By Lisa Wade McCormick
ConsumerAffairs.com

July 6, 2010
Continued fears of salmonella contamination have prompted an Ohio company to expand its recall of vitamins for dogs and include more tablets and powered products.

United Pet Group of Cincinnati has broadened its recent recall of its Pro-Pet Adult Daily Vitamin Supplement tablets for dogs to include additional pet nutritional supplements for dogs and cats.

The company said its taking this action out of an abundance of caution after tests revealed some of lots of the products may be tainted with salmonella, a bacterium that can cause food poisoning.

The recalled supplements -- that include various Pro-Pet, Excel, and private label products in tablet and powered forms -- were sold in retail stores nationwide. The affected products have expiration dates between "01/2013" and "06/2013." Products with expiration dates earlier than 01/2013 or later than 06/2013 are not included in this action.

These products are being removed from retail stores and consumers should immediately stop feeding these supplements to their pets, the company said in a written statement.

TABLE OF RECALLED PRODUCTS

Label SkuUPCLabel DescriptionExpiry
353825141273447Doctors Foster and Smith Brewers Yeast Mega-Tabs with Garlic and Essential Fatty Acids 180 TabletsEXP 01/13 thru 06/13
5619180650561915619 Nature's Miracle Pet Mess Easy Clean-up Net WT 12ozEXP 01/13 thru 06/13
1152092800443076576Petco Breath Tabs for Dogs Liver Flavor 50 TabletsPetco Breath Tabs for Dogs Liver Flavor 50 TabletsEXP 01/13 thru 06/13
33805825141059485Doctors foster and Smith Dis-Taste Small Dog Tablets 250 TabletsEXP 01/13 thru 06/13
33806825141008629Doctors Foster and Smith Ext Strength Dis-Taste Tablets 180 TabletsEXP 01/13 thru 06/13
33807825141063680Doctors Foster and Smith Ext Strength Dis-Taste Tablets 500 TabletsEXP 01/13 thru 06/13
35908825141095629Doctors Foster and Smith Fresh Breath Tablets for Dogs 100 TabletsEXP 01/13 thru 06/13
36763825141291250Doctors Foster and Smith Cran Health Support Normal Urinary Tract Health 60 TabletsEXP 01/13 thru 06/13
673110 bottle
1094181 box
800443037065Petco Ear Powder For Dogs 1oz (28g) Box LabelEXP 01/13 thru 06/13
72157825141055043Doctors Foster and Smith Brewers Yeast Tablets for Dogs and Cats 750 TabletsEXP 01/13 thru 06/13
9305825141003921Doctors Foster and Smith Ear Powder Net WT 1oz (28g)EXP 01/13 thru 06/13
9306825141005154Doctors Foster and Smith Ear Powder Net WT 4oz (113g)EXP 01/13 thru 06/13
J70726851007074Excel 3 in 1 Ear Powder Ear Care Net WT 1oz(28g)EXP 01/13 thru 06/13
J711026851071105Excel Glucosamine Joint Care 120 Tasty Chew TabsEXP 01/13 thru 06/13
J711326851071136Excel Glucosamine with MSM Joint Care 120 Tasty Chew TabsEXP 01/13 thru 06/13
J72026851007203Excel Deter Coprophagia Treatment Behavioral Aid 60 Tasty Chew TabsEXP 01/13 thru 06/13
J72426851007241Excel Deter Coprophagia Treatment Behavioral Aid 500 Tasty Chew TabsEXP 01/13 thru 06/13
J731126851073116Excel Gas Preventative Digestive Aid Digestive Care 60 Tasty Chew TabsEXP 01/13 thru 06/13
J731526851073154Excel Calm-Quil Calming Tablets Behavior Aid 60 Tasty Chew TabsEXP 01/13 thru 06/13
J7401626851074014DDS Dental Breath Mints Breath Control 40 TabletsEXP 01/13 thru 06/13
K172326851017233DDS Dental Breath Tabs Breath Control 200 TabletsEXP 01/13 thru 06/13
K177526851017752Pro-Pet Brewers Yeast Daily Supplement 250 Chew TabletsEXP 01/13 thru 06/13
K70126851007012Excel Calcium Daily Supplement 125 Tasty Chew TabsEXP 01/13 thru 06/13
K74626851007463Excel Calcium Daily Supplement 500 Tasty Chew tabsEXP 01/13 thru 06/13
K776/PR26851007760PR Excel Brewers Yeast with Garlic Skin and Coat 150 Tasty Chew TabsEXP 01/13 thru 06/13
K777/126851007777Excel Brewers Yeast with Garlic Skin and Coat Care 600 Tasty Chew TabsEXP 01/13 thru 06/13
K77826851007784Excel Brewers Yeast with Garlic Skin and Coat Care 1000 Tasty Chew TabsEXP 01/13 thru 06/13
K78526851007852Excel Brewers Yeast with Garlic Skin and Coat Care Mega Tabs 216 Tasty Chew TabsEXP 01/13 thru 06/13
N170126851017011Pro-Pet Senior Daily Vitamin Supplement 100 Tasty TabletsEXP 01/13 thru 06/13
N700TR26851007005Excel Pupply Multi Vitamin 100 Tasty Chew Tabs Time ReleaseEXP 01/13 thru 06/13
N730126851073017Excel Small Breed Multi Vitamin 45 Tasty Chew TabsEXP 01/13 thru 06/13
N730926851073093Excel Lutein Vision Maintenance Eye Care 60 Tasty Chew TabsEXP 01/13 thru 06/13
N845TR26851008453Excel Adult Multi Vitamin 60 Tasty Chew TabsEXP 01/13 thru 06/13
P-7803026851780304Excel Advantage Adult Multi Vitamin 60 Tasty Chew TabsEXP 01/13 thru 06/13
P-7803126851780311Excel Advantage Puppy Multi Vitamin 60 Tasty Chew TabsEXP 01/13 thru 06/13
P-7803226851780328Excel Advantage Senior Multi Vitamin 60 Tasty Chew TabsEXP 01/13 thru 06/13
P-7803326851780335Excel Advantage Skin and Coat Essentials 60 Tasty Chew TabsEXP 01/13 thru 06/13
P-7803426851780342Excel Advantage Glucosamine Plus 60 Tasty Chew TabsEXP 01/13 thru 06/13
P-7803526851780359Excel Advantage Glucosamine Advanced Strength 60 Tasty Chew TabsEXP 01/13 thru 06/13
P-7806526851780656Excel Adult Multivitamin 120 Tasty Chew TabsEXP 01/13 thru 06/13
P-7806626851780663Excel Senior Multi Vitamin 120 Tasty Chew TabsEXP 01/13 thru 06/13
P-8253026851825302Pro-Pet Glucosamine Joint Care 60 Chew TabletsEXP 01/13 thru 06/13
P-8253126851825319Pro-Pet Stool-Eating Preventative(Corprophagia Treatment) 60 Tasty Chew TabsEXP 01/13 thru 06/13
P-8253426851825340Pro-Pet Anti-Stress Calming Tabs 60 Chew TabletsEXP 01/13 thru 06/13
P-8256226851825623Pro-Pet Glucosamine Plus Joint Care 100 Chew TabletsEXP 01/13 thru 06/13
P-8261826851826187Pro-Pet Breath Tabs 40 TabletsEXP 01/13 thru 06/13
P-8261926851826194Pro-Pet Breath Mints 200 TabletsEXP 01/13 thru 06/13
P-8265426851826545Pro-Pet Gas Relief Digestive Aid 40 Chew TabletsEXP 01/13 thru 06/13
P-8265626851826569Pro-Pet Glucosamine Advanced Joint Powder Net WT 10oz(283g)EXP 01/13 thru 06/13
P-8265826851826583Pro-Pet Daily Vitamin Supplement Powder Net WT 10oz (283g)EXP 01/13 thru 06/13
P-8306226851830627Pro-Pet Puppy and Small Breed Daily Vitamin Supplement 100 Chew TabletsEXP 01/13 thru 06/13
P-8306526851830658Pro-Pet Glucosamine Advanced Joint Care 60 Chew TabletsEXP 01/13 thru 06/13
P-N7801226851780120Excel Joint Ensure Moderate Care 60 Tasty Chew TabsEXP 01/13 thru 06/13
P-N7801326851780137Excel Joint Ensure Advanced Care 60 Tasty Chew TabsEXP 01/13 thru 06/13
P-N7801426851780144Excel Flare-Away Joint Tabs 60 Tasty Chew TabsEXP 01/13 thru 06/13

Pet owners who purchased the recalled products can contact United Pet Group at 1-877-399-5226 for more information about this action.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said pets with salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting. Some pets will have only decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. Pet owners with dogs that consumed the recalled product and have these symptoms should contact their veterinarians.

The FDA warned that infected but otherwise healthy pets can spread salmonella to other animals or humans. People who handle the recalled supplements and powders can also become infected if they do not thoroughly wash their hands after touching the products or surfaces exposed to them.

Symptoms of salmonella infections in humans include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever. In rare cases, salmonella can cause more serious health problems, including arterial infections, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation, and urinary tract symptoms. Consumers who have any of these symptoms after handling the recalled products should contact their physicians, the FDA said.