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Author Topic: FDA Enforcement Report February 22 2012-Secret Iams/Eukanuba Recall-Aflatoxin  (Read 8830 times)
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« on: February 23, 2012, 01:59:34 PM »

In early December 2011, Procter and Gamble issued a recall for one brand of their Iams dry dog food for aflatoxin.  Here's the FDA recall link and some text that the company provided to the agency:

http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ArchiveRecalls/2011/ucm282506.htm

P&G Voluntarily Recalls One Production Lot of Dry Dog Food

Contact:
Consumer:
866-908-1569

Media:
Jason Taylor
513-622-3205

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - December 6, 2011 - – "The Procter & Gamble Company (P&G) has voluntarily retrieved a single production lot of dry dog food due to aflatoxin levels that were detected above the acceptable limit. This product has already been retrieved from store shelves. No illnesses have been reported in association with this production lot to date, and no other Iams pet food products are involved.

Product Name   Version   Code Date   UPC Code
 
Iams ProActive Health Smart Puppy dry dog food with Use By or Expiration Dates of February 5 or February 6, 2013

7.0 lb bag   12784177I6   1901402305
 
8.0 lb bag   12794177D2   12794177D3   1901410208
 
17.5 lb bag   12794177K1   12794177K2   1901401848


"The affected product lot was distributed to a limited number of retailers located in the eastern United States (AL, CT, DE, FL, GA, LA, MD, ME, MS, NC, NH, NJ, NY, PA, SC, VA).  These retailers have already removed this product from store shelves.  No other dry dog food, dry cat food, dog or cat canned food, biscuits/treats or supplements are affected by this announcement."



And now let's take a look at what was written in the FDA Enforcement Report for the week of February 22, 2012 about this matter:

http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/EnforcementReports/ucm293085.htm

RECALLS AND FIELD CORRECTIONS: VETERINARY – CLASS II
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PRODUCT
1) Iams ProActive Health Puppy, 7 lb, 8 lb and 17.5 lb bags, UPC: 1901410208, 1901402305 and 1901401848. Recall # V-036-2012;
 
2) Iams ProActive Health Smart Puppy Large Breed, 17.5 lb and 40 lb bags, UPC: 1901401861 and 1901419840. Recall # V-037-2012;
 
3) Iams ProActive Health Lamb Meal & Rice Adult Dog Food, 46 lb, 6.1 lb, 35 lb, 35 lb, 40 lb and 15 lb bags, UPC: 1901404558, 1901403733, 1901403704, 1901403737, 1901411940 and 1901403735. Recall # V-038-2012;

4) Iams Proactive Health Original with Chicken Cat Food, 33 lb, 6.8 lb, 20 lb, 4 lb and 20 lb bags, UPC: 1901410533, 1901403915, 1901460807, 1901410504 and 1901410520.
Recall # V-039-2012;


5) Eukanuba Senior Dog Food Large Breed, 16.5 lb and 30 lb bags, UPC: 1901404240 and 1901427030. Recall # V-040-2012
CODE
1) Lot Codes: 12794177D2, 12794177D3, 12784177 I6, 12794177K1 and 12794177K2;
 
2) Lot Code: 12784177J6, 12794177J1, 12794177J1 and 12794177J2;
 
3) Lot Codes: 12794177J3, 12794177I3, 12794177I4, 12794177J3, 12794177J3, 12794177J4, 12794177J3 and 12794177J4;
 
4) Lot Codes: 12784177F2, 12784177F3, 12784177D3, 12784177D4, 12784177K4, 12784177K5, 12784177I4, 12784177I5 and 12784177K5;
 
5) Lot Codes: 12784177K4, 12784177J5 and 12784177J6



RECALLING FIRM/MANUFACTURER
Procter & Gamble The Iams Co. Henderson , via verbal and email on November 22, 2012. North Carolina Initiated recall is ongoing,
REASON
Product contains high levels of Aflatoxin.

VOLUME OF PRODUCT IN COMMERCE
49863 bags (various sizes)
DISTRIBUTION
Nationwide
END OF ENFORCEMENT REPORT FOR FEBRUARY 22, 2012.

There are more brands of foods involved than the one originally stated and it is not confined to dry dog food, but affects a brand of Iams dry cat food also.  Further, Eukanuba brand also is affected by the aflatoxin.  Procter and Gamble chose not to share this information with the public but to spread the word via phone and e-mail, apparently to retailers.

This involves or involved their Hendrson, North Carolina plant, which appears to produce pet foods for other companies in addition to P & G:

http://www.manta.com/c/mmsrwhg/iams-food-company

Iams Food Company

845 Commerce Drive
Henderson, NC 27537-7450

"Products or Services: Chiwawa Food, Ol Roy Dog Food, Homemade Dog Food Recipes, Purina Dog Food and Pinnacle Dog Food."

The unlikely name in this list is Purina, as I doubt Nestle Purina is contracting Procter and Gamble as a co-packer for their pet foods.
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« Reply #1 on: February 23, 2012, 07:49:01 PM »

Menusux, thanks for posting that. Have you found anything that says Canada is affected as well? I know that says nationwide and they usually say other countries, but I wonder if the raw materials got out to other plants that we get our food from.
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« Reply #2 on: February 23, 2012, 08:02:42 PM »

Bug,

I think this was only shipped within the US.  Have seen FDA list other countries the defective products went to other than the US, and based on that, don't believe any of this was sent to Canada.

What a shame one has to do detective work to find something like this out instead of the company who produced the food and took consumers' money for it doesn't have the character to inform them directly!  Angry
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« Reply #3 on: February 24, 2012, 11:52:54 AM »

This is appalling. 
So some of these were in the Price Chopper alert that started it all, and was taken down (only a "product retrieval").

More of these numbers were in the comments section over at Petsitusa:

http://www.petsitusa.com/blog/?p=4609#comment-402177

Why is the recall ongoing, if product was "already retrieved from store shelves", according to the 1 recall?

Why did FDA let them get away with only one recall?  Don't they now have the ability to force recalls?
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« Reply #4 on: February 24, 2012, 01:08:53 PM »

From a look at the Petco "pull" list that was posted at PetSit, every variety on that list is now on the week of February 22, 2012 Enforcement Report.  

When the report says "ongoing", it means that all of the contaminated product has not been accounted for or located--so their "retrieval" wasn't 100% successful.

Yes, FDA can choose to force recalls now.  No idea why they did not.  But the Food Safety Bill was tinkered with by trade associations like AFIA (a big PFI ally) and NGFA, so there are two different standards companies are held to-one for food for human consumption and one for non-humans.

http://itchmoforums.com/news-recall-related/pfi-afia-working-on-food-safety-bill-t8583.0.html
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« Reply #5 on: February 24, 2012, 03:04:09 PM »

Thanks for posting this info, menusux.  I still rely on your great investigative abilities and research, after all this time.  And this just sucks.  I agree with Sparty, why isnt there a forced recall.  And Iams aside, why isnt FDA doing a forced recall on that Evangers food that had the metal parts in it shown in the other thread?  Does FDA even know about that one?  Aaargh!  Pffft!  Tongue
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« Reply #6 on: February 24, 2012, 03:15:06 PM »

Sandi,

The problem with a recall on the Evangers may be because the metal clips were discovered in Canada.  It's a sure bet that Evangers isn't about to start a recall of anything on their own accord.  Not when there was a warning letter to them again re: what was going in the cans in May of last year:

http://www.fda.gov/ICECI/EnforcementActions/WarningLetters/2011/ucm255000.htm

And the following was posted to their website in response.  It's long been removed but the Internet Archive has it:

http://web.archive.org/web/20110718091656/http://evangersdogfood.com/about/warning_Letter.html

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« Reply #7 on: February 24, 2012, 03:22:39 PM »

Ok yeah I see what you mean re: canada and all, menusux.  Does anyone know if Iams said anything on Twitter or Facebook or anything?  I remember Carol saying way back when if they can advertise their product via these new methods, they sure can notify the public about their recalls.  I sure wish that would be the next law passed regarding PFC's.  Whatever media method they use for ads, they should also have to use to post their recall info on.
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« Reply #8 on: February 24, 2012, 03:38:18 PM »

AFAIK, the only public notice until FDA posted the Enforcement Report for 2/22/12 was the recall notice they finally got around to sending to FDA about one variety of dog food that was said to be distributed only in certain states.  It would appear that the Price Chopper notice on the supermarket chain's website seen initially was supposed to be a "private" communication ( "via verbal and email on November 22, 2012") from Procter and Gamble to the store, as the Petco notice seemed to be.  This looks to be why it "disappeared" from the Price Chopper website.
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« Reply #9 on: February 24, 2012, 09:46:29 PM »

Oh, and in Canada, we have NO laws forcing anyone to recall pet food as it doesn't fall under Health Canada unless it's salmonella or E. Coli or something that can affect humans. Pet food falls under agriculture and that barn door is open and the horse is long gone.
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