The extensive ‘voluntary’ pet treat recall announced on February 19th byKasel 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, aPrehearing 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 theColorado Department of Agriculture foundSalmonellain a finished product sample ofBoots & Barkley 6-count 5-inch American Beef Bully Sticks. Kasel recalled four lots of the product onSeptember 21st(Lots #BESTBY20APR2014DEN, BESTBY01JUN2014DEN, BESTBY23JUN2014DEN, and BESTBY23SEP2014DEN). OnOctober 2nd, the company recalledNature’s Deli Chicken Jerky Dog Treats(2.5 lb; Lot #BEST BY 091913 DEN) after FDA foundSalmonellain a sample of this lot code. Additional testing carried out by Colorado prompted a third recall onOctober 17th, this time ofBoots & Barkley Roasted American Pig EarsandBoots & Barkley American Variety Pack Dog Treats(Lot #BESTBY 13SEP2014DEN for both products). Colorado foundSalmonellain another retail sample ofNature’s Deli Chicken Jerky Dog Treats(Lot #BESTBY061913DEN) inNovember 2012; however, Kasel refused to initiate another recall.