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Cocolicious recalls dog food after customer found poison in products

By Mason White 2:33 PM April 28, 2017
Cocolicious dog food
Cocolicious dog food
By: Tanya Clark

(Scroll down for video) Pet owners are concerned after learning that some dog food contained a poison that could kill their animals.

Party Animal, which is based in West Hollywood, California, announced that they are recalling certain items of dog food after a customer found poison in the products.

“The safety of pets is and always will be our first priority. We sincerely regret the reports of the discomfort experienced by the pet who consumed this food.

“As pet parents ourselves, we take this matter seriously,” the company said in a statement.

Earlier this month, a retailer in Texas, notified the company that a customer had presented samples of the 13-ounce Cocolicious Beef & Turkey dog food (Lot #0136E15204 04, best by July 2019) and 13-ounce Cocolicious Chicken & Beef dog food (Lot #0134E15 237 13, best by August 2019) to a testing lab, and that the results had tested positive for pentobarbital, which is a drug used for euthanasia.

After learning about the test results, Party Animal contacted the two probable retailers that had sold the customer the food and asked them to isolate all remaining cans from these lots.

“If pet owners have cans with either of those lot numbers in their possession, they should return them to the place of purchase and will of course receive a full refund,” the company wrote.

Party Animal also requested that the retailers send in all of the cans from those lots so that they can forward them on to an accredited independent laboratory for independent testing.

“Out of an abundance of caution, we are retrieving the remainder of these two lots nationwide. We are working with our distributors and retailers to determine if any additional beef-flavored products manufactured during the production period remain on shelves and if so, to retrieve them from shelves, immediately, as well.

“Party Animal wishes to emphasize that we have submitted many recent lots of our beef flavors for testing and all have tested negative for any pentobarbital.

“We have also had extensive discussions with our manufacturer regarding the potential cause of the reported contamination of the lots, and we will continue with such discussions even as we await testing results for the lots.

“In order to ensure adherence to our commitment to the safety of pets, we are also actively re-examining our manufacturing processes,” the company wrote on its website.