FDA Recalling More Dog Food Over Salmonella Concerns
Recall is 12th Pet Food Recall of Year
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is recalling more pet food over concerns it could make dogs sick - the 12th pet food recall since the first of the year.
FDA officials say Raw Basics, LLC., a Wisconsin-based company, is recalling 540 pounds of its Tucker’s Pork-Bison-Formula, sold in five-pound boxes, because the food has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, a bacteria that can make both dogs and humans sick.
Pets that become sick with salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting. Pets that are not as seriously ill will have decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain.
FDA Urges Dogs With Salmonella Symptoms be Brought to Veterinarian
The FDA warns that infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans. Officials urge any that any dog that has eaten the pork-bison made by Raw Basics, and is experiencing symptoms of the Salmonella illness, be brought to a veterinarian.
There’s also a risk that humans who have served their dogs the pork-bison could also get sick, especially if they have not washed their hands after having serving the food to their dogs, or come in contact with surfaces exposed to the pork-bison.
The recall comes after Raw Basics was notified of the Salmonella finding by the Nebraska Department of Agriculture. Officials say the recall is isolated to one lot of 540 pounds distributed in Minnesota, Georgia, Kansas, and Pennsylvania. The product was sold at pet specialty retail stores. So far, no illnesses have been reported.
Dog owners who have bought the Pork-Bison Boxes are urged to return it to the store where they purchased it. People with questions can call Raw Basics at 1-800-219-3650.
Latest Recall Follows Series of Pet Food Recalls
The recall announced Tuesday follows a series of pet food recalls since the first of the year over concerns of Salmonella or Listeria infections.
Last week, Steve’s Real Food of Salt Lake City, Utah, recalled one lot of its five-pound Raw Frozen Dog Food Turkey Canine Recipe over concerns it might be contaminated with Salmonella. That product was sold in Utah and a number of states across the U.S., from California to New York. The food has has a lot number of E-178 on its bags, with a UPC number of 6-91730-15303-8 and a “Best Buy Date” date of Sept. 27, 2018.
Kittens Confirmed Sick From Raw Kitten Food
Also last week, Georgia-based Blue Ridge Beef recalled some of its Kitten Grind raw pet food over with Salmonella and Listeria concerns.
Kittens Confirmed Sick From Salmonella From Georgia-Based Company
That recall was prompted after after the FDA received a complaint of two kittens who had died, with one of the deaths being confirmed to have been caused by Salmonella poisoning. Testing of the Blue Ridge Beef product by the FDA later found the presence of Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes.
The recall of the Kitten Grind raw pet food includes 20 cases or 300 chubs of the product distributed in Texas, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.
The recalled food is sold in two pound chubs that are frozen and has a Lot number of GA1102 and a manufacturing date of Nov. 2, 2017 on its label.
Cat Food Also Recalled
Full List Of All FDA Pet Food Recalls This Year
With 12 pet food recalls this year, and more last year, pet owners can check for recalls by clicking on to the FDA's website.