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Dog Treats Recalled over Salmonella and Listeria

Big Dog Natural of Brick, NJ is voluntary recalling a select production lot of Big Dog Natural raw dehydrated dog food Chicken Supreme potentially contaminated with Salmonella and Fish Supreme potentially contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes that was shipped in the week of Oct.31  to Nov. 13, 2015 to online customers. Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes can… Continue Reading

IAFP 2015: Pet Food Safety, Deadly Jerky Pet Treats, and Government Regulations

Salmonella contamination of pet food and pet treats is challenging the industry and leading to major operational changes, according to Robert Buchanan, Ph.D., director of the Center for Food Safety and Security Systems at the University of Maryland. Buchanan, followed by a veterinary medical officer from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and a pet… Continue Reading

FDA Releases Some Findings From Study on Salmonella in Pets

Preliminary findings from data collected during the past two years from the Food and Drug Administration’s Veterinary Laboratory Investigation and Response Network (Vet-LIRN) and 11 university veterinary labs across the country reveal that fewer than 100 dogs and cats of nearly 3,000 tested were positive for Salmonella bacteria. Also, nearly half of the dogs with positive tests results… Continue Reading

Kangaroo Meat Pet Treats Recalled for Potential Salmonella Risk

Jump Your Bones Inc. of Boca Raton, FL, is recalling Jump Your Bones brand “Roo Bites (Cubes)” due to potential Salmonella contamination. The pet treat product is made from dehydrated kangaroo meat. Salmonella can sicken animals that eat contaminated products. Humans are at risk of contracting illness from handling contaminated pet products, especially those who do not… Continue Reading

Hearing on China’s Food Safety Spotlights Poultry Processing

China may be moving closer to legally exporting processed cooked chicken to the United States. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has received from China a list of four plants that the country has certified as eligible to export processed chicken here. But before exportation can occur, China must develop a proper export health certificate that… Continue Reading

FDA Reports Only One Use of Mandatory Recall Authority To Date

Until the passing of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), the U.S. Food and Drug Administration did not have the authority to mandate a food recall. Food recalls were done by food companies on a voluntary basis – sometimes at the suggestion of FDA, but not through mandatory action. Since gaining the power to mandate… Continue Reading

Bailey’s Choice Dog Treats Recalled For Salmonella Risk

This article has been updated to include a Nov. 12 expansion of the recall into additional states.  Dog treats sold in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Delaware and Tennessee are being recalled due to potential Salmonella contamination. The recalled products were produced by Bailey’s Choice Dog Treats in Waleska, GA, and include chicken treats in various sizes… Continue Reading

FDA Update: Nearly 600 Dogs Dead, Thousands Sickened in Connection to Chinese Jerky Treats

Approximately 580 dogs have died and 3,600 reported sick in a mysterious connection with consuming Chinese jerky treats, according to a new update from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The problems date back as far as 2007, when FDA first began receiving a higher volume of reports of dogs exhibiting symptoms such as decreased… Continue Reading

NH Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Chicken Jerky for Dogs

At least 21 people in New Hampshire have fallen ill with Salmonella in an outbreak connected to Joey’s Jerky brand chicken jerky, a product made for dogs. The product has been voluntarily recalled by the manufacturer, Kritters Kitchen Kreations. The contaminated jerky was sold at the following six stores in New Hampshire: America’s Pet in Hudson,… Continue Reading

Q&A With Michael Taylor Part II: Sequestration, Pet Food and Antibiotics

Part II of Food Safety News’ conversation with Michael Taylor, Deputy Commissioner for Foods and Veterinary Medicine at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, covers sequestration, pet food, antibiotics and whether he plans to retire anytime soon. Q: Right now your agency is looking at cuts, not increases. Some estimate that FDA is taking essentially… Continue Reading