With the recent recall of its Vitamin Care for Cats and a previous recall on its Flea and Tick Drops, consumers should be ware when purchasing products produced by the Hartz Mountain Corporation. Numerous reports from cat and dog owners have claimed that such products caused the deaths of their pets. There is even a website devoted to the victims of Hartz, where owners share their personal stories of their experience from using Hartz products.
Hartz is voluntarily recalling a second specific lot of Hartz Vitamin Care for Cats due to concerns that bottles within the lot may have been potentially contaminated with Salmonella. Hartz recalled a specific lot code of Hartz Vitamin Care for Cats last November due to similar concerns. Both lot codes were manufactured for Hartz by UFAC (USA) Inc. in 2007, and were removed from distribution last November. However, bottles from the second lot had been shipped to customers prior to their having been removed from distribution.
The product involved is 739 bottles of Hartz Vitamin Care for Cats, lot code SZ 22771, UPC number 32700-97701. While normal testing conducted by Hartz and UFAC has not revealed the presence of Salmonella in any Hartz products, recent sampling conducted by the FDA did detect the presence of Salmonella.
Previously, in December of 2002, thousands of illnesses and deaths in cats and kittens led to a recall of some of Hartz’ flea and tick products. Hartz Advanced Care Brand Flea and Tick Drops Plus for Cats and Kittens and Hartz Advanced Care Brand Once-a-Month Flea and Tick Drops for Cats and Kittens was pulled from shelves after numerous accounts of pets suffering from adverse effects from the products. Complaints included minor problems such as skin irritation or hair loss at the application site to more serious effects on the nervous system, such as tremors, convulsions and sometimes death.
Despite countless complaints, the Environmental Protection Agency (regulatory body) will not close down the Hartz Mountain Corporation. Therefore, a website has been created to allow pet owners to share their stories of using its products and to educate the public on the risks of using its products. Please visit their website at www.hartzvictims.org.
Consumers can contact Hartz at 1-800-275-1414 with any questions they may have and to obtain reimbursement for purchased product.
You may also contact them at:
Consumer Relations Department
The Hartz Mountain Corporation
400 Plaza Drive
Secaucus, NJ 07094 USA
1-800-275-1414 consumer hotline