Recall Alert: Raw Pet Food Linked to Salmonella

Recall Alert: Raw Pet Food Linked to Salmonella

Andrew Cummings
February 15, 2018

Four pet food companies have announced recalls due to serious salmonella concerns that pose a threat to dogs and even humans who handle the food.

Healthy people who are infected with Salmonella may experience symptoms like nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever.

The FDA said two people had picked up salmonella from a product called Raws for Paws.

The recalled ground turkey pet food was distributed throughout Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Iowa directly to consumers and through online mail orders.

If you bought Redbarn 7 inch Bully Sticks, do not give it to your pet. Throw it away in a double bagged or sealed package in a secure garbage can, or take it back to the place of purchase for a refund.

The product comes in a 2.4-ounce green plastic bag that is marked with an expiration date of 112120ABC and UPC #7 85184 25105 8. The Turkey Pet Food cases were manufactured on October 12, 2017. See a list of all products that have been recalled now and in the past here.

Contaminated raw pet food is of particular importance because of the potential hazard to both human and animals, according to the FDA.

The FDA issued a warning to manufacturers saying it has a zero-tolerance policy for salmonella or other harmful bacteria in pet food. The chubs are packaged into regular Turkey Pet Food cases and Pet Food Combo Pack cases, which contain a variety of pet food products. The products were sold in Washington, Colorado, Michigan and North Carolina. The recalled products have case codes of 9900008, 9900009, 9900014, and 9900015.

As for people, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, "Most persons infected with salmonella develop diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps 12 to 72 hours after infection". Typically salmonella infection in both humans and animals, produces symptoms that are experienced for 4 to 7 days. However pets do not always have symptoms, which for animals include vomiting, diarrhea, fever, lethargy, and loss of appetite. Also pets that have consumed these products and are showing symptoms of a salmonella infection should be taken to the vet. Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women. People who think they might have become ill or their pets may be ill from exposure to contaminated raw pet food should talk to their health care providers or veterinarians. If so, dispose of them immediately.

The agency will act, as appropriate, against any commercially-made pet food found to be contaminated with Salmonella, the agency noted.

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