Blue Buffalo Kitten Dry Food Recalled

Rice protein concentrate could be contaminated.

Posted: April 19, 2007, 6 p.m. EST

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The Blue Buffalo Co. is voluntarily recalling one production run of its Spa Select Kitten dry food because of possible contamination.

In a notice posted on the company’s website April 19, Bill Bishop, company president, explained that rice protein concentrate used in the recalled run of food was obtained by Wilbur-Ellis, the same company that supplied a tainted ingredient to the Natural Balance pet food company.

“Test results received … indicated that this rice protein concentrate tested positive for melamine. This is the first and only time our manufacturing partner sourced an ingredient from Wilbur-Ellis, and we had no knowledge that they had imported the ingredients from China,” Bishop stated in the notice.

The production code on the recalled product is: “Best Used By Mar. 07 08 B.”

Anyone with a bag of Spa Select Kitten dry food is asked to check the code date, and if it matches the one above, discontinue use immediately, and return it to the place of purchase for a full refund.

Blue Buffalo says it has advised the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) of the finding and is working closely with the FDA on the issue. No other Spa Select cat food or dog food, canned or dry, is included in this recall.

Of the 4,752 bags produced in the run, Blue Buffalo said it was able to prevent the majority from entering retail distribution and that it’s working with retailers to remove this product and re-stock shelves with non-recalled Spa Select Kitten dry food as soon as possible.

If your cat has eaten any of the recalled food, please call a veterinarian immediately to discuss if there are any risks to your pet.

Anyone with questions is advised to call Blue Buffalo’s customer service department at (800) 919-2833 or email the company.

For more CatChannel articles on the pet food recall, click here.

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Ali Brown    Headland, AL

12/25/2011 11:27:34 AM

I don't understand this article, why is it still being shown.Time is in a urgent state for my kitten.I have been trying to find out about kitten recalls for 2011 and read almost all of this article before I realized this happened in 2008.My kitten is very sick now and I Need Help with what is going on today.Can you please help us care for our pets by giving us recent recalls. Please, Please help us do this

Sheryl    Bloomington, IN

8/22/2008 11:32:31 AM

Man, makes you wonder what IS safe to feed your kitty?

heidi    duluth, MN

4/20/2007 12:42:19 PM

this is getting scary! now rice i contaminated too! I really pray to god that this whole ordeal is over SOON!

Pyrrh    Dawsonville, GA

4/20/2007 8:41:33 AM

Well, they gotta get their ingredients from somewhere. It is widespread because they are hitting basic ingredients - wheat gluten and rice protein. Even though the rice protein only hits 17 brands, it still adds up to everything else. They should do another poll to see who has been affected by the recall. My cats eat Science Diet, my dog eats Alpo, and some of my foster cats eat Blue Buffalo. So far each one of these companies have had products recalled. These companies have been right on top of things, though (unlike some other companies taking weeks) and I will continue to use their products.

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