Oma’s Pride Purr Brand, Nutrisca, Pet International Inc. and Primal Pet Food have all experienced pet food recalls in 2015 as of April 2015. Salmonella contamination was the reason for all the recalled products with the exception of Primal Pet Food, which was recalled due to low thiamine levels.
In January 2015, two lots of Oma’s Pride Purr Brand were recalled due to salmonella, while six lots of Nutrisca and 1,500 units of food from Pet International Inc. were recalled in February for the same reason. One lot of Primal Pet Food was recalled in March for insufficient thiamine content. Pet food is recalled or withdrawn when it does not meet Food and Drug Administration regulations or the manufacturer’s guarantees.
Pet Food Recall states that there have been more than 1,100 recalls since 2005. Companies that have been responsible for the largest number of recalled products include Nutro/Natural Choice, Eukanuba, Iams, Diamond and Hill Country Fare.
Salmonella is one of the most common and dangerous reasons for a pet food recall. It can cause illness and death not only in pets, but also in the humans who handle the pet food when feeding their animals. Salmonella contamination was the primary cause of all recalls in 2013, with the FDA issuing 18 withdrawals for this reason. Another common reason for recalls is vitamin and mineral levels that do not meet the guaranteed analysis.