Did you know the vitamin premix supplier to Hill’s Pet food issued a recall? Neither did we.
Posted this week on the FDA Enforcement Report webpage is (bold added):
DSM Nutritional Products was notified by a customer (Hills Pet Nutrition) that they were doing a recall after a dog had become ill after consuming Hills Prescription Diet W/D canned dog food. DSM Nutritional Products supplied Hills Pet Nutrition the DSM vitamin premix: Brand name: 2217 Canned Canine PMX, Product Code: NP15268025, net weight: 25 Kg per package, package type: Woven polyethylene bag. Lot numbers 9100058130 and 9100058131, produced on 8 August 2018. Out of abundance of caution DSM Nutritional Products initiated a recall of DSM vitamin premix.
Lot 9100058130 was 1,500 Kg and lot 9100058131 was 1,000 Kg
Recall Initiation Date:
The above means, that not only did Hill’s Pet Nutrition recall pet food on January 31, 2019 and again on March 20, 2019 – the actual supplier of the vitamin premix recalled about 5,500 pounds of pet food vitamins on January 30, 2019.
So many problems.
The FDA website has NO recall notice published for the DSM Vitamin Premix even though the Enforcement report clearly states the product was recalled. Hill’s Pet Nutrition would not release the name of their Vitamin Premix supplier, did FDA yield to the wishes of Hill’s and protect the identity of the supplier?
Why weren’t pet owners notified of this vitamin premix recall by FDA? Did FDA decide not to publicly release the recall because Hill’s received all of the recalled premix product and they were handling it?
No…that’s not quite right.
The Enforcement Report states that the premix supplier recalled on January 30, 2019. Hill’s first recall was one day after, Hill’s second recall was 49 days after the premix supplier recall. Because the vitamin premix supplier recalled on January 30, 2019 – this means that Hill’s Pet Nutrition was fully aware of the lot numbers of the recalled vitamin premix a full 49 days before their March 20, 2019 recall.
Pet food companies are required to trace every lot of every ingredient in every batch of pet food just for reasons like this; should a health risk/problem arise, the ingredient can be promptly traced to which batches of pet food it was used in.
Because we now know that DSM Vitamin Premix recalled two lot numbers on January 30, 2019 – we can safely assume that the Hill’s system of tracing every lot of every ingredient in every batch of pet food was a failure. How could Hill’s – the 3rd largest pet food manufacturer in the US with decades of manufacturing experience – fail to have a system in place to trace every ingredient in every batch of pet food?
Pets died because of that failure.
Had FDA promptly published the DSM Vitamin Premix recall notice on the Agency website, would public awareness that Hill’s received more than 5,500 pounds of an ingredient that constitutes less than 1% of each batch of pet food have caused Hill’s to have done a better job at tracing the pet food lots that contained the toxic levels of vitamin D preventing that 49 day delay between recalls?
Sadly, because FDA didn’t bother to tell us – we’ll never know.
Hill’s Pet Nutrition and FDA owes pet owners a full explanation. There is no excuse to keep pet owners in the dark about a recalled product. None.
Wishing you and your pet(s) the best,
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