These pet food products recalls occurred during the past month:
Evanger’s Dog and Cat Food of Wheeling, Illinois, USA is voluntarily recalling specific lots of its Hunk of Beef product because of potential contamination with pentobarbital, which was detected in one lot of Hunk of Beef Au Jus, according to FDA.
PetSmart issued a voluntary recall of one production lot of Grreat Choice adult dog food with chicken and rice classic ground in 13.2-ounce cans.
Blue Buffalo recalled cans of their Homestyle Recipe Healthy Weight, Chicken Dinner with Garden Vegetables dog food. A single production run of the 12.5 ounce cans may have been contaminated with aluminum.
Wellness is voluntarily recalling a small amount of their canned cat foods from retailers’ shelves after foreign material was found in non-WellPet products made in the same facility.
Due to the potential presence of pentobarbital in the dog food, Against the Grain Pet Food is voluntarily recalling one lot of Against the Grain Pulled Beef with Gravy Dinner for Dogs that was manufactured and distributed in 2015, according to the US Food and Drug Administration.
Pet food recalls and safety
Pet food is safer, more transparent and more regulated than before, Cathy Enright, president and CEO of the Petfood Institute (PFI) told Petfood Industry.
“The challenge now is helping the public realize that recalls are part of food safety program,” she said. “Our job is to help people figure out what’s real and what’s safe. The pet food conversation is a crowded space, now. To end the he-said she-said, provide actual information like research and surveys.”
Five key steps in pet food manufacturing help the pet food industry avoid recalls, she said.
Identify reliable sources of ingredients
Design hygienic, secure facilities
Increase inspection and testing of ingredients
Monitor manufacturing parameters such as temperature, pH, pathogens and equipment
Ensure safety, quality and traceability of finished products.