2015.
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