URGENT: 3 Dog & Cat Food Brands Recalled for Salmonella

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Yesterday, February 5th 2014, the FDA issued a press release regarding a voluntary recall of 3 brands or dog and cat food by ProPet LLC. According to the FDA, fortunately there have not yet been any reports of illness caused by this contamination.

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Please note that the above images are examples only, and may or may not represent the packages of your food. For the complete and accurate list, please see the table provided below by the FDA.

Product Best By Lot Code UPC Number
40 lb Hubbard Life Happy Hound Dog Food 05 06 14 096 13 SM L2 2A 1219033878
40 lb Hubbard Life Happy Hound Dog Food 05 06 14 096 13 SM L2 1A 1219033878
18 lb Hubbard Life Cat Stars Cat Food 05 06 14 096 13 SM L2 1A 1219033873
40 lb Hubbard Life Maintenance Dog Food 05 06 14 096 13 SM L2 2A 1219033875
15 lb Joy Combo Cat Food 05 06 14 096 13 SM L2 1A 7065407721
40 lb Joy Combo Cat Food 05 06 14 096 13 SM L2 1A 7065407713
40 lb Joy Combo Cat Food 05 06 14 096 13 SM L2 2A 7065407713
20 lb QC Plus Adult Dog Food 05 07 14 097 13 SM L2 2A 2351780103
40 lb QC Plus Adult Dog Food 05 07 14 097 13 SM L2 2A 2351780104
40 lb QC Plus Adult Dog Food 05 07 14 097 13 SM L2 1A 2351780104

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These brands were distributed to select stores and online retailers in the following states: Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, North Carolina, North Dakota, Nebraska, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin & West Virginia.

Dogs or cats who become infected by salmonella may become lethargic, experience normal diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, have a fever, or begin vomiting. Some animals will also experience a decreased appetite. Keep in mind that at times pets may have no symptoms at all, but can still carry Salmonella and affect other animals and people. If you suspect your pet has any of these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian immediately.

Pets with Salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting. Some pets will 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 the recalled product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.

For more information, the FDA has suggested customers call Pro-Pet’s customer service line at 1-888-765-4190. Representatives are available from Monday to Friday 8am to 5pm central time.

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  • Guest

    Thankf

  • Diane Rateike

    Thankfully I never hear of or seen any of these brand’s!! Am sharing!

    • Wayne Bradley

      I have never heard of them, either! I wonder where they are manufactured.

  • Cassandra

    I’ve never heard of any of these brands. Thankfully my brand wasn’t on the list. No money to replace a 30 pound bag of dog food right now.

  • Wayne Bradley

    Pro-Pet’s motto is: “Nothing but the best for your dog”! What a joke!

    • Guest

      A joke? So you laugh at hazard that got found & reported BEFORE any pet even got sick from it — unlike the bigger petfood recall that actually killed thousands of pets 7 years ago? Hm.

      • bosoxinny

        @guest….I don’t think you understood what Wayne meant by his post.

      • gracecc5249

        Hey guest – What a joke was a snide remark at the manufacturers motto!

      • vic

        I do raw love it

  • Jeanne Katz

    Why don’t you date this kind of post? I’m hesitant to share it for fear it is another old post somebody dragged up.

    • Jeanne Katz

      OK, the FDA link is dated

    • Guest

      But, the 1st sentence says what the “yesterday” day’s date was – which is a clear cue as to the report’s date of posting. Maybe you & other readers missed it because you expected the date to posted on its own line, as many other reports do?

    • B A Dragon

      It it dated in the first line. Feb 5, 2014

    • Parker Nicholls

      And the “best by” dates are 3 months from now…

      Did you read the article before you commented?

    • Gail Jones

      its right there
      feb 5th 2014 its the first line in the paragraph

  • Jamie Abeyta

    These are all terrible foods that should be avoided even without the salmonella contamination.

    • Marc

      You could do more good to explain why they’re bad. So that the pet owners who don’t yet know any better, can learn what traits or brands are actually good to feed their pets. And why.

      • Hanna Marley

        You could do more to help. Explain why you say these pet foods are bad; pet owners who don’t know any better can learn about better brands of pet food.

        If you’re going to correct someone else’s post you could at least correct them using proper grammar.

        • Guest

          Your ego prioritizes attacking a simple typo, over helping readers to make better-informed choices. Wow. You must be so proud.

        • Marc

          Just trade the word “good” for “help” in that post. = Problem solved.

      • Jamie Abeyta

        Guest, I was under the impression this reply posted yesterday but it did not. Here is why the brands should be avoided and a wonderful resource to help pet owners find quality products.

        A dog food with the ingredients “meat” and corn are of very low quality. The meat can be from any source and carries a higher risk of dangerous bacterial contamination as it comes from animals deemed unfit for human consumption, such as “downed cows”. Corn is used as a cheap filler and it is estimated that as many as 14% of dogs are allergic to it.

        http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com is a wonderful resource to find quality pet foods.

      • LukaTisus

        Basically, any dog or catfood with ANY form of corn should be avoided. For ‘meat’, look to make sure they specify what kind of meat. The dogfood I feed my girl has meats listed as such: Free-range chicken, whole eggs and wild-caught Flounder. It’s an Alberta BC made food called ACANA, expensive, but because you’re paying for quality, over a load of nutritionless corn-fillers that your dog could be allergic to anyway, or just not able to digest properly.

        Most Grocery store brand foods are crap, always read the ingredients on the back and if corn or ‘animal by-product’ is within the first five listed, avoid it.

    • Lab Lover

      Have you been to their website? Have you looked at the ingredient lists or the guaranteed analysis? Do you know what a HAACP program is or what it entails? It looks to me like they’re very similar to many other premium brands like Wellness or Blue Buffalo.They also appear to do private label manufacturing which is probably why you’ve never heard of some of those brands. Even the best pet food manufacturer can have a recall for salmonella, especially when they are producing a meat based product. Educate yourself before slamming a product you know nothing about. And no, I don’t work for them and have never heard of them before, either. But I have worked for a premium pet food manufacturer in the past which gives me at least a little insight into the issues they face.

      • Jamie Abeyta

        I did type a response to Guest explaining WHY those foods are crap dog foods and was mistaken in thinking it posted. I did research the products, I don’t just throw out random insults because I feel like it. And I actually have training from an independent source (not a pet food company) in pet nutrition so I actually know what I am talking about. But for your benefit I will re-type my unposted reply to Guest’s comment.

        A dog food with the ingredients “meat” and corn are of very low quality. The meat can be from any source and carries a higher risk of dangerous bacterial contamination as it comes from animals deemed unfit for human consumption, such as “downed cows”. Corn is used as a cheap filler and it is estimated that as many as 14% of dogs are allergic to it.

        http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com is a wonderful resource to find quality pet foods.

  • Guest 2

    Did anyone notice that the lot number for some of the dog food is the same lot number for the cat food? So much for scientific dieting.

    • Marc

      So what? That just proves manufacturing plants make more than one product. Duh. Meanwhile the UPC numbers, (and the product names), are clearly different.

  • Jane Doesntcare

    Hmmm wonder if they sell this at Sam’s? I get rid of the bag when I buy the food and put it in storage containers :(

    • Stella Love

      And you don’t have a clue what food you feed?

      • Jane Doesntcare

        It was the first time I bought it so no I do not. I Just got a
        membership to Sams and decided that is where I will do most of my
        shopping. when choosing a food for my dog, I look at the label and make
        sure that corn is not a main ingredient . I compare it to other foods
        and buy one that is number 2 or 3 on a scale from 1-5 in price 5 being
        the highest. I do not feed my dog any less quality than I feed myself.
        Not everyone can afford Blue buffalo or other top shelf brands.

        • Holly

          go to Blue Buffalo’s site and have them send you coupons for food- i get some every month cause i keep on entering my information. they send for $5 off a bag of dog food. then i combine it with my local pet store’s $5 off $25 or more purchase to get a $55 bag of food for $45.

          a person needs to invest in their pet and maybe forgo some things that aren’t truly necessary. i will give my dog and my baby the best products on the market for their needs and i may have to eat less to be sure that i can afford it when it’s a necessary purchase.

    • gracecc5249

      You must be one heck of a pet lover to buy your animals a different food every time. What do you do pick the cheapest garbage going? I’m living on a fixed seniors income and I still buy my animals the name brand of food and the same brand always. You can make your animals sick buying food the way you do.

      • Guest

        If you’re done boasting how superior you are, please re-read what Jane wrote. FYI she never even said the things you snidely assume about her.

        Also, some pet experts contradict your claim of monotonous diet being best. They say rotation of different high-quality brands is actually better. Because
        its variety is more natural to how pets’ ancestors survived in the wild. And,
        because a rotation of high-quality different foods gives a pet more complete
        range of nutrients.

        But it takes more work for a pet owner to research & learn for themself
        about what food traits to seek, than it takes to hurl insults at strangers….

        • Jane Doesntcare

          Thank you kind strangers for coming to my defense. FYI I spent almost $3000 saving my dogs life due to neutering complications. I am a vegan so do not spend money buying “meat” so my grocery bill is relatively low. As I stated, I try to feed my dog as well as I feed myself.

      • guest

        I LOVE my dog like he is my own natural child. I do not buy the same brand dog food every time I was actually told by my vet that it is best to rotate with in the quality brands. My dog is actually very healthy & happy. Would you like to eat the same food everyday?

  • Elizabeth Lawrence

    It is not confirmed that they have salmonella, it is only suspected. You should be more careful about your wording. It could land you in legal trouble if the wrong person sees this.

    • gracecc5249

      Suspected is good enough for me! I’ve never heard of these products but all I need is a “suspicion” and I’ll stop using a product.

    • Marc

      No, not in this case. The same company that makes the foods in question is behind the warning. Then the FDA helped to get the word out. Then this website did more of that. Just click the red letters for “FDA” in the 1st sentence to see what I mean.

  • GinaS13

    Where are they made? China?

  • Karine

    Why not just feed your dog raw food? They will love you even more of you do, it’s very delicious for ‘em and way healthier also.

    • Catherine McGerray

      They can get salmonella from raw food also.

  • officialoldfart

    I got it new from the gumment yesterday, but since it is not sold in Oregon, I didn’t post it.

  • Michelle Lerone

    I used to feed Blue Buffalo and Innova until all 15 cats got sick, almost killed Lily, 3 days at the vet to the tune of $1000. My mom fed her dog Blue Buffalo and it caused horrible diarrhea. My vet told me that some of these better foods have more protein than what the animal actually needs and the processing of proteins can cause strain on the kidneys, lost 2 to kidneys. I now feed Purina and Friskies, they have been making pet food as long as I can remember and I feel have the most experience. 20 cats, 22 years caring for them.

    • aortalove

      sometimes, a particular food simply does not agree with your pet–not NECESSARILY the food’s fault. Some companies make different types of food (breed/age/weight etc specific) and shopping for that also might help. I tried Merrick canned food once for my gal and my dog stared at me like I was crazy. About a year later, Merrick came out with a grainfree variety (plainer looking cans) and she LOVES it. GO figure. SHe also likes variety. Other peoples’ pets (like my sister’s cats) will NOT eat any other food (and sometimes demand only one flavor). I would be bored; they clearly are not.

      I try tp avoid food/treats made in China, but those are ALL OVER. Even the packaging doesn’t help: was the product’s ingredient from the USA or was it MADE in the US from Chinese ingredients? Wss the FOOD/TREAT made in the USA or was it the BAG it came in? Shifty labeling is tricky!

  • klivel

    Pro-pet is a mediocre dog food, at best. It relies heavily on “filler” ingredients, like brewers rice, corn gluten meal, ground yellow corn, and ground wheat for the majority of its caloric value, and these are of very poor nutritional value to a dog, and are more difficult for them to digest than other sources of caloric energy. Because of the quantities of grain used, the total amount of grain in these foods is actually higher than the amount of meat-based calories. I won’t say this is BAD for a pet, but it is most definitely of below-average nutritional value. So: a largely grain based kibble managed to not control the sourcing of the ground chicken meal they use as a protein source? Cheap product, cheap ingredient… while it’s true that ANY manufacturer CAN have a salmonella outbreak spring up… it tends to happen more often with these cheap products because their standards are lower.

  • wichita Momma

    It seems that the only dog foods that are ever being recalled contain “MEAT”. We have been using Pedigree for over 25 years and have NEVER had a problem with it.

  • pugglelove

    Most dog food out there is crap, salmonella or not. Spend more money on food that has real nutrition and not sketchy stuff made in china like many out there. I have learned not to trust just anything because it says “natural ingredients” or “healthy” because that can mean almost anything. Spend more because you wouldn’t feed yourself garbage every single day and our babies deserve to be healthy. My dachshund is 12 years old with a stomach tumor that cant be operated on, so it’s only a matter of time. He has been going strong for months and is not in pain. I feed him grain free dog food with lots of protein and vitamins and even probiotics to help him digest his food. He also has been getting coconut oil daily and that has honestly been helping him the most. i recommend 1 tbsp of coconut oil daily on a biscuit and you will be doing your pup a favor.

  • Gail Jones

    feb 5th 2014 its the first line in the paragraph

  • Mary Goff

    My baby died, after having two Milo’s treats…spread the word….made in China is deadly…pass this word on Do not feed your babies anything made in China

  • Michelle Tietz

    you people need to realize that the brand name really has very little to do with it. A top brand manufacturer will produce his food in the morning ,then run a lower grade in the afternoon under a different name. Same recipe – different brand. They do the same with human food. I worked where they made Gerber baby food part of the time and the rest of the time they made Beechnut baby food. Same stuff at about half the price.

  • Ashley

    A big selling point for dog foods is “Made with real meat!”, or “No fillers!” There is no way around the fact that dog food, “quality” or not, is processed food. Processed food is not good for humans, and it’s not good for animals. If you want real meat and no fillers, then buy real meat. I’m not a vet, but I believe animals have an enzyme in their saliva that destroys a lot of bacterias, but In case that isn’t true – cook the meat.