Pet Food Companies Issue Recalls In Fear Of Salmonella Infestation

Pet Food Companies Issue Recalls In Fear Of Salmonella Infestation

Four dog food companies have issued a recall after a possible salmonella outbreak.

The contamination was discovered after reports of pets dying or falling ill, according to citing USA Today.

Darwin's Natural and ZooLogics, Raws for Paws Ground Turkey Pet Food, Redbarn Pet Products and Smokehouse Pet Products have all recalled a variety of their dog foods and treats over the past week. Pets do not have to be apparently ill to be able to pass Salmonella onto their human companions.

Raws for Paws of Minneapolis, MN is recalling approximately 4,000 pounds of its 5 lb. and 1 lb. chubs of Ground Turkey Pet Food because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. The UPC is #7 85184 25105 8. The recalled products have case codes of 9900008, 9900009, 9900014, and 9900015.

Both lots were sold through online stores and the recall appeared after a dog did test positive for infestation with salmonella, together with positive results for Darwin's Natural food eaten. Salmonella recovered from the kitten was indistinguishable from the Salmonella found in a closed package of Darwin's food from the same lot that was fed to the animal, according to the agency.

Redbarn Pet Products of Long Beach, California, recalled its three-packs of seven-inch Bully Sticks dog chews after the Colorado Department of Agriculture reported one sample was found having salmonella. "Some pets will have only decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain".

The FDA issued a warning to manufacturers saying it has a zero-tolerance policy for salmonella or other harmful bacteria in pet food.

Pets do not always display symptoms of Salmonella, FDA said, and can transmit Salmonella to humans without showing any signs of the illness themselves.

Listeria can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.

What are the Symptoms of Listeria Monocytogenes Infection (Listeriosis)?

What Do Consumers Need To Do?

Pet owners who choose to feed raw pet food should be aware of the risks associated with these products. Consumers who purchased this raw pet food should throw it away.

Because animals can shed the bacteria when they have bowel movements, its particularly important to clean up the animals feces in yards or parks where people or other animals may become exposed.

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