February 11, 2015 – Tuffy’s Pet Foods, Inc. of Perham, Minnesota, is voluntarily recalling specific lots of Nutrisca Chicken and Chick Pea Recipe Dry Dog Food because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.
The product was manufactured for Nutrisca by Tuffy’s.
What’s Been Recalled?
The affected product was distributed nationwide to distributors, brokers, retail stores and internet retailers.
The recall is limited to Nutrisca Chicken and Chick Pea Recipe Dry Dog Food in 4 pound bag sizes and bear UPC Code “8 84244 12495 7″ (found on lower back of the bag).
Products included in the recall are identified by the below first 5 digits of the Lot Code (found on upper back of the bag) and “Best by Dates” (found on upper back of the bag).
No other bag sizes or other Nutrisca dog food, cat food, biscuits/treats, supplements or other products are affected by this announcement.
First five digits of Lot Codes include:
Best By Dates include:
Jul 28 16
Jul 30 16
Jul 31 16
Aug 03 16
Aug 04 16
Aug 05 16
Salmonella can affect animals eating the products and there is risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the products or any surfaces exposed to these products.
Healthy people infected with Salmonella should monitor themselves for some or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever.
Rarely, Salmonella can result in more serious ailments, including arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation, and urinary tract symptoms.
Consumers exhibiting these signs after having contact with this product should contact their healthcare providers.
Pets with Salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting.
Some pets will have only decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. Infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans.
If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.
No Salmonella-related illnesses in people or animals have been reported to date in association with these products.
What Caused the Recall?
The recall was initiated after a routine sampling program by the Ohio Department of Agriculture revealed the presence of Salmonella in one 4 lb. bag of product.
The company is coordinating this voluntary recall with the FDA and is issuing the recall action out of an abundance of caution.
What to Do?
Consumers who purchased the 4 lb. bags of dry dog food product subject to the recall should stop using the product, discard it in a safe manner (for example, a securely covered trash receptacle) and contact Nutrisca at the number below for further information.
For consumer information or questions regarding this voluntary recall, please contact Nutrisca at 888-559-8833.
U.S. citizens can report complaints about FDA-regulated pet food products by calling the consumer complaint coordinator in your area.
Or go to http://www.fda.gov/petfoodcomplaints.
Canadians can report any health or safety incidents related to the use of this product by filling out the Consumer Product Incident Report Form.