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Phyllis Entis

Phyllis Entis

Phyllis Entis is the author of “Food Safety: Old Habits, New Perspectives” and “Food Microbiology — The Laboratory.” She has been a food safety microbiologist for 35 years, and has worked both in government and industry. She believes that everyone — government regulators, farmers and ranchers, food processors, food service workers, educators and consumers — has a responsibility to ensure that the food we eat is as safe as we can make it.

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FDA investigates Smucker-owned Big Heart over pentobarbital

An investigation into pentobarbital adulteration in canned, wet pet food manufactured by Big Heart Pet Brands Inc. remains “open and ongoing” according to a spokesperson for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Big Heart is a wholly owned subsidiary of The J.M. Smucker Company Inc. On Feb. 16, FDA alerted pet owners to the possible… Continue Reading

FDA warns of possible link between food, canine heart disease

Pet foods containing peas, lentils, other legume seeds or potatoes as main ingredients may be linked to cases of canine dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) in dogs, according to an alert to pet owners this week from the Food and Drug Administration. Certain large and giant breed dogs, including great danes, boxers, Newfoundlands, Irish wolfhounds, saint bernards… Continue Reading

‘Millions’ of roaches plagued maker of Pedigree, IAMS, Cesar, other pet foods

The Mars Petcare U.S. Inc. low-acid canned pet food production facility in Columbus, OH, was crawling with an infestation of German cockroaches between October 2016 and July 2017. Mars markets wet dog and cat foods in cans, plastic tubs, and laminated pouches under the Pedigree, Cesar, Whiskas, Nutro and IAMS brands. Pet food from the plant… Continue Reading

Merrick dog treats recalled due to elevated thyroid hormone

https://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm608655.htm Merrick Pet Care has announced a voluntary recall of certain Castor & Pollux and Merrick Backcountry dog treats after one of the products was found to contain elevated levels of beef thyroid hormone. The problem was discovered as a result of a consumer complaint lodged with the US Food and Drug Administration. The recall… Continue Reading

Consumers’ cases against Gravy Train maker consolidated

A class action lawsuit was filed May 1 in Northern California against Big Heart Pet Brands Inc. on behalf of consumers and businesses who bought pentobarbital-contaminated dog food manufactured by the company. Big Heart is owned by the J.M. Smucker Co.  The lawsuit, referred to as a master consolidated complaint, consolidates four similar actions filed… Continue Reading

Year-long investigation of euthanasia drug in pet food over

Reinspection of Evanger's-Nutripack production plant shows no 'imminent public health' concerns

On Feb. 16 the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a close out letter, officially putting an end to its investigation of a manufacturing plant operated by Evanger’s Dog & Cat Food Co. Inc. The FDA action followed the transfer of all manufacturing operations from the troubled pet food production operation in Markham, IL, to… Continue Reading

K9 Natural recalls frozen raw dog food due to Listeria monocytogenes

K9 Natural Ltd. (K9) has recalled four batches of its Frozen Chicken Feast Raw Pet Food that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. The recalled products were imported into the USA from New Zealand in June 2017, and were identified as follows: K9 Natural Frozen Chicken Feast, 2.2-lb bags. Batch #170517; Expiration date 17NOV2018 K9… Continue Reading