Kasel Dog Treats Recall Expands to Include More Products and Retailers


February 21, 2013 – The Food and Drug Administration has today announced that Kasel Associated Industries is expanding its recent recall to include other products and retail sales sources.

Caution SignKasel has already issued previous recall notices for specific products manufactured between April 20 and September 19, 2012 due to potential contamination with Salmonella bacteria.

According to the FDA…

The move comes after the Colorado Department of Agriculture tested a retail sample of a Kasel pet treat product and found it to be positive for Salmonella

In a follow-up inspection at the firm, the FDA found that all of the finished pet treat product samples and 48 out of 87 environmental samples collected tested positive for Salmonella.

More than ten different species of Salmonella were found in both the firm’s products and manufacturing facility, indicating multiple sources of contamination.

While there are no reports of human illness, FDA has received a small number of complaints of illness in dogs who were exposed to the treats.

Because of the multiple positive tests for Salmonella as well as the production practices and conditions observed at the facility during the inspection, the FDA has concluded…

“…there is a reasonable probability that pet treat products manufactured in the facility from April 20, 2012 through September 19, 2012 are contaminated with Salmonella.”

Where Were the Products Sold?

The Kasel-manufactured products are sold at various retailers including…

  • Target
  • Petco
  • Sam’s Club
  • Costco
  • Menards

Most of the products have a two-year shelf life.

All of the products were made in the U.S. This action is not related to FDA’s ongoing investigation of jerky pet treats made in China.

What’s Being Recalled?

To see a larger image, please visit the actual FDA bulletin.

Kasel Recall Product and Lot Table

What to Do?

Both people and animals can contract Salmonellosis from handling or eating contaminated products.

People handling dry pet treats should thoroughly wash their hands after having contact with the treats or any surfaces exposed to these products.

Consumers who have any of these products, or who are unsure of the manufacturing date of their pet treats, should dispose of them in ways that people and animals, including wild animals, cannot access them, such as placing them in a securely lidded garbage can.

You can report complaints about FDA-regulated pet food products by calling the consumer complaint coordinator in your area.

Or go to http://www.fda.gov/petfoodcomplaints.

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  • Erin Jarman

    Blue Diamond doesn’t make dog food. They make nuts. I presume Michelle is talking about Diamond pet food. Diamond pet food is not Blue Diamond. You have Blue Buffalo (which has not had a recall, but rather 1 voluntary withdrawal due to increased levels of Vitamin D in the food) and then there is Diamond which has had multiple recalls in the last several years. Diamond food is not made by Blue Diamond (the nut company) and it sure as heck isn’t made by Blue Buffalo. Please get your facts straight Michelle before you slander brands.

  • InkedMarie

    How are your dogs now? While a refund is great, you hold be more concerned about them, not the money

  • No offense, but it sounds like you’re more concerned about your refund that the fact that your dogs were so sick.

  • I shipped what was left in my 3 lb bag of Colorado Naturals Chicken Jerky to Kasel Industries. I talked to the company on three separate occasions. My four greyhounds were very ill for about 6 weeks. They only got better after I saw the recall notice and stopped feeding the jerky to them. Kasel was in a hurry to get the rest of the product back and even supplied me with a UPS account # which I ended up not using and shipped it via Priority Mail. Kasel Industries now tells me that they are unable to refund my money. I bought the treats directly from them thru their website. I am shocked that they care so little about their customers – just their profit lines.

  • Sadly, it takes multiple reports of a problem for them to even know that there is one. Then they have to test the foods to see if there is a contaminant or not. Then the FDA usually gets involved… Blah blah blah. Sad but true. If only they’d test it FIRST!

  • LLSMyers

    That’s fine for you, but since you haven’t eaten meat in 20 years I’m sure you’ve had to supplement to make up for the lack of bio-available protein. Meats were also much worse back then. I personally find it silly to bypass nature, my opinion only. I have canine teeth for digesting flesh, thus I eat flesh. Dogs aren’t even considered omnivores, they are built to eat meat. Believe it or not, high end foods tend to be better. Raw diets are also an option.

  • Pattyvaughn

    Yes, but at least I like the products that Blue Diamond puts out.

  • Marie

    Hehehe, it’s okay. Too many Diamond companies around anyway. 🙂

  • Pattyvaughn

    Thank you! I was beginning to wonder about my sanity, well actually there probably isn’t much question about my sanity, but the universe was starting to slide sideways.

  • Marie

    No, it really isn’t.

  • Marie

    I looked up Blue Diamond. They make delicious almonds.

  • Pattyvaughn

    Blue Diamond isn’t the same as Diamond. Is it?

  • My husband found a bag of dog treats that said made in USA. After further study he read that the bag was made in the USA and the treats in China. BUYER BEWARE

  • Dogs seemed to live longer in the old days. Most of them ate table scraps.

  • As I stated earlier, the FDA does not step in until humans get sick from the pet foods. Go to the APHIS site and you will learn even more about this subject.

  • Go to http://www.fda.gov to learn more about Diamond Pet Food manufacturer. You will gain tons of knowledge from this site.

  • The FDA cannot inspect pet food manufacturers unless humans get sick from handling the pet foods.

  • Many a horse has died to to aflatoxins found in the corn. Others have died from mold found in their hay.

  • Many migrants use the fields to defecate in rather than walk for block to use a Porta Potty. Wid animals use the fields for their toilet. This is why we have so much E-Coli. We have a ton of it in our intestines. But, our bodies have diffent strains of it depending on what country we come from. If it is a strain that is not recognized by our bodies, we have problems.

  • Go get yourself a dyhydrator and slice 1/4 inch slices of human grade boneless & skinless chicken breast. My dehydrator usually has my meat nice and crispy over night. Our dogs love the chicken jerky we make for them. We are afraid to give them any commercial treats.

  • I agree with you except for a few rare cases. Dogs are canivouras (meat eaters). Many Vegan s feel that we should not be allowed to rise animals for food or have pets. There goal is to take our rights away from us.

  • I feel different diets for different people are better for some and not so good for others. If you want to be a vegetarian, please do your homework before attempting it.

  • You would have a incomplete immino protein chain, if you left out the corn. Many people die from a diet of beans or corn without combining them. You have to combine both foods or eat meat. Parents that are vegetarians have been charged with child abuse or murder that don’t combine the two foods and supplement with Vitamin B12. I have friends that are vegetarians that make sure they are combining these foods and supplementing with B12 in their dogs foods. Without studying this subject please don’t misslead people into doing something wrong. Do your research.

  • Thank you for informing people of the recall.

  • Most people don’t realize that their dog food is not made by the different companies labeled on the bag or can. The companies give thier recipes to manufacturers that make up batches of dog foods for many different companies and slap their names on the bags and cans. You would shocked to see how many big name companies have their dog food made up by Diamond Pet Foods. Every year many of the companies that use Diamond have to pull their products off the shelves. Diamond managed to give several people Salmoniella last year (by handling the food) through filth of their facilities. The health department had to be called in, due to people actually getting sick. Otherwise they have no say in this matter.

  • My husband and I dehydrate human grade boneless and skinless chicken breasts for our dogs. We also feed Life Abundance Dog Food. To our knowledge this dog food has never been recalled. Our dogs are a picture of good health. We breed micro, tea cup and toy Miniature Schnauzers in our home as part of the family. You can purchase Life Abundance by going to our web page at http://www.littlefriendsschnauzers.com. If we find a better food, you will see it posted on our web site.

  • There are a lot of good food recipes online, and reputable vets keep them around for the taking too. I happen to give our dogs “Natural Balance” Vegetarian Formula, and they always get great comments during their check-ups at the vet. I make the treats myself and do so without gluten or dairy.

  • tailwagger20

    I’ve given my dog those, (an 80 lb pit) and the only thing she found wrong with them is that I didn’t give her the whole bag at once. If your dog is generally healthy, and you don’t give her/him tons of treats (and it’s a bigger dog) it’s probably okay. Still, I invested $50 in a dehydrator and there’s no issue now.

  • Marie

    While I disagree with feeding a vegetarian diet to your dog you might be able to get away with it. But to do that to a cat is cruelty.

  • Marie

    I didn’t know Blue Diamond made pet food.

  • Charley

    This recall is for US-made products. The article above states: “All of the products were made in the U.S. This action is not related to FDA’s ongoing investigation of jerky pet treats made in China.”

  • Charley

    I liked the “Chinese” Waggin Train because they were whole strips. They recalled that and replaced it with some chopped-and-reshaped ‘American” chicken treat that looked full of byproducts. My dogs were fine on the first bag. Second bag, my Chocolate got sick after two or three treats. Took the bag back to Sam’s.

    Long story short, I get the recall letter from Sam’s yesterday. The vets can’t check directly for salmonellosis but could have used that info before. In the last month I’ve had my Chocolate to the vet twice, for a total of just over $600 bucks.

    Oddly enough, we’ve had a chicken trade war with China for a while now, so I’m thinking that’s what really caused the import ban; but giving us inferior product and poisoning us? (My wife and I have been wrestling with stomach symptoms, too.)

    Thanks, American-made stuff. Geez. I remember when the USA used to mean quality.

  • Lauren

    We only give our dogs HUMAN GRADE INGREDIENT/AND OR ORGANIC MADE IN THE USA PRODUCTS. Be careful. Truth in labeling laws are lax, to say the least. I’ve noticed many brands that say “made in the USA” but when you read the fine print, the PRODUCT MATERIALS WERE IMPORTED INTO THE US!

  • Luis’momma

    He receives regular vet examinations that include blood test and fur analysis twice a year. He is healthy, and I have had many discussions with his vets over his 14 years of life. He is still very strong and healthy. He does get other things besides meat, such as rice, brocolli, carrots, etc. Thank you for your concern, but he is definitely well fed and no added mystery to his diet that is found in commercial dog food!

  • Hound Dog Mom

    That’s great for you, it’s a personal choice. I choose to eat moderate amounts of hormone, antibiotic and steroid free meats. Cage free poultry/grass fed meat when I can get it. I’m super healthy too. I’ve met a lot of healthy vegetarians. Haven’t had too much experience with vegans but I will say when I was in school (I was a competitive swimmer) there was a girl on my team that decided she wanted to become vegan, she thought she’d be healthier and it’d improve her performance. Her and her mom met with a nutritionist and got menus formulated for her. Within weeks she was tired all the time, couldn’t keep up in practice and couldn’t bench press what she used to at the gym. That vegan phase lasted a couple months and then she went back to meat. But I digress, this site is about dog food and while I think in some cases humans can be perfectly healthy eating a vegetarian diet I don’t support it for dogs.

  • Dom

    The FDA is a useless govt agency. They get punched in the nose and their tail wags 10 years later. Don’t expect them to do anything these dog food problems when they drag their heels when it comes to solving human food problems!!

  • Pattyvaughn

    Yes, but is that because now you are careful with your diet or were you every bit as careful, including the sources of meat, when you were an omnivore? Or after 23 years would you even remember? Or were you even in control of what you ate?

  • GailM

    I’ve been a vegetarian for 20 years, vegan for 3 and I’m much healthier than when I ate meat.

  • Pattyvaughn

    Something was found in the jerky from China, just not by the FDA. They weren’t testing for the right thing. The State of New York has their own lab, and they tested for the right thing. It was an illegal antibiotic that was banned in the US for causing a higher than acceptable number of fatal allergic reactions in both humans and pets.

  • Michelle

    To all those jerky treat people with no facts about the jerky treats made in China being bad…. In fact the FDA has nothing indicating that these treats are bad… However, these products that are listed above were all made HERE in the US??? If you stroll on over to the FDA website you will find the complaints lodged against the China jerky treats and there is a ton of evidence to support the theory that all those pets may have died from other illnesses NOT related to jerky treats… See article.. http://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/ucm092802.htm there have been a ton of recalls on food made right here in our own country… Honest kitchen, Kassel, kaytee, blue diamond etc… As for the malamine.. That was found in the beef jerky treats again made here in America… Nothing has been found in the chicken from China… Go to http://www.fda.gov for the facts and type in jerky treats… You will see that tests done over and over show they have nothing… I don’t feed my dogs anything but what I make for their food and these waggin train chicken Jerkys and they have been fine and healthy for 13 and 14 years!!!

  • Pattyvaughn

    That’s precisely why I said “may”, I don’t want to argue it with the vegetarians, but I don’t believe a vegetarian diet is healthier than a healthy omnivorous diet, but unhealthy is unhealthy, no matter what you eat.

  • I personally call the toll-free numbers on the packages and complaint that I will NEVER purchase any of their products if they have them manufactured in China, whether it’s the entire product or the ingredients. If more of us did this, things might change. Actually I refuse to purchase anything made in China for a variety of reasons. I do think that companies are beginning to take notice of consumer complaints about products being made there. In a recent survey in this country, people said they would pay 10-15% more for products made here instead of China.

  • Hound Dog Mom

    Hi Luis’ Momma –

    Feeding homemeade is probably the healthiest thing anyone can do for their dog, however it’s not as simple as just feeding your dog what you eat. Certain supplements are necessary and the diet needs to be balanced. There are many great books out there with balanced recipes. Two of my favorites are “Unlocking the Canine Ancestral Diet” by Steve Brown and “Real Food for Healthy Dogs and Cats” by Dr. Becker. Dogaware.com is another great resource.

  • You cannot accurately determine the country of origin by the UPC bar code. The first 2 (or sometimes 3) digits of the bar code merely reflect the country that issued the bar code. An example of this would be a distributor of rawhide treats that buy treats in bulk from China, then packages them here in the USA. Voila! USA UPC bar codes! These packages most likely will not be printed with “made in China”, but definitely CAN’T say they were made here. Best way to buy? Look for “made in USA”. Most manufacturers here proudly state that their product was not only made here but also used parts/ingredients from the US. Ditto for Canadian firms.

  • Luis’momma

    Well, to avoid feeding your dog poorly made dog food, do what I do, and cook the meat yourself for the dog. My baby eats only the food that I myself eat. He gets pot roast, roasted chicken, prime rib, ribeye steak, etc. When I make meat for myself, I reserve a part for him that only has a small amount of salt and no other seasoning. That way he is not getting filler or other crap that could make him sick. If he gets sick I would be sick with him! Thank goodness he is probably one of the most picky eaters I know! Love my furry baby!

  • Barb Kraft

    No more Milo’s Kitchen treats for my fur baby! Bar code..79100…etc. Says “made in China” ! Yikes! Written in small print under local distributor, San Francisco. Best start making my own, and buy a dehydrator. What about Nutro crunchy apple treats? Bar code similar..79105… ? No mention of China. Only “the Nutro Company, Franklin TN.” Not sure bar code a good indicator of origin, as mentioned in earlier post.

  • beaglemom

    Hi Lisa, unfortunately the ingredients in Milk bones aren’t good either.

  • beaglemom

    I actually picked up some of their treats off the shelf a couple weeks ago and noticed a great deal of them (but not all) are “Made in China”.

  • carolanne

    Hello, with all due respect, dogs are an omnivorous animal although their main source is animal based protein (meat). Canines and wolves need and have been known for centuries that they will eat fruits, vegetables and grains to provide a healthy balance to their diet. They require carbs, fibres and glucose to maintain good health and a balanced diet just like us and other ominivores. So do cats, for that matter. I have 5 cats and 9 dogs and while I do feed them a good quality food, I also supplement their kibble with fresh fruit such as apple, canteloupe, even citrus fruit, (my cat Tripod will steal pieces of orange right out of my hand if I don’t ‘share’) Sadie is crazy for baby carrots and fresh cauliflower, and I think Holly will eat a whole watermelon if I gave her the chance).
    I don’t buy or recommend any ‘commercial’ dog treats and to be honest, if I knew how how to safely and properly make my own dog food that would be as healthy and balanced as the food I currently buy, I would make it myself.

  • Melinda

    felt this was important with so many recall lately the poor pets are suffering

  • Melinda

    With all the food and pet products now coming from China , it is best to make sure you read label …at the grocery store and especially Walmart when buying food products.
    Many products no longer show where they were made, only give where the distributor is located.
    It is important to read the bar code to track it’s origin.
    How to read Bar Codes …. interesting!
    This may be useful to know when grocery shopping, if it’s a concern to you.

    The whole world is concerned about China-made “black hearted goods”.
    Can you differentiate which one is made in Taiwan or China ?

    If the first 3 digits of the barcode are 690 691 or 692, the product is MADE IN CHINA.
    471 is Made in Taiwan .
    This is our right to know, but the government and related departments never educate the
    public, therefore we have to RESCUE ourselves.

    Nowadays, Chinese businessmen know that consumers do not prefer products “MADE IN CHINA”, so they don’t show from which country it is made.

    However, you may now refer to the barcode – remember if the first 3 digits are:

    690-692 … then it is MADE IN CHINA
    00 – 09 … USA & CANADA
    30 – 37 FRANCE
    40 – 44 GERMANY
    471 … Taiwan
    49 … JAPAN
    50 … UK

    BUY USA & CANADIAN MADE by watching for “0” at the beginning of the number.
    We need every boost we can get! Pass this on to everybody on your E-Mail Contact List!!

    If the government won’t help us, we MUST help ourselves.See More

  • It’s ridiculous when all these dog treats are contaminated and all the petfood that was contaminated not too long ago!!Probably just going to stick to Milkbones and a marrowbone now and then from the butcher.I don’t buy anything that is made in China anyway,God knows what it’s made of or what’s in it!

  • Hound Dog Mom

    You did notice that two of the most recent recalls were due to non-meat ingredients right (parsley contaminated with salmonella and grains contaminated with aflatoxins)?

  • Hound Dog Mom

    I’m not even convinced it’s healthier for people. I believe a diet moderate in clean (hormone/antibiotic/steroid free) meats is healthiest for people. Just my opinion though – I have seen a lot of healthy vegetarian people, dogs – not so much.

  • mydogisme

    I have payed out over 4200.00 in vet bills since August of 2012. My vet said he can not find what could be wrong for sure with my fur baby. She was eating chicken treats that I thought were perfectly fine since the front of the package said Vitality. Until a woman in Pet Depot said to me when I was telling her my baby has been very ill,”Have you checked to see where it is from” Yes in SMALL PRINT ON THE BACK ON THE VERY BOTTOM, MADE IN CHINA. I felt sick. I have for almost 9 yrs of her life been so picky what she eats and to even think this is maybe what has nearly caused her to loose her life 2 times in 6 months she has been at deaths door.. I wish I could sue and make them pay to all the people anyone who has lost their best fur family member!!!!!

  • George

    I buy chicken breasts at Sam’s for $1.66 a lb, fillet and dry them. My dogs love them and they are way cheaper than the poision dog treat companies sell.

  • WNCmountaoingirl

    Dogs and cats are CARNIVORES (meat eaters – look at their teeth – look at their physiology/anatomy) they are NOT omnivores or vegetarians – a cat will die if fed a vegetarian diet – and currently spinach is being recalled FYI….Some dogs do well on vegetarian diets however doing fine and ideal are 2 different things – also dogs with medical issues may need a vegetarian diet however again it is not what were made digest. They are designed to be meat eaters…But our factory farmed foods etc are what generally make up our pets meals and treats and recalls will happen – doesn’t always mean the company is negligent it just means crap happens although their times it does mean the company was negligent – it is just a shame they take sooooo long to recall items and wait until so many deaths or illness have occurred….its actually the same with human grade foods – recalls happen all the time…The longer the shelf life the longer it may take somethings to hit the actual market…many pet food and treat items are made with ingredients not fit for human consumption… so yeah there is potential for a problem there…

  • JellyCat

    Vegetarian lifestyle is definitely great for rabbits and guinea pigs. It’s not acceptable though for ferrets, cats and dogs.
    By the way, I don’t know where your statistics on “safer” is from, but there are a lot of recalls associated with contaminated plant matter.

  • Dogswell rocks…..and forget about Costco ,Walmart and stores like that …shop local

  • jc

    Is natural Balance safe?

  • Pattyvaughn

    A vegetarian lifestyle may be healthier for some people, but it certainly isn’t healthier for dogs.

  • Mushy

    Yup, me too, Darjn. Also make turkey meatballs & freeze dry beef & calves liver too.

  • Your dog food was recalled in 2012

  • Chris

    Your dog food was recalled in 2012. Maybe you should be reading this site more carefully.

  • Chris

    Vegetables and fruit are the largest source of contamination for ecoli in the USA. Not meat like most people think. Most vegetables don’t get handled as carefully as meat so the contamination is spread even worse. I wish this wasnt the case.

  • why not just adopt a vegetarian lifestyle for your pets. Though not completely void of danger, vegetarian foods are statistically “safer,” and MUCH more healthier than animal product based. Just make sure to at least stay clear of corn fillers….

  • Newman’s Own is the only brand of dog treat we give our dogs.

  • Has anyone heard about “Shep” Brand Chicken Jerkey sold at ALDI’s? I have 2 packages of them and am now afraid to give them to my Golden?

  • dajrn

    …and that’s why I dehydrate all my meats myself! Just not worth the gamble… I’ve paid for my dehydrator over and over…..

  • You are correct Alex, it is happening more and more, and it’s about time the FDA got more involved….They have been sitting on a chicken jerky treats investigation since 2009. So many of these companies have their treats mfg in China where they use melamine to increase protein in the product rather then spend the $ to provide a proper source of protein. We stopped giving our dogs “Waggin Tails” brand chicken jerky because my one dog ended up with Pancreanitis so bad he had to spend 9 days in the ER…..$4000.00 later….Now we just found out he has Diabetes due to the severe Pancreantis, and I have to give the poor little soul 2 shots a day. We went ahead and purchased a dehydrator and we buy lean roasts and cut them thin with an electric knife, add a pinch of salt and cook for approx. 5 hrs. They all absolutely love it!!! At least this way I know what they are getting….and they are not comsuming something that will eventually kill them…

  • O Alex

    Not much of a help when there is a delay of 5 months between last manufacture date and recall. It seems this is happening more and more often and this may be the end of purchased dog treats for us.

  • FBA700

    I have used Canadae dog food, dry, and Nutro treats for years. Never a problem.

  • i can’t believe the FDA is getting involved–on a Friday yet!