Analyzing the Final 3 Years of Remembers – Fact about Pet Meals

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When a pet meals producer proclaims a recall, they’re required to inform pet homeowners the reason for the recall (equivalent to contamination with pathogenic micro organism) and the lot numbers of the merchandise being recalled. Typically the producer will use language within the recall press launch to indicate a small amount of pet meals is concerned. Resembling, in April 2021 Smucker’s introduced a recall of Meow Combine cat meals which said: (daring added) “The J. M. Smucker Co. right now introduced a restricted, voluntary recall of two tons of Meow Combine® Unique Alternative Dry Cat Meals (30LB bag) on account of potential salmonella contamination.” A ‘restricted’ recall of simply ‘two tons’ of cat meals doesn’t sound so severe…proper?

Nevertheless, if you analysis this recall within the FDA Enforcement Experiences data, this “restricted” recall of “two tons” was truly 1,007,760 kilos of cat meals.

Not so harmless wanting when greater than one million kilos of cat meals is being recalled.

TruthaboutPetFood.com has collected the Enforcement Report data for all pet meals remembers over the previous three years (October 1, 2020 – September 28, 2023). Listed below are the main points of all of those data…

The smallest recall over the previous three years was Primal Pet Meals, issued July 6, 2022 on account of Listeria monocytogenes contamination. The quantity of pet meals concerned on this recall was 2,376 kilos.

The most important recall over the previous three years was Midwestern Pet Meals, issued December 30, 2020 and expanded on January 11, 2021 on account of aflatoxin contamination. The quantity of pet meals recalled was 58,301,600 kilos.

In whole, over the previous 3 years (October 1, 2020 – September 29, 2023), greater than 68 million kilos of pet meals have been recalled.

In earlier years remembers, pathogenic micro organism has been the main reason behind remembers with pentobarbital contamination being the second trigger. Over the previous three years issues have modified. Since October 2020 the causes of the remembers had been for less than 4 totally different causes: aflatoxin contamination, pathogenic micro organism contamination, extra or inadequate nutritional vitamins, and mislabeled pet meals. Aflatoxin contamination was the #1 trigger – leading to nearly 60 million kilos recalled. Pathogenic micro organism was a not-so-close second trigger.

The types of pet meals concerned in these remembers had been: Dry, Can, Cooked (refrigerated/frozen), and Uncooked. Based mostly on kilos recalled, Dry Pet Meals had been 99% of all pet meals recalled over the previous 3 years. Based mostly on 2021 gross sales statistics, dry pet meals gross sales had been 59% of all pet meals gross sales within the US.

Whereas uncooked pet meals continues to be demonized because the type of pet meals most liable to pathogenic micro organism contamination, primarily based on FDA knowledge – the fact could be very totally different.

Up to now 3 years, 7,793,497 kilos of pet meals have been recalled on account of pathogenic micro organism contamination (excluding a Sunshine Mills recall that FDA didn’t present knowledge on).

Dry pet meals was answerable for 7,647,643 kilos recalled – 98% of all pathogenic micro organism remembers.

Cooked pet meals was answerable for 122,526 kilos recalled – 1.5% of all pathogenic micro organism remembers.

Uncooked pet meals was answerable for 23,328 kilos recalled – 0.3% of all pathogenic micro organism remembers.


Wishing you and your pet(s) the perfect,

Susan Thixton
Pet Meals Security Advocate
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