FDA issues warnings about salmonella-infected pet foods

FDA & Wash. State Officials Investigate Pattern of Salmonella and Listeria Contamination In Raw Pet Food

Since October 2016, Arrow Reliance/Darwin's Natural has initiated four recalls and had six reported complaints (some referring to more than one animal) associated with their raw pet food products, including the death of one kitten from a severe systemic Salmonella infection.

"Pets with salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever and vomiting", the FDA said.

Salmonellosis is the food poisoning caused by the Salmonella enterica bacterium, which is mostly caused by eating food contaminated by salmonella. Pets do not have to be apparently ill to be able to pass Salmonella to their human companions.

Darwin's Natural Pet Products recalled select lots of its ZooLogics dog food, which includes ZooLogics Chicken and Vegetable Meals for Dogs manufactured on 11/2/17 and ZooLogics Duck and Vegetable Meals for Dogs manufactured on 11/16/17.

No public recall notice was issued, company officials told the FDA, because they only sell products online through direct-to-customer sales.

This potential contamination poses a threat to both - the pets that eat this food, and also their human owners who handle the food.

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Recalls were issued for Pet Food Combo Pack cases with the following codes: 9900008, 9900009, 9900014 and 9900015. "We have not received any reports of animals being sick". In 10 years of selling raw pet food, this is our first recall.

Production of the product has been suspended while the Minnesota Department of Agriculture and the company continue their investigation into the source of the problem. In each instance, the company recalled these products after being alerted to positive findings of Salmonella and/or Listeria monocytogenes in samples of their raw pet food products.

No illnesses, injuries or complaints have been reported, Redbarn said. The product was sold in pet specialty retail stores. The UPC of the recalled product is #7 85184 25105 8. You can see examples of the packaging here.

Four-ounce bags of Beefy Munchies dog treats were additionally found by the department to have salmonella and were recalled. The recalled product was distributed in Washington, Michigan, North Carolina and Colorado through distributors selling to various retailers. They have the UPC Code: 78565857957, Lot number: 449294 and are marked with the Best Used By Date of 10/25/19.

"While dogs' and cats' digestive systems are created to be able to process pathogens, such as salmonella, with no impact on them, at Darwin's, we take this situation very seriously", the company said on its website.

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