For Immediate Release: 4/26/07
Chenango Valley Press Release
Contact Name: Dennis J. Bobita
Phone: (610) 821-0608
Chenango Valley Pet Foods Issues Voluntarily Nationwide Recall of Certain Pet Foods
Chenango Valley Pet Foods is working with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and voluntarily recalling pet foods manufactured with a certain shipment of rice protein concentrate. The company was informed by Wilbur-Ellis that the rice protein concentrate shipped to Chenango Valley Pet Foods may be contaminated with melamine, and instructed Chenango Valley Pet Foods to recall any pet foods manufactured with the rice protein concentrate. Melamine is an industrial chemical used to make plastics and fertilizers that may lead to illness or fatalities in animals if consumed.
The pet foods were sold to customers in Wisconsin, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania, who further sold the products to their customers through catalog mail-orders or retail outlets.
Only the following dry pet foods are involved in the recall:
DOCTORS FOSTER & SMITH CHICKEN & BROWN RICE FORMULA ADULT LITE DOG FOOD, NET WT. 5 LBS., 12.5 LBS, and 25 LBS; Code dates: Best Used By Jan 24, 09; Best Used By Feb 8, 09; Best Used By Feb 26, 09; Best Used By April 10, 09; Best Used By April 17, 09;
DOCTORS FOSTER & SMITH CHICKEN & BROWN RICE FORMULA ADULT LITE CAT FOOD, NET WT. 3 LBS. and 7 LBS.; Code date: Best Used By March 13, 09;
LICK YOUR CHOPS LAMB MEAL, RICE & EGG CAT FOOD, 4 LBS. packages, Code date: Best Used By April 29, 08;
Bulk CHICKEN & BROWN RICE FORMULA ADULT LITE DOG FOOD sold to one consignee (SmartPak) in a 2000 lbs. tote, Ship date: Feb 9, 2007.
No illnesses or injuries have been reported to date.
Pet owners who purchased the pet foods should immediately discontinue using the products and return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Pet owners should consult with a veterinarian if they have any health concerns with their pet. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-610-821-0608.
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For Immediate Release: 4/25/07
Drs. Foster & Smith Press Release
PRECAUTIONARY RICE PROTEIN RECALL
Rice protein concentrate has been indicated as a possible source of melamine recently found in pet food products. As a precautionary measure, Wilbur-Ellis company, one of the suppliers of rice protein concentrate to our manufacturer, is voluntarily recalling all lots of rice protein concentrate.
Drs. Foster & Smith was informed on April 25, 2007 at 10:30 a.m. that our manufacturer purchased rice protein concentrate from Wilbur-Ellis and that they were suggesting a precautionary recall. By 2:00 p.m. the same day we had issued the precautionary recall and had begun to personally contact customers, even though preliminary tests for melamine contamination were negative.
Two of our products: Adult Lite Dry Dog Chicken & Brown Rice formula (Item #'s 14178, 14179, 14180, 14262, 14263) and Adult Lite Dry Chicken & Brown Rice formula Cat foods (Item #'s 12855, 12856, 13864, 13865) contain rice protein concentrate. Only the Adult Lite Dry Dog and Adult Lite Dry Cat foods contain rice protein concentrate.
Preliminary test results for melamine contamination have been negative. Final test results from the FDA are expected within two weeks. Please check the Adult Lite Dry Dog food or the Adult Lite Dry Cat food product pages on the DrsFosterSmith.com website for any updates.
As part of this precautionary recall Drs. Foster & Smith requests that customers discontinue feeding the following products purchased during the periods listed, until all FDA testing is complete:
Adult Lite Dry Dog food item numbers 14180, 14262, 14263, or Adult Lite Dry Cat food item numbers 12855, 12856, 13864, 13865 purchased between January 22, 2007 and April 19th
Adult Lite Dry Dog food item numbers 14178 and 14179 purchased between February 2, 2007 and April 19, 2007
Only Adult Lite Dry Dog (Item #'s 14178, 14179, 14180, 14262, 14263) and Adult Dry Lite Cat foods (Item #'s 12855, 12856, 13864, 13865) are included in this precautionary recall.
The health and well being of your pet is always important to us, so as part of this precautionary recall:
Drs. Foster & Smith is contacting all customers who have purchased these items during this period.
These products are being reformulated to eliminate rice protein concentrate. The new formulation should be available by mid-May.
Please call Customer Service at 1-800-239-7121 between 9:00 am and 7:00 pm CST or email CustomerService@DrsFosterSmith.com if you have questions.
If your pet has consumed either the Adult Lite Dry Dog food or the Adult Lite Dry Cat food and shows signs of illness (such as loss of appetite, lethargy and vomiting), you should consult with your veterinarian immediately. None of our other Drs. Foster & Smith foods contain the ingredients in question.