Friday, February 22, 2013

Hy-Vee , Nature's Variety and Honest Kitchen Issues VoluntaryRecall of Certain Dog Food Products

Recall -- Firm Press Release

 3 products
Some food from Nature's Nature’s Variety
The recalls began Feb. 15 when St. Louis-based Nature’s Varietycalled out a single batch of Instinct Raw Organic Chicken Formula with a best-by date of 10/04/13. Some bags may contain pieces of clear plastic that could pose a choking risk to pets.

The recalled foods include medallions in 3-pound bags (UPC number 7 69949 60137 1) and 27-pound cases (UPC number 7 69949 70137 8), and patties in 6-pound bags (UPC number 7 69949 60127 2) and 36-pound cases (UPC number 7 69949 70127 9).

Consumers may return the food for a refund or exchange. More information is available at 888-519-7387.

The Honest Kitchen
San Diego-based The Honest Kitchen recalled five lots of its Verve, Zeal and Thrive dog foods Feb. 21 because of potential salmonella contamination. The food was produced from August to November 2012 and sold nationwide in the United States and Canada.

The ingredient in question was a batch of human-grade parsley received from a supplier that no longer does business with The Honest Kitchen, said Lucy Postins, the company’s founder and CEO.

“While our quality-control tests did not find evidence of salmonella in any of our finished products, we are accountable for everything we make and are taking precautionary action to ensure the safety and integrity of our products,” Postins said.

The company reported that it began additional quality-control steps, including steaming dehydrated leafy greens and conducting a second pathogen test on all leafy greens.

FDA posts press releases and other notices of recalls and market withdrawals from the firms involved as a service to consumers, the media, and other interested parties. FDA does not endorse either the product or the company.

Hy-Vee Issues VoluntaryRecall of Certain Dog Food Products

Routine Testing Identifies Higher-Than-Normal Contaminant Levels in Select Products


Ruth Comer
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -February 22 , 2013 - Hy-Vee, Inc. today issued a voluntary recall of certain bags of Hy-Vee dog food due to elevated levels of a chemical contaminant commonly found in corn.
Routine random tests conducted by the Iowa Department of Agriculture indicated higher-than-normal levels of aflatoxin in some samples of Hy-Vee dog food produced at a Kansas City plant operated by Pro-Pet, LLC.
Hy-Vee officials emphasized the recall is voluntary and only conducted as a precautionary measure. No illnesses have been reported in dogs consuming the product, and the product does not pose a health risk to humans handling it. Hy-Vee officials have also removed all potentially affected products from Hy-Vee stores.
The recalled products carry three different "Best By" dates and were distributed to Hy-Vee stores in Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, Minnesota and Wisconsin between October 26, 2012 and January 11, 2013.
The following products are subject to the recall:
Hy-Vee Complete Dog – Complete Nutrition (Green Bag) – 34-lb.
UPC: 07545005647
Lot # ending with:29812KC
“Best By” Date:11/24/13
Hy-Vee Complete Dog – Complete Nutrition (Green Bag) – 8-lb
Lot # ending with:29812KC
“Best By” Date:11/24/13
Hy-Vee Complete Dog – Complete Nutrition (Green Bag) – 4.4-lb.
Lot # ending with: 
“Best By” Date:     
Hy-Vee Complete Dog – Complete Nutrition (Green Bag) – 4.4-lb.
Lot # ending with: 
“Best By” Date:    
Hy-Vee Complete Dog – Bites, Bones & Squares (Yellow Bag) – 20-lb.
Lot # ending with: 29312KC
“Best By” Date:     11/19/13
Hy-Vee Complete Dog – Bites, Bones & Squares (Yellow Bag) – 4.4-lb.
Lot # ending with: 
“Best By” Date:     
The recall is limited to the products, sizes and code dates listed above. No other Hy-Vee dog food products or code dates are affected by the recall.
Customers are urged to check the "Best By" dates on any product they have at home and refrain from feeding any of the recalled products to their pets. Any bags of Hy-Vee dog food subject to the recall, whether opened or unopened, may be returned to Hy-Vee stores for a full refund.
Aflatoxin is a naturally occurring chemical produced by the mold fungus Aspergillus, which is often found in corn, particularly during drought conditions. Pets that ingest higher-than-normal levels of aflatoxin, especially over a period of time, may become ill. Consumers who are concerned about illness in their pets as a result of consuming aflatoxin should contact their veterinarians.
Hy-Vee, Inc. is an employee-owned corporation operating 233 retail stores in eight Midwestern states. For 2012 the company recorded sales of $7.7 billion, ranking it among the top 25 supermarket chains and the top 50 private companies in the United States. To learn more, visit the company’s Web site at

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