4 dog food companies issue recall over salmonella fears

4 dog food companies issue recall over salmonella

CLOSE The all-natural, organic food movement among humans is spreading to what people feed their pets. Think raw chicken, beef, even duck or venison. But as the AP Lee Powell found, there is little consensus. (Feb. 14) AP Four pet food companies have issued recalls in the last week, because they’re concerned that salmonella may have some of their dog food products. (Photo: Getty Images / iStockphoto) Four pet food companies issued recalls after reports surfaced about contamination by salmonella after reports of animals dying or becoming ill. The recalls involve a variety of products, all surfacing in the last week after six pets died or were sickened. One was a kitten, but the types of the other pets were not disclosed. Also, two children became ill, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The six animal cases were connected to the consumption of Darwin’s Natural and ZooLogics pet foods, manufactured by Arrow Reliance of Tukwila, Wash., Which has issued four salmonella-or listeria monocytogenes-related recalls since October 2016. The most recent was on Saturday after testing Salmonella found in their raw food. The two reports of human illness from Raws for Paws Ground Turkey Pet Food. The Minnesota Department of Agriculture found salmonella while testing products made by the Minneapolis-based company. Redbarn Pet Products of Long Beach, Calif., Recalls its three-packs of seven-inch Bully Sticks dog chews after the Colorado Department of Agriculture reported salmonella. The Colorado Department of Agriculture is also the recollection of the Smokehouse Pet Products ‘Sunflower Meaties’ Sunflower Company, Calif., Company more: Recall of dog food tainted by death drug widened more: Cat Food Recall for 9Lives, EverPet and Special Kitty more: 12 ways to save on pet food Symptoms of a salmonella infection are diarrhea, fever and stomach cramps, which the FDA said. But pets do not always have symptoms, which includes vomiting, diarrhea, fever, loss of appetite and lethargy. Plus, they can pass salmonella to people even if they are asymptomatic. The FDA said it has a zero-tolerance policy for salmonella or other harmful bacteria in pet food. “Raw pet food is more likely than other types of pet food to contain salmonella and listeria monocytogenes. Don Schaffner, professor of food microbiology at Rutgers University, explained that salmonella can be found in the intestinal tract of animals used to make pet food, like poultry and cattle. If the pet food is not cooked, the bacteria can survive the manufacturing process and make it into the final products. “Even a single animal is enough to make an animal or a human sick,” he said. Here are the details of the four recalls: Arrow Reliance ZooLogics Duck with Vegetable Meals for Dogs lot 41957 and ZooLogics Chicken with Vegetable Meals for Dogs lot 41567 were sold online. The recollection of this recurrent diarrhea test for salmonella is positive. The Darwin ‘s natural raw pet food has also been tested positive. According to the FDA, the manufacturer e-mailed customers about the recall, but “has so far not any public notification of this or any of the previous recalls.” As a result of an earlier product contamination, a kitten died. The salmonella strain of the animal was the same as that of a package of the same batch of Darwin’s natural cat food that the kitten had eaten. “While dogs ‘and cats’ digestive systems are designed 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. “Our No. 1 priority is providing your pet with meals that you can feel confident are healthy and safe.” The contact info on the company’s website is 877-738-6325, 206-324-7387 and info@darwinspet.com. Redbarn The seven-inch Bully Stick three pack, sold at pet stores in 2.4-ounce bags, have an expiration date of 112120ABC stamped on the side and UPC 7 85184 25105 8. Where they are purchased for a full refund. Those with questions may e-mail the company at info@redbarninc.com or call 800-775-3849 weekdays 11 am-8 pm “These tests were negative for salmonella or pathogens,” said president Jeff Sutherland. “Despite being able to replicate these tests, we feel the best course of action is to recycle this product and keep our customers safe.” Raws for Paws Turkey Pet Food Box and Pet Food Combo Pack Boxes with box codes of 9900008, 9900009, 9900014, and 9900015. 12 and the manufacture dates of Combo Pack cases are between Oct. 12 and Feb. 2. They were sold throughout Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Iowa and online. The company has stopped production of this product, while the company reports the source of the problem. “We believe this was an isolated incident,” Raws for Paws said in a statement. “Food safety (is) very, very important.” In 10 years of selling raw food, we are in the process of recovering from illness. For more information about returns, please contact the company at 612-465-0372. Smokehouse Four-ounce bags Beefy Munchies are marked with UPC 78565857957, lot 449294 and Oct. 25, 2019, best-used-by date stamped on the back. In a letter to the company, the company said it was a one-time occurrence and explained that it has a food safety protocol in place to deal with “natural microorganisms on raw animal products.” “Smokehouse is proud of our understanding of quality and safety processes in place.” This is our first recall in 26 years of business, “the manufacturer said. Consumers may return the unused portion to a full refund. Those with questions may call the company 877-699-7387 weekdays 10 am-6:30pm. CLOSE The trend towards “pet food humanization” seeks to bring food ingredients into food; experts and pet owners weigh in. Follow USA TODAY reporter Zlati Meyer on Twitter: @ZlatiMeyer Read or Share this story: https://usat.ly/2o50qas

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