Recall Roundup January 2015 - Pet Foods and Pharmaceuticals - The Blytheco Blog

Recall Roundup January 2015 – Pet Foods and Pharmaceuticals


Even though it’s a New Year, there are some things that have remained the same. Such as the need for businesses and individuals to remain vigilantly aware of potentially harmful substances in the food, pharmaceuticals and products we use daily that could harm us or our loved ones – including our pets. This month’s Recall Roundup is focused on bringing awareness to potential risks that could affect the most beloved members of our families. Additionally, there are resources for pet food processors and food industry companies to help mitigate their risks for recalls.

PRODUCT

J. J. Fuds Chicken Tender Chunks Pet Food

AFFECTED REGIONS

Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Indiana and Illinois

BRIEF

Valparaiso, IN based pet food maker J. J. Fuds recently recalled raw frozen poultry products due to potential Listeria contamination. The recall was first issued for their Chicken Tender Chunks Pet Food but also expanded to their beef strips and duck strips. The frozen products have a shelf life of one year.

The Listeria bacteria was identified in the recalled batches during routine testing conducted by the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development. While there have been no reported cases of illness, Listeria can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, elderly people, those with weakened immune systems and also in pets. Not only can it cause damage if ingested by your pet, improper handling of the contaminated food can cause it to spread to humans as well. Learn more at http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm431432.htm.

INDUSTRY APPLICATIONS

If your company were ever faced with a potential recall situation, do you have the right elements in place to effectively handle? Know what you need to have by downloading our free “Food Processors Top 10 Checklist for Traceability” today. Are you curious about how using the right ERP for the pet food industry could benefit a company like J. J. Fuds in the midst of a recall crisis? Watch this video.

PRODUCT

Roo Bites Pet Treats

AFFECTED REGIONS

Nationwide

BRIEF

Florida-based Jump Your Bones has recalled their kangaroo meat pet treats called Roo Bites because of potential Salmonella poisoning. No cases of sickness have been reported at this time but the bacteria can cause illnesses such as typhoid fever, paratyphoid fever and food poisoning. Contaminated batches of Roo Bites are not only potentially harmful to pets who may ingest it but also to humans who have not washed their hands properly after having contact with the product or any surfaces that have been exposed. Read the official press release at http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm428671.htm.

INDUSTRY APPLICATIONS

Even if your company never gets involved in a safety recall, there is still high value and need to be able to trace every aspect of the ingredients or raw materials in your supply chain. Read more about how “Traceability is NOT Recall” on our blog.

PRODUCT

Gastroade Xtra

AFFECTED REGIONS

Nationwide

BRIEF

Pet food and treats are not the only items that can become contaminated or be potentially harmful to pets and animals; the drugs used to treat them are also susceptible. Cox Veterinary Laboratory recently issued a voluntary recall of Gastroade Xtra, previously marked to treat gastric ulcers in horses as some lots may be sub-potent and pose a risk of continued ulceration.

Cox has also ceased production of the product as it does not have FDA approval to legally market the product as a ulcer treatment for horses in the United States; only UlcerGard and GastroGard have that approval. Read more in the official press release at http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm431425.htm.

INDUSTRY APPLICATIONS

There are many risk factors that can have a major impact on a food or pharmaceutical related business, including and especially government regulations. Is your company aware of its’ biggest risk factors? Do you know where or how to begin putting the proper safeguards in your business? Take the first steps to learning more by downloading our free whitepaper: “Managing Business Risk in the Food and Beverage Industry.”

One of the most critical components of running a pet food or pharmaceutical related business is the software that powers all of your business data. Having the right Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) tool handling your day to day operations determines how well you handle traceability issues in your supply chain, among other aspects. Do you need to explore options to find the right ERP for animal food processors? CLICK HERE to start your search.

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