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ZuPreem Pet Bird Food Recalled for High Calcium Levels

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Premium Nutritional Products Inc. is recalling several formulas of its ZuPreem line of bird food due to calcium levels higher than the recommended amount, which can pose a health threat to birds.

The recalled bird food products include ZuPreem Medium/Large and Large FruitBlend With Natural Fruit Flavors. The affected products have an expiration date of November 13, 2013, or November 2013, and are marked with lot numbers 598405052 or 598405072.

Recalled ZuPreem products

SKU Net Weight Description UPC Use By Lot Code
83020 2 lbs. ZuPreem FruitBlend with Natural Fruit Flavors Premium Daily Bird Food for medium/large birds 762177830209 Use By 11/30/13 598405052
83030 3.5 lbs. ZuPreem FruitBlend with Natural Fruit Flavors Premium Daily Bird Food for medium/large birds 762177830308 Use By 11/30/13 598405052
83120 12 lbs. ZuPreem FruitBlend with Natural Fruit Flavors Premium Daily Bird Food for medium/large birds 762177831206 Use By 11/30/13 598405052
83170 17.5 lbs. ZuPreem FruitBlend with Natural Fruit Flavors Premium Daily Bird Food for medium/large birds 762177831701 Best By 11/13 598405052
83350 35 lbs. ZuPreem FruitBlend with Natural Fruit Flavors Premium Daily Bird Food for medium/large birds 762177833507 Best By 11/13 598405052
84020 2 lbs. ZuPreem FruitBlend with Natural Fruit Flavors Premium Daily Bird Food for large birds 762177840208 Use By 11/30/13 598405072
84030 3.5 lbs. ZuPreem FruitBlend with Natural Fruit Flavors Premium Daily Bird Food for large birds 762177840307 Use By 11/30/13 598405072
84120 12 lbs. ZuPreem FruitBlend with Natural Fruit Flavors Premium Daily Bird Food for large birds 762177841205 Use By 11/30/13 598405072
84170 17.5 lbs. ZuPreem FruitBlend with Natural Fruit Flavors Premium Daily Bird Food for large birds 762117841700 Best By 11/13 598405072
84350 35 lbs. ZuPreem FruitBlend with Natural Fruit Flavors Premium Daily Bird Food for large birds 762177843506 Best By 11/13 598405072

The health risk

Excessive calcium intake can make birds sick and, in some cases, may be fatal.

Symptoms include decreased activity level, decreased appetite, increased water consumption and loose or watery droppings. If owners notice any of these symptoms, they should immediately contact their veterinarian.

Bird owners should monitor the health of their birds and notify their veterinarian if they notice any unusual symptoms. They should also discard any unused product and return the packaging to the place of purchase for a replacement or full refund.

What to do

To register your product with the voluntary recall, please fill out a form section on the manufacturer’s website.

Additionally, consumers may contact the ZuPreem Customer Service line at 1-800-345-4767 where company representatives are responding to inquiries regarding any issues relevant to this voluntary recall.

Poisoned Pets recommends

1. To save the package of the pet product in case there is a problem.
2. If pet parents notice any symptoms, they should immediately contact their veterinarian.
3. Report the adverse event to the FDA. For more information on how and where to report a problem refer to Poisoned Pets Complete Guide to Making a Pet Food Complaint
4. Subscribe to Poisoned Pets to keep up to date on pet food news, alerts and recall information.

Source: ZuPreem: Update on Voluntary Product Recall of two lots of FruitBlend™ With Natural Fruit Flavors

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Mollie Morrissette

Mollie Morrissette, author of Poisoned Pets, is an animal food safety expert and advisor to AAFCO. Help support her work by making a donation today.

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