FDA Flexes Muscles To Achieve Kasel Pet Treat Recall
The extensive ‘voluntary’ pet treat recall announced on February 19th by Kasel Associated Industries (Denver, CO) was triggered by FDA’s threat to invoke its new mandatory recall authority, according to Siobhan DeLancey, spokesperson for FDA’s Office of Foods and Veterinary Medicine. Earlier today, DeLancey informed eFoodAlert by email that Kasel chose to voluntarily recall its products upon receipt of a “last chance” letter from FDA (formally, a Prehearing Order to Cease Distribution and Give Notice, also referred to as a 423(a) letter). This is the first time that FDA has initiated mandatory recall proceedings under the authority granted to it by the Food Safety Modernization Act. FDA inspected Kasel’s manufacturing facility during a 10-day period beginning September 19 2012, after the Colorado Department of Agriculture found Salmonella in a finished product sample of Boots & Barkley 6-count 5-inch American Beef Bully Sticks. Kasel recalled four lots of the product on September 21st (Lots #BESTBY20APR2014DEN, BESTBY01JUN2014DEN, BESTBY23JUN2014DEN, and BESTBY23SEP2014DEN). On October 2nd, the company recalled Nature’s Deli Chicken Jerky Dog Treats (2.5 lb; Lot #BEST BY 091913 DEN) after FDA found Salmonella in a sample of this lot code. Additional testing carried out by Colorado prompted a third recall on October 17th, this time of Boots & Barkley Roasted American Pig Ears and Boots & Barkley American Variety Pack Dog Treats (Lot #BESTBY 13SEP2014DEN for both products). Colorado found Salmonella in another retail sample of Nature’s Deli Chicken Jerky Dog Treats (Lot #BESTBY061913DEN) in November 2012; however, Kasel refused to initiate another recall.
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