Party Animal dog food recall certain batches contain euthanasia drug

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  1. gregjrichards

    gregjrichards Well-Known Member

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    "An organic pet food company has issued a massive recall after one of their products tested positive for a drug commonly used to euthanize animals.

    Party Animal recalled two types of canned dog food after samples were said to be positive for pentobarbital, the company said.

    The West Hollywood-based firm recalled 13 ounce cans of Cocolicious Beef & Turkey dog food and Cocolicious Chicken & Beef dog food after it said a customer in Texas had samples tested on April 13."

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4453780/Pet-food-company-recalls-products.html#ixzz4fVktp2Cv

    The affected lot numbers are Lot #0136E15204 04 by July 2019 and Lot #0134E15 237 13 best by August 2019. Anyone with those cans is urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund.

    I just wanted to alert websleuths members and guests about this serious recall to keep our furry friends safe. I know we have a lot of animal lovers among us.
     
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  3. Indy Anna

    Indy Anna Well-Known Member

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    Thank you for posting this here, Greg! I saw this in the news earlier and posted it to FB. I was going to post it here also but got side-tracked. I know many WS members are dog owners and hope none have been affected by the contaminated food. It would be so heart-breaking to lose a beloved pet that way.

    ETA: There was a similar recall of another dog food brand in Feb. It's posted in the Food and Drug and Product Recall section. Odd enough that it's happened once, but then twice within a few months?!! Someone on that thread questioned whether the contamination could be caused by using meat from an animal that was euthanized. If that's the case, I wonder how common it is for barbiturates to be present in pet food and why it hasn't been detected (or, at least, publicized) in the past. Scary!
     
  4. Eloise

    Eloise Well-Known Member

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    Science/med folk: does consuming it as food in what I presume is a smaller dose than would be given at a euthanisation, mean its less potent than when its injected directly into the bloodstream (if that is indeed what happens when injected?)
     
  5. they'll get you

    they'll get you CHRIS. P. BACON

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    Phweeew! That could explain it. I immediately thought someone sabotaged the food.
     
  6. gregjrichards

    gregjrichards Well-Known Member

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    I wondered about this too or if it was a rare naturally occurring reaction.
     
  7. they'll get you

    they'll get you CHRIS. P. BACON

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    A horse needed to be euthanised on a next door property and the vet who performed this gave strict instructions to bury the horse and it was not to be sent to the knackery because of the injections. A backhoe was ordered the next day and the horse was buried. The vet followed up to make sure this did happen.
    Knackeries in Australia apparently give money for carcasses.

    O/T but interesting.....
    Grey horses, for example, are not slaughtered in abattoirs due to the health risks of malignant melanomas, so if a grey horse is slaughtered it will be in a knackery.

    http://www.australianhorserescue.co...ttoirs-knackeries-wastage-and-related-issues/
     
  8. Ray_of_hope

    Ray_of_hope Verified registered nurse

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    Thanks Greg. I've been aware of this for a while. The practice of using euthanized animals from animal shelters has been exposed more recently :( Choose carefully, cannibalism, esp cannibalism of brains, spinal cord and bone marrow lead to prion diseases such as "Mad Cow Disease".
    http://www.newser.com/story/191607/why-cannibalism-is-not-a-good-idea.html

    "And here, included in a 2004 report to Congress on the rendering industry, is how it happens at the level of the independent rendering plant:

    These plants (estimated by NRA at 165 in the United States and Canada) usually collect material from other sites using specially designed trucks. They pick up and process fat and bone trimmings, inedible meat scraps, blood, feathers, and dead animals from meat and poultry slaughterhouses and processors (usually smaller ones without their own rendering operations), farms, ranches, feedlots, animal shelters, restaurants, butchers, and markets. As a result, the majority of independents are likely to be handling "mixed species." Almost all of the resulting ingredients are destined for nonhuman consumption (e.g., animal feeds, industrial products). The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulates animal feed ingredients, but its continuous presence in rendering plants, or in feed mills that buy rendered ingredients, is not a legal requirement.

    (My bolding, btw.)"

    http://www.petmd.com/blogs/fullyvetted/2010/oct/rendered_barbiturates-10474

    "To avoid choosing a dog food that might contain dead cats and dogs, there’s only one way to minimize the risk…

    Never buy any product made with an anonymous animal ingredient

    By anonymous, we’re referring to meat-based ingredients that do not specify the source animal. They use vague terms like “meat meal” rather than more specific words like “chicken meal” to describe their components.

    According to the pet food industry, meat can come from virtually any mammal1.

    So, generic meat meal can be legally made from road kill, dead, diseased or dying farm animals — even euthanized cats and dogs."

    https://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/dog-food-industry-exposed/euthanized-pets-dog-food/
     
  9. simba16

    simba16 Active Member

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    Oh no...wish I hadn't heard of that.
     
  10. gregjrichards

    gregjrichards Well-Known Member

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    I didn't know dog and cat pet food could contain euthanaised shelter animals what an extremely abhorrent and disturbing fact.
     
  11. Ray_of_hope

    Ray_of_hope Verified registered nurse

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    I agree, Greg. :(
     
  12. musicaljoke

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    This is a rumour that has been around for a while, but FDA protein tests have not shown it to be true. Phenobarbital in pet food is likely coming from euthanised horses or cattle, which may occur in some localised regions in the US where there is no requirement to tag euthanised animals for disposal.

    https://www.fda.gov/aboutfda/center...vm/cvmfoiaelectronicreadingroom/ucm129131.htm
     

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