Companies Recall Pet Food After Animals Die, Children Sickened From Salmonella Infections

Posted February 16, 2018

Bully Sticks chews for dogs manufactured by Redbarn Pet Products (Long Beach, Calif.) were recalled after a sample tested positive for salmonella.

As part of an ongoing investigation into complaints associated with products manufactured by Arrow Reliance/Darwins Natural of Tukwila, WA, the FDA has confirmed that new samples of Darwins Natural Pet Products raw pet foods have tested positive for Salmonella.

ZooLogics Duck with Vegetable Meals for Dogs lot 41957 and ZooLogics Chicken with Vegetable Meals for Dogs lot 41567 were sold online.

Salmonella is showing up in a variety of pet foods, prompting the Food and Drug Administration to issue recalls and safety warnings for dog food products from five different companies since the beginning of February, including Raws For Paws Dog Food, Red Barn Pet Products, and Smokehouse Pet Products.

The FDA advises pet owners to get rid of the recalled pet food products and not to feed them to pets.

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Public recall notifications were not made but customers were sent an email. See a list of all products that have been recalled now and in the past here.

Recalls were issued for Bully Stick 3 pack seven-inch packs with UPC stamp 7 85184 25105 8 and exp.

Ground Turkey Pet Food in 1- and 5-pound sealed tubes are sold in Turkey Pet Food case and Pet Food Combo Pack cases.

"Raw pet food is more likely than other types of pet food to contain salmonella and listeria monocytogenes". The codes for these cases are 9900008, 9900009, 9900014, and 9900015.

Salmonellosis is the food poisoning caused by the Salmonella enterica bacterium, which is mostly caused by eating food contaminated by salmonella.

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People who handle contaminated pet food without proper hand washing can accidentally transfer the bacteria to their mouths. Pets can also become carriers of the bacteria-without getting ill themselves-and infect humans.

What are the Symptoms of Salmonella Infection (Salmonellosis)?

Healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea.

Although not all pets display symptoms when infected, those who do may have symptoms within 72 hours of infection.

The FDA recommends feeding your pets cooked food. 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.

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