Hare Today Gone Tomorrow Dog Food Recall 1/24/19
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is cautioning pet owners not to feed Hare Today Gone Tomorrow Ground Chicken/Bones/Organs, lot 12.04.2018, after a kitten became sick with Salmonella after eating the recalled product. The specific lot of Hare Today Gone Tomorrow Ground Chicken/Bones/Organs that the kitten ate was not available for testing. The FDA proceeded to collect samples from lot 12.04.2018, which tested positive for
Both Salmonella and L. mono were found in subsequent samples tested by the FDA. Although the Salmonella collected from the sick kitten did not match the strain found in the sample. The product is available in four sizes and varieties, all with the processing date of 12.04.2018 on the back of the bag:
- Ground Chicken/Bones/Organs, 1lb, Fine Ground
- Ground Chicken/Bones/Organs, 2lb, Fine Ground
- Ground Chicken/Bones/Organs, 3lb, Coarse Ground
- Ground Chicken/Bones/Organs, 5lb, Fine Ground
During the FDA’s testing, one sample tested positive for Salmonella and an additional sample tested positive for L. mono. “It is not unusual for other samples in a positive lot to test negative, even when pathogens exist elsewhere in the lot. This is because pathogens are rarely distributed evenly throughout the product, even when mixed well,” said the FDA, “… Pathogens may exist in ‘pockets,’ even within the same container of product. If even one sample of a lot is found to contain pathogens, the FDA considers the entire lot to be adulterated.”
Although, Hare Today Gone Tomorrow refuted this claim made by the FDA. Which is the second time in January that a raw dog food company refused to acknowledge their reports of a contaminated product. When the FDA advised Hare Today of their findings, Hare Today refused to initiate a recall of the contaminated product. In a lengthy Facebook post on January 23rd, HTGT wrote;
“Recall Canceled due to Compromised Product Samples and FDA Announcement
Most importantly, I would like to mention that no people or animals are sick due to the alleged product lot #12.04.2018.
Within the FDA announcement they mentioned that “Federal law requires that all pet food not be contaminated with pathogens, including Salmonella and L. mono, because of the potential impact on human and animal health.” *Update* After consulting with Next Generation PFMA, it has also been brought to my attention that this is actually not law, only what is considered a non binding compliance policy guide. Pointing again to the FDA’s unlawful overreach, and either a misstatement or deliberate lie.
It is also important to mention that according to federal law (21 CFR Part 211) receipt and storage of components must be documented in sufficient detail the receipt, identification, storage, handling, sampling, testing, etc. and such written procedures shall be followed. Components … shall at all times be handled and stored in a manner to prevent contamination.
Very recently the FDA was successful in shutting down a very reputable company and Rad Cat mentions in their October 8, 2018 blog that “Temperature abuse of raw food samples used for regulatory action is condoned by regulatory agencies and the FDA”. With this knowledge, I asked the FDA for specific information regarding temperature of the product, at time of receipt by the conducting laboratory. Also, I had asked them to provide me the temperature at time of testing. This information was not in the Laboratory report I was provided. At least, not that I had seen, which is why I asked the question. The FDA could not answer my questions and I also noticed that no government seals were on our products when the laboratory received them. This points to the fact that our products were compromised and any results are null and void.
This has been an eye opening experience for me in many regards, and I will continue forward in prayer while advocating for a species appropriate diet for our domesticated carnivores.
What should you do if you received the alleged contaminated product?
As always, I encourage you to follow the safe handling instructions as listed on the back of our product packaging and also to be a well informed consumer regarding raw feeding.
Here is a helpful article: https://healthypets.mercola.com/…/fda-targets-raw-pet-food-…
If you have any uncertainty regarding Hare Today Gone Tomorrow’s Ground Chicken/Bones/Organs lot #12.04.2018 and have quantities on hand, we are still honoring a full refund if you choose to dispose of the product. Please email a picture of the product dates along with all quantities to firstname.lastname@example.org.”
The FDA seemed to modify their report after the comeback from HTGT to include the following; “The FDA collected, secured, transported, and processed these samples according to the agency’s Investigations Operations Manual. The FDA investigator aseptically collected a sample consisting of ten subsamples of unopened packages of HTGT at random from lot 12.04.2018. Each of the unopened subsamples was placed in a secure container and taped shut by the investigator. The investigator also provided two controls to be tested by the laboratory to verify that there was no cross-contamination. The sample (consisting of the ten subsamples) was sent frozen and received by the lab frozen. The FDA laboratory that processed the samples is accredited for technical competence in Chemical and Biological testing in accordance with the recognized international standard ISO/IEC 17025:2005 General Requirements for the Competence of Testing and Calibration Laboratories.”
Although the FDA has been rather open with the public about the concerns they have as an agency about raw pet food, many are questioning the ethics behind their perceived “extremist movement against raw.” We’ll leave you to make up your own minds about the war between raw dog food and the FDA.
This seems to be the only case of a recall being issued by HTGT.