Petcurean Go! Natural pet food recalled

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Postscript: On April 8, 2004, the Food and Drug Administration's Center for Veterinary Medicine reclassified this voluntary recall as a market withdrawal. A market withdrawal occurs when a product has a minor violation that would not be subject to FDA legal action. The firm removes the product from the market or corrects the violation.

Petcurean Pet Nutrition Inc. of Canada has voluntarily recalled all Go! Natural pet food manufactured in Texas. The recalled product comes in 4-, 8-, 12-, and 30-pound bags, with the recall in effect for all lot codes. Removal of recalled product from store shelves was completed Oct. 22.

The company initiated the recall after investigating the possibility that product manufactured in Texas may have made 13 dogs and cats ill. Signs, although not conclusively identified with recalled product, included rashes, vomiting, and liver dysfunction. In these 13 suspect cases, six of the animals died. Following reports to date, it appears that only a fraction of a percentage of animals ingesting the product are affected.

Petcurean initiated extensive independent testing of ingredients and production operations for Texas-manufactured product in October, after receiving reports of possibly related illnesses. No evidence has resulted to date, and testing will continue.

Consumers, veterinarians, pet agencies, and breeders who have questions concerning the recalled product may call Michele Dixon at Petcurean, toll free, at (866) 864-6112, Ext. 104. The company asks consumers to return recalled product to their local retail store for reimbursement or replacement.

The recalled product is from limited production in Texas between June and September of this year. Petcurean is exploring the possibility that one batch of production is responsible. This batch is the equivalent of approximately 53 30-pound bags of pet food. Production of Go! Natural at the Texas facility was suspended, and future production will be handled in Canada.