After speaking with the manufacturer’s rep this morning, it appears that none of the affected product was allowed to leave the distribution center.
During standard post-production testing, two palettes of the food returned readings indicating salmonella. At this point, the FDA was notified, but according to the manufacturer, the food was held back from shipping.
The company is currently checking all ingredient suppliers for these batches to determine whether the problem was a result of tainted ingredients or contamination during the manufacturing process. Results are expected within the next few days days.
In some ways, this is an encouraging sign. It shows that some of the checks and systems that are in place are effective and working. This includes the mandate that requires a company to report any potential contamination to the FDA as soon as it is identified.
Is it better to announce this information as soon as it is available, or wait until more information is made public? Given the history of pet food recalls, we would prefer to err on the side of too much information too soon, rather than hold off.
While a false alarm can cause unnecessary stress to pet owners who may be affected, we still think the information should be shared as soon as it becomes available. As “they” say, better safe than sorry.
End of UPDATE
Breeder’s Choice has announced a recall of one batch of their AvoDerm Lamb & Rice formula dog food because of the potential of salmonella contamination.
The product affected is the 26 pound bag of AvoDerm Lamb Meal & Brown Rice Adult dog food. It can be identified by the “Best Before” dates of (day/month/yr):
28 Aug 2013
29 Aug 2013
30 Aug 2013
If we have delivered a bag of this food to you recently, you have already been contacted with this information
You can read the manufacturer’s recall notice here.