If you make pet food, you should not sicken your customers

If you make pet food, you should not sicken your customers

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued recalls and/or safety warnings for dog food products from Raws For Paws Dog Food, Redbarn Pet Products and Smokehouse Pet Products, according to a USA Today report.

In the most recent incident on February 10, 2018, Arrow Reliance/Darwin's Natural recalled ZooLogics Duck with Vegetable Meals for Dogs (Lot #41957) and ZooLogics Chicken with Vegetable Meals for Dogs (Lot #41567) because the products may be contaminated with Salmonella. Pets do not have to be apparently ill to be able to pass Salmonella onto their human companions. Reading found in the children was also found in four samples of Raws for Paws Ground Turkey Food for Pets that was used to feed the family dog. The products in question 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 contamination symptoms are much the same for both humans and animals, and include feeling lethargic, fever, body aches, nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramps and diarrhoea.

Redbarn President Jeff Sutherland released a statement regarding the voluntary recall: "On 2/5/2018, we were notified by the Colorado Department of Agriculture that a single sample collected from a retail location detected Salmonella". See a list of all products that have been recalled now and in the past here. The symptoms typically last four to seven days and most people recover without treatment.

Pets can carry salmonella even if they appear to be healthy.

To prevent the spread of salmonella from pet food to people, the FDA recommends that people wash their hands after handling their pet's food.

Pets who have contracted Salmonella infections can be lethargy or have bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting.

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

The FDA is also investigating a pattern of contamination in raw pet foods made by Arrow Reliance Inc., which produces products for Darwin's Natural Pet Products and ZooLogics Pet Food.

What Do Consumers Need To Do?

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

Animals can shed the bacteria when they have bowel movements, so it's particularly important to clean up animal feces in yards or parks where people or other animals may become exposed.

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