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« on: August 03, 2010, 04:38:21 PM »

http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5hHCGj0yxFA6eDknOtLttZKKyG1OQD9HCAFG00

Associated Press August 3, 2010

"Merrick Pet Care Inc. has expanded its recall of dog treats that may be contaminated with salmonella. Salmonella can affect animals, and people who handle contaminated pet food can become infected with salmonella, especially if they haven't thoroughly washed their hands. No illnesses have been reported in people or pets, according to the Amarillo, Texas, company. The newly recalled Beef Filet Squares, also sold as Texas Hold 'Ems, were sold in 10-ounce plastic bags marked with the best by date of May 6, 2012, and the lot number 10127."

This expands the prior recall:

http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5hHCGj0yxFA6eDknOtLttZKKyG1OQD9GN6SK86

Associated Press July 2, 2010

Merrick Pet Care Inc. is recalling one lot of 10-ounce bags of Beef Filet Squares for Dogs because the dog treats could be contaminated with salmonella. Salmonella can affect animals, and people who handle contaminated pet food can become infected with salmonella, especially if they haven't thoroughly washed their hands. No illnesses have been reported in people or pets, according to the Amarillo, Texas, company. The recalled Beef Filet Squares were shipped to distributors and retailers throughout the U.S. The treats were sold in 10-ounce plastic bags marked with the best by date of March 24, 2012, and the lot number 10084TL7.

Note: This is NOT a "recycled" recall-the previous recall for these treats is right here:

http://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm197700.htm

For Immediate Release: January 14, 2010

FDA Health Alert for Merrick Beef Filet Squares Dog Treats Packaged and Distributed by Merrick Pet Care
Products may be contaminated with Salmonella

The U. S. Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers not to use Merrick Beef Filet Squares for dogs distributed by Merrick Pet Care with a package date of “Best By 111911” because the product may be contaminated with Salmonella.


http://itchmoforums.com/news-recall-related/salmonella-in-merrick-dog-treats-t10193.0.html

http://www.merrickpetcare.com/store/dog_treats_filets.php



http://www.merrickpetcare.com/

Merrick does show the recall on their main page but it's a flash-type version that changes; those reading the website will need to wait for the notice to come into view.  Outside of AP & Merrick, the information is found here.  Wink

http://www.merrickpetcare.com/about_us/news_article.php?tid=434

Link to recall notice at Merrick website above.

Merrick Pet Care Recalls Texas Hold'ems 10 oz. Bag (Item# 600616 Lot 10127 Best By May 6, 2010) Because of Possible Salmonella Health Risk
08.03.2010

"Merrick Pet Care, Inc. of Amarillo, Texas is extending its July 2, 2010 recall of 10oz “Beef Filet Squares for Dogs (Texas Hold’Ems)” pet treat (ITEM # 60016 LOT # 10084TL7 BEST BY MARCH 24, 2012) to also include 83 cases of “Texas Hold’ems” (ITEM # 60016 LOT # 10127 BEST BY MAY 6, 2012) because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.

"The Beef Filet Squares (Texas Hold ‘Ems) were shipped to distributors and retailers throughout the US. These individuals have been notified and have activated their recall procedures.

"The treats are sold in 10oz plastic bags marked with “Lot # 10127 Best By May 6, 2012” on the top of the bag and on a sticker applied to the bottom."
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« Reply #1 on: August 03, 2010, 04:43:00 PM »

Do you think it is the summer heat that is sparking all these salmonella recalls???
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« Reply #2 on: August 03, 2010, 04:46:59 PM »

Or maybe just a big lack of QC by all these supposedly safe big pfc's.
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« Reply #3 on: August 03, 2010, 04:49:40 PM »

What I'd like to know is if lots of this product were produced BETWEEN these two, with expiration dates between those that have been recalled.  I can't imagine that there were none.  And what are the odds that those lots are contaminated, too?  Pretty high IMO.
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« Reply #4 on: August 03, 2010, 04:51:52 PM »

Let's look first at an FDA warning letter to Merrick dated June 1, 2010 and posted online at FDA June 29, 2010:

http://www.fda.gov/ICECI/EnforcementActions/WarningLetters/ucm217086.htm

June 1, 2010
2010-DAL-WL-07

WARNING LETTER
CERTIFIED MAIL
RETURN RECEIPT REQUESTED

Garth Merrick, CEO and Owner
Tejas Industries Inc.
110 Merrick Lane
Hereford, Texas 79045

Dear Mr. Merrick:

On December 2, 2009, FDA collected a sample of Merrick Beef Filet Squares manufactured by your Plainview, Texas facility and repackaged by your Hereford, Texas facility. Analysis of this dog chew revealed the product to be contaminated with Salmonella meleagridis. Representatives of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) conducted inspections of your pet treat manufacturing facility located at 901 County Rd Y, Plainview, Texas 79073, on December 29-31, 2009, and your pet treat packaging facility located at 1977 E US Highway 60, Hereford, Texas 79045 on December 28-29,2009 and on January 13-14, 2010. These inspections confirmed that you offered pet treats for sale as food that were adulterated within the meaning of section 402(a)(1) of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (the Act), 21 U.S.C. 342(a)(1) and 402(a)(4) of the Act, 21 U.S.C. 342(a)(4). You can find the Act and its associated regulations on the Internet through links on the FDA web page at www.fda.qov.

Pet treats bearing or containing Salmonella spp., including Salmonella meleagridis, a known animal and human pathogen posing an acute danger to human and or animal health, are considered adulterated within the meaning of section 402(a)(1) of the Act, 21 U.S.C. 342(a)(1). A food, including food for animals, is adulterated within the meaning of section 402(a)(4) of the Act, 21 U.S.C. 342(a)(4), if it has been prepared, packed or held under insanitary conditions whereby it may have become contaminated with filth or may have been rendered injurious to health. Our inspections revealed that the manufacturing processes used by your firm to manufacture pet treats are not controlled and that contamination of these products may occur through inadequate treatment or through recontamination of the treated products due to improper storage or handling after processing.

Specifically, your firm could not provide evidence that your manufacturing processes eliminate pathogens such as Salmonella during processing because your firm does not consistently monitor critical factors in the process such as time and temperature; nor could you provide evidence demonstrating that recontamination was not likely to occur post-processing. Further, your firm could not provide evidence supporting the adequacy of your in-house sampling and testing program, for example, explaining the location and number of samples collected for each lot of finished product.

We recognize that your firm initiated a voluntary recall of Merrick Beef Filet Squares by letter to your customers dated January 11, 2010. The recall was initiated following FDA sampling and your firm's internal sampling, both of which revealed the presence of Salmonella. However, your recall strategy may be determined to be ineffective to the consumer level for the following reasons:

• Your firm delayed your public communication to alert consumers who may have the recalled product in their possession until after FDA issued an FDA Health Alert on January 14, 2010.

• Your recall communications to distributors, retailers, and consumers only included case lot coding 9323, which was different from the lot coding on some of the individual bags. Due to a labeling error, some of the affected bags were coded with the lot code 9333.

• Your recall letter did not identify the hazard involved. Your letter to wholesale and retail consignees indicated the product was recalled because it "may not have been processed properly." Recalls can be less effective if the recall communication does not concisely explain the reason for recall and the hazard involved.

FDA acknowledges the written responses we have received following our inspections. Separate letters, both dated January 18, 2010, were received addressing the observations made during the inspections we conducted at your locations in Plainview and Hereford, Texas. Although your letters indicate that your firm has taken steps to address our observations, they did not contain enough detail for us to evaluate. For example, your response letters did not include a copy of your validation protocol. We recommend that your validation study, in addition to establishing a specific profile for each dryer, also account for process and product variation including fat content, initial product temperature, and product size and location. We also recommend validation of your rework process. The corrections your firm has implemented at both sites will be evaluated and verified during our next inspection. We also acknowledge your letter of January 29, 2010, discussing your views on the applicability of the Reportable Food Registry to this situation.

You should respond in writing within 15 working days from your receipt of this letter. Your response should outline the specific steps you are taking to correct these violations. You should include in your response, documentation and useful information that would assist us in evaluating your corrections. If you cannot complete all corrections before you respond, you should explain the reason for your delay and state when you will correct any remaining violations.

Your written reply should be directed to the Food and Drug Administration, 4040 North Central Expressway, Suite 300, Dallas, Texas 75204, Attention: Sherrie L. Krolczyk, Compliance Officer.

Sincerely,
/S/

Reynaldo R. Rodriguez, Jr.
Dallas District Director


http://itchmoforums.com/pet-news/merrick-company-letter-t4178.0.html

Now see this older thread of ours for the company's history.
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« Reply #5 on: August 03, 2010, 05:06:58 PM »

So what you are saying is that other lots of the product stand a good chance of being contaminated also, since the FDA found fault with Merrick's manufacturing processes?

I wonder if the FDA is testing sample lots, and those are the only ones Merrick is recalling?  (Since as we all know, the FDA can't mandate recalls for anything except baby formula; it's at the discretion of the manufacturer.)
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« Reply #6 on: August 03, 2010, 05:22:43 PM »

There's no notice yet at FDA about this expansion, but let's have a look at the notice that started this recall on July 2-

http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm218039.htm

FDA collected a surveillance sample of “Merrick Beef Filet Squares for Dogs” (lot #10084TL7) which were purchased from a retail store. The sample tested positive for Salmonella.

It began with a random sample testing by FDA.  Now let's look at the results of another random FDA test--this one for the start of the Iams recall:

http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm220204.htm

A FDA analysis identified a positive result on the lot codes listed above.  Lot codes can be found in the lower right corner on the back of the bag.

That recall resulted in an expansion on Friday, July 30:

http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm220780.htm

In cooperation with FDA, P&G determined that some products made at this facility have the potential for salmonella contamination. As a precautionary measure, P&G is recalling all products made at this facility.

Sorry to say, if we look at most of these--the Mars recalls that eventually shut their Everson, PA plant, the Pet Carousel recall of last year, the Iams/Eukanuba recall going on concurrently and now this being recall or expansion #3 for Merrick within less than a year, it certainly looks like they do stem from manufacturing problems and spread from that.
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« Reply #7 on: August 03, 2010, 08:20:42 PM »

Would this mean that the products continued to get contaminated from the same plants? Maybe they need to call a professional cleaning service that specializes in sterilization techniques that make sure its cleaned, retest the surfaces processed product touches and passes thru to make sure.
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« Reply #8 on: August 04, 2010, 06:48:54 AM »

Oh good grief, why isnt this company doing more? Instead they would rather risk the bad PR of continued expanded recalls as well as putting pets and people at risk?  Tongue
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« Reply #9 on: August 04, 2010, 07:28:50 AM »

http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm221198.htm

FDA notice for the Merrick recall

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – August 3, 2010 – Merrick Pet Care, Inc. of Amarillo, Texas is extending its July 2,2010 recall of 10 oz "Beef Filet Squares for Dogs (Texas Hold'Ems)" pet treat (ITEM # 60016 LOT # 10084TL7 BEST BY MARCH 24, 2012) to also include 83 cases of "Texas Hold'ems" (ITEM # 60016 LOT # 10127 BEST BY MAY 6, 2012) because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.

The Beef Filet Squares (Texas Hold 'Ems) were shipped to distributors and retailers throughout the US. These individuals have been notified and have activated their recall procedures.

The treats are sold in 1Ooz plastic bags marked with "Lot # 10127 Best By May 6, 2012" on the top of the bag and on a sticker applied to the bottom.

No illnesses have been reported to date for either lot of product. A sample tested positive for Salmonella.
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« Reply #10 on: August 04, 2010, 10:17:19 AM »

I used to use Merrick after the 2007 recall as it seemed "safe" as they did their own manufacturing.  All I can say is read my post under "Problems with Pet foods" under Merrick.  

I would never under any circumstances feed my cat anything they make after the experiences I had with them and after talking with several employees at pet stores that sold their products.  

I found wood/sticks and large pieces of rubber gloves in their food. Their were xploding cans and swollen cans in numerous stores and the worst was finding rat fecal matter coated black on the bottom of thier cans in several stores.

 All I can say is if they shipped out cans coated so badly with rat crap on the bottom that you could smell it from 5 feet away then they aren't doing anything that resembles quality control and after reading the letter from the FDA posted here I can see that they are a sub-standard company that cares nothing about what they ship out the door.
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« Reply #11 on: August 10, 2010, 08:25:28 PM »

cats8398 sorry you had such horrible issues with this stuff. I also stopped using after receiving an answer to an email that said something in the ingredients was organic iodine and I asked if it was, then why did it not state those words (organic iodine) on the label ?
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